Labeling and numbering slides

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Matteo Piras, Nov 1, 2003.

  1. Matteo Piras

    Matteo Piras Guest

    Hi at all, my name is Matteo,
    I'm new of this Ng. I have a big problem with my slides...
    the images are growing in number, and to catalog every slides I've done a
    complete database on my Pc. I would use the best method to label and numer
    the slides, so if possible I would know which method do you use.
    At the moment I was thinking to use plastic folder in sheets and small Book
    to contain approx. 400 slides. I numbered the books, and the sheet, but How
    can I numer the slide? there is some software that can help me making an
    index by Categories?(I was thinking to generate an alphanumeric number with
    3 letters (for the category) and a 6 or 9 number for the slide).
    Excuse me for the flow of words.
    Matteo Piras, Nov 1, 2003
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    Deathwalker Guest

    Personally i scanned the lot. i can re order at will. boxes are simply
    labelled with each slide a numerical number. with reference to these i
    juggle them about on my pc at will.

    Mind you i haven't finished scanning yet. only another 1000 to go ;)
    Deathwalker, Nov 1, 2003
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  3. I think the best way is to just number each slide, preferably in the order
    that you take them. Then use a spreadsheet program like Exel to catalog them
    on your computer, with the slide number in the first column, and then the
    box number where you store them, and a column for date, subject, film type,
    etc.....Any paranmeter that you think important...The spreadsheet has as
    many columns as you need.....You can sort on any column, so you can sort
    them by subject, date, film type, or whatever you want. To find a particular
    slide, just look in the location column to get the box number, and then look
    in that box. In my case, I keep mine in Kodak carousel cassettes.....80
    slides in each one, and the slots are numbered 1 through 80, so I can look
    in cassette number 12, location 72 (for example) and find that particular
    slide. (That slide would have lacation number 12-72) If this slide is of the
    Golden Gate Bridge, then that's what I have in the subject column, and I can
    sort on subject, and find all the slides I have of the G G Bridge.....They
    might not all be in the same Carousel box, since I might have taken some of
    them years ago, and some more recently. But that's OK, as long as I can find
    William Graham, Nov 1, 2003
  4. If you are putting the slides in a plastic sheet and putting the sheet in a
    three-ring binder, be aware that the slides will eventually pull the sheets
    down and warp the slides. If you have the binder in the usual position with
    the spine vertical to the shelf and facing you, the slides pull the pages
    down, and they curve at the bottoms of the pages, curving the slides as
    well. You are better served using hanging slide sheets in a file cabinet or
    at least storing the binders with the spines on top.
    There are as many ways of numbering the slides as there are people doing
    it. While having the slides numbered makes it easy to identify one slide
    out of thousands, the better question is how do you order your slides in
    the plastic sheets so that you can locate the one you need. If you use a
    database (which I recommend), there is no required order for the slides so
    long as you can find the one you need.

    You may order the slides by topic or just by numerical order; search the
    database for whatever topic you need, then it will tell you which slides
    meet the topic and identify each one. My slides are sequential by year --
    for 1996, for example, the first slide I took is 1996AAA, the 1996AAB, and
    so on. Grouping the slides by topic proved to be a problem, as I may have
    one slide that is Travel, Caribbean, Tropical Island, Plant, Flower, Red,
    Background, Rain Forest, Epiphyte, and so on. By grouping the slides in
    order taken, I can also keep them in order by where I was when I took
    them. If people want to see slides from our trip to Burning Man or
    Guadeloupe, or Kyoto, they are handily available without having to search
    through files ordered by flower, fish, food, people, and whatever.

    The basic answer depends on what you want the slides for.
    Phil Stripling, Nov 2, 2003
  5. Hi Matteo, firstly, welcome to the group. As for filing slides, I keep mine
    in Arrowfile (or similar) slide pages which each hold 20 slides. The pages
    are then stored in Arrowfile ring binders, 25 pages per binder. each slide
    is then assigned a reference number in the form X/nn/yy where :-
    X is a single letter referring to the binder
    nn is a 2 digit number referring to the page within the binder
    yy is a 2 digit number referring to the location of the slide within the
    page thus:-
    1 2 3 4
    5 6 7 8
    9 10 11 12
    13 14 15 16
    17 18 19 20

    thus F/21/13 would be the 13th slide (left hand one on the 4th row) in the
    21st page of binder F

    Hope that helps
    Tony Parkinson, Nov 2, 2003
  6. Matteo Piras

    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Re: Labeling and numbering slides

    Good sign off, Tony, did you make up that quote yourself? What inspired yo to
    make that quote, or if by someone else, to copy that quote and use it as your
    sign off?



    Lewis Lang, Nov 2, 2003
  7. I saw it on a poster somewhere and it made me smile since a lot of things in
    my life over the last 12 months fall into the second part of the sentence. I
    thought it would make a nice addition to the collection of signature lines
    from which one is randomly generated every time I log on
    Tony Parkinson, Nov 2, 2003
  8. Matteo Piras

    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Re: Labeling and numbering slides
    You mean like this? :)


    since a lot of things
    Sorry to hear that.

    "The end of a sentence is what a husband has to go every time his wife has her
    period" - that one's mine, not-so-randomly generated by reflecting on your
    comment above ;-)
    Isn't that what people on toilets do, log on? LOL Sorry, couldn't resist that
    one ;-).

    "Pot luck is what you get after a large holiday meal when you weigh yourself
    and you're glad you can't see the scale" ;-)

    Lewis Lang, Nov 2, 2003
  9. Matteo Piras

    Matteo Piras Guest

    Thank you all,
    Now I'm restyling my Database, I decide to add also a Barcode generator to
    print small labels with the bar and the text for the bar, (also if the
    Barcode call doesn't work yet ) At the moment I have a small amount of
    slides (~1000), but I hope the portfolio will grow quickly !
    If someone want to try my Db and let me know if it works well contact me by
    e-mail I'll be happy to send a copy.
    Than I'm building also my Websites (at the moment worls only th 90% of the
    Flash site and the 40% of th HTML site, but in the Flash site are active
    four slideshow with music).
    I'll write on this NG to let all know which method of numbering works well
    on my Db!!! :)
    Matteo Piras, Nov 2, 2003
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    Deathwalker Guest

    "Lewis Lang" <cont

    Some sigs

    I am dislexia of borg, your ass will be laminated.

    I am overworked of borg you will be assimilated when i get around to it.

    This is the voice of the mysterons, can you here us earthmen? Is this thing
    on? Testing testing 1 2 3.

    e=mc squared
    F = M x A
    and then god said let there be light.
    Deathwalker, Nov 2, 2003
  11. It was just a lucky quote.......
    William Graham, Nov 2, 2003
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Just dump them all loose in a large cardboard box, giving it a good shake,
    then each slide viewing session is a new voyage of discovery...

    Peter Chant, Nov 4, 2003
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