PhotoOrganize

PhotoOrganize for Windows 10


With PhotOrganize you can organize a photo collection such that the subjects of the photos are always recognizable and a selection of photos is easy presentable. The main features are:

  • From a selection .jpg / .jpeg photos the?saved date / time the picture was taken as stored in the photo by the camera can be changed. This is useful when the photos were taken in a different time zone and you forgot to adjust the camera clock.
  • A selection of one or more pictures can be renamed as yyyymmdd hhmmss (= the stored date / time when the picture was taken) + a subject description for the selected items.
  • The?orientation as captured by modern cameras can can be changed (or completed if it is not completed in the picture) so?the picture is displayed correctly portrait?or landscape?by programs that use this information.
  • A presentation of photographs can be made, directly or via a pre-made selection of photos (possibly across multiple folders). These are stored as “databases” that can be opened to display exactly these images (full screen).
  • The most important EXIF ??data (technical details of the picture) can be displayed
  • None of these choices will change anything in the photo data, only?relevant properties are adapted.

 

Actual screen of PhotOrganize

Release information

April 2018

In addition to the date and time the photo was taken, the thumbnail view now also shows the current description (as far as space allows, the complete description is in the tooltips)

New buttons MAX and 5 next to the field where the number of photos to be displayed can be entered. Via the MAX button the maximum number of photos found in the folder is filled in; via the 5 button 5 photos is filled in as the (maximum)? to be shown.

With menu selection? Photo info, the height is now also shown, provided that the photo is provided with this info from a camera via GPS

New menu selection View selection as slide show. The waiting time between 2 photos can be chosen and photos can also be displayed forward or backward manually during a slide show

New Search button. This displays photos showing (part of) the entered description in photo titles

New menu selection Move selected photos to selected directory and Move selected photos. This is a safe way to delete photos from the folder by temporarily moving them to another folder. With the first choice, the action can be performed repeatedly after the destination folder has been specified just once.

New menu selection Rename photos with which the description of the photo can be changed without changing the date and time a processed photo starts with. In combination with the search option, it is also easy to change a typo in multiple photos.

July 2017

First public Store release created June 30, 2017

Summary of the help

How to use

The most important choices?can be?made using the buttons at the top of the screen. Hover the mouse just over a button to read the function in?the tool tip. Once one or more pictures are displayed you can open a menu with all the choices in the picture screen using the right mouse button; a part is therefore equal to the option?of one of the buttons. This menu can also be opened by clicking on the? button with the mouse symbol. The buttons with the turned arrow always relate to the function of the box in which they are displayed, e.g.?the button below Subject is to execute the renaming.

Choose a folder that contains the images to be processed. This can be done by clicking the button with the disk icon and then select the path from the dialog box, or by typing the path directly in the corresponding box. The last selected folder will be stored in the registry and is prefilled at startup.
By default?100 pictures are displayed, this number can be changed at will. Via the MAX button the maximum number of photos in the folder is pre-filled?; via the 5 button (maximum) 5 photos will be displayed. Choosing a large number of pictures means building the previews take longer, especially if the picture does not have a standard ‘thumbnail’? like some smartphone photos. Once the word Busy, shown in red,?changes into Show picture (the progress bar is filled), the?requested selection is displayed. Click the display button (= arrow button behind that number with by tooltip Show?next series) to display the selected number of photos in the selected folder. During? renaming of the photos, the number of displayed pictures are increasingly supplemented (the photos will be renamed to move to the folder Done, a subdirectory below where the source photos are stored) until the selected number, as long as there are still photos left in that folder to be renamed. In the?up to box (which is up to including) enter a number equal or greater than the number of images in the folder to display everything again.

Photo’s will show with the date and time they were taken plus the current name (which may be including date and time if already renamed). Note that portrait photo’s may display landscape which may not be the actual orientation: doubleclick on such a photo to see the actual orientation.

