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Windows 7: Organising Photos in Windows 7

09 Jul 2012   #11
nielens

windows 7 home edition
 
 

When preparing a slide-show, or a lecture, or a sequence for emailing, it is very necessary (essential) to re-arranging photographs (held in a folder in My Pictures) into a personal desired-sequence. In Windows XP this could all be accomplished simply and effectively. It was easy to drag and drop photographs to new positions, add
extra photographs from elsewhere via copy/pasting them into a desired position, or deleting unwanted ones. After renumbering the new sequence, they could be re-arranged numerically with one click via Sort By.
Now with Windows 7 the process is a nightmare, in fact it is a mess! Even after installing 'Disabling Auto-arrange' (Comment above 2-04-2011) which at least allows dragging and dropping thumbnails, but the remaining requirements (adding in extra photographs, deleting others, renumbering the sequence, etc)


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09 Jul 2012   #12
nielens

windows 7 home edition
 
 
Re-arranging, adding, deleting, numbering photographs. Windows 7.

When preparing a slide-show, or a lecture, or a sequence for emailing, it is very necessary (essential) to re-arrange photographs (held in a folder in My Pictures) into a personally desired-sequence. In Windows XP this could be accomplished simply and effectively. It was easy to drag and drop photographs to new positions, add extra photographs from elsewhere via copy/pasting, or deleting unwanted ones. After easily renumbering the new sequence, they could be re-arranged numerically with one click via 'Sort By'.
Now with Windows 7 the process has become an unworkable nightmare! Even after installing 'Disabling Auto-arrange' (Comment above 2-04-2011) which at least allows dragging and dropping thumbnails, the remaining requirements just don't work effectively. It's frustrating, maddening, and infuriating!
What were the Microsoft programmers thinking. Why foul up something that worked perfectly well in XP? (Obviously the programmers weren't thinking at all!).
Judging by the hits the 'Disable Auto-arrange' site has received there are millions of others that are also upset by Windows 7 inefficiencies at handling photographs. Why isn't Microsoft taking note! Probably they don't care; happens when a company holds a monopoly!
My reason for writing this comment is to report that, after months of struggling, I have finally given up on Windows 7. I am dumping it (at great financial cost to myself) and returning to XP.
Please, someone with connections to Microsoft, pass on my comments and let them know that they have made a %#@*$# mess.
(I would have thought that a patch or some update to correct the situation would have been offered by now. Either Microsoft is not taking note - or they don't care).
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09 Jul 2012   #13
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
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I think in your frustration you maybe over reacting.

If you want to manipulate large collections of photos get Irfanview. Read about it here.

IrfanView - Official Homepage - one of the most popular viewers worldwide
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09 Jul 2012   #14
nielens

windows 7 home edition
 
 

Thanks for your prompt reply. Appreciated.

You guys have obviously never worked extensively with photographs, nor prepared lectures, and have clearly forgotten just how simple and efficient XP was.
Yes, I do have ErfanView; have been using it for years. Using it under the Thumbnail tab I can drag and drop, but renumbering photographs is cumbersome to say the least. Under the Open tab it simply repeats all the idiosyncrasies of Window 7. Copying and pasting from elsewhere doesn't work properly under either tab.
I have also tried other Photographic viewers, such as Breeze Browser, FastStone, Windows photo gallery, etc, etc, but all have serious short-comings.

Browse the Internet if you want to see how many photographers are frustrated and annoyed by the short comings of Windows 7. (There were 5 million hits in the one site I used for 'Disabling Auto-arrange'! I would have expected Microsoft to be embarrassed by the clamour).
When something works splendidly well in one program it is just plain dumb to alter it in the successor. Doesn't make any sense at all.

I really regret wasting so much money on Windows 7. I have now dumped it (thank heavens) and re-installed XP. What a relief!

Keep well
Nielen
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