The Collection Viewer

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When you use either the Catalog Explorer or Media Browser to navigate through your images, or when you perform a search, the right area of the screen shows the thumbnails for your images. This thumbnail area is called the Collection Viewer.


Every thumbnail represents your original images. While there are many options available for you to customize the appearance of thumbnails to your personal preference, the default thumbnail image has the following components:






The small thumbnail representation of the original image



The Photo Date


By default this is the date the image was first recorded. This date will be read from the Exif. If there is no Exif available for the image, the image files last modified date will be used instead.



Catalog indicator


This indicator is only displayed when the image's embedded metadata is out of sync with the information as stored in the catalog database.


By clicking this icon, you will synchronize the image where all catalog information will be written to the file's embedded metadata



The image caption


This is the name of the photo. By default this will display the images file name. In the Options dialog (Tools | Options | Collection Viewer | Thumbnail Layout | Thumbnail Caption Shows) you can select whether the file name or no caption should be displayed here.



Read-Only indicator


This icon is displayed when the associated image file is read-only. You can not click this icon.



Online indicator


This indicator is only displayed for images that are either offline or missing on the file system.

This indicator is either red, or blue. Red indicates that the image is not accessible (e.g. an image stored on CD/DVD but the CD/DVD is not in the drive), and blue means that the image should be accessible but is not found on the file system (e.g. because the file has been moved or deleted). You can not click this icon.



Bookmark indicator


This frame indicates that the current thumbnail is bookmarked. An image can be bookmarked with the keyboard shortcut [Ctrl]+[Space].



Catalog Labels indicator



This indicator represents the number of assigned catalog labels for this image. When there are no assigned labels then the background color is orange so that uncataloged images are easily recognizable.


By clicking this indicator in the upper right corner of the thumbnail, or pressing [Ctrl]+[F6], the quick catalog menu will open. This menu contains all label assignments for the currently selected images, the quick labels, the last used labels, and the catalog label hierarchy. Other items include maintenance options like copy/paste, synchronizing catalog information with metadata information in the image file.


In the quick assign menu the catalog labels have selection boxes in front of each label. When that catalog label is assigned to the selected thumb or to all selected thumbnails, there will be a blue check mark in the selection box. When multiple thumbnails are selected and one or more thumbnails have that label assigned, but not all, then the selection box will be orange.


You can select a catalog label to instantly change the label assignment for the selected image(s), and you can Ctrl+Click on a orange selection box to force a full assignment and change its color to blue



Color Label Indicator


The background area of the ratings bar displays the "Color Label". Color labels are essentially markers that you can assign to images. The meaning of each color is up to you to define (Tools | Options | Catalog | Color Labels). Typically you use color labels to keep track of images with a certain condition. Examples are Yellow = Customer Pick, Purple = Printed, Red = Trash, etc.. The different color labels are: none, red, yellow, green, blue and purple.


You can change the label by clicking the bar behind the rating stars/dots. A popup menu appears and allows you to select the color label you'd like to assign. Color labels also have direct keyboard shortcuts: [Ctrl]+[0] = no color, [Ctrl]+[1] = Red, [Ctrl]+[2] = Yellow, [Ctrl]+[3] = Green, [Ctrl]+[4] = Blue, [Ctrl]+[5] = Purple.


Color labels can be applied on individual thumbnails or for a series of selected thumbnails.



Star/Rating indicator


Below the thumb image you see the rating bar, displayed with stars to represent your image's active rating/score. Ratings are defined on a 0 to 5 scale. The rating indicator displays large and filled star icons to visualize the existing rating. The small dotted icons are unassigned rating positions. Clicking any of the stars or dots will allow you to change the rating. A popup menu will appear that asks you what rating to apply. IDimager uses a popup menu to prevent accidental clicks changing your ratings. However, you can hold down the Alt-key and then click on a star or dot to instantly change the rating, e.g. hold down Alt and click the 4th dot to give that image a 4-star rating.


Ratings also have direct keyboard shortcuts: [0] = no rating, [1] = 1 star rating, [2] = 2 star rating ... [5] = 5 star rating.


Ratings can be applied on individual thumbnails or for a series of selected thumbnails.



Version indicator


The Version Indicator is only displayed for versioned images. The color of the indicator can be customized in the Options dialog and is yellow by default for main versions and green for sub versions. The version indicator is not clickable.



Recipe Indicator


The Recipe indicator is displayed in two colors: white means that there is no existing recipe for this image while an orange indicator indicates that there is. By clicking the recipe indicator you can perform collective operation with regard to recipes on selected thumbs. Samples are; loading a recipe from file, delete existing recipes, etc.


The Collection Viewer provides you with direct access to the images. By double clicking on a thumbnail or by pressing Enter, the image will be opened in either the Image Editor/Viewer or the Full Screen Viewer. This preference can be defined in the options dialog (Tools | Options | General Settings | Image Viewing | Images are opened in). The Image Viewer is described in a next chapter.


You can also open the selected image in the default application in Windows by pressing [Ctrl]+[Enter].


The Collection Viewer has its own menu inside the applications main menu called “Collection”. This menu always relates to the active collection currently displayed in the Collection Viewer, and allows you to perform a range of actions on the active collection.


The Collection Viewer also allows you to do group-wise processing (also known as batch processing; so multiple images together). By selecting one or more thumbs and then right clicking on one of the selected thumbnails, most actions inside the context menu will act for every selected thumbnail; e.g. describe image properties, rename images, redate, rotate images, etc.


If needed you can always update a selection of thumbnails manually by pressing [F8].






Sometimes it is convenient to see just thumbnail images without any other information. By pressing [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Alt]+[C] you can toggle IDimager to display clean thumbnails or full info thumbnails.