Contents

Search screen

Introduction

The search screen is the application’s main screen, where you can interact with your images.

View Modes

Photo Wall

Photo Wall

 Shortcut

W

The photo wall lets you visualize many images at the same time and preserve original image aspect ratio (which means thumbnails may have different sizes).

Filmstrip

Filmstrip

 Shortcut

F

The filmstrip mode displays the list of images as an horizontal list and the currently selected image as a large preview image.

Note
In this mode you can zoom and pan with the mouse the previewed image.

Single Image

Single Image

 Shortcut

S

The single image mode only displays the currently selected image as a large preview image.

Tip
You can still navigate through images using the keyboard arrow keys.
Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out or pan the image.

Fullscreen

Fullscreen

 Shortcut

F11

You can quickly toggle fullscreen mode thanks to the button shown above.

Sorting results

Sorting

You can sort images according the following list of criteria:

  • File name
  • Shot date
  • File creation date
  • File modification date
  • Date added in the database
  • Rating
  • Camera (brand & model)
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • Focal length
  • Iso speed
  • Author
Tip
Click on the arrow  or  next to the criteria name to switch between ascending and descending order.

Searching

Search bar

 Shortcut

Ctrl
F3

The omni search bar will match your search pattern against the following image properties:

  • Dates
  • Path & file name
  • Keywords
  • Author
  • Comment
  • Copyright
  • Camera brand
  • Camera body
  • Country
  • Software
  • Iso speed

The number of images matching the current search settings is displayed on the right.
To quickly clear the search field you can use the small  button on the far right.

Info
The search field is case insensitive so Flower and flower will provide the exact same results.

Date patterns

TBD.

Keywords

You can type in one or more keywords in the search field. If you type in multiple keywords then every images containing one of those keywords will be displayed.

Iso speed

To search photos taken with specific ISO Speed value simply type in the value like

Exemple
800
1600
3200
102400

Warning
If you enter an ISO value in the search bar, this same value can also match any other criteria like keyword or file name.
So you may get more results than expected.
Advanced search

 Shortcut

A

In addition to the text field you can also search for images using the following predefined criteria:

  • Camera body
  • Iso speed
  • Keywords
  • Rating
  • Country
  • Shot date

Camera body

If several cameras were used to shoot photos from your library, they will appear in this list, grouped by camera brand. You can have multiple cameras picked at the same, all images taken with any of those will be displayed.

Iso speed

As for cameras, iso speed values are gathered from your library of photos and grouped by standard ISO values. If multiple iso speeds are picked, all images taken with any of those will be displayed.

Warning
Older cameras or exotic brands can define non conventional ISO values

Keywords

Again the keyword drop down menu is filled with values extracted from your library of photos. They are grouped by first letter to navigate quickly to the desired values. If multiple keywords are picked, all images having any of those will be displayed.

Rating

You can select any rating value among

 No rating
 1 star
 2 stars
 3 stars
 4 stars
 5 stars

You can also filter by pick and reject criteria

 Undefined
 Picked
 Rejected

All kind of combination between rating and pick&reject will produce a logical OR operation.

Exemple

 5 stars

 picked

The selection above will display all images with 5 stars or picked

Countries

The countries are extracted from GPS metadata that your photos may have. They are grouped by country’s first letter.

Shot date

You can filter images by shot date criteria using the PhotoInsight custom calendar. The calendar covers dates from the oldest photo to the latest photo. To help you pick meaningful dates, days are highlighted when at least one photo was taken this day.

Info
Selected multiple contiguous dates by using the Shift key or scattered dates using Ctrl key.

Reset filters

The small right most button can be used to reset all advanced criteria (but not search pattern)

Thumbnails

Thumbnail size

You can adjust the thumbnail size when the view mode is set to Photo Wall or Filmstrip

Tip
You can also adjust the thumbnail size using the shortcut Ctrl+Mouse Wheel.
Info
This adjustement only affect the size on screen, not the thumbnail quality. If you want to change the thumbnail quality you should check the Settings screen documentation.

Selection

You can select one or multiple images.
Selected images have a blue frame.
To select multiple images you can either:

  • Select a first image, then keep Shift key pressed and click on another image. All images between the first and the last one will be also selected.
  • Keep Ctrl key pressed and click each image you want to select.

Context menu

Context menu

Access to a contextual menu by right clicking on an image.

External applications

At the top of the context menu are open with options that lets you quickly open an image in an external application. PhotoInsight automatically detects if any of following software are installed on your computer:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • DxO PhotoLab
  • Capture One
  • Affinity Photo
  • ON1 Photo RAW

Of course you can add more applications to open your images, see the dedicated section in the Settings screen documentation.

Info
Of course you can also open it in Windows Explorer

Exclude folder

Exclude folder

If you find images that you’d like to exclude from PhotoInsight database you can quickly exclude any level of folder thanks to this option.

Details panel

Details panel

When an image is selected the details panel provides information about the image:

  • Camera brand and model
  • File path
  • Author
  • Shot date, modification date, creation date and date added to PhotoInsight
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • Iso speed
  • Focal length
  • Keywords
  • Rating
  • Pick & reject

This panel also lets you perform some actions:

  • [Starer] and [Pro] editions:
    • Delete selected images
    • Copy file path into the clipboard
  • [Pro] edition only
    • Change rating
    • Change pick & reject
    • Add / remove keywords
Tip
If multiple images are selected, actions will be performed on all selected images

Copy file path

Copy file path

To copy the selected image file path into the clipboard simply click on the  icon next to the file name like demonstrated in the video above.

Add keywords

Add keywords

Adding multiple keywords in a row is easy because as soon as you enter a new keyword, a new keyword place holder appears so you can type in the next keyword immediately without moving your hands out of the keyboard. When you’re done, simply press Escape key or click somewhere else.

Change rating

 Shortcut

0
1
2
3
4
5

Use the star icons to set the expected rating or use number keys shortcut (0,1,2,3,4,5)

Exemple
In the image below you can see the rating is set to three stars.
Rating example

Change pick & reject

 Shortcut

P
X
U

To pick an image click on the  icon and to reject click on the  icon.
If you want to clear pick or reject, simply click again on the selected icon.

Delete image(s)

 Shortcut

Del

You can delete selected images using the keyboard shortcut or the button with  icon

Bookmarks

Create

Create bookmark

Bookmarks are dynamic collections allowing you to save a filter configuration and recall it later. To create a new bookmark:

  • click on the  button in the search field left side
  • a small popup is displayed
  • set a category name
  • set a bookmark name
  • press Enter or click on Save button
Warning
You can add a new bookmark only if at least one filter is set (either advanced or search pattern)

Load a bookmark

Load bookmark

Bookmarks are accessible in advanced filtering criteria and are grouped by category. When you select a bookmark it will simply restore filter settings and matching images will be displayed.

Collections

Collections

 Shortcut

C

The collections are presented in a dedicated panel than can expand and collapse (it’s collapsed by default).
Use the shortcut or the  button to expand or collapse the panel. Contrary to the bookmarks, collection are static sets of images.

Create a collection

Create collections

To create a new collection:

  • select images to include in the new collection
  • expand the collection’s panel
  • click on  button (a book with a + sign)
  • set a name for the collection
  • press Enter or click on the Save button
Tip
If a single image is selected all images displayed in the photo wall will be added to the collection.
If you have selected more than one image (with Shift or Ctrl click) only the selected images will be added to the collection.

Rename

You can rename a collection by double clicking on it in the collection’s panel, type in a new name and validate with Enter key.

Sorting

Collections can be sorted by the following properties:

  • Name
  • Creation date
  • Number of images