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ACI Flash V8 1.2 & compact flash memory

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Dave Smith

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Be forewarned. :!: If you are using ACI Flash 8.1.2 with a camera that uses compact flash memory you can delete photos from the memory card when you don't want to.

I use a Kodack DX3900 camera which uses compact flash memory. Several times I have unintentionally tried to edit an image on the memory card. I thought I was editing an image that was in a canister when I was actually trying to edit an image that was on the memory card. Dumb me. :oops:

Flash WILL allow me to take all the steps to edit the image up to the point where I need to click on OK to save the changes. I am then told that Flash is "Unable to write image to file: (image name).

To exit the editing process I have no option but to click on OK. I click on OK and, walla, the image is deleted from the flash card. Poof, gone, vanished, vaporized, history.

I learned this the hard way. Tried to edit image on flash card. Clicked OK. Image gone. Got in car. Drove ten miles. Took picture again. Came back to office. Did it the right way the second time. One half hour lost. Oh well. Dumb me. :oops:

Perhaps this post will save someone else from losing some time (time is money) making a second trip to take another picture. I hope so. :!:
 

jtrotta

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Dave,
Thanks for the input, but am still using the old time DC215 - actually looking into getting a new (DC215) as it is comfortable for me. The steps for dowloading jobs is simple; only a few keystrokes and it's done.

As my old boss would say; you'll only make money-if you can keep your "job time" reasonable. Therefore, I do not fool around with photo's; mapping; or sketches; it's all cute stuff to play with, but it also consumes way to much time. What I get, is exactly what they get, no more/no less.

8)
 

James Bourgeois

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I don't have that problem, but don't edit pix in Flash. I use Adobe Photoshop to edit images and then save from card into flash. Also, have never liked saving pix to canisters...they've proven to be unstable. I put all into databases...they hold more pix and are much more stable.
 

Farm Gal

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Nebraska
Dave:

Thanks for posting and my sympathies, I did three trips last week to a 45 minute distant subject for a lousy final inspection due to camera glitches... You may have identified for me why I lost the first set, on the second set the batteries were low and in attempting to INSURE I had the pics in the I camera lost them after leaving the site :evil: I used the DC 40 as back up on trip #3 :roll:

James:

I have only lost a few pics out of corrupted canisters and considered it operator error... Interesting that you have observed an instability problem... I NEVER delete the pics off the camera until I SEE them in Report, regardless ifthey are in canister or not.

We DO put all comps and subject sales into the ACI database, and have never had a problem with that system.

To what do you attribute the instability, we have 5 years of canistered database on file with no observed difficuties.
 
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