Working with stacks

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IDimager supports both versioning and stacking. Versioning is used to collect similar images together in a version set. Stacking on the other hand is intended to collect images for a specific purpose. Stacking is a mechanism where you can keep a bunch of images together which doesn't require to be derivatives of the same image. A simple example is a panorama shot which is composed of several different images. Another example is a retouched image that is designed based on different images. One more example is a burst shoot. Each of the images in a stack have their own characteristics (labels, properties, ratings, ...) but still form a logical set with other images. Tend to think of stacks as lightweight collections, but with the ability to collapse a stack into a single thumb. You can stack both versioned and unversioned images in a single stack.


Stacking a group of images together in IDimager is very simple. Select the thumbnails that should make up a group and then press [Ctrl]+[G] (or right click on a select thumb -> Stacking -> Stack selected images). When you press [Ctrl]+[G] on a selection of thumbs and one of the thumbs is already part of a stack then all selected images will be added to that stack.




Once you have stacked your images, the will be recognizable by a gray frame around the thumbnail.




Stacked image in IDimager follow certain behavior. First of all you'll always recognize stacked images by their gray frame. The frame is displayed anywhere the image is displayed in IDimager. Because stacked images have a logical relationship with each other, the content of a stack can be spread around your catalog. For instance you could create a stack with two images where one image has catalog label A assigned and the second image has catalog label B assigned. If you now use the Catalog Explorer to browse the content of label A, you will see the first image from the stack. When you browse label B you see the second image; after all only that image has label A or B assigned. Unlike with versioning, the images in a stack can all have separate catalog labels. With versioning the complete version set is considered a single entity for the database and any label assignment applies to the full version set. Not so with stacking.


The Media Browser treats stacks slightly different. In that Explorer the stacked images are displayed as a single entry. The stack can then be collapsed or expanded. The image that is presented for the stack is the first image of that stack found. The stack then gets a triangle icon. By clicking that icon the stack is expanded.



collapsed stack


Then click the triangle again to collapse the stack again.



expanded stack


Anytime you find a stacked image (either in Catalog Explorer or in Media Browser), you can select it and press [Shift]+[G] to collect the stack. IDimager will then find all images for that stack and present the results Search results tab.