[greenstone-users] Re: ImagePlug Questions

From mdewsnip@cs.waikato.ac.nz
DateThu, 10 Jul 2003 17:53:02 +1200 (NZST)
Subject [greenstone-users] Re: ImagePlug Questions
Hi Ben,

In response to your questions:

1. The ImageMagick homepage is at http://www.imagemagick.org - you might
like to have a look around here first. To download ImageMagick for
Windows, try

There are a few different Windows distributions available (differing in
terms of being statically/dynamically linked, and maximum bit depth); the
one shown above worked for me on a Windows 2000 machine.

Once you've got it, just double-click to install. It is a standard Windows
installer, and has some helpful text at the start. It doesn't matter where
you install it. I recommend that you choose the "update executable search
path" option, since this handles setting the PATH variable for you.

Once it is finished installing, you should be all ready to go. Open up a
DOS prompt and check everything is working properly by typing "convert"
and "identify" (these are the two programs used by ImagePlug). If these
programs don't run, you'll have to manually add their location to the PATH
variable (let me know if you need help on this). If they work, you should
be OK to import files using ImagePlug.

2. Images are no different from any other file in terms of assigning
metadata via metadata.xml files. The Greenstone Librarian Interface (which
comes with Greenstone 2.40) makes metadata assignment much easier, so I'd
recommend you use this for assigning metadata to your images.

Hope this helps.

- Michael



Just have a few questions regarding the ImgePlug plug-in.
1) What is the procedure for downloading and setting up ImageMagick on a
Windows (XP) machine? I've searched the greenstone archives for the answer
but couldn't find it.
2) Is there an easy way to add searchable and general metadata to images
using the ImagePlug plug-in?


Ben Dwyer