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The "Image Source" section lets you specify whether Downloader Pro should download from a camera or from a card reader.

 

To use a card reader you must also specify the drive letter associated with the card reader. If you are unsure of the drive letter to use, simply insert a memory card in your card reader and press the "Locate card reader" button and Downloader Pro will fill this in automatically.

You can specify one drive letter, several drive letters or a range of drive letters. Use a hyphen to specify a range of drive letters e.g. G-I to specify drives G, H and I. Downloader Pro will scan the drive letters in the order defined until it finds a drive containing images.

 

Downloader Pro can download directly from Canon cameras via the USB or FireWire cable. In order to do this you must install the appropriate Canon drivers. The latest drivers can be downloaded from www.powershot.com. If more than one camera is connected to your computer when Downloader Pro starts up it will display a dialog to allow you to choose which camera to connect to. You can run more than one copy of Downloader Pro at the same time and simultaneously download from several cameras.

 

If you select the auto-detect option Downloader Pro will attempt to connect to a camera first, and it this fails it will then try to access a card reader using the drive letters defined in the dialog.

 

Select "Prompt for user profile at startup" to have Downloader Pro display a dialog allowing you to select from the available user profiles to load at startup. Please see the section on user profiles for more information.

 

The "Save files as read-only" checkbox controls whether the read-only flag is set when files are downloaded. Setting files to read-only is a useful precaution against accidentally deleting files or overwriting them when editing.

When "Preserve read-only status" is selected read-only (or protected) images are set to read-only when they are downloaded. This option is useful if you wish to mark certain images in the camera by protecting them and then later select them BreezeBrowse Pro using the "select read-only images" option. Please note that this option is disabled if "Save files as read-only" is selected.

 

The "Ignore file size check" checkbox is useful if you download some files, rotate them in an editor and then download some more files. Lossless rotation of JPEG images in applications such as BreezeBrowse Pro changes the file size slightly and this causes Downloader Pro to display these images as "Size different". The "auto-rotate" JPEG option will also cause the file size to change.

 

The "Auto-rotate JPEG" option will automatically rotate JPEGs which rotated in the camera. An increasing number of cameras have a built-in sensor which detects whether the image was taken in landscape or portrait format and writes this information in the EXIF shooting data. Downloader Pro reads this information and can automatically rotate the JPEG so that it is displayed with the correct orientation in other apps. The "Ignore file size check" option is automatically selected when "Auto-rotate JPEG" is selected to prevent images being displayed as "Size Different" after downloading and rotating.

Note: Please don't use the "Auto-rotate JPEG" option if you are shooting raw+JPEG files and wish to view the images linked as raw+JPEG pairs in BreezeBrowser Pro as this may cause the images to be displayed incorrectly rotated.

 

Some digital cameras use .jpe as the file extension for JPEG images. This can be very inconvenient as most applications expect JPEGs to have a .jpg file extension. Use the "Rename files with .jpe extension" option to automatically rename these files to give them a .jpg file extension when they are downloaded.

The filenames of images on memory cards are always in upper case. Select "Convert filenames to lower case" if you prefer the downloaded files to use lower case letters. Select "Lower case file extensions" if you want just the file extension to be converted to lower case e.g. IMG_0123.JPG would be downloaded as IMG_0123.jpg.

 

By default Downloader Pro uses the file timestamp for date and time information but this can be different from the image capture time when taking long continuous sequences of images because some cameras set the file's timestamp to the time the image was written to the memory card not the time the image was taken. Select the "Use image capture time for file timestamp" to avoid this problem when downloading from a card reader or directly from a camera. When this option is selected Downloader Pro will read the image capture time from the image's shooting data and use it for the timestamp. This option can be slower than using the file's timestamp.

 

Date based job codes for the last 60 days can be saved when Downloader Pro exits so that they are available next time Downloader Pro is run by selecting "Save date based job codes for next time Downloader Pro is run".

 

Select "Generate text file containing EXIF shooting data" to create a text file file containing a summary of the image's shooting data. The text file is given the same name as the source image but with a .txt extension e.g. IMG_0001.JPG will give IMG_0001.txt.

 

Some versions of Windows (Windows 2000 and Windows XP) can cause problems when using a card reader if the card isn't "ejected" before it is removed. This is because Windows doesn't write data back to the card reader immediately so it is possible to remove one memory card and insert another before the data from the first card has been saved. This can result in the directory from the first card overwriting that of the second card making the images on the second card inaccessible. To avoid this it is always a good idea to "eject" the card first before removing it. This doesn't actually physically eject the memory card from the card reader but it does prepare it for removal. You can get Downloader Pro to automatically "eject" the memory card from the card reader when it disconnects from it by checking this checkbox.

 

By default Downloader Pro only looks for images stored according to the DCF standard where the root directory is \DCIM and the images are stored in subdirectories with 8 character names starting with 3 digits (e.g. 123CANON). Some cameras don't follow this standard but you can still use Downloader Pro with them by setting "Scan whole disk for known image types".

 

Downloader Pro supports the current Adobe XMP format which was intorduced in Photoshop 7. The IPTC/XMP data is either stored in the image file (e.g. for JPEGs and TIFFs) or uses an XMP sidecar file (e.g. for raw files). Downloader Pro can also optionally store a subset of the IPTC data in the older "legacy" IPTC IIM format.

 

Important note adding legacy IPTC IIM data to Nikon NEF raw files: Some raw converters are unable to convert raw files after IPTC IIM data has been added by Downloader Pro. Please check very carefully that your raw converter is able to convert Nikon NEF raw files after adding IPTC data before deleting the images from the memory card. IPTC data will not be added to Nikon NEF files unless "Enable writing of legacy IPTC IIM data to Nikon NEF raw files" is set.