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Code Replacement files for Photo Mechanic
Jason DeMott, Photographer
Gainesville | VA | USA | Posted: 9:17 PM on 05.04.06
->> All,

After seeing how effective the "code replacement" feature in Photo Mechanic was in captioning MLB photos, I decided to compile all of the current 40-man rosters from each MLB team. I've got each individual team as well as an all-inclusive file if anyone would like them. Please contact me through my member page if you'd like the zip file.

Regards,

-Jason
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Peyton Williams, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 10:23 PM on 05.04.06
->> Jason,

I don't do MLB, but it sounds interesting in general. Can I ask how you use this in your workflow and how it saves you time?

Thanks!
Peyton
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington, DC & Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 10:40 PM on 05.04.06
->> Jason-

Great idea and THANKS. One idea that I toyed with is doin gthis for otther sports/teams.

Maybe we could get the guys at CameraBits/PhotoMechanic to host a page that houses team/league data files...so if you're looking for a roster the first place you would go would be their site...

I'll send the idea over to Kirk this evening...

Delane
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Jason DeMott, Photographer
Gainesville | VA | USA | Posted: 10:42 PM on 05.04.06
->> I'll quote Kirk from CameraBits:

"From the still unreleased manual:

Code Replacement is a feature new to Photo Mechanic which speeds up captioning of often-used terms or names like those used in sports photography, but can be used as a method of shorthand for any type of photography.

To use Code Replacement, you must prepare a plain text file in tab-separated format. You can use any text editor, or a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel™ to generate the text file. The format of the text file is simple. It is comprised of two ‘columns’, the first being the ‘Code’ and the second being the ‘Replacement’. These two ‘columns’ are separated by a ‘tab’ character. Ideally, you want your codes to be as short as possible while being completely unique.

Here is an example Code Replacement text file used for Basketball (Detroit Dunkers and Chattanooga Choo-Choos):

CC8 Dain Bramage
CC17 Rick Perkins
CC43 Brian Calloway
CC13 Dennis George
CC11 Darrin Green
CC2 Aaron Barnum
...
DD41 Stanislav Zarubezhanin
DD43 Paul Kroyd
DD24 Ken Pierce
DD44 Brian Socoletto
DD55 Wally Flannenbaum
DD13 Victor Zenfliende
...

Some of the player’s names are difficult to spell correctly, even if you are familiar with them. Code Replacement makes this problem a thing of the past. All you have to do is get the spelling right once: during the creation of the Code Replacement text file. Once you have created your text file, you need to tell Photo Mechanic to use it for Code Replacement. Open the Preferences dialog and click on the IPTC/XMP tab. Then click on the ‘Code Replacement’ button. A small dialogue will open that will explain briefly what ‘Code Replacement’ is. This dialogue has a ‘Choose...’ button on it which will allow you to load your text file. Once your text file is loaded, you can use ‘Code Replacement’ to speed up your captioning.

Continuing our basketball example, lets say you shoot a game where the Chattanooga Choo-Choos play the Detroit Dunkers. Later after Ingesting your images you begin to individually caption the keepers and want to identify the players in each of the photos. Example: you have a picture with Dain Bramage (CC8) breaking past Stanislav Zarubezhanin (DD41) and you can visibly see their jersey numbers in the thumbnail preview of the IPTC Info dialog. You just type in your codes for each player, surrounded by the ‘’ character which tells Photo Mechanic to look up the codes and enter their replacements. Photo Mechanic instantly looks up the replacement text and enters it in place of the code and automatically places the cursor at the end of the replacement so that you can continue typing in the rest of your text.
Code Replacement can help make your captions more accurate and can save time as well: just choose a system of mnemonics to help you remember your codes and the pictures themselves will help you derive the codes. In our example we chose CC as an abbreviation for the ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choos’ and DD as an abbreviation for the ‘Detroit Dunkers’. When captioning, we can see that the two players are on the Choo-Choos and the Dunkers, so we can derive the codes from their jersey numbers (8 and 41), giving us CC8 and DD41.

[there would be a graphic here showing Code Replacement in action]

Code Replacement can be used anytime you have commonly entered terms that you tire of entering each time. Code Replacement works in every text field of the IPTC Info and IPTC Stationery dialogues.

HTH,

-Kirk"
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Jason DeMott, Photographer
Gainesville | VA | USA | Posted: 10:45 PM on 05.04.06
->> Delane,

That be GREAT if CameraBits would host that. Are you talking about a repository type of thing, or something CameraBits would compile and maintain ? One thing I'm going over right now is automating this to make it reflect the rosters real time. I'll watch for your post to Kirk.

