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ClarkCrest
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I have a standalone version (purchased lifetime license).  Been using Daminion for years with 12K+ images alone.  Love the program.  Just prompted to update and my only options were to download the Server or web client versions.  Checked out the forums and see that the standalone is no longer being supported and while "not obligatory" according to Daria Kotilainen, it is encouraged to move to the server--  which is supposed to be better anyway?  Daria stated that "the transition will be free of charge" too?  Just want to confirm before I make the switch.  I also gathered that from another one of her comments that it is not simple or and would offer "help with the installation."  What issues or differences to I need to know about?  Are there features or settings that won't transfer?  Will my catalog(s) not work with the server version?

Please advise.

Thanks.

Branden

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10 hours ago, ClarkCrest said:

What issues or differences to I need to know about?

Hi Branden, the main difference is the fact you need to install and start the server, even though you can do that on the same computer where you use the client. After installing, you find a new icon Daminion Server Administration, which allows you to start (or stop) the server and create one or more Catalogs - those are called Shared Catalogs. Using the client, instead of Open Catalog (Ctrl+O), you Open Shared Catalog (Ctr+Shift+O). Until Daminion version 6.8, the standalone client and server client were identical, i.e. you can open either a standalone catalog or a shared catalog even concurrently. I did not install version 7 yet, but I read some comments here in this forum stating, a version 7 client cannot create a standalone catalog anymore.

10 hours ago, ClarkCrest said:

Are there features or settings that won't transfer?

Keep in mind, 'transfer' means importing all media items (i.e. the image files, not the catalog content!) into the new shared catalog. This implies, all metadata which were synchronized into the file, will appear as tags in the shared catalog. However some tags (e.g. comments) are not synchronized into embedded meta dat and won't move to the sahred catalog. If I remember correctly, this also applies to some other tags, as well as to linked and grouped items.

Some settings cannot be set in the client, but using Server Administration, for example:
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10 hours ago, ClarkCrest said:

Will my catalog(s) not work with the server version?

As I said above, with version 6.8 or earlier, the standalone catalogs could be created or opened concurrently with the shared catalogs with the client, but some users had problems doing so in version 7. ☹ No idea, whether that is a bug or a feature ...

Obviously, a Web-client (i.e. a Web Browser) can only open shared catalogs. I looked at the Web client only very briefly and believe its capabilities are very limited compared to the client.

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In version 7, there is an option File > Import > Daminion Local Catalog (.dmc). I have not tested it, as I have been running the server version a long time, but it sounds like the option you need. I would also assume, that it a lot faster that re-importing the images, and you will avoid the problems with non-synchronized meta data.

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7 hours ago, ClarkCrest said:

Hopefully I don't lose all my hard work with tags etc.

Branden, don't forget to keep one (or better more) copies of the .DMC file(s) on external media (e.g. USB disk), as well as the install file for the Daminion version you are currently using.

Using "all" you work is extremely unlikely (unless the entire catalog is corrupted, which can always happen, therefore Backup!). What can and did happen in the past, that you loose one or more tags, so make sure you can somehow access the old catalog for comparison and possibly manual changes.

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