The Excel Export/Import tool can be used to automate importing media into ImageVault 4+ by supplying data in an Excel document. The data supported is target vault, categories and metadata.
The application supports aborting/resuming by tracking processed files and can limit the number of files processed for testing purposes. All progress is logged on file and in the application window.
It can also be used for Metadata export/import functions where the media assets can be exported to an excel file. This file can then be edited to allow changing details for the media assets like
Excel file formats for Excel 2013 and later are supported.
Links to this help page.
In these boxes, you fill in the details on how to connect to ImageVault.
If you connect to an ImageVault 4 instance, you enter the url to the core service (for example https://myimagevault.com:9901). If you connect to an ImageVault 5 instance, you enter the url to the service followed by the /apiv2 path (for example https://myimagevault.com/apiv2)
Here you enter the client identity for the system. Normally this is iv4sdk. Is also found in imagevault.client.config for any existing client application.
Here you enter the password for the client identity. This password is created during the installation/setup of ImageVault. Is also found in imagevault.client.config for any existing client application.
Ignore SSL errors
If the api uses SSL (https) and you experience SSL errors you can check this box to ignore those errors and continue anyway.
Indicates the number of seconds to wait for an operation to the ImageVault server to complete.Will abort the operation if the timeout is exceeded.
Dropdown list for selecting the desired preset to use for Excel import/export. The presets are defined in json-format and descides which metadata to include in the process. The default preset selects all user-defined metadata. For more information about how to make a customized preset, please issue a support ticket.
Throughout the import progress logs will be written to the dark grey log window and to a logfile (ImageVaultImporterLog.txt). The log will give information on the progress and if any errors occurs. You can clear the log window by clicking the Clear logs button.
Closes the application.
Different modes of operation
This tab will allow you to supply an excel file of a specific format (see the Excel Import Sheet below) where media will be imported and uploaded to the system.
Limit number of files to process
You can choose to limit the number of files to process by setting this value.
Note: It is highly recommended to start with a small number and verify the result in the ImageVault UI before running larger operations.
Aborting and resuming
This means that you can run the tool multiple times without adding duplicate files, as long as the history file is not removed in between runs.
You run the import job with a file limit of five files. The application will add these five files to "processed_files.txt". After importing you check the ImageVault UI to make sure that the media items look as expected with regards to categories, metadata etc. Now you want to continue running the import job on, say, another 100 files. You do not need to modify the Excel document but instead just run the job again. As long as the "processed_files.txt" exist, with the previous five files, they will be skipped and the progress will be resumed on the sixth file.
This is also useful if an error would be encountered half way through an import job, e.g. if the network goes down. You can simply run the job again and the application will skip any processed files to prevent duplicates.
Note: This also means that if you want to completely restart an import job from file one you need to manually delete this file.
When all options have been set, click the Import button to start the import progress.
The export metadata will create an excel file containing all assets found on a system. Specify the output location (i.e 'C:\export' or 'ftp://myftpserver.com/export' in the Export to field and the name of the excel file in the field Filename. Optionally you may enter paging information for retrieving a subset of the assets. It is also possible to filter the assets by vault id, simply state the id (or ids) in the Vault ids-field. If you like to download media files along with the metadata, you can do so by checking the Download Media checkbox and select an output format in the dropdown. You will be able to select the download path during the export process.
NB! If you are going to export assets directly to a ftp/sftp server, please contact us for more information.
The exported file differs from the Import Media file since it only contains metadata.
The color of each column indicates what fields you can change for the import. Yellow are not changeable, green and red are. Green represents user metadata and red other changeable information.
This contains the id of the asset.
This contains the current version id of the asset (Versions were introduced in ImageVault v5.1 and will be 0 for older installations).
Name (filename) of the asset
Date when the asset was uploaded
The user who performed the upload
The content type of the original file
The size in bytes of the original file
The width of the asset in pixels.
The height of the asset in pixels.
Will contain a list of asset duplicates (Duplicate detection were introduced in ImageVault v5.0 and will be empty for older installations). This will refer to the version id of the asset that is a duplicate of the current version of the asset (in ImageVault v5.0, duplicates refer to the Id of the asset since versions were introduced in v5.1)
If the asset has been published, this contains a comma separated list of all publishing sources that is has been published to. (unfortunately, only the id is visible, not the publishing source identifier itself, this is fixed in an upcoming version of ImageVault 5 (5.0.301+).