Now select one or more photos (with Ctrl and / or Shift simultaneously with one mouse click or space bar you select multiple?photos). Ctrl A selects all the pictures in the window (even those not visible in the screen). The selected photos display in a? red border.

Adapt name

Enter a subject or select a previously used topic from the drop down menu (or change it if necessary). The selected photos will be renamed and moved to the subdirectory /Done. The name is yyyymmdd hhmmss (= the recorded date / time the photo was taken), e.g. 20131229 183918 Mall of Dubai.JPG. For multiple photos in the same second, a sequence number is added to the name.

Select the arrow button under Subject or via the right mouse button, choose Adapt?name. Once the word Busy, shown in red,?changes into Show picture (the progress bar is filled), the?requested selection is renamed. The names of the custom photos appear some time in a pop up window right below in the screen.

Context menu choice: Revoke last. If you have just renamed a number of photos and instantly realizes that the subject is not correct (i.e. not changed from the previous picture or a typo), then?the?pictures of the last rename action are moved one folder? up from the Done folder and displayed again so you can rename them again. Note: You can always?copy back?renamed photos to the folder with non renamed photos again (e.g. via Explorer) and give different subject, as if?the previous rename had not taken place earlier..

Context menu choice:?Add to used descriptions?to post existing descriptions in the renamed pictures?drop down menu. For this, select all or the required already renamed?photos, choose?Add to used descriptions Each subject is?added once. This is useful if you continue later with a partially renamed series of pictures and want to use the same topics for photos which have not yet been renamed.

Adapt time

Enter a number of minutes, for example, 60 = set the time one hour later, -120 =? the time 2 hours earlier. The photo itself or the date last modified remain unchanged. At any mismatch, the choice can be repeated with the opposite sign (ie -60 and +120 in the example). Select the arrow button under Add or the right mouse button, choose Adapt time

Note: if you want to see the changed time in the thumbnail subscript, click the button Show next series yourself. Not doing it automatically prevents?waiting time with large selections.

Rotate photos

Choose the number of degrees, and choose the arrow below the button or the right mouse option Turn Photo. Known issue is that the thumbnail orientation does not change, but it does in full view using this information. Modern cameras should add the correct orientation information. An incorrect entry can be restored by turning again several times.

Add/remove photos to/from a database

A database is basically a text file with the photo name preceded by the folder where they are stored. This file is? stored in the same directory as the edited photos. First, select a name (for example Short selection Costa Rica). Make a selection of photos and choose the right mouse button option? Add to database. The photos are stored in the text file. The subject may be adapted later; the program then searches the picture based only on the date and time in the subject. The latter does not apply?if pictures have exactly the same date and time and a different serial number. Would you then later change the subject of a photograph already listed in the database, the program will only be able to find the first picture based on this date / time. Of course the same pictures can be used in multiple selection databases. The pictures can be displayed in the order of entry to the database, or sorted on date / time (alphabetically).

The “database” is saved as a text file, and looks for instance like this:

c:\testphotos\Done20140903 124045 Rhino mother with calf
c:\testphotos\Done\20140903 124103? Rhino mother with calf

Remove from database

First select one or more photos (from the selection of photos from a particular database) and choose Remove from database to remove these photos from the database. The photos themselves, of course, remain on disk.

Show photos

Using the button?? upper right in the screen (or via right mouse button selection View photos from database) an existing database file (.txt file) can be opened and pictures can be shown from this selection. If the images have been stored using a different? drive / directory than they are now to be displayed,?the program ask their current location and uses that (this happens as often as there are different?locations in the database). The program asks whether the selection from the database should be viewed on (date)order?(this is equivalent to alphabetical display at yyyymmdd hhmmss). If not, then the input sequence as stored in the database will be used (which can vary).

Immediately after making this choice shows the first image of the selection from the database. If this viewing is stopped (using Esc) you will see the photos from the selection in the window. This way,?photos from the database can be selected easily, or a portion of the selection can be selected and viewed (via View selection). Click again on the Display button (= arrow button behind that number by tooltip Show?next series) to again see all the photos in the folder (depending on the chosen number of photos).

