Elements: 11 Organizer - change in order images are stacked.

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In Photoshop Elements 8 & 10 Organizer, images were placed in an image stack in the reverse order in which they were selected, that is the first image selected was at the bottom of the stack and the last image selected was placed at the top of the stack. This was a convenient behavior even if it wasn't done intentionally. With Photoshop Elements 11 Organizer the files are no longer stacked by the order in which they were selected. What appears to happen is that the last image selected is put on the top of the stack and the other images appear in sequence by (date or filename?) irrespective of the order in which they were selected. There are times when this behavior requires me to manually perform extra steps to move some files to the top of the stack and do it in a order than will create the final stack order I desire.
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I think the behavior is same in both PSE11 and PSE10. Its the last selection which is chosen as the top e.g. if you perform right click operation and say stack selected images then that particular image would be top of the image.
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I've check the behavior in both version 10 and 11 and it's different in 11. In PSE 8 and 10 the order of the stack was the reverse of the order in which images were selected. So the last image selected was at the top of the stack. It was also possible to set the order of individual images below the top of the stack. The sofware was probably using a stack data structure to create the "list" of file names then converted that ordered list into the data it needed for representing the visual stack in the organizer. First file in the data structure became the top image shown by the Organizer, the next one was displayed as the second image, and so on. The order produced may have just been a side effect of the way the code was written, but it ended up being a nice behavior. That made it easy to get a particular sequence of the images in the stack -- no series of "Make Selected Image the Top Image on the Stack" operations were needed if you selected the images in the correct order. I suspect you are correct about PSE 11 in that the last image selected is the one put on the top of the display stack. The other images in the display stack may appear in order of date or file name but are definitely not in the order in which they were selected if you selected them non-sequentyially.