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    Photo Gallery Organizer Problem!?! SOLVED

    Hello,

    I am having an issue with my gallery. I wanted to organize it, so that I could find things easier (BAD IDEA!!). I downloaded Fish Bowl Gallery App. Looked great, good reviews, so I went into the app and started to "organize" my photos. Now all of a sudden some of my photos do not show up in the original gallery app, which is upsetting. I figured it was the app, so I went and downloaded a different gallery organizer, F-Stop Media Gallery, same issues, the pictures didn't show up there.

    My issue now is I have about 800 photos of my daughter out in who knows where on my phone, can anyone, tell me how to 1. Find them and/or 2. help me get an app that I can organize my photos with, and yet still have them actually show up in the stock gallery app, because that is where the Picture Frame take the pictures from and the screen saver. Nothing can find anything right now and I am a little paranoid that they are gone.

    Thanks in advance!!
    Kallen
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    Hello,

    I am the owner of Seelye Engineering (developer of F-Stop Media Gallery) and I would love to help you with your problem. Can you explain to me in more detail what you did when you "organized" your photos? Have you tried rebooting your phone? It sounds like Fish Bowl Gallery might have done something to your photos (not F-Stop) but I am more than happy to help. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to our support e-mail address (support@fstopapp.com) so both me and my partner can help you.

    Regards,
    Jason Seelye
    ::: F-Stop Media Gallery :::
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fstopapp
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/@fstopandroid
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    Awesome to see developers in the forum, especially who are willing to help! Thanks for coming to the forum, hope you can help this user... think the rest of us were kind of baffled and have no experience with this app so we didn't respond.
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    Thanks, acejavelin! I appreciate the warm welcome. :)

    Kallen, I have done some research regarding this issue and I think I may have a solution for you. Since I haven't heard what "organization" you did, I checked out the Fish Bowl Gallery app myself. I think you must have put some files in their "locker". This moves your images to another location on your SD card (typically /mnt/sdcard/FishBowlPhoto/.ztmp). They then add a string of numbers at the beginning of the file name and add ".fbi" extension to the end. No gallery app could see them because of the extension change, it was in a hidden folder, and it had a ".nomedia" file in the folder.

    I suggest you copy all of these files on to your computer and rename them accordingly. There are many programs that make renaming easy on a computer.

    Let me know if that worked for you.

    Regards,
    Jason Seelye
    ::: F-Stop Media Gallery :::
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fstopapp
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    Thank you so much! I am going to email you, I just had to try and figure out what I did. What I did was went into fish bowl, selected pictures, selected move to (this is where I created a new folder and named it) and then from there on kept putting pictures in the folders that I designated.. however this because an issue because now the folders nor the pictures show up anywhere.
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    Photo Gallery Organizer Problem!?! SOLVED!!!

    The developers from F-Stop really helped me out with this one (best part of all, it's not even their app that caused my issue) I will now be deleting Fish Bowl and using F-Stop only!!

    Okay here is my solution to this issue I was having:

    FishBowlGalley stored my photos on the SD card and changed the names to ".noMedia" and this was hiding the images from my gallery.

    Some pictures were still not there, so as suggested, I did a search for the *.jpg and I found all of my lost images!!

    I am now, saving all my photos on my SD and backing them all up on my laptop, then backing those up on a Flash Drive ( my photos are very important to me)

    I want to say thanks again to Jason, the developer of F-Stop. You are fantastic and I appreciate everything you have done to help me out!! THANK YOU!!
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    You are very welcome , *kallen! I am so glad I could help. There is nothing worse than the feeling you get when you think you lost irreplaceable photos.

    I may be biased but I think you will be very happy with F-Stop Media Gallery :) We work on this full-time and respond to our users very quickly.

    Sincerely,
    Jason Seelye
    Owner of Seelye Engineering
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fstop.photo
    ::: F-Stop Media Gallery :::
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    I wish every developer responded like this to issues... I think I gotta to try out F-Stop!
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    Thanks, acejavelin! Let me know if you have any issues or suggestions. Use our support e-mail support@fstopapp.com.

    Sincerely,
    Jason Seelye
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    Will do, might be a few days though... My personal Rez hit the pavement tonight, not a pretty sight, will be Tuesday before a replacement will arrive.

