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Installation Guide

Thank you for purchasing Gem of The Net’s SharpStudio and SharpCatalog package. Please follow these few steps to help you get started using the SharpStudio and SharpCatalog.


Install the SharpCatalog Software to your computer.

SharpCatalog is distributed on CD-ROM. To install the software please follow the instructions below:


  • Run the sharpcatalogsetup.exe on the CD ie: from the Start, Run type (cd_drive_letter):SharpCatalogSetup.exe
  • Carefully read the screen messages and reply accordingly.
  • During installation you would be prompted to enter your name, company name. This information is crucial for receiving technical support and software updates in the future. Please record this information and have it available in a safe place at all times.

Once all the files are installed, setup program will create SharpCatalog program group.




SharpCatalog will start the Catalog program.

Utilities is a database repair utility which is used to repair the inventory database if it becomes corrupted or damaged in some way. This may occur if the computer suddenly looses power while data is being written to the database.




Setup the SharpStudio and Camera

1) Read the instruction sheets for the Digital Studio Master.

    1. Mount the camera bracket and digital camera to the Digital Studio Master.
    2. Connect the 12 volt power supply to the terminals on the back of the camera, make sure you connect (+) and (-) correctly.
    3. Connect the power cord to the Digital Studio Master.
    4. Connect the BNC cable to the video out of the camera. NOTE: A S-Video cable is provided if you wish to connect the camera to a S-Video device.
    5. Plug in the power supply for the Digital Camera


A Brief Note Regarding the Camera

The camera has been preinstalled with a 8-48mm zoom lens. Also the lens has a 4x and a 2x filter mounted to the end. This gives a total of 8x magnification, this is ideal for most situations, but you may want to remove the filters to get a larger field of view. There is a supplied case in which to store unused filters. There is also a 1x filter supplied, but it is not installed, this is used for close up work with gemstones.

The camera is a precision electronic instrument and is very costly to replace. It is recommended that you use compressed air to clean the lens and camera CCD in the event it gets dirty. You can purchase a can of purified compressed air at photography stores. Never touch the lenses or the CCD in the camera.


If you are using the ATI Video Card See the ATI Addendum

If you are Using ZIPSHOT see the ZIPSHOT Addendum



Install the Snappy! and Snappy! software


If your computer has two printer ports, or if your computer prints to a network printer or your computer will not be used for printing then go to Item 3

    1. Locate the printer port on the rear of your computer
    2. HINT: You may connect a TV or Monitor to the pass-through connector on the SNAPPY. This will aid in setting up the camera and focusing. After you get familiar with the way the system is working you can use the preview window in the SharpCatalog software. If you do decide to use the pass through mode, make sure you select the proper Termination setting on the Setup page in SharpCatalog. This will ensure the proper video level signal. See the next section about the Setup window.

    3. Disconnect your printer if its connected and connect the supplied switch box cable to your computer. Connect your printer cable to other port on the back of the switch box.
    4. Connect the video cable for the camera to the IN connector on the SNAPPY!
    5. NOTE: If you did not have to install the switch box, you can install the SNAPPY! directly to your printer port.

    6. Install the Software on the CD which came with the SNAPPY!. Although SharpCatalog supports SNAPPY directly, you must install the software which comes with the SNAPPY since there are drivers and license information which must be installed to your computer in order for the SNAPPY to work correctly.
    7. Test the SNAPPY installation using the SNAPPY supplied software, this way you can be sure your hardware is functioning correctly.


NOTE: If the SNAPPY does not work properly, for example the pre-view does not work but the capture works we have found a number of cases where the printer port on the computer was configured to the wrong interrupt and base address. Please see your Windows95/98 documentation on how to configure your printer port.


Test the entire system.

    1. Turn on the lights and fan for your Sharp Studio Master.
    2. Make sure the switch box is set to use the SNAPPY!
    3. Start the SharpCatalog software
    4. Go to top menu bar and select Options, then Setup. A setup screen should appear. Check the Use Snappy Option, then press Update and OK.
    5. Exit the SharpCatalog Software
    6. Restart the SharpCatalog Software, at this point the SNAPPY! should be enabled. There should be a Snappy powered down message below the window on the left of the screen, indicating that SharpCatalog has located and is communicating with the SNAPPY! If you get error messages regarding the SNAPPY! make sure it is plugged in and the switch box is set correctly. Also check if the software supplied with the SNAPPY is working.
    7. Go to the setup page one more time and press the Defaults button and then press OK, this will initialize the system with the proper parameters for the SNAPPY!.

HOW TO FOCUS: The best way to get a sharp image is to place an item in the SharpStudio Master. (1) Zoom the lens all the way to the largest magnification. The zoom adjustment is the middle ring. (2) Set the aperture on the lens to the f16 setting (this controls how much light gets into the camera. (3) Set the focus ring to middle position on lens, this is ring closest to the bottom of the lens, it has numbers representing distance in meters. (4) The item will likely be out of focus now, so to focus the item loosen the camera mounting bolt and move the entire camera up or down to get the sharpest focus. (5) Once the item is in focus the camera height is now correct, you can now "fine tune" the focus using the focus ring on the camera. (6) Once your are satisfied with the focus you can move the zoom lever out to set the desired size of the item.


    1. Place an item in the SharpStudio and press the preview button on the main window of SharpCatalog. You should see an image. Once you are satisfied with the image, press the capture button.
    2. Once the image is captured, press the save button to save the image to your computer, you can then drag the image to a window pane on the left. Repeat the process until your catalog is complete.
    3. You can also select Browser and then Directory to select images already stored on your computer.
    4. If you wish to store the items in the Inventory database, which we highly recommend if you plan on using the database for the Internet, the select Window then Inventory from the Main Menu. This will bring up the Inventory Database. Select Add on the Inventory page and then fill in the information, then drag the image from the main window on the Catalog page. Press the Update button on the Inventory page. This will save your image to your hard disk. Then drag the Image from the Inventory to an open window on the Catalog page, and the information you entered will appear in your catalog.
    5. If you are unsure about any button or field just place the mouse cursor over the item and a short help description will appear after 1 second.
    6. If you are going to print, make sure you switch the switch box to the printer. Make sure you put it back when you have finished printing, otherwise an error message will appear. If are not going to capture images for a period of time, you can go to the Setup window and uncheck the Use Snappy box. This will prevent the Snappy! error from popping up.

Using The Panasonic KR222 Video Camera

The dip switches have been preset for your convenience. The settings should be:

  1. The top dip switch should be set to the left –AGC OFF. This will disable the Automatic Gain Control to prevent the camera from compensating for the high reflective properties of jewelry.
  2. The second dip switch should be set to the left –ELC on. This position is for a lens with a Manual Aperture setting.
  3. The third dip switch should be set to the right for maximum sharpness
  4. The fourth dip switch should be set to the left to disengage the back light control, since frontal lighting is used.
  5. The fifth dip switch is used to set the color. Use a Platinum or Silver ring if possible, or simply turn all the lights on without any jewelry in the unit. Do not use colored Gemstones when setting up the camera’s white balance. Allow the camera to reset for 30 seconds in the ATW ‘on’ position. Turn the ATW dip switch to ‘off’ position and evaluate the color.
  6. The ‘R’-‘B’ Adjustment may be used to obtain the correct color balance. The adjustment should be made in the ATW ‘On’ position. The switch should be returned to the ‘off’ position when finished.

NOTE: The ATW should be turned off to prevent the camera from changing color every time a different piece of jewelry is used.


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