a new version of Aspect has been released: 1.0.0-preview.12. In this release we have completely redesigned the way to get started with the application and in particular how to start working with an existing base of photos.
You are now able to specify one or more folders that will get continuously scanned by Aspect. Any photos contained will be displayed in the photo stream, from where they can be organized with the various tools that are available. It is also possible to quickly mark certain sub folders to be events, in case the existing folder structure already resembles those.
All of this works without moving the files into the library folder, so that it becomes possible to start using the application without having to immediately change an existing structure.
You’ll find the download links at the bottom of this post. Simply install over the existing installation to upgrade. The following changes and additions are included:
- Implemented a new way to start using the application
- The library creation dialog now allows to choose a folder containing photos - these will be shown in the photo stream without being moved into the library, allowing to immediately start exploring the application with the full set of photos
- In the settings dialog there is a new section to add or remove more of such folders
- The “convert folder(s) to event(s)” functionality has been removed
- Instead, there is a new “mark folders as events” functionality that allows to dynamically choose event folders that lie within the scanned folders
- Removed the demo library functionality
- Newly discovered images that were added to the library from outside of Aspect will now be shown in a little notification box
- Optimized rotating or rating multiple photos at once
- The photo stream and pinned events now stay at the top when scrolling the left panel
- When the library is scanning for file system changes, an activity is now displayed
- The application does not have to wait anymore until a running file system synchronization is complete before the library can be unloaded
- The image analysis now is now delayed until any file system synchronization activity is finished
- The image analysis activity does not slow down the user interface as much as it used to
- When creating a new event/collection, canceling the naming dialog will now also cancel the creation
- Newly detected images are now shown at once to avoid slowdowns and UI flickering
- Photos from inside packages on macOS are now hidden from the workspace
- Fixed the number of reported photos in the photo stream header
- Fixed the library creation dialog to not overwrite an existing library when the generated destination path overlaps
- Fixed an issue where the width/height was swapped in the metadata panel
- Fixed a timing related crash during shutdown when the image analysis activity was starting
- Fixed restoration of taxonomy collections for newly created edit variants
Feel free to leave any feedback here or in the bug reports sub forum. Thanks for helping to shape a new way of organizing photos!
Please remember: Even though the software is reasonably stable at this point, always make a backup of your data, or work with a copy of it, when using pre-release software.