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Creating custom Classify views

This topic explains how to create new or modify existing Classify views in FotoStation.

Customizing Classify views

A Classify view is a column view that lets you change the Classify state of files (the content of a particular metadata field) by dragging and dropping them from one column to another. Thus, when moving a file from one column to another, FotoStation changes the value of the Classify state field. By assigning labels to the values (ranging from 00 to 31), you can make meaningful classifications to help you sort your files.

FotoStation comes with two classify views as standard, one called Basic and one called Refined, that can be used just as they are. In the following we will explain how you can create your own classify view using you own, custom labels.

Creating a Classify view

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Clicking on the Classify views node under the Views node in the configuration tree brings up a list of all configured Classify views. (Basic and Refined are the standard ones.) Click on the New button under the list of Classify views to create a new one. Start by naming the classify view by entering a name in the View name field. Then, clicking on the Edit definition field brings up a window that lets you assign labels to the range of values. Although you can create several different Classify views, the labels are global, and you can choose which labels or columns you want to include in each Classify view.

Defining labels

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To create a new label, click on an undefined field in the list and click on the Edit label button (or press F2). Then type in a label. The label will appear in the column header when using the Classify view. Select the labels you want to enable by ticking their corresponding checkboxes and click on OK to close the dialog. In the above example an extra classification called Pending has been created and will be added to the Classify view.

New classes (labels) appear in the Available classification list and can be selected and moved to the Selected classification items list using the blue right-arrow. That way, the classification is included as a separate column in the view. The screenshot below shows the newly created Pending classification included in the view.

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Note: Each classify view can hold a maximum of 10 columns.

To disable the possibility to drag and drop column headers to rearrange the classification columns, select the Disable column drag and right-button options checkbox. If some classifications are in the Available classification list but have not been added to the Selected classification items list, they will not appear in the column view. However, you can right-click a column header and swap an existing classification with one that’s in the Available list, provided that the aforementioned checkbox isn’t selected.

Disabling the Classify view

To disable the classify view, select the checkbox labeled Disable this Classify view.

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