DMUO: Clarification and evolution.
In trying to get this project up and running and one response I’ve heard a couple of times is folks telling me they need to “sort” their images before they upload them.
Maybe I’ve been unclear on this, but the end result of this project will be a “memory vault.” Basically just one large repository of images. This vault will not be broken down into separate albums for shards, locations, guilds, client, etc. There are no image categories, and no captions or notes will be needed.
I made the decision against categories/captions to attract the widest number of participants. If folks have to take the time to write notes for (potentially) hundreds of images, then they will never upload anything. Folks are just too busy for that. So sorting is unnecessary. Obviously, you get to decide what you want to share but beyond that I’m trying to keep this as simple as possible. If you have any stipulations about the use of the images you supply, then include that in a note in your upload folder and if I can’t meet your conditions, I won’t use them for the project.
There are no requirements for images. No minimum pixel dimensions, no file size or format requirements. Since these are screen caps, we’re not talking about huge file sizes anyway. If any changes need to be made, I’ll handle them at my end using bulk image processing software or some similar method. You do not need to worry about technical stuff.
One issue that has been brought up regarding the use of a shared (Dropbox) folder for collecting the images. Since this folder is treated like any other folder on the participants hard drive, perhaps some of you are concerned about other people “doing something” to your pics or engaging in mischief like deleting images in the shared folder. Part of Phase I is learning what works and what doesn’t.
Its possible that I may switch to assigning individual folders to contributors as we move ahead. That way you could share images with me (DMUO), but other participants could not access, alter or take images from your personal upload folder. If this system addresses your concerns, let me know and I’ll implement it immediately and email you a link to your personal shared folder for the project. (Be sure to sign up for the project here.)
We could still use the shared Ultima_DMUO folder for sharing project news, doc files, etc. (That way if I update the README file, I don’t have to copy it to a dozen different user folders.) But, that’s no biggie… I can handle the extra work and if having extra folders confuses folks then maybe it’s best to just abandon the Ultima_DMUO shared folder entirely.
If folks are already using an image sharing service like Photobucket, it might be possible for them to just provide links to their existing online albums and I could grab them from there. If there’s an option to download an entire album.
Don’t forget to check out the DMUO video.
I am also working on a mind map of the project which will be updated as we go along.
I hope you decide to participate! Thanks.