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Automatically Add Images to a DIFFERENT Collection

In STORE SETTINGS, you can specify the default collection where new images will be placed. Is there script or other setting where I can specify a different Fotomoto collection for a different photo gallery on my website?

For example, I'm using JuiceBox Pro to feed images to FotoMoto. For a gallery of event photographs, the images would have a lower set of prices and limited options. Another gallery might have landscape photographs, I would want those images to flow into a different Fotomoto collection so I could have higher prices and different options.

I've reviewed the support documents but I guess I'm not fully understanding how to use the collection feature when you have galleries on your website that need different prices. When they push the "buy button" how do I control which collection the images land so I can give different options? Any assistance you could provide would be appreciated. Thanks!
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  • Derek (Official Rep) August 01, 2018 16:34
    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for your post and yes - there are two ways for you to move an image in to a different Collection:

    1. You can locate the image in the Dashboard and set the Collection using the instructions under "Move your images into the Collections" at http://support.fotomoto.com/customer/.... If you haven't read that article yet you'll want to, as it's something of a "must-read" for using Fotomoto.

    2. There is a way to move an image in to a different Collection via our API - if you'd like more information on that please send us a message via http://support.fotomoto.com/customer/...

    Last, in your case you could also set the "Default" Collection before you add the new gallery to your site, then visit all the image in that gallery, and then switch your Default Collection back if desired.

    I hope that helps and just let me know if I can assist further!

    Kind regards,
    Derek
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    Hi Derek

    Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, I saw that article but something isn't quite clicking for me. Let me break my understanding down into steps and you can tell me what I'm missing:

    • I understand I can rename or add new collections. Each collection can have different pricing. Cool!
    • Pictures flow into the default collection as the user pushes "Buy" within my web gallery. In my case, my event photos are the most common and change daily so my default collection is named "Event Photos" and it has lower prices. That process is working great.
    • Once a single user has pressed "Buy", the item exists in FotoMoto. If I later move the image to a different collection, future clients will get the buying option within the new collection. They won’t have the default buying options anymore (as long as I don’t delete or move the image from the new collection)
    • Image files only land in FotoMoto when someone clicks "Buy". You can’t quickly pre-load images into a specific collection.

    If I’m understanding your recommendations, this is the process I should follow. If I have 200 images on my website of art photos, I'd first need to press "Buy" on every image to get the image registered in FotoMoto? Then, within FotoMoto, move those images out of the default collection into my “Art Photo” collection so future buyers would see the higher prices? Seems rather time consuming and inefficient if I have to repeat this process every time I add an item with a different pricing.

    It seems like there should be a flag or parameter that could be added to the web gallery to specify which collection the image will land. An even easier solution might be a filter based on a file name prefix. For example, everything named "ART*.jpg" lands in the "Art" collection. Everything else goes to the default collection. Users could turn this ON/OFF and specify their naming convention as needed. Just brainstorming here.

    Let me know if I’m missing something in the process.

    Thanks again. I appreciate your help and I'm impressed with your quick response.

    Tom
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  • Derek (Official Rep) August 01, 2018 19:34
    Hi Tom,

    You're very welcome - I'm always glad to help. Your understanding is right on, but there's more to the story - I'll try and keep the answer brief here =)

    First a bit of clarification: the process where an image is added to your Dashboard is called "checkin" - when checkin is triggered, we fetch and store the URL of an image, add the image to your default Collection, then create a thumbnail of the image for display in the Dashboard so you can visually locate the image and move it to other Collections, etc.

    Now, under most circumstances, checkin happens automatically when a user visits the web page that contains any images. However, Juicebox and other partners make use of our API and can trigger checkin differently, for example they may trigger checkin on the click of the Buy button. I'm not positive how Juicebox is doing it, but if it helps I can test it out or you're welcome to Juicebox as they will know best how it works.

    As far as my recommendations go, to clarify, I would probably suggest that before you add art images, change your default Collection to the desired one, and then when checkin runs, any new image will be added to your default Collection. The next time you want to change the default Collection, if any images go in to the wrong Collection, you can always move them manually in the Fotomoto Dashboard.

    So, as above, Juicebox can control what triggers the checkin process, and if you have recommendations for them that might make life easier, you might want to contact them directly as their customer and explain a workflow situation that might work better for you.

    We're always here to work with our partners and customers to make Fotomoto the best solution it can be, so just let me know if i can assist with anything else.

    Kind regards,
    Derek
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