What's the difference between albums and catalogs?

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Directory on your harddrive or on a CD, where your images are physically stored. If you connect a removable media to your computer, like a Compact Flash Card, then your images are usually located below a folder named DCIM.




A marked folder, which is to be included in the database. All images in or below this folder are added as records to the database, and can be searched, annotated or excluded from the album. Each album receives an Album Link, which can be found in the Organizer and serves as a shortcut to the physical folder.




A collection of pictures independent of folder structure. A catalog is something like a sequential slideshow, showing photos from different locations (folders) on your harddrive. The image files are not actually copied to the catalog folder, but linked to. This saves diskspace and enables you to put the same image into several catalogs at the same time. If you edit the original image or change the title or annotation, then the changes are reflected in all catalogs containing this image. Catalogs are stored in the CodedColor Organizer.


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Sorting images inside folders is done by renaming the original files.
Sorting entries inside catalogs is done by renaming the linkfiles. The original files remain untouched.
You can open the catalog in the Organizer, doubleclick on an image and step though the images in fullscreen, just like in any normal directory. The only (unnoticeable) difference is, that the catalog contains links to original images from different directories.
You can have albums within albums. You could for instance define an album "2003" for all your vacations in that year, and then a subalbum "Mexico" for just your last trip.






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