ShowImage Slide Show behaviour
|Reported by:||Malthus||Owned by:||leavengood|
Description (last modified by )
Try this: use Find to construct a query which returns several jpeg pictures, preferably from more than one folder. Double-click one of the entries in the query results window to open it in ShowImage. Now run ShowImage's Slide Show feature and see what range of pictures you get. (Alternatively use Previous and Next to scroll through them.)
It *almost* works. That is, the slide show scrolls through the files in the query results window as though it were a regular Tracker folder and regardless of the files' real locations - until it has displayed the last file, when it jumps into that file's real location, and displays any pictures in that folder which follow it alphabetically. If I haven't explained that very well, the attached screenshot should make it clear: I've got two folders containing jpegs; also a query results window picking three particular files from those two folders. Now if I double-click on one of the entries in the query results window then start a slideshow, it should rotate through Lily00029.jpg, MrPink and R0012584.JPG. In fact it gives me those three plus Shrub00019.jpg and SPACE_SHUTTLE_O_20090901.jpg - ie the pictures following R0012584.JPG in the /boot/home/Pictures folder.
I don't know if the developers were even thinking of queries as a means of choosing pictures for a slide show, so I don't know whether this behaviour, imperfect as it is, is by accident or design but, working well, this would be a useful feature. I'm particularly interested because I've catalogued my jpegs with indexed custom attributes - captions etc. It would be great to be able to bore dinner guests with themed slide shows, without the show suddenly going off-topic :-) This is long-standing behaviour, of course; I've been using ShowImage in BeOS for some time, and I've always realised query-based slideshows don't quite work as I think they should. But I've only recently figured out exactly where the extra pictures come from.