Working with categories

To work with categories, you need to activate the tab "Categories". After selecting images/download/thumbnails/14352777/Button1.png , the tab images/download/attachments/14352777/Button2.png appears.


Each element (image, movie, etc.) can be assigned to a category. The database will be more transparent and the elements can be found more quickly. The well-kept a dataset is, the faster search results will be delivered. This includes the maintenance of the elements AND those of categories.

To apply a category twice - no matter at which point of the hierarchy - is not possible. The main reason for this is not the name, but the XMLID (XML ID). If there is, for example, a digit appended to the name, there may be two categories named holiday - an XML ID called holiday and another called holiday2016.

New categories are created in the tab 'Categories'. Each category has properties to optimize the visualization (numbering, color). They will be allocated in this window as well.
Another important point are the category values. Category values may be described as sub-categories.

In the following example the category "Holiday" was created and enhanced by the following category values to refine the search even further:

  • Mantova

  • San Francisco

  • Sylt

  • Venetia

  • Zugspitze

After creating a new category it has to be saved right afterwards and it will appear in the list immediately.

The categories - in this case - were provided with numbers (numpad number for quick-assignment). These are visible in the list of categories on the left hand, but also in the element list. The color and a number (6) has been assigned to the category "Holiday", so that the images in this category can be quickly identified. When a images/download/attachments/14352777/hashmatch.png appears , an identical file - a so-called hashmatch - was found.




add new category

Creates a new "category" record in the currently opened DoublePics database


Export hashed category in a directory of your choice.


Select a hash algorithm


Enter the category name


The XML ID will be additionally transferred to third software (for example, report tables which were generated for X-Ways get the XMLID as name), spaces and special characters are not allowed for reasons of compatibility.

Sort order

Entries with the same sort order value are sorted by name.


Here you can create detailed descriptions of the category.
A ppears as a tooltip images/download/thumbnails/14352777/ContextHelp.png

Numpad number for quick-assignment

For quick categorization of elements, individual categories can be assigned to the number keys on the numeric keypad.
The approprioate category is assigned to the currently selected element immediately. If the element is not assigned to any number, the object images/download/thumbnails/14352777/Categories.png appears - instead of a number


Colored display of category marker in the cockpit; makes the category membership of an element visible at a glance.


Create: Saving a new category
Save: Saving a new category value

Category values

Creating category values and other options

After allocating categories and category values, exactly these allocations are visible in the folder/tree. Categories and category values are provided for each image element.

Category: Holiday
Category values: Mantova, San Francisco, Sylt, Venetia and Zugspitze

The category values will be selected by marking elements (no double-click ). These are located on the right hand of the categories (in this case, from the drop-down menu "Sylt" selected).







Select the relevant folder


Element list

Select (single click) images


Categories/Categoriy values

Select the category values by using the pull-down menu


recursive / flagged only

incl. all subfolders/only flagged items



Sort options