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After purchasing the upgrade go to http://www.darkroomsoftware.com/support/downloads/ and download the latest version of the product you need (Core, Pro or Assembly Edition). After installing on your computer plug in your hardware protection key or dongle and run the new software. You should get an error message that looks like this. …

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This article will explain the settings in the Application Otions>General Settings in the Setup Tab. These application settings are designed to setup the general functionality of the Darkroom software. Click on the image below to view a larger version of that screen. Allow text to be added on the fly to images and borders in the …

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This article contains information regarding the sending and receiving of back print information from Darkroom to a Labtricity photo lab. A photographer can send suggested back print information in their Labtricity orders by adding back print information with special print codes. 1. Click on the Setup tab in your Darkroom software. 2. In the Setup tree, select …

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This article will explain the Data Export feature in Darkroom 9.1. This feature was added in build 1934 and is available as a free update to all current 9.1 owners. 1. In the Completed Orders tab select the orders you would like to export the data of. 2. Right click your mouse and choose Export Order …

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This article contains information on how to setup and use Darkroom’s ability to email packages. Photo Email is a new feature in all versions of Darkroom 9.1. Videos: You may want to watch these videos first Photo Email in action Photo Email to Facebook Setting up Photo Email Setup The setup procedure consists of a. setting up you your email account(s) and …

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This article will explain the different options in the photo View Menu of the Photo Library. These options determine how the Current Catalog Viewer displays the current catalogs photos. 1. Show Photo Filenames – Displays the name of the file under the photo in thumbnail view 2. Show Photo Icons – Displays icons around the photo …

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This article will outline some of the more popular uses for Darkroom Core and Pro. Darkroom is a flexible application and can be used as a building block for a wide variety of workflows. Below are diagrams of just a few of the possible configurations for Darkroom. Basic Event Advanced Event Large Event Small Studio Large Studio Large Chain …

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When editing a photo you can save your settings as an attribute bookmark so you can use it again on other photos. However, there are certain edit tools that cannot be saved as an attribute. These options are accessed in the Photo Workshop of Darkroom. If you save an attribute to the clipboard, as a default, …

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This article will describe how to setup a Noritsu printer for use Darkroom Pro and AE. Go to the Setup Tab Select Printer Options Select All Supported Printers Double-click NORITSU 2901/3001/3011/3101/31PRO/3201/DDP-411 (NETORDER) In the OPTIONS tab, check the box to ENABLE NORITSU QSS DRIVER For the PRINTER IP ADRESS:, type in the IP address of your Noritsu (NetOrder) Printer or …

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There are numerous options available for those photographers who wish to shoot with green screen. These options range from low cost, do-it-yourself green screen backdrops, to higher end implements designed for the professional photographer by an outside company. When using ExpressDigital software, you can use any green or blue material as the backdrop. However, it is …

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This article contains requirements needed for each type of Photo CD in Darkroom Assembley/School & Group. Express Digital Darkroom Assembley and School & Group provide 9 different types of photo CDs you can create for your specific school or job. Below are requirements needed for each type of Photo CD. SASI CD Creates the following info 1. Student Images 2. Student …

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This article contains troubleshooting tips for using a barcode scanner and the Fuji S5 in ExpressDigital software. The new Fuji S5 is the only camera supported at this time with the ability to merge barcode data into the EXIF data of the images shot with the camera. This process requires the use of a serial …

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This article will explain how to set up and use multi printers in both Darkroom Core and Pro to increase capacity and speed. Core 1. First, install the Windows driver for your printer, connect the first printer and confirm that it works. 2. Connect the second printer of the same type and Windows should detect and install it …

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This article contains information on creating a border with your Darkoom software that contains your business logo. Since borders can be applies to photos, a border with your logo will show up on top of the photo. This can be used for branding, copyrighting, or copy protection. First you will need to create a border. 1. Go …

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This article contains information on adding templates to your Darkroom software. In Darkroom you are able to add third party templates to the software; you can also add templates that you have created outside of Darkroom software. Requirements: You must be using Darkroom Professional, Darkroom Assembly, and/or Darkroom Core. Your templates files must be in the CRD …