With right mouse button option View selection? selected photos are displayed. By default this is done in full screen with no buttons etc. on the screen. Press Esc to stop this view.

Via the option View selection as slide show, the next?picture is automatically displayed. Immediately after making this choice the number of seconds waiting time between 2 photos can be specified. With this choice it remains possible to manually view the photos further or back with the cursor keys left / right. The program will then display the next after the chosen number of seconds. The slideshow ends when Esc is pressed.

Photo info

By choosing Photo info you get a screen with key EXIF information, the fields that are stored in a picture: size (pixels) brand and model of the camera, date and time?the picture was taken, aperture, focal length, ISO ?speed, exposure time, exposure compensation, white balance mode, color representation and height (only possible with photos taken with a device with GPS). As long as you keep this window?the screen content will show the information of the selected photo. ISO speed, focal length and exposure time are also displayed in a blue field at the top of the screen. Not all cameras store all the information, the information will remain empty or the error EXIF property can not be found appears.

Show on map

Choose Show on map. ?Only if GPS information is stored during?making the picture (usually for pictures from a smartphone) PhotOrganize opens Google Maps in your browser and displays the location where the photo was taken. If this information is not available then a message follows.

Copy selected photos

If you select one or more photos, you can use this option to copy these photos to a disk/directory you choose from the folder selection dialog which follows. This can be handy if you want to take only photos from a?database/selection with you on e.g. a USB stick. Note that the program does not overwrite existing files. Once the word Busy, shown in red,?changes into Show picture (the progress bar is filled), the?requested selection is copied.?The toaster windows shows you how many photo’s were copied and how many skipped.

Search, move and rename

The search function is usually the starting point of the move or rename function. Choose the search button? and enter (part of) the description that should appear in photo titles. This may also be the date (in the format yyyymmdd) All the photos in the chosen folder containing the search term entered will be displayed, after which several of the other options can be applied, like?moving a selection to another folder. This is a safe way to delete photos from the folder: choose a folder that has been specially created to erase photos If you are sure that you have moved the correct photos there, delete the entire folder or just the content via for example the Windows Explorer to the Trash bin. You can move photo’s in two ways, both are in the right mouse button menu: Move selected photos and Move selected photos to? selected directory. The difference is that the first option function asks for a folder each time while for the second option that is only requested for the first time. If a folder is selected, the red button appears between the buttons with shutter information and the search button:?.? All movements are made to that folder, which you can read in the tooltip at the button. Click once on the button to empty the path: the button will disappear and if you choose the option?Move selected photos to? selected directory again a target folder will be requested again.

You can also rename a selection made via Search, for example. This way you can easily restore an error in the titles that occurs in multiple photos. PhotOrganize warns if you try to rename different titles (apart from the date and time of course) in 1 selection (One or more photos have a different name – rename anyway?). With the renaming, only the title is modified, not the date and time.

.jpg or .jpeg

The program works with .jpg bestanden. Do you have?.jpeg files, then select?.jpeg from the listbox. The last selection made is stored in the registry, so remembered.

Language

The program starts by default in the language of your?Windows version if this is Dutch or English. You can select Dutch? (NL) or English (EN) from the listbox.?The last selection made is stored in the registry, so remembered.

Zoom

By dragging the slider in the right sote of the screen, you can vary the size of the displayed photo thumbnails.

Shortcut keys during showing photos:

Cursor left/right?browses photos

Letter I(nfo) shows the filename, so after renaming you will see the?date and time + subject. Press? I again to switch this info off.

Letter?Z (black/white) toggles between a white info text (as displayed via I) and a?black text (if the text is not visible against a white resp.? black background)

Letter?M(ax/Min) switches between a full and normal screen.

Esc closes the screen.

A?double click?shows the selected photo.

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