Frequently Asked Questions
How do I import photos from the Finder?
To import photos, you can either use the "Import Photos from Folder" in the Files menu, or drag in photos or folders from either the Finder or the Media Browser. You may also drop photos and files into the Media Browser window to preview them before bringing them into your library.
How do I import photos from iPhoto, Aperture or Adobe Light Room?
Just like importing from the Finder, and easy way to import from other applications is to drag and drop their photos into MemoryMiner. You can also use the Media Browser in MemoryMiner to import photos from these libraries. To view the most current contents, you may need to quit some of these applications before accessing their libraries through the Media Browser.
If the Media Browser window is not open, open it with the "Show Media Browser" item in the Window menu, or press the Media button in the Photos mode. Find the photos you want to import, and drag them to the library window. MemoryMiner will import them. If the photos have keywords that match the Keyword Mapping entry in people or places, those people or places will be associated with the imported photo.
If your photos have geotags, you can also configure MemoryMiner to reverse geocode these coordinates and automatically associate places.
How can I automatically associate people and places with pictures imported from other applications' photo libraries?
You can choose a keyword or key phrase to automatically associate with a person or place. When a picture is imported with a keyword matching a person or place's "Keword Mapping", that person or place will be associated. Here are some tips for best results:
- The keyword may be present either in the IPTC metadata put in the file by programs such as Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, Bridge, etc., or in the data associated with a photo in your iPhoto library.
- If you're using an older version of iPhoto, you may need to quit iPhoto first. This ensures that the XML file describing the contents of its library is up-to-date.
- Ensure that the keywords match. Differences in capitalization does not matter, but spelling and punctuation should be the same. Only one keyword can be associated with a person or place.
- Ensure that the keywords are unique. It is very unlikely that a photo will be in two places at the same time. If two places have the same keyword to match the photo, only one can be used. If you try to enter a keyword mapping in MemoryMiner that is not unique you will wanred by an Alert Panel, and given the opportunity to fix the problem.
How do I import people or places from my address book?
You can import people by dragging one or more address cards from the Address Book program onto the people list. MemoryMiner will add the person and location mentioned in the address card.
You can import places by dragging one or more address cards from the Address Book program onto the places list. MemoryMiner will add the location mentioned in the address card.
How do I edit an entry of a person or place?
Double-click the entry in the list, and the entry will be brought up for editing in the appropriate mode.
How do I remove a person from a photo?
There are two ways to do this:
- Double-click a photo to focus on it in Photos mode. Use the remove button at the top left corner of the marker rectangle, or click the box and choose "Delete Selected Markers" in the Edit menu. Or,
- In the People mode, select the photo or photos that you want to disassociate. Right-click the selection and choose "Remove Person From Selected Photo(s)" from the menu that appears. (Hold down the Control key while clicking normally to access any context menu via ctrl-click instead.)
How do I remove a place from a photo?
There are two ways to do this:
- Double-click a photo to focus on it in Photos mode. Use the cancel button that appears to the right when your mouse cursor is over the place name below the photo. Or you can click the place name itself to choose a different location. Or,
- In the Places mode, select the photo or photos that you want to disassociate. Right-click the selection and choose "Remove Place From Selected Photo(s)" from the menu that appears. (Hold down the Control key while clicking normally to access any context menu via ctrl-click instead.)
How do I remove photos from the library?
To remove photos from the library, select them and choose "Move to Trash" from the Photos menu. They will then be placed in the library's trash folder. To view the trash, choose "Show Trash Contents" or select the Trash folder in the source list. The contact sheet will then be show the photos that are in the trash folder.
To return to the library, choose "Hide Trash Contents" or choose a different folder using the source list. To restore selected photos to the library, choose "Restore from Trash." To remove photos in the trash folder completely from the library, choose "Empty Trash". Emptying the trash only removes the photo information from inside the MemoryMiner library: unless the pictures are self-contained in the library, the original files will not be removed or changed.
How do I make a new library?
To make a new, blank library, simply choose "New Library" from the file menu. Your current library will be saved and closed, and a new library will instead be the focus. To create a new library as all or part of the current library, choose "Save as New Library". Choose a new location, select the settings you would like, and click "Save". Your current library will be saved, a new library will also be saved, and the new library will be loaded.
How do I send a library to another MemoryMiner user?
By default, MemoryMiner does not make copies of the photos you import, but simply uses them where they are. When sending to another user, you will want to save a self-contained library. Choose "Save as New Library" from the file menu, and check "Create self-contained library" when saving as a new library. The resulting library is now ready to send.
Older versions of MemoryMiner may not be able to read the library format saved by newer versions. Users are encouraged to upgrade to the most current version.
How do I export a MemoryMiner collection to my website?
To upload a Web Viewer to your MobileMe (née .Mac) or an FTP account, either click the Export button in Photos mode, or choose "Export/Upload Story" from the Photos menu item. Follow the instructions for exporting to configure and use your MobileMe account.
How do I upload a MemoryMiner collection to my Flickr account?
To upload to a Flickr account, click the Upload button in Photos mode. Follow the instructions for uploading to authorize and use your Flickr account.
How do I stop MemoryMiner from connecting to my current Flickr account or change Flickr accounts?
- To change the Flickr account that MemoryMiner uses, click the Upload button in Photos mode.
- Click the "Remove Authorization" button near the top of the window. A web page will open asking for authorization for another account.
- If you want to simply use no new account, close the web page and press the "Cancel" button.
When I try to upload to Flickr, MemoryMiner says that it is authorized, but it fails to upload properly. What do I do?
It is possible for MemoryMiner to believe it is authorized when it had been de-authorized by the Flickr account web page. It is also possible that the computer is unable to connect to Flickr.
- To determine the cause, click the Upload button in Photos mode.
- Click the "Remove Authorization" button near the top of the window. A web page will open asking for authorization
- If this web page fails to load properly, it is likely your internet connection is malfunctioning.
- If this web page loads properly, complete the page, re-authorizing MemoryMiner to connect to Flickr. MemoryMiner should now be able to upload properly.
Does MemoryMiner change my files?
Unless you configure MemoryMiner to embed metadata, it does not modify the original photos that you import. Removing a photo from the library only removes the library's memory of the photo, but the file itself is not deleted (unless it was self-contained in a saved library). Any settings such as resizing or image tags assigned during export, upload to MobileMe, or upload to Flickr are applied to the copies that are exported or uploaded, and not to the original image.
If you have it embed metadata, MemoryMiner will modify your photos to include a copy of information changed within the library. Deleting a photo from the library will still leave the original file, unless it was self-contained in the library.