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This article explains how to re-enable the make editable dialog box once it has been turned off. ***IMPORTANT NOTICE*** This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. How to back …

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This article contains step-by-step instructions on how to create a greenscreen border in Darkroom Software. Requirements You must be using Darkroom Core (version 9.0 or greater), Darkroom Professional, Darkroom Assembly Edition. Note: versions of Darkroom Core Edition prior to 9.0 does not support green screen. Instructions 1. In your Darkroom software, go to the Setup tab 2. When in …

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Here are the most common shortcut keys listed by workspace. You can find a complete list in the User guide. Photo Library Shortcut Keys Key Description + Increase Thumbnail size - Decrease Thumbnail Size 0 Order “A La Carte” item 1 through 9 Add package number to Cart CTL A Select All C Create a new Catalog H Horizontal / Landscape Orientation V Vertical / Portrait Orientation O Clockwise Orientation Shift O Counter-Clockwise Orientation * (MULTIPLY) Copy Photo Attributes to …

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This article explains how to add calendar templates for the current or next year to Darkroom Software. 1. Download the template files. Files for the current calendar year can be downloaded from the following Link. Calendars 2. Open the Darkroom software. 3. Minimize the Darkroom software by clicking on the icon in the upper right portion of the application …

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Darkroom Pro includes built in drivers for most popular photo printers. If you do not see your printer listed, but have Windows drivers for it, you can still use the printer with Darkroom software if you set it up as a Windows printer. 1. Open your Darkroom Software. 2. Click on the Setup tab. 3. Click …

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When editing a photo, you can save certain settings as an attribute so that those settings can be reused again on other photos. These options are accessed in the Photo Workshop of Darkroom. The only options in the Photo Workshop are “Apply to All in catalog” or “Apply from”. There is no “Apply to selected” …

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This article contains information on creating and adding overlays to your Proof Sheet in your Darkoom software. Requirements: You must be using Darkroom Professional, Darkroom Assembly or Darkroom Core. Create your overaly graphic in a graphics editing program that can create .TGA or .PNG files, such as Adobe Photoshop. Create a Transparent Image using Adobe Photoshop® 1. …

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This article contains information on using masks for Darkroom borders. Masks are custom shapes that are used to show or hide effects in Darkroom borders. The mask covers up certain parts of the effect. For instance, a mask could be used to create a vignette effect. Darkroom includes a number of useful mask shapes, but …

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This article contains information on saving a file out of Darkroom. There are two methods when you need to save files out of Darkroom. Method 1 is for those users who only need to save one or two files at a time. Method 2 is for those users who need to save batches or large …

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This article shows you how to use Darkroom 9.1′s email capabilities to post directly to a Facebook page using Facebook’s mobile upload feature. A video tutorial of these instructions is available at the bottom of the page. Requirements Darkroom 9.1, an internet connection, a Facebook account. Procedure 1. Setup a Page within Facebook. Refer to Facebook’s help pages if …

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Darkroom uses the drive X: as the reference drive. All data files used in Darkroom have an address that starts with X:. The X: drive does not exist in the same sense as your C: drive or your D: drive. It is in reality a shortcut to the folder where all of your Darkroom image, configuration, …

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This article contains information on adding media rules to printers and packages in your Darkroom Software. In Darkroom you are able to print specific sized packages to specific printers by setting up a media type. Using a media rule you can have multiple printers connected to your Darkroom software that allow many sizes and are …

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This article explains how to add the copyright symbol to your images. This option is for photographers who feel the need to place a distinct copyright notice on their images to discourage eproduction of their work without their permission. This symbol will also notify printing services that the image being presented to them is protected …

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This article contains instructions on setting up the Fuji Frontier Hot Folder. This information can also be found under the Fuji Frontier driver setup. The setup is available when you click on the Help button. You must be using ExpressDigital Darkroom Professional, Assembly or Labtricity Server with the Fuji Frontier or Fuji Pic. The Fuji Frontier …

