batch import JPGs as flashcards

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09 Feb, 2017 12:39 PM

Hi, I have a load of JPG images I would like to batch import in Studies as individual study flashcards. Is that possible or do I have to go through the tedious procedure of manually creating individual flashcards and dropping the pic into each of them ?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 09 Feb, 2017 02:42 PM

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    I'm afraid your best bet may be to make them by hand.

    There are import options. If you go to the help, you can read about a way to put the images in a folder, add a comma-separated values text file with the names of the image files, and then zipping it up. This format is called 'studyarch', and you can read more in the help pages. But it depends on how comfortable you are doing those things.

    Even if you can import the JPEGs, you still may need to edit the notes, to add questions or whatever. Import would only give you one-sided study notes.

    If you are prepared to share your images with me, I could probably use a script to generate a studyarch file that you can import and send it back to you.

    Kind regards,

  2. 2 Posted by istudies on 09 Feb, 2017 03:10 PM

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    Well, one-sided studycards would do for the moment.
    Ok, well thanks for your willingness to script that folder.
    Here ya go :

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 09 Feb, 2017 03:44 PM

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    Here you go: <>

    To see how I did it, you just have to change the file extension from ‘studyarch’ to ‘zip’, and then you can double click to unpack.

    In short, the steps are:

    1. Setup the folders that you see when you unpack. You need Archive, Groups, Ungrouped, Images
    2. Copy your images into the Images folder
    3. Add a text file to the Images folder called Data.tsv
    4. In that file, add the line

    1 image

    5. After that first line, paste all the filenames of the images
    6. Zip the Archive folder by right clicking and choosing ‘Compress’
    7. Change the file extension from ‘zip’ to ‘studyarch’

    Kind regards,

  4. 4 Posted by istudies on 10 Feb, 2017 08:37 AM

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    ok, thanks, the import worked.
    Thanks for the indications, which I will try out.

    It might be helpful though to add such a script in the menu bar options or a button to click to automate such a process for the dummies we are. Maybe this could be included in a small futur update ?

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by drewmccormack on 10 Feb, 2017 08:59 AM

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    I’ve added it to the feature request list.
    Not sure how many people want to have cards with just an image though, and if you are going to add text or a question, it is probably just as easy to drag in the image at the same time.
    Glad it worked for you in any case.
    Kind regards,

  6. 6 Posted by Dmitri on 01 Jun, 2018 10:03 PM

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    Is there a way to import images into one-sided flashcard, while importing image file name on the second side?
    import file name on the second side, and content put in brackets on the first side together with image, like image title, or head/footnote?
    In this case, I will save my images (for medical students) as:
    Diagnosis (clinical history).jpg
    so that Diagnosis will go on the second side and clinical history as a footnote on the first side.

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by drewmccormack on 03 Jun, 2018 02:42 PM

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    I would recommend you set it up as your own study arch file. See for details.

    Kind regards,

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