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What is it?
Version 6 User Manual
What is 5 Minute Photo Loader/Viewer Software
For the most in-depth information about the Version 6 Pro Edition download the Version 6.1 User Manual here.
The 5 Minute Photo Loader/Viewer Software combo was designed with the onsite "action" event photographer in mind. After trying to do this ourselves with 3rd party software packages, we quickly realized there had to be a better way and so we began developing that better way in 2003. 5 Minute Photo has become the leader in event photography software, for both small and large photography organizations, allowing customers to view their pictures quickly and easily whether its with 2 viewing stations or 25+ Viewing Stations.
The 5 Minute Photo Loader/Viewer Software combo consists of 2 software programs. One (the Loader) runs on a main computer that acts as a file server on a Local Area Network (LAN). The other program (the Viewer) runs on multiple computers connected to the file server/Loader via the LAN and provides the tools needed by customers to view and select the pictures they want to purchase and have printed.
The Loader is designed to make unloading Compact Flash (CF) memory cards, and other types of digital camera media, simple, quick and easy to do with as little user intervention as possible. We take the guess work out of the work flow and make it a simple ONE-CLICK process, freeing up the table tech (or whatever you want to call this person) to continue to print pictures and wait on customers while the 5 Minute Photo Loader does all of the file management, copying, rotating, resizing, optimizing, archiving, erasing, etc.
Although the software was originally designed for doing youth "action" sports events we now have many customers using the software for other types of events including dance competitions, car racing, motocross, skeet shoots, cat/dog/horse shows, resorts, makeup parties, equestrian events, glamour parties, wedding receptions, proms, rodeos and more. Use your imagination and let the fun begin. Where we talk about a game or competition, just replace that term with whatever term you use to describe the activity of your event.
The Viewer software is designed so that no keyboard is necessary for the customer to be able to view the pictures and/or place an order. In fact, using desktop or laptop computers or other devices with the keyboard hidden under the tables is a preferred method of using the viewing stations. A lot of our customers use laptops/netbooks and just attach an external flat panel monitor and mouse and place the laptop/netbook under the table out of the customer’s reach. The Viewing Station computers only need a monitor and a mouse OR a touch screen monitor available to the customer.
Using the 5 Minute Photo Loader/Viewer software successfully may not even require any changes to your current workflow. We have made the software as flexible and configurable as possible, while still keeping it simple, quick and easy to use for photographers, table techs and customers.
Although our software has been tested using the most popular brands of professional or pro-sumer type digital SLR cameras (Canon, Nikon) there are other brands and/or models that work just as well.
The Pro Edition (Version 6) of the 5 Minute Photo Software allows up to 26 Camera IDs per event. Since most digital cameras take 10,000 photos before renumbering the images, theoretically up to 260,000 images can be taker per event with our software - we've actually done events with over 80,0000 pictures taken.
Whether you are new to onsite event photography or a veteran, if you are new to using computers and networks to offer onsite viewing, selling and printing of photos then we highly recommend purchasing our Guide on “How To Do Onsite Event Photography” that is available for purchase online at www.5MinutePhoto.com. This guide has helped hundreds of professional event photographers from making a lot of mistakes made by others when first starting out offering onsite Viewing Stations and/or onsite printing.
Co-Founder David Whitson’s professional career includes over 30 years experience as a software solution developer, Microsoft® Certified System Engineer, Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, project manager and over 9 years experience in the onsite event photography business. David has enjoyed photography and working in the darkroom since the age of 12 (using film & chemicals - before digital photography was around), so David has plenty of experience knowing and understanding "action" event photography.