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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Dirk, if you use On1 browser to move or rename a folder, it can keep the albums updated. If you do that outside of On1, how could it know where you moved those files?

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  • Dirk Erdmann

    Hi Rick. Thanks for your fast response. Basically that's what I tried. But when I rename a folder in On1 browse module all albums are empty afterwards. Changing the folder name back to its original name makes the album show their respective content again. 

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Just tried it and you are correct. That would be a bug that you should report to On1.

    I'm pretty sure I've checked this before and it worked properly, so either I'm not remembering correctly or something broke along the way. Either way, On1 should be made aware of it.

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  • Dirk Erdmann

    Hi folks. 

    I asked On1 about the found issue and this functionality obviously has always been this way: 

    Question:

    "So do I understand this right that even within the On1 browse module it is not possible to even rename any folder without rendering the albums empty?"

    Answer:

    "This is correct. Changing folder directory structure will break Album linking
    Lightroom is similar in this too moving folders around will also break file association as well.
    We are working to improve this."

    Although not being an expert in Lightroom I know that it is possible to move or rename folders from within Lightroom without breaking albums. To be honest I can not think of any possible way to use albums the way they are being implemented right now. 

    Is there anyone out using albums in On1 under this severe limitation? Change anything in your folder structure and you can start your organizing work all over? :-(  

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Ok, well I thought this worked but maybe I was doing something else. As for it being a severe limitation, that's only if you're going to move files around afterwards. All you need to do is organize your photos first before you add them to albums.

    As a work around, you can add keywords to all photos in an album and after they've moved, search for the keyword to add them all back again. There are ways to make it work if you think about it.

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  • Dirk Erdmann

    Sure, I will find a way to make it work for me. In principle my overall structure of files remains constant, but sometimes it may happen that I move a complete folder to a new location. That's what I would like to have covered. Anyhow, perhaps things will improve with a future release of On1. :-)

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    You know, you could make this automatic. If you use smart albums based on keywords then as long as your photos are cataloged (they have to be anyway to be in an album) the smart album will find them.

    Why don't you experiment with a few photos. Give them a unique tag, create a smart album to group them, then try moving the photos. You'll likely need to give the catalog some time to update itself.

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  • Jeffrey Laird

    Hi Dirk,

    Five years later, I am experience the same.  It's good to know this has been an issue for a while.  I regret having spent time and money with this product.  

     

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    Don't regret your purchase, learn how the program works so you don't make the mistakes that cause the album contents to no longer be found. If you create a link that points to Folder 1/picture 1 then you rename the folder to Folder A outside of the program that link still points to the now non-existent Folder 1 and the image cannot be found. That isn't a program bug. That is an operator error.

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