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MemoryMiner.jpg MemoryMiner 1.85 Released
By Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 11:46 EDT)

John Fox has updated MemoryMiner, his $45 cross-platform digital story-telling application, to version 1.85. The new version can mine Exif headers and iPhoto databases for keywords and adds new contextual menu commands. Enhancements have been made to the Google Maps address lookup feature, support for Reunion files and Auto Life Period icon creation, among others. Bug fixes include improved library archive moves between platforms.

The complete list of changes from the Release Notes accompanying the free download follow.

New Features

Keyword Mappings: Many people use keywords to capture the names of people and places in their photos. Applications such as Aperture, Lightroom, iView Media, etc. will embed these keywords in the file itself, whereas applications such as iPhoto will store keywords in a separate file. In MemoryMiner 1.85 both the People and Place editors let you specify a keyword, which, if found either embedded in the image file or in an iPhoto data record, will cause the appropriate person or place to be associated with the newly imported photo.

Remove People/Place Context Menu: A new context menu now appears in the Contact Sheet views of both the People and Place editors. This makes it easy to remove a person or a place from a selection of photos. An Alert Panel will appear after using this context menu asking you to confirm your choice.


Google Maps Address Lookup: Google Maps address lookup will fail silently if the address being looked up contains "control" characters such as the return character. Such characters are now removed. This can happen with addresses imported from Address Book that have multi-line addresses

UTF-8 Encoded GEDCOM Files: GEDCOM files saved with UTF-8 text encoding, such as those created by Reunion, are now supported.

Keyboard Shortcuts: Added consistent keyboard shortcuts for Select All (Cmd-a) and Select None (Cmd-d) for all 3 Contact Sheet views.

Added Japanese Help System: The local HTML help system has now been translated into Japanese (thanks Keiji!), joining the Danish version for which we must thank Preben.

Improved Auto Life Period Icon Creation: When edting a selection marker on a photo, MemoryMiner looks to see if can create a icon representing the person in question, either "globally" or for the appropriate life period based on the photos's date and the person's birth date. When an "unspecified" marker (such as is created when dragging a person onto a selection of photos in the contact sheet) the attempt to create a life period icon is deferred until the marker is actually resized. The same applies when dropping a person onto a photo that's being annotated. The reason for doing this is to help automatically create the best possible icon for a person when one does not already exist.

Annotation Web Service: A check is now made for requests whose portfolios are deleted on the server when performing a Status Update. In such cases, the local XML record about a remote request is now automatically deleted.

Bug Fixes

Conversion of non-JPEG files in Flickr Upload: Image files such as TIFF which have resolution tags > 72 DPI were not being converted to JPEG at their full "natural size" before being uploaded. This has been fixed.

Localization Improvements: Numerous typographical and other corrections were made in the various localizations, particularly the German, Japanese and Chinese.

Refresh after loading KML files: After importing places from a Google KML file, the Places table was not being reloaded. Now it is.

Streamlined .Mac Upload configuration: When selecting .Mac as the host for HTML export, a bug with the testing phase that would sometimes cause "false failures" has been fixed.

Annotation Web Service Update: Fixed an XML date/time conversion bug affecting the date when an annotation was last made using the web annotation service.

Mac/Windows Library Exchange: Fixed problems with selection marker and life period icons not being properly exchanged when moving a library archive file (.mlz) between the Mac and Windows versions of MemoryMiner.

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