-Jason
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington, DC & Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 10:52 PM on 05.04.06
->> I sent Kirk a Private Message, I'll post back here once I hear from him.

I'm thinking about a repository type of thing, I can't imagine Kirk being resposbile for that much data. Of course there will have to be disclaimers, etc. associated with the files....
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Peyton Williams, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 12:32 AM on 05.05.06
->> Thanks Jason!!!

First code I'm going to make is for "Mike Krzyzewski" so I don't have to keep looking up the spelling.
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Vern Verna, Photographer
Greenville | SC | United States | Posted: 1:46 AM on 05.05.06
->> ok let me run this by u and see if i understand this. u have a mlb rosters compiled (or they could be) and if i get that from u and load it correctly. then instead of typing chipper jones of atlanta, i could just type a# for atlanta and his uni number and it would put in chipper jones? if so that could be awesome and a real time saver.
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington, DC & Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 3:10 AM on 05.05.06
->> Vern...

you understand! that's all there is to it. You'd type something like ATL35 and it could replace it with "Chipper Jones" or wsh36 could be "Washington Nationals pitcher, Tony Armas, #36.

dbr
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 3:38 AM on 05.05.06
->> Text replacement is one of the earliest tools used with personal computers. They are also known as "macros." I used a similar system to "idiot proof" the text output of a radio traffic reporting service -- 20 years ago with a CP/M computer.
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 4:08 AM on 05.05.06
->> So wait . . . let me make sure I have this right as well. PM will replace the code with the appropriate text - I get that part - but is the change permanently stored in the IPTC table?

Second, could I assign a code to a team name for example instead of having to type "University of Illinois" in every caption if I give Illinois the code "!IL" and "!MSU" for Michigan then as I enter caption info it would automatically replace that, too?

If that is the case I'm buying PhotoMechanic come Monday morning. I can see how this could cut my captioning time by at least 1/3.
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Primoz Jeroncic, Photographer
Kranj | SI | Slovenia | Posted: 5:16 AM on 05.05.06
->> Yes Clark, it's permanently stored into IPTC. You don't get some variable, but it actually does what it says... replaces text. So after closing statement with (you type xx ), PM automaticaly changes xx into "whatever you had for xx". And there's no xx anymore.

Second... if I understood you right, it would work. File for code replacement looks like this:

p 'tab' Primoz
c 'tab' Clark
xx 'tab' dont feel like typing

And then you can easily just type: "p and c xx" and end result would be: "Primoz and Clark dont feel like typing".

I hope this was what you wanted to know :)
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Jason DeMott, Photographer
Gainesville | VA | USA | Posted: 10:47 AM on 05.05.06
->> Figured I'd go ahead and post the file here.

http://www.demottphotography.com/mlb.zip

Let me know if you have any questions/ideas.

Regards,

-Jason
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington, DC & Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 10:55 AM on 05.05.06
->> Kirk from CameraBits is definitely interested in hosting a "repository" of files, but needs to review this with Dennis Walker and the work out any potential legal ramifications with the leagues.

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"It may be as simple as running the idea past the organizations and see if they're OK with the usage of the team names and player names outside of their control."
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Delane
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Andy Mead, Photographer, Photo Editor
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 11:02 AM on 05.05.06
->> I've been using code replacement since it first rolled out, and it's made captioning NHL games so much easier. I only have to spell names correctly - once!

The main problem with a static repository is that rosters are all in states of continual flux. And most of us get into our own habits. I started out with three letter team codes (car12 - Eric Staal, dcu11 - Freddy Adu), but I realized that I'm too lazy to type three letters - when only one will do. c12 and d11 work just fine. Of course, now I often change the first letter when conflicting teams play (New York vs New England)

I also put referees and coaches into my files.

I suppose it wouldn't be too hard to write a program that autogenerates game files - for some leagues - on demand by tying into league databases and requesting "prefixes" from the requester... Hmmm
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Jason DeMott, Photographer
Gainesville | VA | USA | Posted: 11:11 AM on 05.05.06
->> Andy,

I'm working currently to automate things, will let everyone know when we've got something.

-jason
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Vern Verna, Photographer
Greenville | SC | United States | Posted: 11:35 AM on 05.05.06
->> ok jason, i d/l ur file, now what do i do with it. then the next question is, atl has a player go down tonight and go on the 30 day dl and they call up Tony pena from richmond. how do i update it?


