Browsing with Subfolders included

Hello FastRawViewerTeam,
FRW is a really good program, I tried it right now for the first time after the recommondation on Photography Life and I am astonished of the image display in high quality without any noticable delay.
There is one feature, that I miss and because of that, I can't integrate FRW into my workflow:
I need to cull all images in all subfolders at the same time.
I often have 2000+ photos from one shooting using 2-3 different cameras at once. Unfortunatly my Sony cameras all use the same filenames and because of that, I have to download their data in different subfolders. For fast decision what images are the keepers, I have to see all files in order of shooting, no matter what camera the images are from. The only hassle free way is to load each camera in a different subfolder. In lightroom this is easy, because of the feature "Show photos in subfolders, but there is no way to do this in FRV.
Because of this I can't use FRV, what is really a pity. Maybe you find a way to enable this?

Dear Sir:

thank you for your suggestion. Your request is added to TODO list for version 1.5 (it is already too long for 1.4)

When will Version 1.5 arrive, I've been waiting for this Feature too!?

Sorry, we don't not disclose exact release schedule until we've something to show.

LibRaw, could you please just do it anyway? Just put a warning dialog on it informing people of the concerns you shared here, which are totally valid. People don't have a problem with that. People have a problem with you making that choice for them and giving them no option. Yes, there are many people with multi-TB NAS systems, but there are way more people who operate with much smaller quantities of photos, and you're making them unhappy.

Dear Sir:

as also answered in E-mail reply, this is does not as simple as it sounds. Nested folders view works fine if you have fixed file list and no file operations (as in Lightroom: separate import step, so file list not changes while you browse Lr catalog). Many file operations in 'subfolder flat view' are becoming very non trivial, for example:

  • Move files to _Rejected: multiple _rejected folders should be created (or not?)
  • Quick copy/move file to Subfolder: multiple subfolders should be created in different folders? This is definitely not expected
  • Simple copy/move to another folder: should subfolder structure be preserved or not?
  • Copy/move to some folder that already part of flat subfolder view

There are a lot of such minor points (most of them are related to file copy/move operations) that prevents easy implementing of flat subfolders view. The only real solution is to disable

a. Folder refresh while browsing in this mode

b. Any file operations (excluding XMP change)

Is this solution (no file ops in this mode) looks acceptable?

For me, it would be a great help, if it is possible to rate all images in  nested folders at once, ordered by time. I don't need any file operations during rating. Only rating and writing to the xmp. I don't need rejected, just rating with stars and color labels

OK, wish accepted. Such limited mode seems relatively easy to implement (although we need to implement disabling of file ops), added to TODO for 'some future'

Note: sorting by EXIF date (not file date) may be painfully slow on large folder structure because all metadata should be read for all files.

Did "view includes subfolders" ever get added?
many thanks,

I can only agree with all the posters here in this thread.
This program is absolutely great. The only thing missing for me is really "view includes all subfolders".
Then I will be totaly happy and never complain again. :-)

I would also like to have a subfolders feature, at least for search.  My usecase (real): 15-years archive that survived several PCs. Its a little messy now, with a lot of "Last session", "From old Disk C", "Selected" and so on, nested. 
There's a low-resoluton jpeg for which I want an original RAW file.  EXIF is present so I know the timestamp. Unfortunatelly native windows search seems to work with exif for jpegs only.

So for me search in subfolders using metadata will be useful.  

Thanks, Seva

Subfolder browse mode is (finally) implemented in FastRawViewer 1.6, now in beta:

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