The use of stacks to reduce the congestion in the Organizer has a disastrous affect on the ability to sort the organizer images in terms of the star rating. I would think that one of the most used features of Organizer is star rating for quality. If you use stacks you can write-off star rating your images.
I have tried all combinations available in applying the star rating, equal to, less than or equal to, equal to or greater than. If the photographs in your stacks do not have the same rating, Organizer assigns the rating of the image with the highest rating to all the images. A search for all the images with a rating equal to four will include other images with a rating of 2 in the search. I can't give up the convenience of stacks, my Organizer will expand to an unmanageable size. This is a serious problem, there is no point in rating my images. Picking the best images for a slide show, display or printing is now down to a manual search.
I have previously raised this on other forums without success. I may have done it on this forum at some time in the past. The only answer I have received is that Adobe never intended stacks to have images with different star ratings.
I have tried making two Albums for each Album name, one for images 4 and above and another, with the same name but adding -3 to the name. This involves opening up stacks and selecting images one by one. Use of Shift or Ctrl for bulk selection is not possible. Also being an aspirant bird photographer I use the single star to collect photographs I have used to identify a bird but not fit for display.
Not a reply an addition! I forgot to say, having placed images in stacks and then in an Album, you can't open the album, open all stacks and select an individual images to place in the other album you have created to split the lower ratings from the higher. If you select an individual image that is in a open stack and drag and drop to the new album, unfortunately you drag and drop the whole stack. Once stacked, the image is inseparably bound with the other inhabitants of the stack, until the it is un-stacked.
Last Edit: Mar 5, 2021 16:27:24 GMT by popcorn: does not read correctly
If you give a different rating to each member of a stack, it will be kept.
If you assign a rating to a 'collapsed' stack, all members get the new rating.
If you search including a rating condition, the different ratings in the stack will result in showing the result with members of the stack which 'match' the target rating, and others with the 'non match' icon.
When you create an album, you create a list of stacks showing the 'tops of stack'. You have created such an album: if you change the order from the top of stack externally, that change is automatically displayed in the album.
In other words, using stacks for your purpose is a big NO. You can assign different ratings within a stack, but the displayed result of the search will show all members of the stack, the non-match beside the real 'matches'.
If you want to group files to show only the best to help fast browsing, stacks are ok only if they have the same properties in terms of rating and keywords or if you can be happy to select the best as the 'top of stack'. This is used typically when you stack duplicates of various scans from the original photo. The keywords are the same, the ratings may be different, but you have selected the best as top of stack to browse faster.
Otherwise, grouping by assigning a common keyword can be incorporated in any multicriteria search so that only real 'matches' are shown in the search result.
The organizer has an option to 'unstack' a selection of files but it's very slow on very big selections.
Again not a reply an addition. If I use the unstack command it seems to delete all the stacked files except the top image. Thank heavens there is an undo!!
After highlighting the stacks and right clicking on one, select 'stacks' and choose 'unstack', not 'flatten'. The latter has the effect of deleting all the members under the top of stack. That's also why this deletion takes so much time.
Again, just an add-on. Selecting multiple stacks and following your instructions has done the trick. Problem is nearly all of my Organizer Albums incorporate stacks. Such a pity, stacks made finding images much easier and was an integral part of my workflow. and thanks again.