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Multiple Image Upload (CMS 8)

New Multiple Image upload


The multi-image upload page was developed for editors and journalists to be able to upload multiple images in a single batch with a drag and drop or by browsing files on their computer. This guide will describe the new image upload process in detail.


In order to get to the new image upload page, click on New > Multimedia > Image (please note that this feature is available in the new version of the CMS only).

You can also access it from the Article Edit page using the button Upload Image. In this case, new upload page will be opened in the new tab and once the images are uploaded, they will immediately become available for further use and can be embedded in the article.

You will get to the following screen irrespective of which access point you choose.

File selection and metadata editing

Select files and drop them in the designated area or click on Browse in order to choose the files from your computer.

Supported formats for image upload are: .gif, .jpeg, .tif, .png. Max size of one image is 50 MB.

New upload page allows to upload multiple images, to review and edit them on a single page, to apply bulk action for selected images; and then save all images at once when you are done. Please note, that we don't recommend to upload more than 30 images in one batch.

As soon as the images are processed by the system, a preview for each image will appear. Next step is to fill in all mandatory fields for each image (either using bulk editing or filling in the fields one by one for every image):

  • Title/Caption in English – main information about the image (Country – WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN);
  • Service Department – in the dropdown menu select the Service that uploaded the image;
  • Image Taken – date, when the image(s) were taken. If you don't have information about the exact date, mark Unknown;
  • Source – owner of the image (will be displayed in the bottom right corner of the image, for example Reuters, AFP etc.).

Description in English field (as well as other fields mentioned below) is not a mandatory field and is used to provide more detailed information about the image.

In the field Contributor select photographer's name from the dropdown menu. Remember that in order for the Contributor's name to appear on the list, it has to be created in Pangea CMS first. The name of contributor is shared with finance department allowing for the proper calculation of payroll for that person.

Based on the feedback provided to us by Photo Desk regarding Courtesy Images, an option to add information about the ownership of a courtesy image (Courtesy Photographer) has been added. This will allow, if necessary, to obtain more information about the rights to the image.

If you wish for the image to be distributed to the USAGM Direct site and to be available for the affiliates, mark Share on USAGM Direct.

Also, new upload function has a built-in meta-data reader. This means that if the uploaded image(s) contains meta-data from the device or from the image editor, they will show up on the Image Editor page. Click on More Metadata to see the additional information about the image.

If the wrong image for upload was selected and you wish to delete it, click on the red button Remove Image.

Bulk edit

It is possible to apply bulk action for all (or some) selected images of the batch. In order to do so, please select the images you want to edit using bulk action and click Edit.

Use Collapse tabs switcher for faster overview of the images which were selected to be bulk-edited.

Collapse tabs switcher
Collapse tabs switcher

In the appeared popup modal fill in all mandatory fields (Title, Service Department, Source, Image Taken) and hit Next.

Image bulk edit
Image bulk edit

In the next window there will be an overview of all metadata that will be applied to selected images. If all metadata are correct, click Apply (to go back and make changes hit Previous).

Image bulk edit confirmation
Image bulk edit confirmation

You will be returned to the image list with newly added metadata. Continue reviewing and, if necessary, editing the metadata for individual images.

When all metadata for every single image are added, click on Save and Close. The images will be processed in Pangea CMS and will become available for further use immediately. However, if for some reason the image is not successfully uploaded and processed, it can be found by searching Pangea CMS in the Draft status, but without the possibility of using this image.