Just to take this further. what about we put this in the guide or make a section in the guide (ATTN: GROVER) , that way i would do this with my home team clemson and could post it and jason say could do his boys from uva and post it and then when clemson plays uva he could d/l mine and i could d/l his and walla we both win. Am i on the right track? is that a viable thing or do i misunderstand this?
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Vern Verna, Photographer
Greenville | SC | United States | Posted: 11:36 AM on 05.05.06
->> by the way jason this might be the all time most informative thread on ss and might be the biggest improvement to pm ever if i understand it correctly and can make it work.
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington, DC & Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 11:48 AM on 05.05.06
->> Vern...I'm working with Kirk to see if CameraBits will host the files; however...hosting here is also a good option.

Yes, the files change...pena goes on dl, raines gets called up for a saturday game (day game after a night game), of course you'd want the file to be accurate.

I can verify that this feature works like a charm.

dbr
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Primoz Jeroncic, Photographer
Kranj | SI | Slovenia | Posted: 12:06 PM on 05.05.06
->> I don't know US football and baseball (or whatever MLB is) so I might be a bit wrong. But at least over here in team sport player has one number and that's it. Other player has different number and even if first player is not playing at game, his number is usually not in use (soccer might actually be different but I'm not sure now). So even if players are switching teams from game to game (it doesn't happen in team sports over here, but as I said, I have no idea about football and baseball) it shouldn't be problem. You have complete roaster for one team, and complete for other team in same file. So my file would then look like:
laa66 Jose Arredondo
laa49 Chris Bootcheck
...
az41 Greg Aquino
az59 Jeff Bajenaru
az49 Chris Bootcheck

So even if Chris Bootcheck would change from Anaheim Angels to Arizona Diamondbacks (I actually downloaded Jasons file so you have right names :) you have it under laa49 when playing for Angels and under az49 (or whatever his number would be in new team) when playing for Diamondbacks.

If same number in football is used for more players then I guess only chance would be to make roaster before every game. But it's not really that big deal to write file (or even copy and paste from some official league roaster for that game) with those names before match. On the end, file for code replacement is only text file with fields (id and player's name) separated by tab key.
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Scott Renshaw, Photographer
McHenry | IL | USA | Posted: 12:10 PM on 05.05.06
->> I could definately see a benefit for hosting the files in the Guide here on ss.com.

However, a repository on the CameraBits website would be very helpful as well...
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 12:36 PM on 05.05.06
->> Primoz,

Thanks for your reply. It was exactly the answer to my question and no question for that matter I'm switching over to PhotoMechanic asap. This would be a huge time-saver for me.

I have to agree with ya Vern, this thread is right up there on my all time most informative list, too. I think Jason and Primoz outta hook-up for a trade-secrets article. I already see a couple of other applications for this in my captioning workflow. Man, keywording will take me less than 15 seconds with this feature.

Two other questions Primoz and Jason or whoever might know the answer. I have the trial version and found where to select the CR file. My final question is can any delimited text file in the correct format be used for code replacement? I could have a file for NFL, Big10 Football, and others, and then choose which file I want PM to search and replace, right?

What is an XMP file and the side-car file?

This info is right up there with the discovery of french toast! I wish I would have known about this years ago!
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Carl Auer, Photographer
Eagle River | AK | USA | Posted: 1:01 PM on 05.05.06
->> PhotoMechanic keeps getting better and better. Super fast browsing, some of the best customer service I have ever seen from any program out there, PhotoShelter integration, code replacement...Now, if someone besides me would set up a code replacement list for the ECHL teams and the NCAA GNAC conference, I would be set...Jason, thanks for pointing this out...come Alaska Baseball Season, that will definately help once I get the line ups for the season.
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Primoz Jeroncic, Photographer
Kranj | SI | Slovenia | Posted: 1:03 PM on 05.05.06
->> Sure you can use any tab delimited text file for this. I usually have one file for stuff which changes (start lists for skiing, cycling etc.), so I don't need to search around disk for file, and I just change it for every race. Next to that I keep files similar to Jason's MLB files for team roasters. When needed I just combine two of those "team files" into one which I use for specific match.
And sorry I have no idea about XMP file, but if I remember right it should have something with raw files. But I won't go further into this since I will probably be wrong :)
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Jason DeMott, Photographer
Gainesville | VA | USA | Posted: 1:34 PM on 05.05.06
->> ->> ok jason, i d/l ur file, now what do i do with it. then the next question is, atl has a player go down tonight and go on the 30 day dl and they call up Tony pena from richmond. how do i update it?

