In ON1 Photo RAW 2019 I can create both albums and smart albums. I can organize those albums in any way I choose. Yet I still have the ability to use filters on any of those albums. This worked great. It just needed a few tweeks, such as being able to filter by RAW files of any type or excluse items, such as filtering all RAW files and then excluding DNG from the filter. Only a few tweeks were necessary to make this feature really good.
IN ON1 Photo RAW 2020, the smart album functionality has been moved to the filters pane. It can be rather difficult to use. Suppose you want to find all the DNG files from a particular event. You happen to select DNG as your first filter. Before you have a chance to enter more search criteria, Photo RAW begins searching for all DNG files anywhere, which will take a very long time. I was unable to cancel the process. The only way to stop it was to close Photo Raw from the task manager. We need to be able to enter all of the search criteria before the search is performed. I like that you can save a search, but that saved search will end up at the end of a list you can only see what selecting "more". As far as I can tell, that list cannot be modified much. You can rename searches, but you cannot organize them or even nest them. I would quickly have a very long list of searches in no particular order. I would have to spend time searching the list itself to find what I'm looking for. I DO NOT like the way smart filters work at all. In fact, I HATE IT! This is a downgrade to the functionality we had before. It may very well be a deal breaker for me.
Why did the smart album feature need to be removed just so the filters could be enhanced? At least if we had both I could choose the one that I like. Please make it so that the smart filters do not start searching until all criteria are entered. Please also make it so that saved filters can be organized (and nested) any way we choose, just like keywords. Will anything be done to fix this? Please offer me some hope that this will be addressed.
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