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#21 TomH

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Posted 17 December 2018 - 10:02 AM

Just to be clear, I'm assuming you could run this as often as you wanted/needed to in order to change future media file downloads from TreeShare. Seems this would need to be done on an ongoing basis, right?

 

Yes, it was designed to rename only those media files downloaded from Ancestry by TreeShare that have not been already renamed. So it should be reusable on an ongoing basis until RM or Ancestry change something that breaks it. I confess to not being an active researcher cum TreeShare user and have not been reusing the script since it was developed and successfully tested.


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#22 Rick Landrum

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 10:34 AM

Got it - I'll back up and copy everything before I try it.

Just to be clear, I'm assuming you could run this as often as you wanted/needed to in order to change future media file downloads from TreeShare. Seems this would need to be done on an ongoing basis, right?

 

Thanks again

Rick

Hi Tom,

Test was successful and I have also updated my live database. Of course, this did not do anything for the media files that I had manually loaded in the past, but I like the naming syntaxes used in the script, and I plan to apply them to any new media that I load. In addition, I will use the same when editing or reviewing my old stuff. 

I very much appreciate the help.

Thanks 

Rick


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#23 Nettie

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 10:48 AM

I also do not keep any photos/pictures, anywhere near the database for RM.  Mine are in D drive RMGenPhotos and sub divided by surname.    All my RM data back up and regular files are like my D drive  under Genealogy/Rootsmagic.. My D drive is a split from the C drive and because have always donw this, when I was hit in Sept with a virus, I only had to reclone the C drive.   My D Drive and all USB drives are sectioned by

ADT Docs [all non genealogy files] and

ADT Genealogy/sub divided by

  1. Surname/Alpha list of  which includes all files that belong to the specific family
  2. Records Management/Working Files
  3. Resources/Calibre library +
  4. Research  / Todo lists or research that doesn't fit in the Surname files
  5. Census/ Indexes etc...
  6. Software other
  7. RootsMagic
  8. OneNote is also Sectioned by Surname [Used this process in Evernote also.]

I am not as detailed as zhangrau.   If I am working with a single family I want all files for that family in one folder. Hard copy and electronic files so don't waste time searching for a file. 

 


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#24 bdunn

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 04:02 PM

Rick,

 

Perhaps some of you would call me old-school, and that's just fine with me.

 

I use my subscriptions to Ancestry.com and Newspapers.com and GenealogyBank.com as essential Repositories of data and images.

 

I do NOT have an online tree with Ancestry nor FamilySearch, so I never see any Web Hints. I'm quite accustomed to doing my own searches.

 

I rename every image and PDF during the download process, and place the new file into my appropriate subfolder. Often, I open those media files in Photoshop and/or Paint for additional edits. Then I go back to RM and tag those files to a Master Source, Citation, Place, Person and/or Fact. During that step I assign a Caption and Description to each media file.

 

File > Properties currently shows 25.7K multimedia files and 160.3K multimedia links. So, each media file has approx. 6-1/4 links. I can update the Caption and Description from any one of those links, and it takes effect for every related link. That's very helpful when I detect misspellings or other errors of omission.

 

Here's the current top-level organization of my media files. Note that a bunch of these top-level folders include subfolders. For example, there is a separate Census subfolder for each census year from 1681 to 1956.

 

media-subfolders-20181216.png

 

 

Okay... well I suddenly feel extremely disorganized. Great job!



#25 bdunn

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 04:05 PM

I suppose there would not be a problem keeping all of my media on one of my web servers as the master media collection and linking to it via an URL, would there? That would be nice as it would be consistent everywhere.

 

I have purchased but have yet to install TNG for hosting a web site containing my famlly tree. I'm not sure if those files are kept in distinct files or not, but assuming that they are, this would be a great integration that would be easy for me to maintain wherever I need the media - like WikiTree for example.



#26 TomH

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Posted 27 December 2018 - 04:10 PM

RM7 only connects to media on a local drive. It does not support URLs.


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Posted 27 December 2018 - 04:15 PM

That's too bad. Now I have a new project on fooling RM7 into thinking that an URL is really a local file on the hard drive.  :D

 

There is always a way. Heh. Thanks for letting me know in advance.



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Posted 28 December 2018 - 01:24 PM

That's too bad. Now I have a new project on fooling RM7 into thinking that an URL is really a local file on the hard drive.  :D

 
Intrigued by that thought, I looked into some possibilities although they are not exactly what you might be suggesting ("an URL is really a local file on the hard drive").
 
Map Network Drive
I had read that a FTP server or website could be added as a Network Location so I tried that with a FTP server. No matter what I tried in the URL, I kept getting the error "The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another." Digging further, this was determined to be a misleading message and the fault lay with Chrome having removed key Windows Registry entries for ftp. These are readily restored with a script downloadable from this discussion from 2011, the last post of which related that the same issue had been seen in Win 10 and fixed the same way. I succeeded then in establishing the Network Location but it is not one that can be mapped to a drive letter within Windows itself. Also there is no preview, no drag'n'drop into the RM Media Gallery. One can add a new media item through the Gallery but the resulting path is to the downloaded file in the Internet Explorer cache, e.g., C:\Users\Tom\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\KAB0PATB\CitationSort[1].png Hardly a step in the right direction
 
Mountain Duck
I had already dabbled with Cyberduck so I was aware of this related product:

Mountain Duck lets you mount server and cloud storage as a disk in Finder on macOS and the File Explorer on Windows. Open remote files with any application and work like on a local volume.

So I installed it. It used the established connection bookmark from Cyberduck and generated a G drive from the FTP site (+ an H drive from another FTP and an I drive from a Google Drive bookmark). The UI is a simple menu accessible from the Task Bar or system tray. In Win File Explorer, preview and thumbnail icons are (slowly) generated but for fast operations they should be turned off. Drag'n'drop from Win Explorer to the Media Gallery does work. The resulting path is, e.g., G:\public_html\wsfiles\files\ColorCode-byConsanguinityColorTable2.PNG

 

That's better and I think I could have set the mount-point for G to the "files" folder itself instead of the FTP root folder. Mountain Duck can also mount Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive hosts to virtual drives without having a local sync folder.

 

Just for fun, I put a RM database onto it. Forget it! The performance hit on access to static files is bad enough; SQLite was never designed for network drives, let alone those with the latency of the Internet.

 

MD is available for trial for a couple of weeks and costs US$39 for a single-user license on as many computers as that user uses. https://mountainduck.io/


Edited by TomH, 30 December 2018 - 10:27 AM.

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