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Advanced file handling options for the channel input

An overview of all the special input options you can set for a channel, including handling of subfolders, zipped archives and file date handling.

Input options

Where: Channel | Input & Output Options | Miscellaneous tab

On this page you can set options pertaining to how Color Factory treats files in the input folder of a channel, including how to deal with subfolders, zipped archives and file date handling.


Waiting for input file to stop growing

If a program such as an FTP client is used to transfer files to an input folder of one of Color Factory’s channels, it may be desirable to check whether the entire file has been transferred before the processing starts. By ticking Wait until file stops growing, you may set an interval after which, if the file has not expanded since last checking, Color Factory will process the file.

Extracting zip archives and processing the files in it

The Extract files from ZIP archives option makes Color Factory unpack zip files and process the files contained in it. By also enabling Extract to subfolder with same name as the zip archive, a subfolder named after the zip file will be created in the folder where the zip resides and the files will be expanded into that folder. The folder structure in the zip file will be mirrored in the resulting tree of files within this folder. Note that when unpacking a zip file, the files in it will overwrite any existing file with the same name.

If unpacking of zip files is not enabled, Color Factory will move any zip archives in the channel's input folder to the channel's UNKNOWN folder.

Including subfolders within the input folder

To include subfolders within the input folder, select the Include Subfolders check-box. By doing so, Color Factory will scan all subfolders within the input folder and process the files found. If you wish to preserve the folder structure in the output folder after processing, tick Mirror Subfolder Structure. Ticking Remove Empty Folders will remove empty subfolders within the input folder after processing.

You also have the option to limit the maximum number of characters in subfolder names to preserve compatibility with other systems. By default, characters will be removed from the end of the file name, but you can optionally choose to cut away characters from the beginning of the folder name by selecting Cut long names in from left.

NOTE: Mirroring of folder structures does not apply when a channel has been set up to use an Index Manager search as the channel's input

File date handling

Normally, when processing files Color Factory will add the time and date of processing to the files stored in the output folder. That's the Set today's date on the output file option.

However, you can also choose to preserve the input file's date and time stamp by choosing Copy file date from the input file. This may be useful for instance if you would only like to add a predefined text template to all the files in your archive without changing the files' modification date.

It is also possible to use the Camera date from the metadata (Field #351) or to use the IPTC Created date (Field #055) by choosing either of those options.

Note: If you choose to stamp the output file with a date from the metadata and a file is processed that has no date information in that field, the file will be stamped with the date of processing, similar to the Today's date option.

Duplicating the input or output file

If you would like to preserve a copy of the input file, or make a copy of the ready processed output file, this can be done by ticking Copy file to selected folder and choosing a folder to store the file. You can then choose between making a copy of the input or the output file using the radio buttons. Finally, this feature lets you optionally stamp the copy with today's date if you tick the corresponding checkbox.

Additional options:

Mirror subfolder structure: Available if Mirror subfolder structure is also enabled above in the dialog - this allows you to recreate a folder hierarchy similar to that of the input file in a separate location.

Use the input name for copied file: Select to have Color Factory store the file using its original input filename.


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