Organizing in portfolios

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With IDimager you can organize your images in portfolios. Organizing images is not directly related to cataloging but is intended to allow you to build a structure with images that belong together. The main difference with the Media Browser for example is that the latter limits you to the folder structure of your storage media (e.g. the hard drive structure) while portfolios can contain collections of images that are stored in different folders. IDimager will not physically move or replace any of the images that you store in a portfolio. The same image can be stored in different portfolios.


You create portfolios for sets of images that you want to keep together. For example; a portfolio for your website images, and/or a portfolio for your projects per year, and/or any other main divisor you want to use to organize your images.


Portfolios are organized over 3 levels: Each portfolio consists of galleries, each gallery consists of collections and each collection can then be divided into sub collections. There are no limits to the number of portfolios/galleries/collections/sub collections that you can create.


Each portfolio can be split/decomposed into galleries. For example; portfolio “Projects” can contain galleries for each month/year: January 2008 to December 2008, or a portfolio named “Website” can have a gallery for every main subject on your site; e.g. a gallery Models, a gallery Nature and a gallery for Architecture. The gallery on its turn can be split/decomposed into collections and sub-collections. These collections and sub-collections are the place holders for your images. For example; portfolio  “Website” and gallery “Models” has collections “Wendy”, “Simon” and “Anna”. Each of these collections can be filled with photos.


You are free to define and organize collections and then fill each collection with images from your drives. Images that are stored in a portfolio collection can be located in several different folders. This way you get a structure that act like folders, but are not limited by the structure of the file system. To collect images in a portfolio  collection, you don't need to copy or move them on the hard drive first.


Since portfolio collections are virtual, it becomes possible to store the same image in different collections (even in different portfolios), while they are stored only once on the file system.


Note; As I tried to explain, you use portfolios to organize your images for a specific purpose or goal. It is not required or even recommended to add *all* your images to portfolio collections. That is where you would typically use the catalog labels for.


To access the portfolios, you open the Catalog Explorer and then open the branch Portfolios




The first level in the Portfolios are the names of each portfolio in your catalog. Each portfolio is represented by a book+orange dot icon. By double clicking a portfolio the portfolio is opened and displays the galleries inside it. Again double click on a gallery to display the collections.


Moving a portfolio collection


An existing portfolio collection can be moved to another portfolio gallery or collection by dragging it to the new location.