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Issue: #30

May/June 2014

Organizing Images in CIMS
CIMS has the ability to link to and display images in several locations of the program. It is possible to load up to six images per burial on the Ownership tab, Burial tab, and Marker tab. Also, one can attach a single image on the Deed tab and in the Customer Information screen. The displaying of images in CIMS can be a very useful tool for displaying marker images, obituaries, scans of deeds, etc.

The default storage location for images in CIMS is the "Images" folder that is located in the same folder as the "Data" folder. For instance, on a single machine, non-network installation on any computer with Windows Vista or newer with CIMS installed in the default location, the images folder would be located here: C:\Users\Public\RAMAKER\CIMS\Images. In Windows XP, the default location is C:\Program Files\CIMS\Images. For cemeteries whose data is located on a server, the Images folder is likely to be found in the same location as the Data folder.

Whether you have not yet begun to link images in CIMS or have done so previously, it is important to store your images in the same location consistently. The recommended place to do this in the default CIMS Images folder, as this is the location where CIMS will open to automatically when you link any image. When you are adding an image to the Ownership tab, CIMS will look in the "Space" subfolder in the Images folder. If you are adding a marker image, CIMS will open automatically to the "Marker" subfolder. If adding an image to the Burial tab, CIMS will look in the "Burial" subfolder, etc.

When adding an image in CIMS, the software stores a link to the file location in its database. If an image file is ever moved from the location that was initially linked to, CIMS will not be able to locate the file and it will not display in the program. Also, if image files are not stored in a consistent location, backing them up will be nearly an impossible task, since they may be spread over multiple locations on your computer. This is why storing images in the same location consistently is so important.

If, for instance, you have newly taken images of headstones on your digital camera and you wish to load them on to your computer and link them to the corresponding marker in CIMS, you can start by importing to them computer as you normally would. We would then recommend copy and pasting them to the "Markers" folder in the Images folder. This is the location CIMS first looks when you go to add a Marker image in the software. If you continue to store all future Marker images in this same location, it will be very simple to back them up. Also, if the location of the images folder is ever changed, to a server or just another location on your computer, our technical support specialists could easily update your database to reflect the new location of the images, provided that images have been stored consistently in the same location.

CIMS provides many opportunities to link images to your cemetery records, which can provide a wealth of additional data to your employees and customers. If you have not already explored this functionality and have any question on how to best organize your images, feel free to speak with one of our technical support specialists at 1-800-332-7532.

Converting a Space from Reserved to Sold   

Any "Available" space in CIMS or CIMS Light can bet set to a "Reserved" status by changing the space status to "Reserved" on the Ownership tab. One can then input a reservation date, the person who is reserving the space, the cost per space and remarks, among other data. If the person who reserves the space ultimately purchases it, did you know that you will not have to re-enter all of the information that you had entered when the space was reserved? Simply change the status of the space to "Sold", and the name, space cost and remarks data will all be carried over along with the new status, eliminating the need for additional data entry when the space is sold. 


In This Issue
Organizing Images in CIMS
Converting a Space from Reserved to Sold
News in the Cemetery Industry
CIMS Testimonial

News in the Cemetery Industry

Current articles about a wide variety of cemetery topics for your review


Hillsborough cemetery cleanup unearths hidden history


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Abandoned and neglected cemeteries generate concern 


 Oakland Cemetery eyes chime bell system    


Cedar Hill pet cemetery holds dedication ceremony for War Dog Monument  


Land, cemetery in Enon at center of dispute with neighbors  


Gravestone Girls preserve cemetery art  


House passes bill to make cemetery desecration a religious freedom crime  


Centennial Cemetery applies to be allowed to sell mourners alcohol 


CIMS Testimonial  

"...things are going great!  [CIMS] is saving a tremendous amount of time researching burials." 

Kimmell, IN  


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