Excellent utility, will save me hours.
I have noticed a few inconsistencies that are probably down to me not using it properly but I thought I would mention them just in case they are little bugettes that have crawled in.
The Flatten All Layers function seems to stick on selected. This is likely to be me simply not understanding the process. It will usually return a flat file even after deselecting the Flatten All Layers. It always does this for files with simple backgrounds (likely to be correct) but on occasion with files using a template. Once it has started to generate flat files with templates it continues to do so. The Flatten All Layers check box is always selected when the dialogue (simple and advanced) is opened regardless on how it was set on the previous run (the other setting remain as set).
When layered Photoshop files are in the list Only the top layer seems to be extracted for the contact sheet.
File labels: when set to centred the label is left justified about the centre point, cant find an option to centre the text
If it will help I can investigate further or you could point me at the probably obvious solution.
Keep up the great work
For the Flatten All Layers. I thought there might be a problem here earlier. I'll step through it in more detail. The fact that it is stuck in the On position is a bug. I'll get that taken care for 1.2b3.
Layered files should probably be flattened. I'll make that the default behavior and provide a flag to override it.
I'll take a look at the justification (mis)behavior that you noted.
Thanks for the feed back.
I found the sticky Flatten flag bug. It's fixed and will be in 1.2b3.
I added code to make sure multi-layer docs are flattened. This should only have been a problem when using the Basic HiPerf mode. If you are still seeing a problem in 1.2b3, let me know.
The justification code is working fine for me. Send me a ContactSheetX.log file and a sheet that goes with it that shows the problem.
I'll try and get 1.2b3 out this weekend provided we don't come across any more serious problems.
Happy to help.
The filenames seem to be left aligned whatever position (Left, Centre, Right) is selected. Your code for the single line comment field looks to be sending something like the correct justification.
Update on flatten:
the script looks to be using whatever is set in the xtools/ContactSheetX.ini file and ignores the dialogue box setting although it can change (I don't know what changes it). It can be manually changed in the .INI file and the flag will reflect this setting on opening
The contacts within a template are always flattened to a single layer (Contact sheet) and the other layers intact (when not flattened), is this correct?
You work faster at fixing them than I do at commenting on them.
Found the problem area with the file names (having the layers intact helped). There seems to be a problem with the alignment of the text boxes with landscape files and off centre margins.
Try Width 10in and Height 8in; Margins 2,0,1,1; 2 rows and columns auto spacing (effect is same with manual spacing). Then try swapping width and height.
Portrait works, Landscape is out.
I'll do some more testing on the caption alignment to see if I can reproduce what you're seeing.
The Flatten flag would only be read from the UI when 'Save Sheet' was true. That's been fixed.
The thumbnails are flattened to a single layer so the behavior you are seeing was what I intended. I've also considered not flattening the thumbnails/captions. I avoided doing that because it doesn't look like the code was going to be all that easy. I can see the benefit, though, so I'll look at adding that capability back in.
One last pointer to the Caption alignment
It would seem to be related to the Constrain to Square function and this is pushing the thumbnails to the left in landscape pages.
Thought on flattened thumbnails with templates.
Could you use the group facility so you could build the thumbnails exactly as normal then convert to a group and transfer the group to the template file.
May not work, just a thought.
You are probably well on your way to fixing the offset caption (thumbnail) problem but if this helps (cant find an obvious way to send you the files without starting a new bug report):
Extract from log with offset thumbnails:
2007-04-12 01:01:30 - Processing: c:\temp\test\_MG_7834.CR2
2007-04-12 01:01:41 - Inserting image _MG_7834.CR2 at 153,3,283.5,133.5
2007-04-12 01:01:42 - Inserting caption _MG_7834 at 150,135,450,147
2007-04-12 01:01:42 - Processing: c:\temp\test\_MG_7839.CR2
2007-04-12 01:01:51 - Inserting image _MG_7839.CR2 at 453,3,583.5,133.5
2007-04-12 01:01:52 - Inserting caption _MG_7839 at 450,135,750,147
2007-04-12 01:01:53 - Sheet creation complete
From identical settings without "Constrain to square"
2007-04-12 01:04:55 - Processing: c:\temp\test\_MG_7834.CR2
2007-04-12 01:05:06 - Inserting image _MG_7834.CR2 at 153,3,447,133.5
2007-04-12 01:05:07 - Inserting caption _MG_7834 at 150,135,450,147
2007-04-12 01:05:07 - Processing: c:\temp\test\_MG_7839.CR2
2007-04-12 01:05:17 - Inserting image _MG_7839.CR2 at 453,3,747,133.5
2007-04-12 01:05:17 - Inserting caption _MG_7839 at 450,135,750,147
2007-04-12 01:05:18 - Sheet creation complete
Other relevant details the only difference being the squarecell setting
Hope this helps.
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