Export images


The export is always about copying the original files that are in the directory assigned to an image to another directory. This has the sense to be able to process with external programs a number of pictures clearly from a directory. The export process is usually the first step before the images are processed further, especially if it is planned to pass on a larger number of them.


The function key F6 activates the export function. Here, an input panel is first opened at the bottom of the main dialog.


On the right side there is a button to open the settings of the export function. Here you can create an export template in which you can specify to which directories, with which names and with which additional data the images should be exported.


The export template can be named, the name is then selectable in the selection field in the export panel on the main window.




Switch to the tab "Naming" to change the file names to be created, for this the new name can be put together by clicking on the buttons. Text can be entered in between - use the directory seperator / or \ to generate directories.





File name without extension


File name with extension




Date - year, 4 digits


Date - month, 2 digits


Date - day, 2 digits


Time - Hour, 2 digits


Time - Minute, 2 digits


Sequence number, The start value can then be specified. Also in the main window.


Title of the image from the properties


Original directory, where the file is stored. You can also specify how many directory names are skipped at the beginning.

With feature a part of the original directory structure will be regenerated in the destination.


COPYRIGHT_NAME of the image from the properties


Any text - can be entered in the dialog or in the copy panel in the main window.


The keywords assigned to the image divided by "-".


The albums assigned to the image divided by "-".


Decimal database number of the image {(nnnn)}.

This is valid only in the current database.


Unique ID (Global Unique Identifier) assigned to the image during import. If a catalog was exported, this ID remains the same for the copy of the images.


A GUID should be only used at the end of the name. Using the rename tool it can be then easily removed (delete from "{["). The GUID allows the automatic import (scripts) to match the data to images in the catalog, even if the image came from a copy of the catalog.


Hint: When you copy images into a directory with F6, fotoARRAY creates a file "fotoarray.copylist" to later be able to connect the files to the entries in the database. If you need to create an album later from such a list, you can use the import function of the album panel.




You can edit the exported images with the program of your choice. You work on the copies in a different directory than the original directories of the images. This saves long waiting times in many programs where the images are indexed. Save developed versions in a subdirectory called "_final" then the image displayed in fotoARRAY can be renewed automatically. Use the copy back function which you can start (only) in the licensed version with [Shift+F6]:



Export - Generate JPEG


During the export, fotoARRAY also creates a list of the copied image names as well as the original database numbers. This allows fotoARRAY to automatically copy modified parameter files back to the original directories. This process, which is only available in the licensed version of fotoARRAY, is started with Shift+F6 or via the context menu of the export button.


Within the export dialog of the licensed edition for fotoARRAY, not the free edition, another mode can also be selected, in which not the original files, but modified JPEG versions of the images are saved. Here, a possible rotation of the image as well as adjustments via the built-in image processing (so-called "recipes") can be applied.




The export can be started either in the export dialog or from the main window. In the latter case, the program outputs a list of copied files in a window that closes automatically.