Working with Fast Collections
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The database driven Virtual Collections can be helpful to store persistent collections fast and effectively. They provide a good way to help you create temporary collections and even move them to your portfolios later. Fast Collections are non-persistent and provide the most flexible way to create temporary collections. They are not database driven but memory driven instead. This means that they are stored in memory only which makes them fast; hence the name. The way Fast Collections operate is similar to Virtual Collections. By dragging images to the right side of the tab bar below your Collection Viewer/thumbnails. Unlike Virtual Collection, Fast Collections can contain any image. A Virtual Collection will display one image for your version sets which is represented by the main or album display version depending on your options setting. Not so with Fast Collections. A Fast Collection can store non-versioned images, main versions, and/or any individual version that is part of a version set. This gives you the most flexibility.
At any time you can move a Fast Collection to a portfolio. Collect your images in a Fast Collection first and when finished simply move the Virtual Collection to a more permanent portfolio, making it a persistent part of your catalog database.
Create a new Fast Collection
It is very simple to create a new Virtual Collection. Simply select one or more images and drag them to an empty space of the tab bar (right side) below the Collection Viewer.
Drop the images on the bar and IDimager create the Fast Collection on the fly.
The name of the Fast Collection is always "fast" followed by a sequence number and then the number of images currently contained in the Fast Collection between brackets. You can rename the Fast Collection by right clicking on its tab and then select "Rename this Fast Collection" from the context menu.
That's it. You have created your first Fast Collection. You can always open these images again by opening the tab. You can also drag more images to this Fast Collection. You do that by dragging the images to the tab.
As an alternative, you can also create a new empty Fast Collection by hand. To do that, click the yellow + icon at the left of the tab bar (fast collection area). That will prompt for a name and the empty Fast Collection is created.
Sample use for Fast Collections
One possible application you can use Fast Collections for is to make selections within larger collections of images to narrow it down to your final selections. First open the collection and select the thumbs that you'd like to include in the selection process. Then drag these to a new Fast Collection (drag to bar). This FC now contains your initial selection. Open the new FC and make your new selection and drag them to the empty space on the tab bar to create a second bar. Then repeat this to get your final selection. This final selection can then be store to a portfolio or simply labeled, or mailed, or transferred to your favorite photo sharing site, or...
Remove a Fast Collection
Once you have created a new Fast Collection, you can also remove it. Right click on the tab of the Fast Collection that you'd like to have removed.
Then confirm the removal. You can also remove *all* fast collection in one go. In that case select the option "Remove all Fast Collections" from the context menu.
Store Fast Collection to Portfolio
At any time you can move your Fast Collection to an existing Portfolio. Right click on the Fast Collection and select "Store Fast Collection to Portfolio". IDimager will then prompt you for a portfolio and gallery to store the Fast Collection.
Select your Portfolio and Gallery and click OK.
The Fast Collection will then be moved to the selected portfolio/gallery.
Loading and Saving your Fast Collections
As mentioned above, Fast Collections are non-persistent. This means that they are intended to be used during your IDimager session. Once you close down the application, the Fast Collections are all removed. It is possible that you are disturbed during your Fast Collection process and need to shut down the application while you are not yet finished. In that case you can save all existing Fast Collections to a file and load them again after starting IDimager again later.
To save your Fast Collections, click the yellow + icon at the left side of the Fast Collections. Then select the option "Save Fast Collection to file".
Then specify a file name and click <Save> to store the Fast Collections to file. The file uses the .fastidi extension.
Then after you start working with IDimager again, you can load the Fast Collections again. Again click the yellow + icon. Now select "Load Fast Collections from file". Then find your saved file and load it again.