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Posted 04/24/2022   12:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've just uploaded a new version of StampFix, v1.54. As usual, download is here.

This version includes two new features, both by user request.

First, a change to the order in which individual stamps are extracted from a larger image when using the Batch from Image feature. Often, when scanning stamps, a user will place them on the scanner in rows and expect that the resulting images will be numbered in the order they were on the scanner, from top-left to bottom-right. Until now, the stamps were ordered in the order the software detected them, which is roughly bottom to top, without a lot of regard for left to right. (See example order in v1.51 screenshot below). This led to a lot of renaming to get the stamps named in the proper order.

With v1.54, the stamps are numbered in a more logical order, from left to right in rows from top to bottom. For this to work best, the stamps need to be in rows. If the stamps are scattered all over the image, or if there's a random stamp in one row that's much taller than the rest so that it intrudes on the row below, it will cause some odd results because it throws off the row detection.

Here's the same image as above in v1.54.

Second, this version includes the ability to further customize the filenames when batch processing using the Batch Folder/Files/Image processes. Filename customization is Pandora's Box, and it gets very complicated very fast. There's a reason there are entire apps devoted just to renaming files. But, here's the logic behind this addition. If you're going to use this feature, please read carefully, because the renaming behavior isn't always intuitive or obvious.

There's a new block of inputs in the left sidebar.

This block includes blanks for the prefix, core filename, and suffix. It also includes blanks for separators to go between the prefix/core and core/suffix.

The checkboxes at left of the prefix/core/suffix blanks will cause those fields to iterate. Iteration works as follows:

1. If iterate is checked and the box is blank, it will insert integers starting at 1. (ex. first stamp would be 1, next is 2, etc.)
2. If iterate is checked and the box contains only an integer (ex. 100), the integer will iterate starting from that number. (ex. first stamp is 100, next is 101, next is 102, etc.)
3. If iterate is checked and the box contains mixed text IOW, not a pure integer (ex. 3A), it will append an integer iterating from 1 (ex. first stamp would be 3A1, second would be 3A2, etc.)

One caveat when using Batch from Image (but not Batch Files or Folder), new unique filenames must be generated since you're creating multiple files from one. In the past, these new files automatically received integer filenames iterating from 1. This is still the case unless you override this behavior using the new options. If you leave all renaming checkboxes/blanks empty, the app will automatically check the box to iterate the core so it can create core filenames iterating from 1.

Also, the feature that allows you to prevent overwriting of source files is still available. Because of this, if that option is checked, you may still see additional dashes/integers (Ex. -2) appended to filenames as necessary to avoid overwriting files of the same name in your output folder.

These new renaming options are also available on the Edit Individually screen when using Batch from Image.

The renaming works the same way here. If you'd like to watch it in action without generating the files, you can go here and play with the options, hitting Apply to watch the filenames generate.

With an update this large, I suspect there may be a few bugs here and there. If you find one, please let me know. If the numbering or renaming aren't behaving as you think they should or if you just can't figure out how to make it work, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Also, I haven't yet updated the detailed instructions on my website to reflect these additions. I'll try to knock that out tomorrow.

EDIT: Typo
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Posted 04/24/2022   01:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Fabulous! Postmaster.
Look forward to a road test
(Currently unable to get into, weekend traffic I presume)

The batch rename, I'll remain with XYPlorer
Ex : c400 swaps from Dianne, Worldwide
Scan
Select country F2 done
When countries finished
Select value tablet of country F2 done
etc.

The order release is great, esp for small sets up to 40 stamps
definitives etc

I always use rows on the platen, as I scan blocks of 3-5 at 600dpi


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Posted 04/24/2022   08:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow - this looks great! Thanks very much Postmaster, will try it out soon.

~Greg
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Posted 04/24/2022   2:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
First results are very promising - processed 26 Lombardy Venetia from one image, using naming with sequential core & a suffix - and along with all the ordering worked perfectly. Also tried it out with a range of other settings and those all worked.

Greatly appreciate your willingness to enhance your program, and so quickly too!

Will definitely let you know if I do run into any issues as I go.

~Greg
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Posted 04/24/2022   4:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Wonderful to see members using this software.
I could not guess, how many 1000's of hours it has saved me.
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Posted 04/25/2022   8:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I just posted a minor bug fix version, v1.55. This just fixes a cosmetic issue where, under certain circumstances, the reset button was shrinking when you hovered over it.
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Posted 04/27/2022   10:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Noticed a very small issue - the "Percentage" option for the Resize on Save setting isn't persistent when set/saved as default. It goes to "None" when re-starting Stampfix. The other options seem okay.

Thanks! Greg
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Posted 04/27/2022   11:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Greg. I'll take a look at it.
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Posted 04/27/2022   10:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Another bug fix release today, v1.56.

This version fixes the following:

1. Reinstates the option to change the file format upon saving. When re-arranging the layout for v1.54, I deleted the box to set the file extension and just forgot to put it back. It's back now.

2. Fixes a bug in the option to alter the image size by a percentage upon saving. Previously, all the options in this selection box could be saved as a default except for the "Percentage" option. Apparently, this bug has existed since the first version of the app. I guess I now know how many users actually use that option!

3. Fixes some cosmetic bugs caused by the recent interface changes.
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Posted 04/28/2022   08:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gmot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks - works great now!

~Greg
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Posted Today  8 Hrs 4 Min ago  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Stampfix took on my free form diecuts, and never broke stride.
Bravo!

Would be close to my 10,000th stamp, through this software.

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Posted Today  3 Hrs 47 Min ago  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Would be close to my 10,000th stamp, through this software.


I should have put a counter on it so Rod could watch the numbers spin!
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Posted Today  3 Hrs 3 Min ago  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I should have put a counter on it so Rod could watch the numbers spin!

Yes, that would have been interesting Postmaster,
I finished 300-500 today alone, scans I made 7-8 years ago, and were in all sorts of shapes.
All lined up now.
PS: Does the triangles well also.
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