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…). It 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/…). From 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!