User order in a album


If only one album is selected, the user order can be utilized.

Changing the order is an essential requirement if you want to output images in a slideshow, video or photo book.


The export of fotoARRAY (F6) can rename the files so that file names start with a consecutive number, e.g. 0001_. This allows the order to be maintained when importing the image files into other programs, e.g. a video editing program.  Internally, the order is respected when exporting as pages (PDF/JPEG) and when creating an HTML gallery.


To activate the user order click on the button with the 4 arrows. If the mode is activated the arrows are displayed in red. You can also use the hotkey CTRL + O to activate or deactivate this mode.


Note: This mode is only available when just a single album is selected for display.




If the user order was activated, the pictures can be moved with the mouse and Drag&Drop.

When moving, a red mark is shown in the display, from which the selected images are inserted in order.




It is also possible to move the images with the keyboard. First select the images.

If images are marked press CTRL+SHIFT keys and additionally one of this keys:

Cursor left, Cursor right, Cursor up, Cursor down, POS1 or END.

The selection is then moved in the corresponding direction.


In the context menu of the albums (right click on the cogwheel) there are two entries:


Apply current view order to user order


Of course this function only makes sense if the user order is not currently active, but instead the sorting (e.g. by date) is used. With this function the user order can be set to a defined initial state.


Apply order of selected items to user order


This makes sense if different images are selected which are not consecutive. They are then lined up in the user order with the first selected image remaining in its position. The hotkey CTRL + ALT + O activates this function.


Export file list                (This function requires the fotoARRAY license)


In the context menu you can also find the command "Export file list". This will output the list of complete file paths as text. You can also specify which text is output at the beginning of each line and which at the end. This can easily be used to create a script file ("Batch") that executes certain functions with the files.




The following placeholders are possible here:

{#} Inserts the sequence number.

{dir} inserts the path to the original image

{fname} inserts the file name with extension

{name} inserts the file name without extension

{ext} inserts only the extension, e.g. .JPG.


If the checkbox in the middle is not selected, the filename is not output, but can be inserted e.g. by using {fname}.