The Album Panel shows in a tree view virtual folders to which images cataloged in fotoARRAY can be added. When you click on the name of a folder, it is selected and its contents are displayed. If you select multiple names, then all images contained in at least one of the folders are displayed.
Regarding subfolders, fotoARRAY works in two different ways. It distinguishes whether a folder is displayed expanded or collapsed. If you click on a folder that is collapsed, then all images that are contained in the subfolders are displayed. But if the folder is expanded, then you have to explicitly select the subfolders whose contents are to be displayed.
FotoARRAY offers the possibility to display only a selection of albums in the tree view. So all other albums are temporarily hidden. You can activate this mode via the context menu. The mode is activated until it is switched off or the program is closed. The database export function also respects this setting.
In the list of albums you can make a single one the current album by using the round selection field. In this case, images will be added to this album when you press the B key. The operation of the B key can be configured to remove the image if it is already in the album. However, you can also explicitly remove an image by pressing Ctrl+B.
Note: While fotoARRAY Broadcast is active B is always used to add images to the list of shared data.
An album can be marked so that it is available as a collection for other albums.
This marking can be turned off at any time, this does not change the structure of the tree. This property is assigned via the popup dialog.
The popup dialog is also used to add new albums. You can select the collection under which a new entry should be placed. If an entry is already selected, it can also be moved to the selected collection.
In the input field you can enter the new name. It is also possible, if an entry is already selected, to rename it. Please note that fotoARRAY does not check if the name already exists in the collection of albums. If necessary, a name will be entered twice. This makes sense, because for example the name "Slideshow" can appear as a sub entry in different albums. If necessary, a name can be changed at any time.
In the selection box below the name field you can choose different modes.
The currently selected images can be immediately assigned to the new album without changing the display in the image browser.
Another way to assign images to an album is with the mouse. If you click with the mouse on an entry while holding down the ALT key, the selected image(s) will be assigned to the respective album. If the Shift key is also held down, the images are removed from the album if they were assigned.
A new entry can also be made into a collection immediately, so that it is available for entering further sub-albums. It is also possible to specify a list of names to add multiple entries at once. Use commas to divide the list. Finally, it is also possible to make the new entry the current album, so that by pressing the B key, images can be added immediately.
In the overview display various information can be shown. These are not only file type, date, stars but can also be colors and symbols assigned to associated albums and keywords. This allows to quickly check if an image already has a certain keyword or if it is included in a certain album.
Click on the X to remove the symbols and colors from all selected items.
Select a symbol from the first drop down or paste any unicode symbol. On Windows you can press WINDOWS+. to open the emoticon editor to insert a symbol.
Select a color from the second drop down to highlight an album or keyword. Select the color white, to remove any assignment.
In the bottom bar of the popup dialog, you will find the button to make an entry a collection, or to delete this status.
In addition, the image selection of the current display can be exported to a identifier text file.
The filter function as well as the sort order will be respected. The text file can be used later to insert the images in another album. For this, of course, the images with the same data (GUID or file name, date) must be findable in the database.
When you copy images into a directory with F6, fotoARRAY creates a file "fotoarray.copylist" to later be able to connect the files to the entries in the database. Such a file can also be used for the import, if the file was created with images from the same database.
You can use this function to save a compilation that was created using the album or keyword function. If the text file already exists, then additional identifiers will be appended to it. When importing, the user order (for albums only) will be preset according to the order of the files in the list. It is possible to use such an identifier file also in another database. It is ideal if the image GUIDs are the same. This is the case if the other database was either the source or the target of the database export function. Otherwise, the names and timestamps are used to locate the image files in the database.