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Choosing which file types to display in archives

Overview

Explains how you can filter content in your archives to display only specific content.

Configuring File Filters

File filters can be applied to an archive to determine which files it should include or exclude from view. Certain files, such as the thumbnail files generated by Windows Explorer and icon files created by the Mac OS Finder may be worth filtering out from view since it serves no practical purpose seeing them in the thumbnail mode in FotoStation. In the Archive configuration in FotoStation you can select one of the preset file filters or modify them to suit your needs. Three filters are also “empty”, meaning that you can rename them and customize them to include or exclude files as necessary.

Note: File filters cannot be used with Index Manager archives. Rather, the filtering of files in Index Manager archives is managed on the Index Manager server.

Choosing a file filter

Open the configuration dialog in FotoStation. (Open the File/FotoStation Pro menu and select Configuration.) Expand the Archives node in the configuration tree and select the archive you want to configure a file filter for. Then choose a filter from the drop-down menu. The pre-configured filters are:

Default file filter: This filter is set to exclude files with the extension db, exe, tmp, and txt. If you like you can select Edit and add other file extensions to the list as well.

Basic image filter: A filter that includes most image formats, including JPEG, TIFF, EPS, and, PSD. Select Edit to add additional extensions to include in the list.

Images and media files filter: This filter includes several image file types as well as video formats. You can change its file types by selecting Edit.

Unused filter 1, 2 and 3: These filters can be customized to suit your needs. Select one of them from the list and select Edit to change the way they work and rename them.

Customizing a filter

Suppose you want to create your own, custom filter from scratch. Select one of the unused filters in the dropdown list and select Edit to change it.

In the example screenshot a JPEG only filter has been created and the file extensions jpg and jpeg have been added. (The dot before the extension can be omitted.) Therefore, if this filter is applied to an archive that contains both JPEG and TIFF files, only the JPEG files will be visible. Note also how it is possible to define whether you want to include certain file types or to exclude them, but that you cannot do both using the same filter.

Having created a filter, you can apply it to any archive you like by opening that archive’s properties in the configuration and choosing the filter from the dropdown list.

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