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    Because of the quick response from Jason and that I wanted to put pictures in a folder or album I purchased the App. I have a question, when I want to look at a picture I can't get a full page, I have a lot of other pictures (tags??) that take up space. I couldn't find in settings how to remove it. Any help would be appreciated!

    Thanks!
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    Thank you for your purchase, Abe911!

    Are you referring to the thumbnail bar in the image viewer mode? If so, the icon to the left of the delete icon in the action bar will toggle the visibility of the thumbnail bar. I attached an image to clarify.

    I hope that helps.

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    Oh no! That is terrible. Glad you had insurance.
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    Sorry, I found it, please ignore the rest. Thanks

    I click on any folder and I get the photos that are in the folder, then I click on the photo I want to see, it takes up 3/4 of the screen, the other 1/4 is all the other photos. I don't have the icons on the bottom that you have. I don't know what the image viewer is unless it is the first screen when touching Fstop.
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    Sorry for the confusion. The first screen you see when you open F-Stop is called the Dashboard. When you select the icon labeled "Folders", that is called the Folder View. After you select a folder you enter Thumbnail View (where you see all the media in your folder). When you select an image, you enter what we call Image Viewer Mode.

    It sounds to me like you are in Image Viewer Mode. You see a large version of the image you selected and small images (thumbnails) of the other media in that folder (known as the Thumbnail Bar). They should look similar to the image I attached. To toggle the visibility of the thumbnail bar, select the icon to the left of the delete icon (trash can) in the action bar at the top of the screen. To see the action bar in this mode, you just need to single tap the center image to bring it up.

    If this isn't your issue, would you be able to take a screenshot? Also, this might be better solved via e-mail. You can contact me at jason@fstopapp.com

    Regards,
    Jason Seelye
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    Indeed... the cost is miniscule compared the possibility of having to replace a handset at full new, or even used, price even with the the deductible. I highly recommend the insurance for everyone.
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    That is a very good question and actually addresses a very powerful feature of F-Stop: Albums. First, let me explain the difference between folders and albums.

    Folders are the actual file system folders on your device like they are on your computer. Folders hold the actual image or video file.

    Albums, on the other hand, can be considered "virtual" folders because they do not actually hold the physical media file. Instead, they simply contain the locations to these images so that the original image is not duplicated and does not take up any additional memory. The great thing about this is that the same image can appear in many different albums with virtually no additional space taken up on your SD card. Additionally, any changes made to the original file will show up in all the albums it is included in.

    We also provide a feature called Smart Albums. They are a more advance type of Album because you can just define certain conditions and it automatically populates itself with the media that matches that criteria. With the paid version, we also allow what we call "Nested Albums". This allows you to create albums inside of albums similar to a folder structure. Smart Albums can be added to Albums and vice versa. Very powerful organizational tool.

    There are two potential pitfalls with Albums, though. The first one only affects Albums and not Smart albums. If a file is moved to a different folder outside of F-Stop, it will disappear from the Album because F-Stop can no longer find it. Smart Albums are not affected unless the file is moved outside the folders F-Stop scans.

    The second issue is that Albums are not currently portable. This means that we do not have a way yet to move your albums to another device. We are working on providing this feature but at the moment we don't have it. This also applies to any tags or ratings you may add to your media within F-Stop. We do not have the capability to save this information to the file itself. It is only stored in a database. Again, we are working to add this feature.

    We can read tags and ratings if they are added to the file with other programs such as Windows Live Photo Gallery, Google Picasa, Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, etc. Basically any other software that writes this information to the image. This allows you organize on your computer but still see that information on your Android device.

    Ok, so after that long explanation (sorry) that brings us to whether or not you should use albums or folders. My recommendation is to use albums. The reason I say this is because if you have an image of your car with your grandchild in the picture you can easily show that same picture under an Album named "Cars" and an Album named "Grandchildren". I also suggest you use tags to help with this. If you tag the image with "Cars" and "Grandchildren" then you can just setup one Smart Album to show tags with "Cars" and the other to show tags with "Grandchildren". That way these albums are automatically populated when you add them to your device (as long as they are properly tagged).

    One final note: Deleting an Album or Smart Album does not delete the files that were contained in them. Deleting a folder will delete the media files in the folder but will not delete the folder. This is so we don't delete subfolders you aren't aware of.
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