Non-catalog folders

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In the folders window of photoshop elements, only the folders that contain files that are in the current catalog are shown by default. Non-catalog folders can be made visible by the menu option :Show all subfolders". It would be nice if this "view" or "don't view" wouldn't be a default property, but an option instead (e.g. in the preferences group).
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Rik Beeftink

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Posted 8 months ago

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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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I am afraid that showing all subfolders would be so slow that it would be irrealistic even if possible. You are not in a classical browser built over the OS explorer. You are browsing the items in your current catalog compared in near real time with the contents of your whole computer folder trees. It's reasonably quick to re-create the same tree look starting from the data in the catalog and to compare it with the files in your explorer, it's quick to check a given subfolder of your explorer against the catalog contents, it would be extremely slow to start from the explorer and compare all your computer files with the catalog.

Remember that the organizer (or Lightroom) are tools for users wanting the power of catalogs and not happy with simple browsers. If a browser is a better tool for you, I would recommend using Bridge, which you can install for free without subscribing to the Cloud options.

Before PSE11, the organizer tried to mimic a little more of the Explorer look and functions, but that was partly buggy. The 'folders' view in the organizer has to be in line with your catalog and your external folders structure which may be changed externally when you are working in PSE.


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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Two tips which you may find useful if the folder tree view is very important for you:
- You can select a folder, right click and choose 'Reveal in explorer' to browse in your usual explorer view.
- I have chosen to assign an external browsing tool (Faststone...) as the secondary editor. It can browse, compare and zoom very comfortably. This allows you select and choose what to import in the catalog very fast with precision and to cull unwanted pictures before importing a whole subfolder.
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Rik Beeftink

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Thanks a lot, this is gonna be very helpful!!