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Catalogs in CodedColor are collections of images. Physically they are folders in the Organizer, containing links to image files, which can be located anywhere on your system. You can add, rename and delete Catalogs. Since they are folders containing links to images, they can be filled and viewed like any other directory.




The images are only copied physically to Catalogs, if they lie on removable media, like CDs. Otherwise they are linked to.
When you browse in a catalog, you can work with these linkfiles, as if they were the originals. Thus it is possible to export a Catalog to a Web Album, because it is only a directory with (linked) photos.
Catalogs can be used for screenshows, print orders or just collections of favorite photos. If you rename a Catalog linkfile, you are not renaming the original image. Thus it is possible to change the order of photos in a Catalog.
Editing (for instance rotating) a Catalog photo changes the original image.
Catalogs contain shortcuts to images. Albums are shortcuts to directories.


The beauty of CodedColor is that it does not differentiate between linkfiles and originals. Thus it is possible to have a photo in many Catalog collections and save disk space, because there is only one original image file. Other programs try this as well, but usually have "broken link" problems when the original is renamed or moved. CodedColor has a unique algorithm to track all file changes on-the-fly and correct broken links and database records, even if CodedColor is not running. You will not loose your annotations, if you rename directories or move photos in the Windows Explorer.


Tutorial: Create a new catalog


Take a few minutes to learn the basics about Catalogs by following the steps below:





Open an Explorer window and browse to a folder containing images
Select Organize > New Catalog and change the name of the new folder item
Press OK


The Catalog Panel is opened at the bottom of the screen. This panel will display the images contained in the catalog.


icon_tip Images in catalogs are only links to the originals somewhere on your harddrive. You can add the same image to different catalogs without wasting diskspace.



To add images to the catalog, just drag thumbs from the Explorer to the Catalog Panel. You can add many images at once, by doing a multiple selection in the Explorer.


1.Current catalog "Screensaver1"
2.Explorer thumbsview: selected image
3.Drag & Drop operation
4.Linkfile in catalog, displayed in Catalog Panel

icon_tip You can switch directories in the Explorer and add images from different locations on your harddrive. You can even drag images onto the Catalog Panel from different Explorer windows.



If you want to browse a catalog like a normal directory, choose the menu item Organize > Browse Catalog. The current catalog is opened in the Organizer (where the catalog linkfiles are stored), and you can browse, annotate and edit the (original) images just like in any normal directory.


icon_tip If you edit and annotate images in the catalog, you are actually editing the originals.


icon_tip Related topics


What's the difference between albums and catalogs?
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