Configuring the DataShareAPS Imaging Helper Extension

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DataShareAPS provides for one-click access to your choice of user-configurable imaging helper applications through the camera extension tool icon near the right end of the Top Screen Menu. 

Separate image editing software is not required in order to use the DataShareAPS software, but it is helpful.  Our software will handle basic image resizing and rotation, and the imaging extension tool is provided for quick access to your choice of helper application for a more robust array of image editing features.  These typically include clipboard image manipulation from screen capture, image cropping, lighten/darken, contrast enhancement, color balancing, and occasionally more complex image operations. 

One imaging shareware program we can recommend, and the application shown in our manuals and video documentation, is Irfanview, a very popular and highly rated lightweight image editor which is available from http://www.irfanview.net. In the following example of how to configure your imaging helper application for DataShareAPS, Irfanview is configured to automatically open with the clipboard contents displayed, a useful feature when cropping and annotating comp images copied from the clipboard.

In configuring your imaging helper application for DataShareAPS, you are not limited to the Irfanview program. You may prefer using another lightweight imaging/graphic applications such as msPaint which Microsoft typically includes with the Windows Operating System. In contrast to lightweight graphic applications, we suggest you avoid configuring large professional applications like Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw as an imaging helper application due to the extreme memory footprint and the simple graphic requirements for most appraisal photography.

To configure an imaging helper application for DataShareAPS you will need to know the file path to the imaging program executable.  You can find this by right-clicking any shortcut to the application, or by right-clicking the program entry in the Start Programs list, and clicking "Properties" from the context menu. The executable's path is composed of the folder where the executable resides and the filename and extension of the executable itself.  In the Properties Dialog, Windows 7 usually displays a combined folder and executable path as the "Target", but in Windows XP the folder and path may be displayed separately and may contain tokens like "%System Root%" rather than a specific path. Copy the executable folder and path to the clipboard, using or a temporary editor like Notepad if necessary, so that the executable path is specific as in the following examples:

  • "E:\Program Files (x86)\IrfanView\i_view32.exe"
  • "E:\Program Files\Paint.NET\PaintDotNet.exe"
  • "C:\Windows\System32\mspaint.exe"

If your target path contains tokens like "%System Root%" rather than a specific path, use the Notepad editor to replace the %System Root% token with a specific path like "c:\Windows\System32\". DataShareAPS requires a specific path to its helper executables.

Configuration Instructions:

  1. Copy the specific path to the clipboard.
  2. If DataShareAPS is not already running, start DataShareAPS by double-clicking its program icon from your desktop.
  3. At the Action Menu, click Tools > Configure Software.
  4. At the Configuration Options dialog, click on the "Preferences" Tab.
  5. Paste the Imaging Helper executable path into the "Image Editor" textbox.
  6. With Irfanview, if you want the clipboard to automatically load, edit the end of the path to read ".exe /clippaste"
  7. Click Save.
  8. Your DataShareAPS Imaging Helper App is now configured and can be activated by clicking the camera icon.