Version 1.0.0-preview.4 released!

Hey everyone,

a new version of Aspect has been released: 1.0.0-preview.4. 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 proper support for external editing (#439, #440, #456, #458)
    • When editing an image, a copy that can be overwritten by the editor is created automatically
    • A new settings page is available to configure the external editors
    • Editors marked as favorite are available as tool bar buttons in details view
    • Common editors are auto-detected, others can be configured manually
    • Removed the operating-system “open with” dialog
  • Implemented “peeking” of related files (#460)
    • Activated by clicking a thumbnail with the middle mouse button, with a force-click on macOS, or alternatively with Alt+click
    • Allows to quickly view and navigate to variants of the same image, as well as images that were shot at a similar time
  • The metadata pane now shows the owning event (or the photo stream) and collections that the selected image is in (#397)
  • Added menu entries and shortcuts to change the image rating (#423, forum topic)
  • Added a menu entry for displaying file roles on thumbnails (e.g. “RAW” or “edited”)
  • Added the possibility to configure the library folder structure in the settings dialog (#432, #451)
  • Added the possibility to change the RAW/JPEG preference in the settings dialog (#454)
  • Added --set-int/--set-string command line options to enable overriding settings


  • Improved scrollbar visibility
  • Added more macOS specific keyboard shortcuts (cancel dialog, close window, minimize window) (#427, forum topic)
  • Let the details view tool bar use up all available space
  • Do not use a default button for the RAW/JPEG choice dialog
  • Added logging of low-level application crashes for better error diagnosis during the beta phase
  • Added an “in any/no collection” search expressions and more recognition patterns for the hidden items expression (#450)
  • Added more patterns for recognizing date prefixes in folder names for the multi-folder event conversion page
  • file.jpg.ext2 is now recognized as a sidecar to file.jpg, in addition to file.ext2
  • Disallowing changing the workspace/like status of trash can items and remove workspace view
  • Improved the layout of the auto import settings page
  • The drive activity indicator now disappears with a delay, avoiding short bursts of flickering
  • In workspace view, now also deletes associated files (sidecar files and RAW/JPEG) in addition to the selected files (#429)
  • Paths on Windows are now displayed without the volume name (only the drive letter)

Bug fixes

  • Fixed import sheets not being fully modal when launched through the menu (forum topic)
  • Fixed an issue where search expression suggestions did not show up
  • Fixed zoom state when switching images and fixed the state of the zoom button (#401)
  • Fixed concurrent text edit update while the user is typing an event name in the multi-folder event conversion page (forum topic)
  • Fixed argument order for folder import error message (forum topic)
  • Fixed the caret in text fields disappearing in certain positions (#245)
  • Avoids a possible crash for concurrent import/organize processes
  • The event date in the import-as-event dialog is now computed correctly (#455)
  • When creating a new event from selected images, any associated files (e.g. RAW/JPEG pairs) are now also added to the new event
  • Fixed an issue with moving windows between different DPI monitors on macOS
  • Fixed bad layout of the camera metadata field
  • Fixed a black window on Intel HD 4xxx GPUs on Windows (#431)
  • Fixed text fields always selecting the whole text when activating the window (#399)
  • Fixed library suspension during system standby
  • The photo stream page now refreshes when the journal state of an item changes
  • Fixed handling of unset XMP sidecar fields
  • Fixed menu open behavior and sticky Alt key on Windows
  • Fixed performance issues when scrolling with small thumbnail sizes
  • Fixed scroll position after changing views on high-DPI screens
  • Fixed the paragraph header transition effect in the filmstrip


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.

This version is the first to be signed with a certificate, but unfortunately the way Windows SmartScreen works, this is not enough to avoid the warning screen that comes up when launching the setup. Only many downloads and installations or an expensive extended validation certificate will do that. So for the time being, this is how to run the setup anyway:



I can currently only provide a German version of the screen, but all other supported languages should have the same layout.