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How to Take Great Pictures

Question :
What differentiates [ib] from OLYMPUS Master 2 ?

Answer:
Newly added functions:

  • Easy image import (All images in the specified folder and its subfolders are automatically detected.)
  • Image grouping when importing (by event, person, location) plus arbitrary tagging capability.
  • Image grouping (by event, collection and creation).
  • Camera setting management (auto updating of date/time and time zone, remaining battery/memory capacity indication). *
  • Image tags and classification information remain with images when exported back into the camera. *
* This function is not available in certain models.


Question :
What are the functions that are available in OLYMPUS Master 2 but not in [ib] ?

Answer:
Almost all of the functions in OLYMPUS Master 2 are also available in [ib] . Here are some differences:

  • With [ib] , the imported images are managed and displayed by event. Therefore, it does not provide the Folder and Calendar views that are available with OLYMPUS Master 2.
  • In OLYMPUS Master 2, the following image-editing functions may be applied to JPEG and RAW images: text insertion, color balance, tone curve and gamma correction. In [ib] , these functions are available only when editing RAW images.
  • Movie-editing and Upload-to-YouTube functions are also not available in [ib] .


Question :
What are the operating environments for [ib] ?

Answer:
Operating environment for [ib] image-management software:
OS Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Vista, Windows 7
CPU Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or faster
RAM 512 MB or more (1 GB or more, recommended)
HDD free space 1 GB or more
Monitor 1024 x 768 dots or more, 65,536 colors or more (16.77 million colors or more, recommended)
Graphic devices 64 MB or larger graphic memory,
graphics driver compatible with DirectX 9 or later
Other USB port,Internet Explorer 6 or later,DirectX 9 or later.

The recommended environment for handling movies is as follows:
OS Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Vista, Windows 7
CPU Pentium D 3.0 GHz or faster
RAM 1 GB or more (2 GB or more, recommended)
HDD free space 1 GB or more
Monitor 1024 x 768 dots or more, 65,536 colors or more (16.77 million colors or more, recommended).
Graphic devices 64 MB or larger graphic memory,
graphics driver compatible with DirectX 9 or later
Intel 945 GM or later / Nvidia Geforce 6600 or later / ATI X1600
Other USB port,Internet Explorer 6 or later,DirectX 9 or later


Question :
Which Olympus products does [ib] support ?

Answer:
In principle, [ib] supports all digital camera models announced in or after January 2010. If it is used with an earlier Olympus product, some functions may not be supported.


Question :
Is [ib] compatible with Mac OS ? If not, do you plan to develop a compatible version ?

Answer:
[ib] is not compatible with Mac OS and we do not plan to provide compatibility.
If you would like to use Olympus software with Mac OS, please download the OLYMPUS Master 2 software.


Question :
Is it possible to apply face recognition to the RAW data with [ib] ?

Answer:
Face recognition is applied to RAW data as well as to JPEG data when image files are imported into [ib] .


Question :
How can the [ib] version be upgraded ?

Answer:
When you open [ib] on a computer that is connected to the Internet, the program will automatically search for and install the latest version of the software.
You can also search by clicking Help on the menu bar and then selecting Update Software.


Question :
How do I install [ib] ?

Answer:
When the installer is stored in the camera's built-in memory:
When the camera is connected to a PC, the device's "auto-run" program (device stage on Windows 7) starts automatically. Click the [ib] icon to start the initial setup/installation program.
If the program does not start automatically, open the folder that represents the removable media drive (using Windows Explorer, My Computer, etc.), then double-click the "SETUP.EXE" icon to start the installer program.

When the software is supplied on a CD-ROM :
When the CD-ROM is loaded into the PC, the installer program starts automatically and the initial setup/installation screen will appear. If the installer does not start automatically, open the folder that represents the CD-ROM drive and then double-click the "CameraInitialSetup.exe" icon.


Question :
Are there any problems if I delete the [ib] software from the camera to expand the capacity of the built-in memory ?

Answer:
Many Olympus cameras that ship with [ib] software reserve approximately 200 MB of internal memory to store the [ib] installer as well as PDF files of the instruction manual in 39 languages. (Cameras bundled with [ib] software on a CD-ROM are exceptions.) These files will not be deleted automatically even after the initial setup and [ib] /instruction manual installation have been completed. After the initial setup has finished, you may delete the files from the camera's built-in memory with no problems because the files have been backed up on the computer. The files can be deleted by formatting the camera's built-in memory, or you can delete the files while the camera is connected to the PC.