The name of the vault where the asset is located
The categories selected for the assets separated by semicolon (;)
Metadata (green columns)
The metadata available for each asset. The included metadata is descided by the selected preset.
Modifying excel document
Using the exported metadata excel file, you can modify the metadata and use the import function to apply those changes to the system.
Note: No published media assets will be affected. Those url:s will continue to work as before.
The following modifications are supported.
You can change the name of an asset. This is the same as changing it in the organize view. This value is required and cannot be left blank.
You can change in which vault that the asset should be stored in. If you enter a name to a vault that doesn't exist, a new vault is created for you (this newly created vault have no access rights, only admins can access items inside them).
Categories can be set according to the Categories described in the "Excel Import sheet" below.
Each user metadata has it's own column. Edit the value accordingly. Note that if you enter an invalid value, the import will complain, show a warning and skip that asset when importing. If you add more metadata columns (all columns with a name right to the Categories column are treated as metadata columns), these metadata definitions will be created for you.
Removing rows and columns
If you remove rows from the excel sheet, these rows will not be processed by the import. These will be left untouched by the import.
If you remove metadata columns (right of the Categories column), these will be ignored by the import, no changes will be made to those metadata values.
You can remove all columns except Id, Name, Vault and Categories. They need to be kept in that order.
You can add columns after the Id column and before the Categories column. They will be ignored by the import.
The import button will start the import procedure by processing the excel documents sheet named "Import" or the first one if no "Import" sheet is found. If any parsing errors are found when processing, the log window will display a warning indicating which cell in the excel document that contains an error and the row will be skipped from the import. If a more serious error occurs, the import will be stopped and an error will be displayed in the log window.
This function will print out statistics for the ImageVault server; mainly the amount of Vaults and Assets.
Note: The number of assets for each vault in the statistics tag includes (if any) unavailable files, where uploading was initialized but not finalized. (Files that has not been fully organized) Therefore the number of files shown in the statistics tab may be higher than the number of actually exported files from the Export tab.
The Excel Import sheet
The import tool looks for a sheet named "Import". If this sheet is missing, the first available sheet will be used.
In this sheet you need four columns with the following headers:
- Media Path
- Vault Name
Each row beneath these headers represents one media item to import. Formatting (styles, colors, etc.) in the sheet will not have any impact on the import tool.
The full path to the media. This field is mandatory.
The name of the vault in which the media will be stored. If the vault does not exist it will be created. This field is mandatory.
A list of category structures that should be applied to the media item. Any categories that do not exist will be created. This field is optional.
Multiple category structures are supported, each category structure should be separated with a semicolon (;).
The above category string would apply root categories Apples and Cars to the media item.
You can also specify levels of categories by separating with a forward slash /.
The above category string would apply the following structure to the media item:
- Healthy food
Since the maximum category depth in ImageVault 4 is three levels, any deeper structures will be concatenated with an underscore.
The above category string would apply the following structure to the media item:
Specify any metadata that should be applied to the item. This field is optional.
Metadata should be entered as Name=Value, where Name is the name of a metadata definition and Value its value. If a metadata definition doesn't exist it will be created, for best control of the metadata type it is recommended to use metadata definitions that already exists.
Note: If the metadata does not exist, it will create a user metadata of a suitable type for the first value where the definition is needed. If a later item has the same metadata but with another type, the data might not be stored correctly. It's recommended that you create your user datatypes before running the import tool.
Multiple metadata is supported, each metadata name/value pair should be separated by a semicolon (;).
Photographer=John Doe;Country=Sweden;Timestamp=2015-12-16 10:00:00
The above metadata string would apply three metadata definitions to the media item:
- metadata with name Photographer would be set with value John Doe
- metadata with name Country would be set with value Sweden
- metadata with name Timestamp would be set with value 2015-12-16 10:00:00
Example Excel file with populated data
- Added support for presets in json-format to customize the selection of metadata to import/export
- Added Width/Height columns
- Added duplicate column (only for IV 5 or later)
- Added Version column (only for IV 5.1 or later)
- Fixed export metadata timeout issue (if timeout occurs, data is split into smaller slices)
- Added ignore SSL errors
- Added paging for export
- Added publishing sources column
v3.0 - Support Metadata Export/Import
v2.1 - Supports IV 5 (and older versions)
- Support for ImageVault 5 instances
- Fixes upload of large files
- Added warning if metadata values are truncated