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Any ideas? anyone done this before?
<<added>>Maybe this should be in website technology? I don't know...<</added>>
The only problem has been user error. When the people he has working for him upload images they are supposed to name the files with the photo session first then the photo number. example: H1543-001 but sometimes they forget to add the photo session number so photos start showing up in other peoples portfolios.
I'll sticky you the site with a sample session number.
Some labs are set up to allow the photos to directly enter the work flow without user intervention after they are FTP'd or otherwise uploaded. That would be great but I think the programming cost might make that cost-prohibitive. If we can just get the work order and be able to physically identify the photos it relates to, it would be a good start. We can handle the rest manually until volume justifies more programming cost.
I know there are a few ticker systems out there with file upload features but im not sure if this is the rute you want to go down.
As I mentioned, some labs are able to feed all of this data directly into their billing and printing systems, so the packages are run pretty much without any intervention on the lab side. My client would be happy at this point just to give his photographers an easy way to get him their photos and instructions - he can do the rest manually for now.
I don't know if there is a business in the world changing faster than the photo lab business. This is an interesting challenge.