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Old May 14, 2008, 7:44 AM   #1
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Hi all,
I use Windows explorer to manage my images.

I would like to make a macro or something similar on Window Explorer to make moving images between folders easier. I would like to click on a file(s) and press a keyboard shortcut to transfer it to a predefined folder.

Doing this would eliminate steps 2-4 below.
1: click on image
2: Copy
3: switch to folder
4: paste
This means a lot less mouse clicks over a year of sorting…

I would like to sort into folders like:
  • Print and frame (excellent images)
    [/*]
  • photo album (good images)
    [/*]
  • Snapshots
    [/*]
  • poor quality (possibly to delete)
    [/*]
I have had a look at the digital software that came with my Canon 40d to see if there is an option there...
  • ZoomBrowserEX has the "Classify into folder" but this only sorts by date. It also has the star ratin filtern, but the help menu doesn't go into what this means.[/*]
  • Digital Photo Proffessional has the Check 1, 2 and 3 option seems like it might do what I want, but doesn't.
    [/*]
Are you able to make macro's like this in explorer or is there a software package that will do this…
Regards
Alf…
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Old May 14, 2008, 4:42 PM   #2
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You can write programs to do this, but I think you would be better off doing it properly.

Why not try Lightroom (cheap for what it does), or if you really don't want to spend any money then have a look at Picasa (free download from Google).
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You said "moving" or did you really mean "copy" as your instructions indicated?

You do realize you could open up both folders and simply drag from one to the other, which is what I do all the time when organizing my photos.

REMBMBER, though, that dragging an item between folders on the same hard drive MOVES them. This prevents redundantfile copies thus saving valuable storage space.

But if you drag the item to a folder that's on a different hard drive or to removable media (flash drive, e.g.) then the item is copied to the new location, leaving the original file at its original location.
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You can select multiple files if desired with your Ctrl key (just click on the desired files while holding the Control Key down to select them). Then, move, copy, etc. (only with multiple files versus one at a time).

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Hi all,

I have had a look at google picasa and it allows only one star...

I have found that Adobe Bridge allows assigning of 1-5 stars.

You can then sort according to these stars...

It doesn't appear that you can buy this separatly.

I will have a look at Light room and Aperture also...

I currently use explorer to manage my images, but want a few more features...

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Hi again,

I have had a look at Lightroom and Aperture...

They both do the trick...but as these are proffessional programse, they come at a higher cost...

Does anyone know of a program that allows you to assign multiple ratings at a lower price than these two proffessional products?

Also, can anyone confirm if LightRoom has the stack option...selecting a range of photos and stacking them, showing only the top one...

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Yes, Lightroom can stack.

You can download a trial version of Lightroom from the Adobe website to see whether it suits you.

It's a truly wonderful bit of software and I would choose Lightroom over Photoshop by a mile if I were only allowed to have one of them.
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