If you have a large collection of digital images on your computer, then you may one day want to bring order into chaos. This may be especially the case if an image folder has grown so large that it takes a while to get loaded.
While you could go ahead and start to view and move images manually, it may take to long if your image collection crossed the ten thousand image mark some time ago.
Sometimes, you may be able to sort by file names, if the images in a folder have been named accordingly. But if you have lots of image.jpg, P1010108.JPG or CIMG0280.JPG then you may want to preview images before you move them.
That's where Photosift comes into play. The free portable program has been designed for exactly that purpose.
Before you start dragging and dropping images into the program interface, or selecting an image folder via the browse option, you may want to configure the program for your needs.
PhotoSift works by displaying one image at a time to you. You can then press keys on the keyboard to move it into another folder on your system.
The program does not ship with those information, which means that you need to add at least one folder, preferably multiple ones, to the application before you can make use of it.
Press F12 to open the settings and browse down until you find the key folders listing here. Each key can correspond to a folder that you select. I highly recommend that you pick keys next to each other to improve the workflow. Something like asdf should work fine for example.
Once you have mapped keys to folders you can get started. Well, there are other preferences that you can modify if you want, for instance to change the default operation from move to copy, and how existing files are to be handled.
Once that is out of the way, you can go quickly through any folder with images. Just add it to the program, and use the keys that you have defined to move the images into the mapped folders.
You can also use the Del key to remove photos from your computer, and the left and right cursor keys to switch to the next photo without sorting the previous ones.
PhotoSift offers additional features that you may find useful. It can advance photos automatically or manually, offers hotkeys to jump a certain number of images, and zooming options as well.
PhotoSift is a useful application. It offers an easy way to go through a large collection of unsorted images quickly. Even better, it is small in size, fully portable and Open Source.
You can download the program from the developer's website where it is available as a direct download.
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