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This article contains general information on SASI CDs for Darkroom Assembly Edition. It will help customers determine SASI CD requirements for burning within Darkroom Assembly and what is contained in a SASI CD. Darkroom Assembly Edition will allow you to take the student photos and data and create a CD that conforms to the SASI …

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It is sometimes useful to be able to set printer options only for certain products. This can be accomplished by using the media type field of a print item. In both Darkroom and Labtricity, for any printer you may specify the following options in the Media Descriptor for any print item. /NoBleed – disables bleed for a …

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After editing images in your Darkroom software, you may want to print them all to file in order to create an image CD for your customer, to send to an external lab, or for some other purpose. This article will describe how to batch print your images to file quickly. REQUIREMENTS Darkroom Assembly or Professional Edition software.

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This article contains information on creating a graphic file with an alpha channel. ExpressDigital requires a .tga or a .png file with an alpha channel in order to see a particular graphic’s transparency. REQUIREMENTS You must be using Adobe Photoshop or other images editor that can save as .png or .tga 1. Open your photo in Adobe Photoshop. 2. …

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Occasionally it is necessary to display an element on screen as a guide that you do not wish to print. The border workshop is located by going to Setup>Products and Services>Templates>Borders>Your Border Group and clicking on the “new” button in the tool set on the right hand side of the screen. From the border workshop you …

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This article describes how to export photo data from Darkroom Assembly Edition version 8.70.1118 or later. There is a link on the Photo Assistant’s Task Details window under the Wrap up section called “Export photo data.” If you click on this link it will open a new export data dialog. It contains an edit field and browse button to …

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The “Photos” folder is the folder that Darkroom uses to store data, like catalogs, orders and packages. By default, the “Photos” folder is set to C:Program FilesExpressDigitalDarkroom ProPhotos (if you have Professional edition). The location of this Photos folder can be easily changed to store data in another drive or another folder under the network …

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This article contains information on importing and using passport guides. Guides are used in the Photo Workshop. Standard guides are already included in the software. Attached are the passport guides, which are based on the current State Department Standards* Passport Vertical Passport Horizontal To import the passport guides 1. Copy the attached .EMF files into the Templates folder (usually X:Templates …

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This article has information about “backing up the Windows registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. Before you edit the registry, export the keys in the registry that you plan to edit, or back up …

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This article includes instructions explaining how to add a custom print size to the list of available prints in the package setup section. The available prints sizes are available by going to the Setup tab, Products and Services, and Package Groups. In order to keep the list of a manageable size only the most commonly …

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This article describes steps to control your color profiles from input to output. For more detailed information and custom profiles, please contact Scott Martin at http://www.on-sight.com* Symptom Inconsistent color Requirements Monitor: Monitor calibration tool (ColorVision Spyder, Monaco, GretagMacbeth, etc.) or a custom profile for your monitor brand/type (created by a third party). Printer: Printer calibration tool or a custom profile …

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This article describes steps to control your color profiles from input to output. For more detailed information and custom profiles, please contact Scott Martin at http://www.on-sight.com* Symptom Inconsistent color Requirements Monitor: Monitor calibration tool (ColorVision Spyder, Monaco, GretagMacbeth, etc.) or a custom profile for your monitor brand/type (created by a third party). Printer: Printer calibration tool or a custom profile …

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This article will describe how to turn any product being printed from Darkroom software into a bordered print. To create a bordered print add the following text into the media field for any product. The default size of the border is 4mm so to create a 4mm border around the print use: /Bordered If you wish to create …

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The “Photos” folder is the folder that Darkroom uses to store data, like catalogs, orders and packages. In version 9.1 by default, the “Photos” folder is set to C:UsersPublicDocumentsDarkroomSoftwarePhotos. The “Photos” folder can be easily changed to store data in another drive or another folder. This can be useful for storing your data in a …

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This article contains information on passwords in Darkroom applications. The software will prompt you to set the Administrator password the very first time you log in. If you choose not to set the Administrator password, you will not be required to enter a username or password on subsequent uses of the software. If you decide …

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Troubleshooting...

