dScope Tools









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The dScope Tools software is a toolkit for professional photographers and photography retailers looking to offer their customers a range of products that thos e customers are unlikely to be able to produce themselves.

In the past, the photography industry was been largely a printing service.  With the arrival of more and more technology in the hands of the average person, this service has been becoming less and less relevant.  People can now view their images on a multitude of devices anywhere they go.  Phones, tablets, computers, televisions and digital frames are used to display their images, and if they do wish to print, they can create high quality prints on their home printer.


Retail Photography

Retail outlets must now be able to provide the customer with something new, and something the customer cannot create themselves at home.  The most common example of this in recent times has been the Photo Book.  Like all such products though, this is fast becoming irrelevant to the photography retail shop.  Customers can now download many types of software to their own computer to create books which they can print themselves or send to online printers.

The dScope Tools software will be an ever growing set of tools that will allow the retailer to create products that the customer cannot create themselves, or do not have the skills to create themselves.


Professional Photographers

The professional photographer industry is also seeing many changes.  Events such as weddings are now often being photographed by "a friend of the family" rather than a professional photographer because advances in camera and imaging technology mean that they can achieve a reasonable outcome without paying for a processional service.

Customers who do use a professional photographer have much higher expectations of the product and the interactions with their providers.  In the world of digital photography and the internet, they expect to see a product immediately, they want input into how the product looks and they want to be able to see the product in multiple forms and on multiple devices.

The dScope Tools gives the professional photographer the option to offer more and different products, as well as faster and more efficient ways of interacting with the customer.


Costs

The dScope Tools is a pay per use product.  The software is totally free to download and there are some free tools included.  The other tools operate on the basis of pre-purchased credit.  You only ever pay for products you create and print, or services that you use.  In the case of products, you can design and view those products before you decide to use any of your credit to output those products in a printable form, and you always know the cost of a product prior to using your credit.

You can purchase credit at any time (see the "Purchase Credit" button above).  Credit you have purchased can be used in any of the products within the tool kit.


Free Tools

Image Rotator
The image rotator is a time saving tool for larger photography projects.  It can be used on any number of images as a single process.  It reads the orientation information embedded in the image by the camera, and rotates the image to the "upright" position accordingly.  It is one of the free tools included in the tool kit.

Image Renamer
The image renamer is another free tool included in the kit.  It will go through all the images in a selected folder and rename them with a selected prefix and number.  It orders the images according to the alphabetic order of the original image names.

Thumb Updater
The thumbnail updater is another free tool included in the kit.  Many image modification tools update the underlying image, but not the associated thumbnail.  When looking at an image folder in windows, often the thumbnail displayed does not properly represent the image in that file.  The thumbnail updater will go through every image in a selected folder and update the thumbnail to assure that what you see on the screen is an accurate representation of the image in those files.

Image Resizer
The image resizer can be used to make all images in a selected folder a consistent size.  You can resize the images for a consisten width, a consistent height, or a consistent largest dimension.


Tools Requiring Credit

Image Protector
The image protector allows you to give your customer a USB stick containing a full resolution version of their images without giving them the option to steal those images without payment.  The customer can view the images for a limited time as set by you, and can place orders for those images at sizes and prices also set by you.   You can also sell the images in their digital format directly from the USB stick.

Book Builder
The book builder has a level of functionality generally not found in the types of builders that customers can download and use themselves.  It includes framing, text boxes, zoom and crop, image transparency and many other functions.  You can produce books at any page size, and any number of pages.  The setup options allow you to define the binding borders and page layout so the product can be adapted for most binding processes.  The books can be output in either JPG or PDF formats, allowing you to print the product on a wide range of print devices.

Collage Builder
The collage builder creates a single page product that contains all the images in a selected set, with every image represented without any cropping or stretching of any image.   Collages can be created with any number of images and at any size.   It also has the capability to select one of those images to be highlighted within the collage, that image being placed centrally and at a larger size than the rest.  The product can be output as either a JPG or PDF file for compatibility with a wide range of print devices.

Calendar Builder
The calendar builder is a specialised adaptation of the book builder.  You can create calendars in six different formats, and at any size as required.  You can chooe the start month and the number of months to be included in the calendar.  The product can be output as either a JPG or PDF file for compatibility with a wide range of print devices.

Image Brander
The image brander lets you place a brand on any number of images in a single process.  The brand is any image you have created and the system supports brands with transparency layers.  The tool positions and sizes the brand based on the size of the original image which means you can brand images of different sizes and aspect ratios in a single process.

Package Builder
The package builder will allow you to create a package set for every image in a selected set in a single process.  It supports images of different sizes and aspect ratios.  It currently has a series of pre-set package products, but in the near future will include the ability to define your own package products.

Image Framer
The image framer lets you choose a frame design and a size, then apply that frame to all the images in an image set.  The frames range from a simple coloured border through many traditional looking frames, as well as some very modern frame types.  Currently there are more than 50 different frame types available, and this will be expended in the future.

Card Builder
The card builder is another specialised adaptation of the book builder designed for creating birthday cards, invitations, greeting cards etc..  It allows you to build cards at any size, and you can design all four sides (front, inside left, inside right and back) separately.  The product can be output as either a JPG or PDF file for compatibility with a wide rage of print devices.

Image Extender
The image extender is used where you are creating products that require a wrapping component such as block mounter prints.  By extending the image outwards on all sides, you can create a product that will wrap around the mount without losing the edges of the image into the wrap.  The extender uses the colours at the edge of the existing image in the extension so that the wrapped area blends in with the overall image.

Page Builder
The page builder is another specialised adaptation of the book builder.  It gives you all the functionality of the book builder to create a single page product.  There are many applications for this product including invitations, flyers, as well as single pages that involve images and text.  The product can be output as either a JPG or PDF file for compatibility with a wide range of print devices.

Image Rotator
The image rotator is a time saving tool for larger photography projects.  It can be used on any number of images as a single process.  It reads the orientation information embedded in the image by the camera, and rotates the image to the "upright" position accordingly.  It is one of the free tools included in the tool kit.

Image Renamer
The image renamer is another free tool included in the kit.  It will go through all the images in a selected folder and rename them with a selected prefix and number.  It orders the images according to the alphabetic order of the original image names.

Thumb Updater
The thumbnail updater is another free tool included in the kit.  Many image modification tools update the underlying image, but not the associated thumbnail.  When looking at an image folder in windows, often the thumbnail displayed does not properly represent the image in that file.  The thumbnail updater will go through every image in a selected folder and update the thumbnail to assure that what you see on the screen is an accurate representation of the image in those files.

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