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I know I should have better things to do a 3:00am on Easter morning, but I decided to put my insomnia to good work.  I created a little utility that will look for every matching .flame file and .jpg file in the current folder and imbed the .flame parameters into the .jpg comments as an archival backup.  FLAM3 will do this as well, but FLAM3 doesn't handle any of the flames that require plugins.  The new (and truly wonderful) Apophysis-J java port of Apophysis (membres.lycos.fr/jfbouzereau/a… also does it, but requres the image to be re-rendered.  This little utility (only 197k) for Windows is for all of us that already have hundreds or thousands of images that we want to archive.

The program is available for download at (www.palmpage.com/apop/ImbedPar… is a front-end for the free mogrify.exe program that is available as part of the ImageMagick freeware download.  You can download it at (www.imagemagick.org/download/b… and install it in its default location.  Once it is installed, all you have to do is put your flame files and jpg files in the same folder as the ImbedParams program and run it.  As it imbeds each flame file into it's matching JPG of the same name, it renames the flame file with a new extension of .flm.  This is so you can tell, at the end of the process, which ones have been processed and which ones have not.  

Should you ever need to re-create your flame file from the parameters imbedded in the JPG comments, there is another free utility (seeing a trend here?) called Jhead that will do that for you.  You can dowload it at (www.sentex.net/~mwandel/jhead/… the command line, you would execute "jhead -q -cs image.flame image.jpg" and your flame will be re-created for you.  Sweet!

Happy Easter, everyone!  Now I can sleep while I let my program imbed over 5,200 JPGs for me! :)
Daniel
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baba49 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daniel I am not sure what exactly I have to download from the list at [link] ;(
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Download and install the one that ends with "Q16-windows-dll.exe".
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baba49 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got the Q16-windows-dll.exe. Do I have to install that and ImbedParams.exe as well or are both for the same thing?
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Install the ImageMagick file. It will add it's commands to your path so that they can be executed from anywhere. Then run the ImbedParams program from wherever your flames and JPGs are stored.
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baba49 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Doesn't work for me. Is it because my flame files contain multiple flames? I put all flames that I made in February into February.flame for instance?
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is looking for individual flame files that match individual JPG images. You can run a batch flame export script to create individual flames from all of your packs and then it should work fine. It could be something as simple as the following:

for j := 0 to FileCount - 1 do
begin
LoadFlame(j);
ShowStatus(';Processing ' + IntToStr(j + 1) + ' of ' + IntToSTr(FileCount));
SaveFlame('a:\images\' + Flame.Name + '.flame';);
end;
UpdateFlame := False;
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baba49 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A script that can split up my big flame files would be really wonderful Daniel :D Thank you so much. I understand hardly anything about script code and can not convert the smileys, that sneaked into the above code, to what it should say. I tried to replace the first one with a "p" and the second one with ; ) but get a syntax error. Could you please post the script in the apo list where it won't get converted into smileys or to my mail address?
Thank you very much.
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djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd hate to spam the whole list with it. I emailed it to your hotmail account.
D.
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baba49 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :bow:
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baba49 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounds wonderful. I am going to try this. I hope you had a good Easter day despite your lack of sleep in the end :hug:
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