Vern,

You can easily modify it manually. Just open it up in a txt editor and enter the code and save it off. Reload it in PM (this is done via edit>preferences>IPTC/XMP>Code Replacement button, Choose)

Just be sure you use a TAB and not spaces to separate the fields.

atlxxTABPlayer Name


-Jason
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Douglas Jones, Photographer
Olathe | KS | USA | Posted: 1:58 PM on 05.05.06
->> Clarification:

In Jason's second post, the switch was missing to activate the code. From the same text that he quoted from Kirk:

..."You just type in your codes for each player, surrounded by the ‘’ character which tells Photo Mechanic to look up the codes and enter their replacements."...

I was going crazy trying to figure this out, then I went to Camera Bits Forum and researched what I was doing wrong. This is a HUGE time saver.

Thanks for bringing this feature to light!

Doug
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Douglas Jones, Photographer
Olathe | KS | USA | Posted: 1:59 PM on 05.05.06
->> grrrr.. looks like the switch doesn't type into the text!


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Douglas Jones, Photographer
Olathe | KS | USA | Posted: 2:01 PM on 05.05.06
->> Backslash code backslash (no spaces)

there we go! sorry!
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Michael Hickey, Photographer
Kokomo | IN | United States | Posted: 2:02 PM on 05.05.06
->> This is too freaking cool! I'm totally blown away, we've GOT to start a database in the guide for this, if it works out legally or at CameraBits or whatever. It would be cool if a local photog would submit his local teams and make this a group effort, put me down for the Colts, and I'll start working on it during training camp this year. I'll be doing the Indy Cars (IRL) this weekend as well.
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington, DC & Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 3:10 PM on 05.05.06
->> Sweet...just got word from CameraBits/Kirk Baker and here is what he said:

"I talked to Dennis. He said he would be pleased to host the files."

I'll give him a call and see how to go about submitting files...

Delane
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Vern Verna, Photographer
Greenville | SC | United States | Posted: 8:37 PM on 05.05.06
->> sweet delane!!
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington, DC & Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 3:54 AM on 05.06.06
->> Ok...so we're on the way. The Code Replacement files will be hosted bt CameraBits, most likely in the forum area:

http://forums.camerabits.com/index.php

I think we'll see a new section titled "Code Replacement" (or something to that effect.

We want people to be able to upload the files themselves...I actually just tested and uploaded some of Jason's work and it looks like it should be pretty easy as soon as Kirk creates the new forum header for us.

Am I missing anything?
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Matthew Brown, Photographer
White Plains | NY | USA | Posted: 7:47 AM on 05.06.06
->> I am just dumbfounded at trying to figure out what the keystroke is it that you surround the code in? I understand the jist of the whole thing, but in the post I have read "use a / Slash ? or use ' ? or use "shift#6, which creats this ^...so which is it? and where is it on the keyboard.
and thanks Delane for getting the Headsup from Camerabits.

matt
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Byron Hetzler, Photographer
Granby | CO | USA | Posted: 9:31 AM on 05.06.06
->> use a backslash before and after the code, no spaces.
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Andy Mead, Photographer, Photo Editor
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 9:54 AM on 05.06.06
->> Delane,
Is the CameraBits thing only going to be static files? If there's a community solution, it really needs to be a database driven autogenerated solution.

I do see a use for "starter files", but sports rosters get old real fast in my experience.
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Michael Hickey, Photographer
Kokomo | IN | United States | Posted: 12:15 PM on 05.06.06
->> Please SHOW us the character to use before and after the code.
I'm not sure which one of these " /" is a backslash!
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Bob Levey, Photographer
Richmond/Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 12:21 PM on 05.06.06
->> On my keyboard... its the key above the ENTER.So it would be code

Bob
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Tom Fluegge, Photographer, Assistant
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 12:49 PM on 05.06.06
->> use the backslash character:
so your code looks like this: code

this is a forward slash and is NOT the right character: /
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Tom Fluegge, Photographer, Assistant
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 12:50 PM on 05.06.06
->> wow, weak
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Ron Scheffler, Photographer
Hamilton (Toronto area) | Ontario | Canada | Posted: 1:42 PM on 05.06.06
->> This character:

so, if you want the name Greg Aquino all you have to do is type az41 and the code between the \ will be replaced by the name, or whatever you link to that code. It doesn't have to be a name. It could be an entire sentence.
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Ron Scheffler, Photographer
Hamilton (Toronto area) | Ontario | Canada | Posted: 2:00 PM on 05.06.06
->> Also, download the 4.4.3 beta.

