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Any interest in a 3rd party utility product for catalog "fixups"

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  • Thomas Kyhn
    Top Commenter

    This sounds like a good idea.

    I'd be interested primarily in 3. My main problem with Capture One over the last couple of years has been unresponsiveness when using larger catalogues (more than 20k images). Perhaps this could help reduce some of the unresponsiveness.

    How much I'd be willing to pay for it would depend on how much of an effect it would have.

    I'm on Mac.

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  • BeO
    Top Commenter

    If I had a catalog or catalogs only, I would be interested in 1+2. The value it had to me would be 10% of a Black Friday upgrade price.

    It would be for v22 on Windows.

    But, last year I restructured my setup so that I use a session to edit all my images, and then import them into my catalog incl. adjustments. I then search in the catalog but I edit them only in the session. That means that all edits, including eventual file renaming or restructuring of the folder hierarchy would be done in a session (which seldom has problems with "offline" images), and at any point in time I could throw away my catolag and create a new one from scratch. If I want to edit images I drag&drop them from the catalog to a session album, remove them from the catalog, and after editing is done in the session I import them again via synchronize folder. I haven't had any offline images (that I konw of :-)) since I established this workflow.

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  • Walter Rowe
    Moderator
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    I have used Capture One catalogs since V8.3. I've run into some challenges a few times but I have always recovered and never lost a catalog.

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  • John Friend
    Top Commenter

    Walter Rowe - I think maybe you misunderstood the point of the tool.  It is not to fix broken catalogs or lost catalogs (to use your wording).  #1 and #2 are to deal with cases where you've renamed and moved a bunch of images (outside of Capture One) and the catalog no longer knows where they are and using the "Locate" feature in Capture One would take forever and won't even work on renamed images.

    #3 is about things that might get in the way of a catalog staying efficient after you've been using it for a long time (inefficient memory usage, slower database lookups) because of all the dead wood in the catalog.

    #4 is about helping you automatically maintain your set of catalog backups so they don't accumulate forever.

    In general Capture One doesn't do much to help you maintain things over time (in fact it accumulates junk forever).  Backups accumulate forever.  Lots of junk accumulates in the user profile directory (like old versions of profiles, old ImageCore directories, etc...).  So, #3 and #4 are to help with some of those.

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  • Walter Rowe
    Moderator
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    I was responding BeO’s message

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  • BeO
    Top Commenter

    Walter Rowe

    I started with v8 and catalogs, I had enough challenges and issues, and the fixes were quite effortful, that I lost trust in the database. It is a single point of potential failure, and I sleep much better with my edits stored in a simple file for each image. But everyone's mileage may vary.

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