I’m a very happy user of PhotoShelter. PhotoShelter provides me with easy online presentation of my work, extensive administrative functions with galleries and collections, search functions for the customers, advanced pricing profile setup and a complete shopping system with payment transactions, billing, download etc.
They do unfortunately lack a few features. The most important one is the ability to synchronize the online photo archive with my local files.
The way I work, I often make changes to older photos in my archive. Minor color corrections, removal of small skin blemishes, changes to the cropping and now and then also the addition of images that were once discarded. The most frequent change is adding keywords and descriptions to images – a task that is often taken care of weeks later than my first publishing of the image.
Without the ability to automatically synchronize my local files to the PhotoShelter archive I would have to do this manually. Export the new image from my local administrative software (Adobe Bridge), locate the corresponding file on PhotoShelter, manually replace the file and wait for the upload to complete. Then carry on with the next file…
With thousands of images in my archive, this would be a tedious and time consuming task. One of those things that would slowly kill me – and indeed kill all motivation to improve my online archive.
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I have since then made an improved version that will not only update the exported JPEG files, but will also update titles, descriptions and keywords stored in either XMP, PSD or JPEG files. Very soon I will clean this up (remove code that is of no relevance to anyone but me) and make it available for download.
Until then – happy updating!