With 4.4.3 can now do mass code replacements for hundreds of files within seconds. All you have to do is choose a field in which you place the code, for example az41 for Greg Aquino. You put the code in the Supplemental Cattegory 3 field (as an example - or wherever you want), then apply it to all of the images of him. Then in the Stationery Pad you write up a generic caption that includes {suppcat3} and when you apply the Stationery Pad, the variable will be filled in first by az41 and then PM will see that because there is now a recognized code between the \ it will immediately fill it in with Greg Aquino.

The strength of this is you could edit through an entire game and tag (or color code) all the shots of Greg Aquino, then run a Stationery Pad only applying az41 to the Supplemental Category 3 field to those images. Then you run another Stationery Pad (pulled from your stored snapshots) that is a generic caption which contains the {suppcat3} variable and the name will be filled in. Voila - in two steps you've captioned a huge number of files... but it gets better, because you fill in and apply the Supp Cat 3 field for all the shots you want to caption, of all the different players (of course using each player's code), then run the generic caption once for ALL of the images and each player's name will be correctly filled in for each image.

It saves a ton of time.
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Byron Hetzler, Photographer
Granby | CO | USA | Posted: 5:15 PM on 05.06.06
->> Bob is correct, the backslash key is the key above the return key. Others have tried typing it in, but one of the quirks of the backslash (and someone with a more technical explanation feel free to chime in) is that it doesn't show up when typed--it has something to do with the backslash key being used for entering code.
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington, DC & Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 5:16 PM on 05.06.06
->> Andy-

(Right now) the files have to be static. Well...the better question is "who is willing to do the database drive solution that would be the PERFECT WORLD solution"?

Really...rosters don't change that much. Let's say that you have the lakers roster and Lamar Odom gets traded...all you do is update the lakers (or NBA) roster file on your own hard drive.

The perfect solution requires someone (or something) to monitor all rosters and transactions of every major and minor league team and updating them in near real time....

As of right now...we have the newly created CODE REPLACEMENT forum right here:

http://forums.camerabits.com/index.php?board=16.0

Lets see those submissions...
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Michael Hickey, Photographer
Kokomo | IN | United States | Posted: 6:27 PM on 05.06.06
->> How do you upload a text file to the forum?
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Jason DeMott, Photographer
Gainesville | VA | USA | Posted: 7:15 PM on 05.06.06
->> When replying, look towards the bottom left of the page for "Additioinal Options", expand that and you should have an attach utility.

-Jason
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Jason DeMott, Photographer
Gainesville | VA | USA | Posted: 10:44 PM on 05.06.06
->> Modified the mlb-all.txt (new file is mlb-all-latest.txt) to include the following changes, code-replacement IS case-sensitive:

using lowercase letters will produce:

az41 Greg Aquino
az59 Jeff Bajenaru
az43 Miguel Batista
az36 Brian Bruney

using CAPITAL LETTERS will produce:

AZ41 Greg Aquino of the Arizona Diamondbacks
AZ59 Jeff Bajenaru of the Arizona Diamondbacks
AZ43 Miguel Batista of the Arizona Diamondbacks
AZ36 Brian Bruney of the Arizona Diamondbacks


I've found this to be pretty useful, thought I'd share.

File can be accessed at the CameraBits Forum now at:

http://forums.camerabits.com/index.php?topic=84.msg397#msg397


Regards,

-Jason
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Ron Scheffler, Photographer
Hamilton (Toronto area) | Ontario | Canada | Posted: 3:04 AM on 05.07.06
->> Just wanted to mention that in my explanation above, the backslash did not appear before and after the Photo Mechanic variable in this sentence:

Then in the Stationery Pad you write up a generic caption that includes {suppcat3}

There must be a backslash before and after that variable for Photo Mechanic to pick up the fact that Code Replacement is being used.
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 8:47 AM on 05.07.06
->> Code replacement files
Hey guys,
You might want to set up a wikipedia page for this and have the files flow through there. Then anyone can edit the links to keep them updated...
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington, DC & Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 10:22 AM on 05.07.06
->> Jason...I like that idea lower case vs CAPS for different data.
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Andy Mead, Photographer, Photo Editor
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 10:45 AM on 05.07.06
->> Once again the SS community shows just how much it rocks.

I've been using the code replacement feature since it came out, and the Camera Bits folks really came up with a winner.

And now you guys and gals are making it even better!

Thanks everybody!
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