Sorting by arrangement

Besides sorting by media types, Album also allows you to sort your files by date, how they were imported, location, and color. Sorting by the newest image first is probably the most popular arrangement, but each option has its advantages.

To sort by arrangement, choose ViewOArrangement and select one of the options from the sub-menu, shown in Figure 9-7. You also can select a sorting option from the Photo Well Arrangement pop-up menu in the Options bar. Here's the lowdown on the options:

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Folder Location Ctrl+Alt+3

Color Similarity l Date (Newest First): This option shows the newest photos first, and includes either those images most recently taken or imported. Use this sorting option when you need to organize your most recently acquired images by renaming them, adding captions, or attaching tags. This option is Album's default.

I Date (Oldest First): This sorting option displays all of your files in chronological order, from the oldest to the newest.

l Import Batch: Choose this setting to display files in the batches in which they were imported. Each batch is separated by a dark gray line that includes information about the way the photos were imported into Album.

l Folder Location: This option displays photos by the folders in which they are located, as shown in Figure 9-8.

l Color Similarity: This option is grayed out unless you're viewing photos that have a similar color distribution. You can get this specialized view by selecting one or more photos in the Photo Well and choosing Find By Color Similarity with Selected Photo(s). For more on this option, see Chapter 8.

You also can view photos by date using the timeline and the calendar. Because this viewing option is closely tied to finding photos in Album, I cover it in detail in Chapter 8.

Figure 9-8:

Sorting by folder location displays your images in their respective folders.

Figure 9-8:

Sorting by folder location displays your images in their respective folders.

Viewing Instant Slide Shows

A great viewing option in Album is the instant slide show. You can select the photos in your catalog and with a single command create a slide show that launches and plays on-screen. Each image in the slide show appears individually, gradually fades to black after a few seconds and then transitions into the next image. When the last image in the instant slide show is displayed, Album automatically closes the slide show and returns you to the Album application window.

Creating an instant slide show is a nice way to preview a folder or even a whole catalog of images. It is also helpful if you want to do a dry run of a slide show you ultimately plan on constructing and exporting as a PDF with the Creations Wizard (for more on the Creations Wizard, see Chapter 18). You also can control the pace of slide shows using the on-screen controls.

Viewing photos as a slide show

Follow these steps to view photos as a slide show:

1. Select your desired photos in the Photo Well.

2. Choose ViewOSlideshow.

You also can click the Slideshow button in the Shortcuts bar, as shown in Figure 9-9.

You temporarily leave Album, and the slide show launches and takes over your screen, as shown in Figure 9-10. The show transitions through the chosen images automatically. Or you can use the on-screen controls to nudge the show along:

• You can pause the show by pressing the Stop button.

• If you don't see any controls, move your mouse to bring them to life. If the controls are not an aesthetically pleasing part of your presentation, you can close them by clicking the X in the top left corner of the controls.

• The slide show ends automatically; however to end it prematurely, press the Esc key.

If you're not happy with the timing, transitions, or background of the default settings for the slide show, you can change the slide show preferences (see the next section, "Setting instant slide show preferences," in this chapter).

Figure 9-9:

Choose Slideshow from the View menu or use the Shortcuts bar.

Figure 9-9:

Choose Slideshow from the View menu or use the Shortcuts bar.

Figure 9-10:

Instant slide shows are a great way to preview your images.

Figure 9-10:

Instant slide shows are a great way to preview your images.

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