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Working with files that are stored offline

Explains how working with files that are stored offline differs from working with files on an online medium.

Working with files that are stored offline

FotoStation was created to make the difference between working with files stored online and offline minimal. When you request an operation that requires the high-resolution file stored on the offline media, FotoStation will display a dialog box requiring you to insert the correct media containing the file. After you have inserted the offline media and located the file, the operation continues as normal.

Essentially, there are three ways FotoStation will let you modify a local low-resolution copy of a file stored offline. Normally, you would like to apply the changes to the high-resolution file afterwards. This is done using actions, and the changes are applied to the high-resolution file when the low-resolution copy of the file is processed by an action.

The three modification types are as follows:

Adding Metadata to Files

When adding metadata to the local low-resolution copy of a file stored offline (for example using the text editor or Quick Text), the text information is stored in the local copy. If you choose to copy the file to a new folder using an action, FotoStation will request the media containing the high-resolution file and apply the new text to the high-resolution file that is copied. Note that the text will not be applied when dragging and dropping a file directly to an external application; the file must be processed using an action.

Cropping Files

You may use the Crop function to apply a crop frame (i.e. soft-crop) to the low-resolution copy of an image stored offline. This allows you to real-crop the high-resolution image using an action, in which case FotoStation will request the media containing the high-resolution image, perform the cropping, and then store the image in the output folder specified in the action.

Rotating Files

FotoStation lets you rotate the local low-resolution copy of an image stored offline by using theRotate on screen option. This stores information about the rotation in the EXIF and XMP metadata in the low-resolution file, and this rotation information will be applied to the high-resolution file when the low-resolution file is sent to an action. FotoStation will request the media containing the high-resolution file and then merge the information.

Also, when processing a soft-rotated image with an action that involves image processing, the rotation will be applied to the high-resolution file when the image is saved.

Editing High-Resolution Offline Files

If you select a local low-resolution copy of an image stored on offline media and then choose Editfrom the toolbar, FotoStation will prompt you to insert/connect the resource containing the high-resolution image and then open it for editing.

If the image is stored on a CD or DVD, naturally you cannot save the edited high-resolution file back in its original location, so you will have to choose another folder to store it in.

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