Why You Should Use Cataloged Folders

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Cataloged folders in ON1 Photo RAW allow you to find, organize, and edit your photos quickly. Cataloged folders inside ON1 Photo RAW will also enable you to organize large groups of images quickly. Once you create a cataloged folder, your image preview files and metadata will be stored in a small media cache. This media cache allows you to browse and view through massive amounts of raw photo files instantly.

Cataloged folders are also great for your workflow because they help to keep your photos and changes in one place. If you make changes to a folder or photo within a cataloged folder, those changes will be detected, and your cataloged folder will be updated to reflect that. Cataloged folders are perfect for keeping your photos and folders in one, easy to find place so you can access them at any time.

6 comments on “Why You Should Use Cataloged Folders”

  1. On August 13, 2018 at 12:55 pm Ivan Valtchanov wrote:

    Nice overview, but a couple of pending questions were not addressed during the short video. I have most of my photos on an external USB drive. If I add them as catalogued folders, will I be able to access the previews when the disk is not mounted?Are there any limitations on how many photos/folders can be catalogued?

    1. On February 10, 2019 at 4:48 am Magdalena Kauz replied:

      I have the same question, in Aperture or lightroom this is very well possible. If not, it would be not very useful.

    2. On April 22, 2019 at 10:04 am Dylan Kotecki replied:

      So sorry for the late reply this must have gotten overlooked. You cannot access the previews when the disk is not mounted. There are no limitations to how many or much can be made. However, the more you add, the more room those caches will eventually take up over time.

  2. On April 20, 2019 at 7:42 am Eugene Norris wrote:

    Re cataloging in the 2019 User Guide – “You can make any available folder a cataloged folder by . . . or by dragging a folder from the
    Preview area onto the ā€˜Drop…ā€™ button at the bottom of the Cataloged Folders section.” I have cataloged a couple of image folders but I don’t see a Drop button. Clicking on the + icon brings up a tedious dialog box you have to navigate to find & add a cataloged folder, even though the program has already found all my image folders. I’d like to use the Drop button referenced above.

    1. On April 22, 2019 at 10:05 am Dylan Kotecki replied:

      Hi Eugene, are you using on Photo RAW 2019.2? If so, you can now just drop your folders onto the plus button itself. So just drag and hold the folder over the plus button and you can drop it in there to Catalogue it.

  3. On May 13, 2019 at 9:54 am George Quittner wrote:

    Dylan, just reviewed your Cataloged Folder video and have some questions. I am a wildlife photographer and have my best photos saved in albums (20k + images). I add keywords and captions to all my images. When I try to search for files by keywords the error message says I don’t have cataloged files to search. If I move all my albums into cataloged files does anything change within the structure of the those files; they are all in alpha/numeric order by filename? Also will I then be able to search for files by either keywords or other metadata? Thanks.

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