Note:
When you attempt to format the camera's built-in memory before running the initial camera setup on a PC, the following warning message will be displayed on the camera's LCD screen: "When FORMAT is selected, the manual and the initialization program are erased with images. Use ALL ERASE to erase images only." Press the [OK] button to format the memory.

Question :
Where on the PC are the images uploaded from the camera stored ?

Answer:
With the default setting, the [ib] folder is created under My Pictures to store the images. To change the location of the destination folder, click Tools on the menu bar, and then select Options to specify a new location.


Question :
After I transferred images from the camera to a folder on the computer, I added new images to that folder but the new images do not appear in [ib] . Why not ?

Answer:
To view images with [ib] , the images must first be imported. Click File on the menu bar, and then select Transfer Images from Specified Location. Select the folder where the new images are stored. The program searches for the newly added files. When the images are displayed, select the images you would like to register, and then start importing the images. After the files are imported, they will appear in [ib] .


Question :
Although the thumbnail images are displayed, clicking an image will display the "link missing" error message. What should I do ?

Answer:
If you move a folder containing images that were imported to [ib] , you will not be able to view the images in the software. Use the Transfer Images from Specified Location function to reimport the images from the folder's new location.


Question :
I know that location information is set by each event. How do I set the location information for each image ?

Answer:
In the thumbnail display window, right-click the image to which you would like to apply the location information, and then click Properties. Click the Edit button in Location to set the positioning/geographical information.


Question :
How do I apply a tag to an image ?

Answer:
First, in the thumbnail window, select the image to which you want to add a tag, and then perform one of the following operations:

  • Click Edit on the menu bar, and then select Add a tag.
  • Right-click an image to display menu items, and then select Add a tag.
  • Right-click an image, select Properties, and then click the Edit button in Tag Information.
  • Among icons shown in the bottom left corner of the image display window, click the Add tags icon. (If you move the mouse pointer over each icon, its name will be displayed.)


Question :
What is a "collection" ?

Answer:
Multiple images can be categorized into desired groups, separately from the Event, Person, or Location classifications. Click File on the menu bar, and then select Create a New Collection. Images can be registered to the collection in the following two ways:

  • Register images individually
    The newly created collection is displayed in an image classification list in the left window (beneath the collection). Drag the required images to the collection.
  • Registration by specifying conditions
    Up to five conditions can be set to register images automatically to the collection. Images that meet all of the specified conditions will be automatically registered. Even images transferred to [ib] after you have set the condition(s) will be registered to the collection automatically.


Question :
How can I display the Exif information window ?

Answer:
To display an image's Exif information, do either of the following:

  • Click File on the menu bar, and then select Display Media File Information.
  • Right-click the image and select Display Media File Information to open the Exif-data window (Shooting Information window).
Note:
You cannot perform other operations while the Shooting Information window is open. Close the window to perform the next operation.


Question :
What is the Revert to Original function ?

Answer:
After editing an image with [ib] , it is not necessary to store it as a new file separate from the original image. [ib] stores the original image and the edited image respectively. The already-edited image will be displayed on the [ib] . You can restore it to the original by clicking Edit on the menu bar, and then selecting Revert to Original.
With this operation, the added effect information will be cleared.
When transferring edited images back to the camera, a different file name will be used.


Question :
I took pictures with another brand of digital camera. Can I develop the RAW data in [ib]?

Answer:
No, you can only develop the RAW data of pictures that were taken with an Olympus digital camera.


Question :
Can I use [ib] to browse pictures that are stored on my computer?

Answer:
Pictures that are stored on the hard disk, such as those in the My Pictures folder, cannot be browsed directly in [ib].
To browse pictures that are stored on the hard disk using [ib], you must import them into [ib].
See the following Web page for more information:
* How do I import image data that are stored on my computer or on removable media into [ib]?


Question :
How do I move pictures to a different event?

Answer:
To move pictures to a different event, do the following:

  1. Click Display media thumbnails (Display media thumbnails) on the Browse window.
  2. Drag and drop the pictures into the desired event.
* In the following illustration, the picture in photo is moved to photo2.
To move pictures to a different event, do the following:1.Click (Display media thumbnails) on the Browse window. 2.Drag and drop the pictures into the desired event.* In the following illustration, the picture in photo is moved to photo2.
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