Sorting the Images

Using this facility you can now choose the order in which the images appear in your web pages. The default is to use the 'normal' order in which the images are sorted by Windows Explorer - alphabetically by filename. This is also forced by clicking on the first button on the sort bar, illustrated below:

Alphabetic sort Numerical sort Date sort Manual sort Select ALL Select NONE

Clicking on the second will sort the images according to their numerical order. This circumvents the problems you get if you have images with numerical filenames, such as 1.jpg, 2.jpg etc. Using an alphabetic sort, this end up in the order 1.jpg, 10.jpg, 11.jpg, ... , 19.jpg, 2.jpg, 20.jpg, ... and so on. The second button will put them in the correct numerical order.

The third button will sort the images according to the date of the image, as recorded in the embedded EXIF data.

If you wish to sort the images in some other way, you can click the fourth 'Manual Sort' button.
This brings up a dialog such as that shown below:

You will find thumbnails of all your selected images listed in the current order. The dialog will display 6 rows of 5 images - if you have more than 30 selected in the current folder, you can use the scrollbar to view the rest. A large number is placed over each image to indicate the current position of each image in the sort order.

To change the position of a particular image, simply drag and drop it to the desired position. (Note that you can only do this when you have the 'hand' cursor visible - this disappears when you position the mouse over the yellow number). Once you are satisfied that the order is correct, click the 'OK' menu item. If you wish to cancel any changes you have made (BEFORE clicking OK) use the 'Cancel' menu item.

If you want to undo any changes to the sort order AFTER clicking OK, the only way to do this is to change folder then change back - the original (alphabetical) sort order is then restored.

As of version 2.7.8 (Build 309) the sort order is retained between visits to a particular folder. This is achieved by saving the filenames in the chosen order into a small text file (sortorder.txt) in the target folder. The program checks for this file on each visit to the folder, and if it present is used to populate the list box with the filenames in the right order. The program checks that the files are still present in the folder first, and only adds the files if the image is still there. The files are also selected if there is a thumbnail with the corresponding name in the 'thumb' sub-folder. If there are any new files that have appeared since the last visit, these are added (but not selected) to the end of the list.
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