Programing Help

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Ariwyn

ok my well educated friends.....my friend and I want some custom software made. We figure it will be HELLA Expensive. What do you think? Will it?

We want software that will organize digitial scrapbooking files into different categories. When you buy a digital scrapbook kit from a company it normally has several elements to it. It has digital papers, ribbons, alphabets, frames, ect. They are normally .jpg files. The problem is that it is hard to organize this file for future use. It is in one big folder under the kit name and when you have 50 kits on your computer you can't always remember what kit name you are looking for. We want some software that will let you pick what you want. Let's say ribbons. You pick the show ribbons button and it picks out all of the ribbons from your files and lets you import it right into your digital scrapbook software (usually photoshop elements). Next you want an alphabet. So you pick the show alphabets button and you can pick the letters you want to import. The kits would still be in their original folders, this software magically picks the elements out of each kit folder to show them to you.

Is that possible?

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Qyn

If you already have Photoshop Elements why don't you just sort all of the different pieces of the scrapbook into folders (ribbons folder, frames folder, etc)? Then all you'd need to do from Elements is browse to that folder and set the view to thumbnail to get a quick visual reference of everything in that folder.

Maybe not ideal, but certainly cheaper than programming software (which I don't do, so I couldn't give you any sort of estimate).

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Ariwyn

Qyn that is what we are doing now, but the idea is that it would be cool to keep the packages (kits) together when we buy them instead of pulling it apart. I assume that in order to pull the kits apart by software alone they would have to be tagged in some way before the software could do it.

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Qyn

Ah, ok, reread your original post, makes sense now, and yes there would have to be some way for the software to differentiate between all of the different images to know what was what in order to separate them correctly.

Ariwyn's picture

Ariwyn

DO you think it's possible to get some sort of image reader? Like how there are optical card readers that read business cards? Am I totally on crack here?

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Timmeh

If I understand right, the program would have to be able to scan an image and give it a definitive label, whether it be ribbon or frame or whatever. A business card reader only has to read text, which makes it a thousand times easier, and as we know from CAPTCHA, even that can be difficult for a computer at times. I don't really know if it's possible or not, but I do know that that kind of software isn't really abundant at this point.
I'd say it's probably not worth it, because you as a human could do the job better, more efficiently, and with results that satisfy you better.