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    Finder marking
    This could be a post in Graphics , but really it's about working in a Finder window because I use a folder for images rather than iPhoto . All I want to do is look at an open folder of images , scroll through them and add a little red dot next to the ones I like. That's it , a removable mark that could accompany any kind of file in the Finder window. Is there a piece of software out there that will do this? It sounds simple enough but I can't find anything.

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    Adding to that , a one-click or keystroke way of changing the label colour would serve the purpose .

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    Probably but what OS jaguar, panther, tiger, leopard or snow leopard?

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    Hi , thanks for replying , it's OSX Tiger on a G4 Power PC.

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    In Tiger not so sure as it is a while since i have been in that OS but you should be able to click on a photo and File/Get info and assign a colour code to that file as part of your ranking choices and then set up a smart folders to collect files with a single colour code. If u cannot get it sorted that way Leopard would give more choice for doing what you outline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by revilo View Post
    This could be a post in Graphics , but really it's about working in a Finder window because I use a folder for images rather than iPhoto . All I want to do is look at an open folder of images , scroll through them and add a little red dot next to the ones I like. That's it , a removable mark that could accompany any kind of file in the Finder window. Is there a piece of software out there that will do this? It sounds simple enough but I can't find anything.
    I have not heard of any sort of software that does this...why not just move the photos that you like to a separate 2nd folder?

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    Why?
    Because I want to be able to fairly quickly scan through a selection of images , pick out the "probables" ( and maybe "possibles" too with a different coloured marker) , and then go back again later and repeat the process and have the option of refining my choices , maybe include ones I left out first time , or re-select with slightly different criteria. If the probables and possibles are in seperate folders I can't do that , I have to have the original big folder open and remember which ones I've picked. I don't want to go > File and colour choice , I just want a one-click sort of highlighter that stays there after I close the folder.

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    This might work for what you want. Click on a picture and Right Click and click on Get Info. Then look for for Label. You will see a bunch of colored dots you can click on. Select the color you want. It will look like this. Will this work?

    You can make them all the same color for the pics you like. I just did it in different colors to show you the options.

    Hope that will help.
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    your best bet is to actually have seperate folders ... sry to say ... and yes you can go back in folders, just open the older folder and look through the images of any of them suit your selection criteria and drag it into your final folder ... nothin hard to it, for me it would even be the easy way to go, since you woulnt have to look through your selected photos again and just look at whats left behind ... anyway ..

    you said you want aditional software to do this, yet you dont use iPhoto, how would another program solve your problem? Im not sure how much iphoto can do, but i think it does support different grouping criteria ... or you can use Adobe bridge, but again the task of selecting is up to you and you will be going back and forth between groups

    also the simplest "removable tag" is a letter, just put an "x" at the beggining of the picture you dont want to use

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    Use Aperture instead of iPhoto here, but pretty sure it has the same system which allows you to mark every picture by a star rating of 1-5 and then allows you to view either all pics or view only those with a specified rating.
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    Thanks , that's a help , but I'm not sure how to right-click on an iBook touchpad. I was hoping to avoid mouse-work if possible which is why I thought about doing it with a keystroke . But definitely a step nearer , thanks again .

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    Re iPhoto , I have just not got on with it somehow , and just went through a Library-moving trauma that left it seized up. I'll happily go on using it when I resuscitate it but also want to use my own folders for images. The request for other software was just for a highlighting tool to work within Finder , or a way of marking the pictures that stands out when looking over lots of images , as a coloured label would if I could find a way of automating that action into 1 click/keystroke mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by revilo View Post
    Thanks , that's a help , but I'm not sure how to right-click on an iBook touchpad. I was hoping to avoid mouse-work if possible which is why I thought about doing it with a keystroke . But definitely a step nearer , thanks again .
    Control Click will do a Right Click.

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    or there is a shortcut to get the get info panel with colors: cmd+i ... and I'm hoping it is a default shortcut

    anyway you can acces the colors straight from the right click/control click menu

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