Sorting thumbnails

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IDimager allows you to sort the displayed thumbnails in many ways. By default the explored collections are sorted by the images file name. In "Tools | Options | General Settings | Collection Viewer" you can define what your preferred default sort order should be.

 

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To change the sort order for an opened collection you can select “View | Sort | any order” from the main menu. Another way to change the sort order is by right clicking at the background area of the Collection Viewer (not on a thumb) and then select “Sort |  …” from the context menu. Finally there is the sort button above the thumbnail area in the Collection Viewer which can be clicked to change the order.

 

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The possible sort orders are:

 

Sort by File Name

This will sort the collection by the file name (excl path name) of each image.

 

Sort by File Extension

This will sort the collection based on the extension of the files inside the collection.

 

Sort by File Date/Time

This will sort the collection by the file date/time as reported by the operating system.

 

Sort by Size

This will sort the collection by the size of the files

 

Sort by Image Dimensions

This will sort the collection based each images dimension (width by height; W x H)

 

Sort by Location

This will sort the collection based on the file path name of the images.

 

Sort by Photo Date/Time

This will sort the collection based on each images EXIF photo date/time value. If no EXIF date is available; the file's last modified date will be used.

 

Sort by Rating

This will sort the collection based on each images rating (0 to 5)

 

Sort by Color Label

This will sort the collection based on each images color label (red/yellow/green/…)

 

Sort by Cataloged (Y/N)

This will sort the collection by determining for each image if it is cataloged (labeled/tagged) or not.

 

Sort by XMP Sync (Y/N)

This will sort the collection based on available information that determines if the catalog information is in sync with the images meta information.

 

No Sorting

The collection will have no particular sort order.

 

Random Sort

The collection will be randomly sorted.

 

Sort Scripts

(IDimager Pro only)

This contains a sub menu with all installed sort scripts. These are small custom applications that can be programmed to support any custom sort order required. By default IDimager comes with a few sort scripts.

 

 

Sorting the collection can be done ascending (small to large/low to high) or descending (large to small/high to low). By selecting a sort order, it will be sorted ascending. You can recognize the sort order by the arrow indicator on the sort button.

 

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Descending

 

To change the sort order, you can click the arrow indicator on the sort button or you can select the same sort order again.

 

When you have sorted a collection the you'll recognize the sort order by the number 1 indicator in front of that sort item in the sort button's drop down list. When you hold down the [Ctrl] key and the select another sort item then you can combine these sort operations. This way you can, for example, sort of File Name + File Date. Each sort item will display it's sequence number in the active sort order.

 

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You can also manually order your thumbnails by dragging them to a new place in the collection or by using the keyboard strokes for sorting. The next section will explain this is more detail.

 

Finally, while there are many predefined sorting options, IDimager-Professional also allows the use of Sort Scripts. These are small application scripts that specify how images should be sorted. By default a few sort scripts are deployed with IDimager, and you can access them by clicking the sort button and then selecting "Sort Scripts" from the drop-down menu.

 

Sort Scripts are intended to support more exotic sort orders that are not supported by default, and they may be very specific to your situation. Visit IDimager's script repository website (http://repository.idimager.com) to find out if a specific script that you need is available as a sort script. With Sort Scripts, IDimager can provide nearly unlimited sorting options to support your workflow.