Tip for downloading Picturelife RAW files from Smugmug
OK, I’ve learnt this the hard way.
If you’re downloading Picturelife RAW files from Smugmug, while Down Em All seems the most efficient way to do this, you may find that your download times out.
Downloading multiple files simultaneously with down ’em all
This is because the URL for the file is created dynamically with a session key in the URL. Once the session times out – around two hours – then the URL is no longer valid. That means that of the 1200 RAW and AVI files I’ve queued to download, I may download 50-60 before the session times out and all the remaining files fail to download, as their URL is no longer valid.
What this means, is that I have to go back to the download page – logging back in to Smugmug first., otherwise that page is empty – re-open down ’em all, and then manually locate where it left off in the long list of files. That takes a while, but once done, I can Shift-select everything from the last file on, and continue.
So – what can you do better? Well – sort the list alphabetically by the description before you start the entire process. This means that when you have to go back and start again, you can at least find where you left off easily, by working by alphabetical/alphanumeric order.
Wrong – sorted by order in the download page
Right! – sorted by alphabetical file name