Symptoms: Darkroom AE field station connects to base and can see Events and images. However, none of the student data shows up. Explanation: DRAE and PRO use standard Windows file sharing to access the events and images so those work as long as the folder is shared properly and the client station has …

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This article contains information regarding the different command and image files that Darkroom software writes when printing to a Fuji Pic/Frontier. This is important for setup and troubleshooting problems printing to the Fuji printer. This article also contains a registry setting which tells Darkroom software how long to leave the rasterized images in the hot …

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This article contains information regarding the Epson 4800,7800, and 9800 printing the wrong sizes and or cutting the bottom off my sheets of wallets. To resolve this issue, you will need to download the latest drivers for your printer. The printers and the current versions as of this article are listed below. 4800: v5.53 7800: v5.52 9800: v5.52 If …

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This article contains information on tethering the Nikon D70 to Darkroom software. The D70 is set by default, to be a MASS STORAGE DEVICE. In order to tether the D70 to Darkroom Software, the USB setting must be set to PTP (PICTURE TRANSFER PROTOCOL) mode. Consult page 165 of the included D70 Manual in order to …

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If you have your bleed scale set to 0% in Darkroom but the images are still being scaled up when printing to the AGFA D-Lab. Repro Mode determines if any adjustments will be made by the printer after the Darkroom software releases the prints to be printed. If Repro Mode is ON, then the printer does …

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This article contains an attachment that provides bar codes that must be scanned before using a USB Barcode Scanner with Darkroom software. To use a USB barcode scanner which emulates a standard keyboard, you must configure the scanner to transmit an STX (ASCII 02H) start-of-text character before each bar code, and a CR (ASCII 0DH) character …

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This article contains troubleshooting information for the Kodak DLS software and setup. There are several options to try if you your Kodak DLS in not functioning. Try the following workarounds to fix the problem. 1. VERIFY THAT THE KODAK MONITORING SOFTWARE IS RUNNING. If the products do not show up, the monitoring software may not be running. On …

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If you are planning to take advantage of Darkroom 9.1′s photo email feature at your next event some research and planning will make that event go much smoother. The number of emails and the size of attachments you are allowed to send can vary especially with the free providers like Gmail or Hotmail. These limits …

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Most likely the last folder you imported from no longer exists on your computer or it has a character in the folder name that Darkroom is unable to read properly so when you hit add photo and software tries to access the last location you imported from it cannot. To fix this issue please follow …

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Darkroom Core, Professional, and Assembly products require a software protection key in order to run in full mode. These keys are essential when running the software. The Darkroom applications will load to Evaluation mode if the software protection key is not connected properly. Evaluation mode does not permit printing and is designed for trial purposes …

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This article contains information on why Darkroom Pro, Assembly, Core sends all prints to just one printer, even though the software has multiple printers setup. Cause Printers have a built in maximum number of copies that they can accept. With some printers this number is very high. In these cases, the printer will accept and essentially “steal” …

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This article contains information on Nikon .TIF files being used in ExpressDigital Darkroom Core, Professional and Assembly. The imported Nikon .TIF file appears as a blank or black thumbnail within the software. The image cannot be viewed. ExpressDigital software does not support the Tiff mode for Nikon cameras. When using a Nikon camera, use Raw (.NEF) …

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This article explains what to do when you receive the following error message, “The Microsoft DAO Engine is not installed on your machine. You may have problems accessing reports.” Cause Another application or service has been installed or some other event occurred that overwrote or changed the current DAO file. Workaround

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This article describes the steps necessary to rebuild the catalog index on the server computer when a client crashes upon removing a catalog. 1. Close the Darkroom software on all clients. 2. Rebuild the catalog index file on the server computer by hitting the “ctrl + r” keystroke in the PhotoLibrary. 3. The software will prompt you to …

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Darkroom uses an index file to keep track of the location of the .bdr files which comprise the groups in the templates section of the products and services module in Darkroom. If this file becomes corrupt, gets deleted, or is replaced it is possible to instruct darkroom to rebuild the index using the existing border …

