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Builds between the Betas
« on: September 06, 2019, 12:04:14 PM »
We'd like to have the ability to get more small features, refinements and fixes done and out to you all more quickly than the normal three week beta schedule, so we're going to start an experiment and see how it works out.  Participation is completely optional and these builds between the betas won't have full Q/A testing, an updated readme, and usually their focus will be on a single feature.

These builds won't show up when checking for updates (we don't want to overwhelm those who don't want to live on the edge).

To start this off, here is a build that contains some Filtering refinements:

https://www.camerabits.com/download/PhotoMechanicPlusR3663_a6e18bc8.dmg
https://www.camerabits.com/download/PMPlusSetupR3663_a6e18bc8.msi

The Filter system has some new UI elements:

The "New" button which starts the Filter stack over again (or creates one for the first time).
The "Clear" button which removes all of the selections in the current Filter stack but without removing any of the Filters.
A "*" button that will eventually be a Snapshot button (it is currently non-functional)

When a new Filter stack is started or when no rows in any Filter are selected, the Filter tab will show "all" images in the Catalog(s) that are selected for searching.  Each selection you make in your Filters will then show only the items that continue to meet your criteria.  We feel that this is a more orthogonal way to present the Filter system.  You start with everything and you filter in what you want to see, and eventually you get a narrow set of results that match what you're looking for.  Deselect some rows and you get more images, deselect all rows (either by deselecting one-by-one or all with the 'Clear' button) and you get back to "all" images.

Please try it out and let us know what you think and please report any problems you find with it or any other part of the application.

Thanks,

-Kirk

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Re: Builds between the Betas
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019, 05:14:16 PM »
This build fixes the Filter 'New' button not creating a Filter result tab showing all images.  In addition, the following changes and improvements have been made:

1) QuickSearch has been moved into its own tab where we expect to add an advanced search feature as well.
2) Browse is now the opposite of Filtering in the respect that when nothing is selected in the Browse tree, no images will be in the Browse result tab.  Conversely, when no Filter rows are selected, all images will be shown in its Filter result tab.
3) Browse and Filter results now appear in their own single tab.  Collections now appear in their own result tabs, one unique tab per each unique tree hierarchy.
4) The Catalog chooser matrix is now separate from Quick Search, applies equally to all Catalog feature, has been named "Active Catalogs", and now appears at the top of the Organizer.

Unimplemented but planned is an option to have the Organizer display the feature (Browse/Filter/Search/Collections) when one of the corresponding contact sheet result tabs is activated.

https://www.camerabits.com/download/PhotoMechanicPlusR3677_3be058e1.dmg
https://www.camerabits.com/download/PMPlusSetupR3677_3be058e1.msi

Thank you to those of you who have downloaded the Builds between the Betas and have given feedback or have reported issues.  It is much appreciated by our team.

-Kirk

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Re: Builds between the Betas
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2019, 09:49:12 PM »
Thanks, build 3677 is really pleasant for SEARCH and FILTER. (Mojave)
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Re: Builds between the Betas
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2019, 12:22:32 AM »
The above builds are no longer accessible (I'm just getting "Sorry, but this page is missing" when clicking the above links) and I can see no other new sticky post referring to new beta downloads. My latest PM Plus version is now telling me it has expired. Does this mean the betas have now reached "end of the road" and no more betas will be released until the full retail alpha version, or is this just a glitch...?

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Re: Builds between the Betas
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 12:27:42 AM »
I'll reply to my own post, as I just found the download under PM>Announcements. Had forgotten that was where I found them in the first place.

It is kind of counterintuitive that you have to look for Plus version updates under the PM regular version announcements, but thappy to see it still being available nevertheless  :) :

http://forums.camerabits.com/index.php?topic=12852.0