[KPhotoAlbum] Searching within folders in KPA 4.3

Miika Turkia miika.turkia at gmail.com
Sun Oct 21 14:02:29 CEST 2012


On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM, Joe <josephj at main.nc.us> wrote:
> Thanks.  Replies inline.
>
> Joe
>
>
> On 10/21/2012 02:52 AM, Miika Turkia wrote:
>
> On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 5:57 AM, Joe <josephj at main.nc.us> wrote:
>
> I'm very behind in tagging my photos.  My photos are stored in folders
> named by the date of the most recent picture in the folder.  I try to
> keep them in batches of 700 or less per folder.
>
> To catch up, I'm trying to tag the newest ones first.
>
> What I did was select Folder from the main KPA window and then select a
> folder to work on.  That works fine, but when I try to search within
> that folder (nested searches seem to work great everywhere else), it
> reverts to matching against my entire collection instead of a smaller
> +subset of the folder.
>
> I have a Category/tag named Done for pictures which are completely
> tagged.  What I wanted to do was select all the photos in the folder
> that are *not* Done.  This does not appear to work as I expected.
>
> I know I can work around this by manually entering a date range or just
> sorting the images in reverse date order, but it would be nice (and
> consistent) if sub-selections of a folder would work.
>
> Search for the tag first and then go select the folder. The search
> seems to start from the whole image database and not to narrow down
> the current selection. You could also configure the "Untagged Images"
> feature to use your Done tag and thus you could select the untagged
> images from main window (the main window "icons" narrow down the
> current selection).
>
> I tried the search that way and it works. When you go to Folders, folders
> that don't have any matching pictures just disappear.  It's a bit strange to
> think of it that way, but it does work.
>
> As for the Untagged Images feature:  The way I understand it is that
> whenever you load new pictures, the untagged field gets set to untagged.
> Whenever you tag items an+d press Done, that flag gets cleared
> automatically.  I know I can use Continue Later instead of Done and it will
> leave the flag set, but I click Done most of the time by bad habit because I
> didn't know what Continue Later was for until recently.  I do have an
> untagged keyword associated with the feature, but I prefer having a "Done"
> that has to be set manually so it's a lot less likely to get set by
> accident.  Someone on this list showed me this method some time ago.
>
> Am I doing something wrong, or is this a bug?
>
> I would call this a feature as it is consistent for the search
> function to always affect the whole database.
>
> I would be happy if the search was to the current selection instead
> the whole image database. Clicking the home button before the search
> to achieve current functionality is easy enough but search to narrow
> down current selection cannot be done with current implementation.
>
> Thanks for checking.
>
> That's a little hard to understand.  I'm not really sure how searching
> works, but I just searched for Animal (Category) = Deer and then
> subsequently searched for Animal=Bluejay.  I was expecting an "and"
> operation which would only show me pictures that had both animals in them,
> but apparently got an "or" operation - now having all the pictures
> displaying either animal.  In any case, the first search results weren't
> replaced by the results of the second one.   The second one just added to
> the first, so in some way searches are cumulative and don't start with a
> clean slate - at least in what finally gets selected.

Whatever you searched for before is already inserted when you go for
new search. The old search must be cleared manually, otherwise it is
the basis for new search. The search is from the whole database, not
to the currently selected set (if you e.g. go select a Folder first).

There is the radio button below each category that selects whether
*or* or *and* is used. And you can manually use & and | characters as
well when typing the search terms.

> Eventually, I'll have to "git with the program" and start compiling new
> versions.  I know the instructions have been posted on this list several
> times.

Just go for it ;)

miika


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