File > Image Database Pane
Bersoft Image Measurement Databases are intended for organizing
images and sound recordings, although they can also handle any other kind
Databases are saved in a proprietary format, highly compressed
to save disk space, with
.bdata file extension.
Only keywords, fields, settings and image thumbnails are
stored inside the database file, but images any other included files are
kept as external files.
When Databases are created, a folder named IMAGES is always
created in the same folder than the Database file. The IMAGES folder is
where images acquired from video sources and audio
recordings are stored. Images and files proceeding from any other sources
will be saved to the IMAGES folder only if the option to copy all images
added to the Database inside the IMAGES folder is selected when creating
the Database (by default, images are kept in their original location):
Keep the images in its original location
the images to the Database IMAGES folder
Note: The image storage option
selected when creating the database cannot be modified afterwards.
When creating the Database, by
default the IMAGES folder is named after the Database file name and placed
in the same directory, but any other location and name can be selected.
The only way to change the IMAGES folder location at a later time is by
saving the Database in another directory along with the IMAGES folder,
which can be copied or moved to the new Database directory.
The image thumbnails size can be
selected when creating the Database, but also modified at any time later.
The Database can be protected with
a Password that can be set at creation time or afterwards.
Database Fields can be set or added
at any time, but after adding new fields they cannot be deleted.
Up to 255 different keywords can
be set for each Database. Keywords cannot be deleted, but can be renamed.
Database Pane controls
The Database Pane appears on the right side of the main program
On the top left side there is located the Add to Active
Database button, which is used to add the current image to the Database.
Below that button there is a menu, and on the left side there is a vertical
tool bar with several buttons.
Under the menu there are three tabs:
Browse, which shows the Database
folders, Keywords, to set and
apply keywords to one or several images, and Data
Fields, that shows fields with different attributes corresponding
to the selected file.
Use either the tool bar buttons or the corresponding menus
to create new Databases, add images (or any other kind of files) to the
Database, Search for images, etc.
On the bottom left, there is the Recycle
Bin. Double click on it to see the files that it holds or right click
to open its contextual menu.
The Browse Tab
This tabs always shows at least one icon: , this icon along with any folders (added
with the button) selects which files are shown on the right side of the
Database Pane. If a Folder is selected,, only the Records inside that
folder will appear, but when is selected, all Records in the Database
will be displayed, excepting those in the Recycle bin.
The Database Folder can be dragged and dropped to create
nested folders, if needed, but the folder ordering will be always return
to alphabetical sort each time the Database is reopened.
To see the Records in the Recycle Bin either double click or right-click on it
and select Open.
Visually Comparing two images
By dragging one selected thumbnail from the database over
any opened image, both images can be visually compared. See Comparing
The Audio Recording button (shown above) is placed right
besides the Recycle. It is useful for taking audio notes, which will be
automatically added to the Database (as MP3 files). The buttons to the
right of the Sound recorder button are used to play/pause/stop previous
If Automatic Backup is
checked in the Database Tab in
Preferences each time any database is opened, a backup file is automatically
created, with .bak
file extension, but if the Database is big, the user will be asked if
he wants to perform the backup, each time the database is opened.
Backups can be opened in the same way than databases (File
> Open Database menu):
After opening a backup, to restore the database, save it
with the File > Save Database as... menu.
Backups settings can be set in the Preferences > Database
tab. Learn more.