Working with a Single File

While in Grid mode, the following operations can be carried out with a file:

  • Switching to single-file mode: double-click or Menu – View – Switch to single image or pressing Enter (if the keyboard focus is on the window with the file previews).
  • Rotation (Menu-Adjust-Rotate), the new orientation data will be recorded in the XMP-file (see below).
  • Assigning a rating/label (Menu – XMP Metadata), if changed, the rating and label will be recorded into an XMP-file.
  • Copying (Menu – File – Copy), moving (Menu – File – Move), copying to the _Rejected files folder, which is for those, which you may want to delete at a later stage (see below).
  • Sending a file for processing in an external program (Menu – File – Pass filename to).
  • Display of a file in a system file manager (MenuFileShow in Explorer/Reveal in Finder).

These same actions (except for switching to single file mode) are accessible through the context menu which is activated with a right-click:

Working with one/several files in FastRawViewer 1.4.4

In FastRawViewer 1.3, we made the decision (in the interest of not bamboozling users) to separate the hotkeys/menu options in cases of individual work with single files and group work with groups of selected files. In this case, the context menus worked as expected: the one in the main window of the application always worked with the current file, the Grid/Filmstrip one depended on whether or not the file belonged to a set of "selected" files (back then the operation was for groups) or not.

This behavior was chosen so as to not startle existing users. However, this was somewhat unusual and not convenient for everyone, so starting from version 1.4.4 we are going to (gradually) unify these menu option/hotkey sets. See more detail in the section “Operations with multiple files/Alternate mode: using same shortcuts/menus for single file and for the group.”

Copying and Moving Single Files

The current (highlighted) file in the Grid View can be copied to another folder with Menu – File – Copy filename to – [Select Folder] (or pressing C). The dialog to select the destination folder will appear, and after the destination folder is selected the file will be copied.

The names of the folders which were used for copy operations are stored in the menu items below Menu – File – Copy .. to – [Select folder]. The most recent copy destination is at the top of this list, below are the folders which were used earlier. The list can contain up to five folders.

All of the folders in this list can be accessed through the keyboard (C, Shift-C, etc.), which allows one to conveniently copy to those destinations without accessing the menu.

Moving files works much the same way: after a file is moved to a destination via the (Menu – File – Move .. to – [Select folder] or pressing M) the path to this destination folder will be stored as an element of the menu under [Select folder], and can be used in the future without subsequently choosing the destination, using the following dialog:

The lists for copy and move destinations are kept separately.

Copy and move operations work not only over the RAW file, but also copy/move the following to the same destination:

  • External JPEG-file (in RAW+JPEG mode).
  • XMP- sidecar file (if it exists).
  • .rpps sidecar file (if .rpps sidecar file recording is turned on).
  • .ORI file, if the current file has a .ORF extension and a .ORI file exists.

When doing sensitive work and/or using unreliable media, the PreferencesFile Handling - Copy/Move/Reject - Verify file contents after copy setting may come in handy, as it turns on data verification after copying.

Deleting Files: the _Rejected folder

FastRawViewer doesn’t allow one to delete files directly from the current folder. Instead, the files you intend to delete can be moved to a _Rejected subfolder, located in the current folder. This folder is created the first time a user requests that a file be moved to said folder. This is intentional, and exists to ensure that no shots are accidentally deleted:

  • There are many situations when the system “trashbin” can’t be used (removable drives, network folders and drives); also, in certain cases the operational system may delete part of the content of the system trashbin (for example, when the size of the trashbin is over the limit) without even requesting confirmation from the user.
  • Flash cards and card readers are prone to hardware malfunctions, and moving a file into a subfolder is the safest file operation.

To delete files, after you are sure nothing is in to the _Rejected folder, which shouldn’t be (the _Rejected folder can be browsed with FastRawViewer as any folder), you can use the Clear _Rejected Folder operation (see below)

By default, the _Rejected folder is a subfolder of the current folder (i.e., each folder has its own _Rejected subfolder). In certain cases, this may be inconvenient. To address this, you can use a global _Rejected folder by changing the preferences in Preferences – Copy/Move/Reject:

  • Use global rejected folder – Check.
  • Select the path for the Global Rejected Folder.

Clearing out the _Rejected Folder

To delete the contents of the _Rejected folder, use Menu – File – Clear _Rejected folder.

Clearing the folder with rejected files is irreversible, so

  • You cannot set a hotkey for the Clear _Rejected action.
  • When choosing this action, an additional, un-turn-off-able warning will be displayed:

The OK button will only be accessible after checking Yes, I’m sure checkbox.

The additional Delete read-only files too checkmark allows one to delete files with the Read-Only attribute; if this checkmark is not set then those files will be ignored and will remain in _Rejected.

Attention: Mac OS X does not support the Read-Only attribute on the FAT/exFAT systems, so on OS X the Read-Only checkmark will only work on local and network drives, but will not work (i.e. checked on) on removable media (memory cards).

Integration with External Programs

FastRawViewer can start external programs, passing them the current RAW file as a parameter.

This way any program that takes the file name as a command line parameter can be launched, be it a RAW convertor, different image viewer, or whatever program you may need.

On the first run, FastRawViewer performs a search and automatically configures itself to use the following programs:

  • RawDigger
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Raw Photo Processor
  • Capture One
  • DXO Optics Pro

If, on the first run, FastRawViewer was unable to find the program you need, it can be added to the list of external programs manually through Preferences – External Editors.

To launch an external program to process the currently displayed image you can use Menu – File – Run – necessary program or with press one of R for the first external program, Alt-R for the second, and Ctrl-R for the third.

Display of the current file in Windows Explorer (on Windows) /Finder (on Mac) can be done through Menu – File – Show in Windows Explorer / - Reveal in Finder. Default keyboard combination – Ctrl-F.