Version 1.0.0-preview.2 released!

Hey everyone,

a new version of Aspect has been released: 1.0.0-preview.2. 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:

New features

  • Added an “open file” menu entry to be able to open one or more files with the default application (#346)
  • Added a new search expression to the search bar to find missing files
    • To use it, type “missing” and choose the “STATUS|missing” suggestion
  • Custom window frames can now be forced to be disabled to allow manually working around Intel driver issues (#402)
  • Saved searches can now be deleted
  • Added Cmd+, as the default shortcut to open the settings dialog on macOS (archived forum topic)
  • Added a German translation for the installer


  • Reworked the library creation dialog
    • Library name and location are now on a separate page from the library structure configuration
    • Instead of two example trees, a single dynamically generated one is used
    • Custom structures for events or individual photos are now set up on the same page
    • Added a few more pre-defined organization schemes
  • Improved focus behavior and graphical representation throughout the application (#407, archived forum topic)
  • Show in explorer/finder now selects all chosen files in explorer/finder windows
  • Improved the Windows installer experience
    • Adds an option to launch the application after the installation
    • Adds desktop and quick launch icons
    • Improves the information displayed in the “add/remove features” control panel
  • The library list in the menu is now sorted alphabetically
  • Improved the display of shortened paths
    • Displays an icon in front of the path, if it originates from the user’s home folder
    • Uses drive letters instead of volume names on Windows
  • Semantic search expressions (e.g. ISO rating) are now matched case insensitively
  • The year of events is now shown in the search bar
  • Improved the wording of the import menu of the folder browser page
  • Improved text and dark icon visibility the local context bar
  • Improved the visibility of text in event headers
  • The pre-defined star-rating saved searches are now displayed with star-shaped icons instead of text

Bug fixes

  • Fixed the language of the menu bar on macOS (#408, archived forum topic)
  • Fixed saving of changed keywords in the metadata editor (archived forum topic)
  • Fixed display of some special characters in the shortcut editor
  • Fixed thumbnails disappearing after large images have been viewed at 100% zoom
    • Increases the default thumbnail RAM cache size from 0.5 GB to 1.5 GB
    • Existing installations with this problem need to manually increase the size through the settings dialog
  • Fixed the wrong item being selected after going back from details view to thumbnail view
  • Fixed the keyboard focus leaving the center pane after switching between thumbnail and details view
  • Fixed the search bar to properly display and find the favorites collection
  • Pinned collections are now properly removed from the pinned section upon deletion
  • Fixed the import modal sheets to actually be modal and get the keyboard focus (#280)
  • Zooming using the mouse wheel/two finger scrolling now only works if the ctrl/cmd key is pressed (#241)
  • Fixed duplicate files appearing if the same import is run twice in parallel
  • Fixed recursive auto-imports to not replicate the source folder structure within the library
  • Fixed an issue where the thumbnail cache size was too low after restart, if configured above 4GB
  • Fixed the appearance of section captions in the film strip (#417)
  • Fixed a crash happening when attempting to toggle the journal visibility of a file that is not in the library (#405, archived forum topic)
  • Fixed a logic error occurring when attempting to delete events that are stored outside of the library (“referenced”) (#400)
  • Fixed an issue where individual photo folders were recognized as events after an application crash


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!