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Droplet Options in Adobe ImageReady

Updating batch settings and action steps in droplets By Dave Nagel
This is one that threw me for a loop for a while. I rely pretty heavily on Adobe ImageReady for my batch image processing, working almost exclusively with droplets I've created over the years. But sometimes these droplets need to be updated. No trouble usually: Just make the changes to the original action, and recreate your droplet from that. But what happens if you no longer have the original action?

There are two scenarios we'll look at here. In the first, we'll need to adjust the batch options of a droplet without relying on the original action. In the second, we'll add new steps or modify the existing steps in the droplet--again without the original action. (Incidentally, if you're unfamiliar with the process for creating droplets in the first place, be sure to read our introductory tutorial by clicking here.)

Updating the batch destination
When you create a droplet for batch processing images, one of the parameters you set for that particular action is a custom folder for the destination of the processed images. However, if you change out hard drives or rename a hard drive, the droplet no longer works because it can't find your destination folder, which is stored in the droplet as an absolute path (such as Dave's Hard Drive/Desktop/Batch Folder/). Change the name of the hard drive, and that location no longer exists.

The answer to this problem is a fairly simple one, but one that's easy to miss, as I found out the hard way.

1. Double-click the original droplet--the actual executable file. This will open up the droplet in a new window in ImageReady. (If it won't open in ImageReady when you double-click it, you can also drag the droplet over the ImageReady application icon to open it up.)

2. Now, right up there are the top of this window (precisely where it ought to be, but not where you might expect it), you'll see a line called "Batch Options." Double-click this, and it will open up a dialog presenting you with the various options for your droplet. Among these is your custom destination folder.

3. So, in order to change the destination folder to a new location, just click the button labeled "Choose," and navigate to the new location. Then click OK.

4. When you're all set, close the window containing your action. You'll be presented with a dialog asking you whether you want to save your changes. Save the droplet at this point. And now, the next time you use this droplet, it should work as expected.

Modifying action steps in a droplet
Now what if you want to make other changes to your droplet, such as inserting new steps or deleting existing ones?

Deleting or modifying existing steps is fairly straightforward. To delete a step, simply click on it, and then hit the little trash can icon at the bottom of the droplet window.

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