Suggestions for CoffeeCup PixConverter

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Captions for Individual Thumbnails:

I am using the neat little program CC PixConverter to generate thumbnail pages for scanned images of newspaper articles. The thumbnails are then linked to full-screen displays of the images on my site. When I first set it up, with a fairly large number of images referenced from a few different, categorized thumbnail pages, I could not find a way to provide a caption for the individual images. Instead, the 'Page Heading' and the 'Page Comment' that I specify for the thumbnail page is repeated for each associated full-scale image page. Since I really needed a descriptive caption for each image page, I went in and manually modified the HTML files and replaced the 'standard' caption with a specific one for that image. I did this for about 100 images, which, although time-consuming, I felt I could live with since I saw it as a one-time effort.

My real problems started when I needed to update by adding new articles, the thumbnails for which I wanted to appear first, i.e. at the top of the thumbnail page.
I am naming the image files in such a way that they will sort alphabetically with the latest article appearing first, but if I regenerate the thumbnail page at each update to accomplish this, I lose all my image captions! So I am back to manually inserting the updated thumbnail information, etc. in the HTML files.
The table set-up of the thumbnail page makes this a nightmare. So now my questions are:

1. Is there anybody out there who has had a similar problem and who has come up with a nifty, time-saving solution? I am a novice and may have overlooked the obvious...
2. Would the CC team consider a program update, which would allow for captions to be specified for individual images? (please say yes!)

I am using all CC for my site, e.g. HTML Editor, PhotoGallery, JukeBox, PixConverter, StylesheetMaker, ColorSchemer, etc., and for all kinds of reasons I prefer to stay with the CC program, rather than Googling for other programs that may do what I am looking for. But maybe I have to give up?

My thumbnail pages are linked to from here: www.mingas.com/press.html (the full thumbnail pages are reached by clicking on time frames in the right-hand side of the page)
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I miss an important feature, just bought the program today but...

When renaming the images I can choose from various options, ao option 1 with a one number digit attached f.e. image_1, image_2 etc so far so good and that was what I needed. But when working I immediately missed something: I can't tell the program with which digit to start. When there are already image_1 amd image_2 in the folder, I want the program to start with image_3 and count onwards. Maybe I missed it, but I think it is an flaw in the program.

Help? Or maybe a suggestion? Can't be that difficult I think?
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I believe they can also be saved as image_A, etc; :)




User 444224 Photo


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Would LOVE to be able to watermark and html gallery in one step with great quality images. But, alas...

Currently, I create the watermarked images 1st as I create images for 'My Website,' put them in a folder.... THEN I have to go back and get those watermarked images in order to create the html gallery. Quality is lost already in the 1st step, then it's lost again w/ the 2nd.

Better quality pictures on all output would be MAGNIFICENTO, lol. (yes, I did slide the quality all the way to 100% :-> ).

This program works LOADS better for my clients to view their images (instead of the photo gallery program). That's why I would like better quality.

pretty please :-) ...and thank you ;-)
jackie (the chick half of christopher goldston, lol)
User 2111660 Photo


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Awesome little program!

Some things that will make it awesomer:

* The Add Image(s)... dialog doesn't include my Favorites shortcuts in the Look in: drop down [like the Windows Explore tool does (i.e. the Windows resident file manager). I use them, so I would like your software to provide them.
* In the Output Image Size tab, when Custom Size is selected and Maintain original image proportions is checked, when I finish entering one dimension, the other should change to what it will be when the action is applied -- that way I [the User] get a warm fuzzy that the program is doing what it's supposed to do. So, when one of those boxes (i.e. Max Width or Max Height) loses focus, then the other should update to reflect the new constrained dimension.
* Please add sharpening. When ever I reduce an image I always apply Unsharpen Mask which brings back the original crispness, or even adds it to a dull image. Make this optional if you like.
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User 2111660 Photo


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Bug Report:

Tell it to rename the file, but set the destination folder as the Same Folder then select "Skip" for "If Destination File Exists". It skips even when there is no file with the new name.

Same thing happens even if it tell it to send the destination files to a different Folder -- one I just created, so there is no way the destination files can exist, yet it skips, anyway!

I suspect what is going on is, it is looking at the existence of the source file and calling that the destination file. I'm guessing that that is not the intended behavior -- since that behavior has no value that I can discern.

If it is renaming the destination file, then why avoid writing the file (i.e. "skip") if there is nothing there that will be overwritten by saving that destination file? This should only come into play on a second (or third...) pass.

I can't find a way to determine the version # of the PixConverter, so no way to report that -- but I think I have the latest version as of 02-24-2013 (but I'm afraid to click away to find out, least I lose this text.)
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User 2111660 Photo


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Joyful wrote:
Bug Report:

Tell it to rename the file, but set the destination folder as the Same Folder then select "Skip" for "If Destination File Exists". It skips even when there is no file with the new name.

Same thing happens even if it tell it to send the destination files to a different Folder -- one I just created, so there is no way the destination files can exist, yet it skips, anyway!

I suspect what is going on is, it is looking at the existence of the source file and calling that the destination file. I'm guessing that that is not the intended behavior -- since that behavior has no value that I can discern.

If it is renaming the destination file, then why avoid writing the file (i.e. "skip") if there is nothing there that will be overwritten by saving that destination file? This should only come into play on a second (or third...) pass.

I can't find a way to determine the version # of the PixConverter, so no way to report that -- but I think I have the latest version as of 02-24-2013 (but I'm afraid to click away to find out, least I lose this text.)


OK, I think I see what's going on. I have "rename file(s) as follows:" setup like this:

filename + _th .gif

BTW: the "_th" desitnates the file as a "thumbnail" file ('cuz' I'm trying to generate my own thumbnails ;) -- 'cuz I don't need the whole thumbnail HTML structure that your software wants to generate)

I assumed that what it would do is replace "filename" with the filename of the source file, sans extension, and then concatenate "_th" do that -- in other words, I assumed your software was cooler than it actually is :rolleyes:.

So, it was writing the first destination file as: filename_th.gif

Then when it tried to save the next destination file it saw a filename_th.gif already there and thus skipped it. So, is there a way to designate the filename of the source file, so that my destination files will have a similar name -- something like %filename%. If not, then please add that :)
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Would be useful if it can also convert photo files to ico.
I need this sometimes for the favicon.
Mostly I go to an online converter but it would be easier to have everything in one program :)
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Supported! And also create IOS touch icons.
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