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This article contains information on passwords in Darkroom applications. The software will prompt you to set the Administrator password the very first time you log in. If you choose not to set the Administrator password, you will not be required to enter a username or password on subsequent uses of the software. If you decide …

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This article contains information on reinstalling the Photo Workshop guides to your Darkroom software if they do not show up as an option in the Photo Workshop. When the Photos folder (the X: drive) has been redirected to a different location, the guide files may not get redirected with it. Procedure Below are links to download the …

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This article contains troubleshooting tips for using the bar code scanner in Darkroom software 8.7 or earlier. There are several things to check if the bar code reader is not working correctly with your Darkroom software. Below are five common things to look out for while troubleshooting. What should I do if the bar code scanner …

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This article contains information on stopping the new photo pop up screen when shooting tethered Darkroom Pro or AE 8.9 and a Fuji S5. ***IMPORTANT NOTICE*** This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry …

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This article contains information on the setup of the Kodak DLS printer. 1. Java Runtime Environment must be installed on the computer with Darkroom Software. Go to the following website to download the application: http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp 2. Find the IP Address of the computer running the DLS software in the DLS IP Address section of the DLS Printer …

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This article describes two methods for printing 3½x5 prints using the Sony UPDR100. Method 1 Use 5×7 inksheet, in the Sony UPDR100 setup in our app, check the checkbox for Cut 3.5×5 prints when using 5×7 media. If you do that and you print the 2-3.5×5′s on a 5×7 print arrangement, then the 2 prints will get …

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The Konica R1 can be configured to accept back print information sent from Express Digital. SYMPTOMS The Konica R1 is ignoring back print information REQUIREMENTS ExpressDigital Darkroom Assembly or Professional Edition and Konica R1 software version 1.20 or later. WORKAROUND The following changes are to be made on the Konica R1 computer Change the back-print setting under the “Others” tab in mode: …

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Symptoms: Darkroom AE field station connects to base and can see Events and images. However, none of the student data shows up. Explanation: DRAE and PRO use standard Windows file sharing to access the events and images so those work as long as the folder is shared properly and the client station has …

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The noritsu net order printers include a functionality that allows the printer to relay any messages such as “door ajar!” etc. for display in your Darkroom software. It is possible to disable this if necessary. There are any number of reasons that you may want to disable this functionality ranging from interfernece with your workflow to …

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Color changes made to a photo on your station cannot be viewed by networked stations so other stations may color correct photos you’ve already spent time editing. A change to the registry add this feature. The software creates .ffd files in C:Program Files/Common Files/ExpressDigital/CacheFFD. Since this path is not available to other computers on the networks, …

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A personal firewall is a gatekeeper to the Internet. For the purpose of security, it either grants or denies Internet access, depending on how it is configured. Most personal firewalls will deny access to any program, and each new version of any program, unless you have specifically allowed access. Neither a browser nor any other …

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This article asks several questions you should ask yourself while you are working with the network. Are all your Darkroom applications the same version number? You can check the version number by clicking on the question mark on the top right of the program. Is your photos folder shared with the permissions set that all computers are allowed …

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This article describes the steps necessary to rebuild the catalog index on the server computer when a client crashes upon removing a catalog. 1. Close the Darkroom software on all clients. 2. Rebuild the catalog index file on the server computer by hitting the “ctrl + r” keystroke in the PhotoLibrary. 3. The software will prompt you to …

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This article contains information on setting up your Darkroom computers for a network environment. Procedure 1. On the server computer right click on my computer and click on properties 2. Click on the tab called computer name and note the full computer name and the workgroup/domain name. Click okay to dismiss these windows. 3. Now Browse to your Photos …

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Recommendations for networking two or more computers together. The most reliable way to connect machines is via a wired network, preferably using a Gigabit network for the best performance. The computers need to be on the same “workgroup” so they can see each other. Right-click on My Computer, go to properties, then computer name to see the …

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