The Proofpix SortMagic app allows you to automate the tedious process of culling images into their proper galleries.

The app works in conjunction with your Proofpix events so you need to have them created in advance.

Prior to the event...

1. Install the app
The first thing you need to do is install the app on your iOS or Android mobile device. There is no need to download anything from an app store. Simply navigate to https://sortmagic.proofpix.com from your phone's web browser (preferably Google Chrome, but Safari works too).

If you're on Android, the browser should offer you an option to Add SortMagic to Home screen, click it. If you're on iOS, then click the Share button and then click the Add to Home Screen button.


2. Log-in
Once you enter the app, you will be prompted to login. Please enter the same credentials you use to sign-in to Proofpix.

3. Add camera(s)
Next you need to add the camera(s) you will be using. You may give them any name you like, however it is good to be specific, i.e. Brian's Nikon.

Add camera button

If you use more than one camera, work with multiple shooters or are generally not inclined to remember which images were shot with which camera, then you need to name the camera using the Creator and the Model EXIF meta-data from your camera, like so:

Name camera from camera's EXIF data

If you have not set the Creator EXIF data in your camera, you really should to avoid camera confusion in our system. If you use two cameras that have the exact same EXIF data, then you will need to change the Creator slightly so it is unique.

3B. Set the date and time on your camera to match the app
The app uses your phone's local date and time.

You should always confirm that your camera's date and time is synced with the app prior to the shoot in case the time has changed because of dead batteries, day-light savings time or time-zone shifts have occurred.

At the event...

1. Choose the event from the list

Choose event

2. Choose the camera you're currently using

Choose camera

3. Choose or add a gallery
Select a gallery from the list or create one on-the-fly if an unexpected client arrives.

Choose or add gallery

4. Press the Start shoot button

Start Shoot

5. Select the gallery for the next client and repeat until finished

After the event...

Whatever editing process you use, make sure it does not overwrite the EXIF CreatedDate metadata or the sorting will fail. In Lightroom, make sure you choose the following setting when exporting or saving to maintain the EXIF data.

Save metadata when exporting or saving from Lightroom

Upload your images
Select the SortMagic option.
Select the From the App option.
Choose the appropriate camera option. If you did not set up the camera names from the EXIF data, then you can only upload the images from the camera you select.
Upload your images and they will be magically sorted into their proper galleries.

Upload images

Extras...

Where repeat sessions of the same person occur, just re-select the same gallery (event though it will show as completed) and proceed normally. If you need to choose a different camera, that's no problem either.

If you have a lot of galleries, you may consider printing QR codes prior to the event and disseminating them to your clients ahead of their shoots. At the shoot, you can simply scan their QR code to find the proper gallery.

Using QR codes to select galleries

Sharing a gallery with a client is super easy as well. Simply click the share button on your phone and share the client's gallery URL and password automatically in any of the available methods (Email, SMS, Text, Social networks).

Share a gallery

We do our best to approximate time per shoot but it should be used as guide only as it will not be perfectly accurate.

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