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Artist's Categories

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LesPalenik:
The current image categories are functional, easy to use by the authors and buyers, and work great.

However, since Symbiostock was designed primarily for the benefit of the artists, it doesn't have to be as restricted as the conventional agencies. I envision the underlaying image database as a powerful and flexible platform being able to store additional information that could add even more value to the system.

Specifically, I'm thinking about additional categories. For lack of better word, I'd call it artist categories, type, groups, or something similar. Maybe even two more fields - type and group.
The users wouldn't necessarily see or use it, but the contributors could use various codes to assign more meanings to their images, and then filter on it and possibly even perform other processes on the filtered sets.
For example, we could have various pricing codes, filter on them, and then perform a bulk price change. Or a "original" and "derived (cropped) image" category. Perhaps creation year or maximum image size. Color workspace and other technical data, such as camera, lens, or filer used.
Everybody hase different needs, but by adding a few extra codes / fields to the image database, we could configure and use the images creatively to make our "digital assets" even more useful and productive. Something between Lightroom and inventory item database.

Having those extra codes doesn't mean that they have to be used by everyone. Some people would find it vary valuable, some may never use them, and others might warm up to them once their basic site is up and running.

Kerioak~Christine:
I am sure I have seen this post before and did not fully understand it then either.  We can add whatever categories we want, very few of us have stuck to the original list and can use keywords to so
rt when required.  If we added dates could sort on those as well but dates are rarely relevant

ShazamImages:
I think that he is asking for "hidden" categories.


--- Quote from: LesPalenik on August 29, 2013, 21:10 ---The users wouldn't necessarily see or use it, but the contributors could use various codes to assign more meanings to their images, and then filter on it and possibly even perform other processes on the filtered sets.

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Kerioak~Christine:
I *think* that would be easy enough to do - do not add them to the drop down categories in the header and hide the main category page(s)  I think the only time they might show up then is if someone does a search on your site and you do not have any results?

ShazamImages:

--- Quote from: Kerioak~Christine on August 30, 2013, 04:41 ---I *think* that would be easy enough to do - do not add them to the drop down categories in the header and hide the main category page(s)  I think the only time they might show up then is if someone does a search on your site and you do not have any results?

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But won't the "hidden" categories still show up on the image pages themselves?

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