Chapter 29. Working with Catalogs

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Saving and finding catalogs

  • Viewing catalog Items

  • Marking and labeling media items

  • Organizing catalogs

  • Viewing slide shows

  • Performing basic image editing filters

  • Printing catalogs

The real power of Microsoft's Expression Media is its ability to catalog your digital media files. This cataloging process does not involve the actual original media files; rather, it stores links to the original files and creates a visual log of the data. This makes viewing your digital media content by thumbnail images easy. Because you aren't searching through the original files, the process is quick and painless. This then allows you to store your media files in multiple locations, yet still search through your inventory from a single spot. How handy is that?

To put it more succinctly, Expression Media is a visual database. Because Expression Media can work with more than 100 digital media file formats, you can easily create catalogs of everything you typically work with from digital cameras, CDs, DVDs, and the Internet. The realm of digital media includes photographs, music files, video files, PDF files, and so forth. You no longer have to worry about finding a photo or video clip among all the various folders, drives, or media storage devices associated with your computer. Instead, with a catalog of your content, you can quickly see what you have and find out where it's located. In this chapter, you learn how to create and work with Expression Media catalogs. ...

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