Sort My Photos (iPad/iPhone Application)


Welcome to "Sort My Photos"



"Sort My Photos" is an app available for the iPad and iPhone that lets you arrange the photos in your albums in whatever order you want for viewing and for running in slideshows.

A standard way to import photo albums into your iPad/iPhone is to use iTunes to select individual directories containing images from your desktop or laptop computer. Two common limitations with this method are that

1) you may not wish to display every image from a directory on your device and
2) the photos frequently are not displayed in your desired order when viewing or running in a slideshow.

"Sort My Photos" provides a simple user interface for addressing these problems.


Features include:

  • Sorting the photos in an album into whatever order you desire;

  • Having the sorting order of a photo collection saved to the iOS system (this means that the collection will be displayed in the same order in other apps such as "Photos");

  • Manual sorting of photos in an album via drag and drop in addition to a selection of quick sorts by: creation date, last modification date, favorites, or media type;

  • Hiding any photos you don't want to display;

  • A choice of running a slideshow in a preselected vs. a random order.


Other features include:

  • Photo viewing;

  • Photo slideshows;

  • Emailing photos;

  • Image information display;

  • Creating new albums;

  • Adding photos to any album from any other album or from "Saved Photos/Camera Roll".



Table of Contents:

Welcome to “Sort My Photos”

Running the app requires access to your photos on your iPad/iPhone

Troubleshooting

How to exit the app and make sure it is not running in the background

Tips and Additional Notes

About...

Images

Change History


Running the app requires access to your photos on your iPad/iPhone:

The first time the app is run, a message will appear saying:

"Sort My Photos" Would Like to Access Your Photos"

Select the “OK” button in response to this message. If you do not allow this functionality, the app will not have access to the photo assets on your device.

Troubleshooting

If no albums or photos appear in the app, make sure that you have granted the app access to your photos. In the main screen of the "Settings" app, scroll down toward the bottom. In the list of apps on your device, select "Sort My Photos" and verify that access to "Photos" has been allowed.

If still no albums or photos appear in the app, exit the app and restart (see note below).


How to exit the app and make sure it is not running in the background:

Go to your device's home screen (press the home button). Double-press the home button to display apps that are running in the background. In this display, place a finger on the image for this app and swipe toward the top of your screen to close the app.


Tips and Additional Notes:

The number listed next to an album name in the main screen is the number of photos in that photo collection. It will differ from the actual number of photos shown in the album display view if there are any hidden items. If an album has an hidden photos, the "Unhide Photos" menu item will be available under the action menu of that album; if you want to know whether or not an album has any hidden photos, check to see if this menu item is available.

Hiding a photo is an attribute of the photo, not of the collection it belongs to. In other words, hiding a photo in one album will result in hiding it in other albums to which it belongs. If you expect to see a photo in an album but cannot find it, check to see if the album has any hidden items.

Menu items are not visible when they are not applicable. For example, you can't email or hide photos if there are no photos in the album available to mail or hide. "Unhide photos" does not appear when there are no hidden photos. "Restore Saved Sort" does not appear when no previous sort has been saved.

Choosing "Sort by Creation Date" two times in a row will reverse the sort order (and similarly for "Sort by Modification Date"). The first time a sort is chosen, ascending order is used; the second time, descending order is used.

When an album's sort order cannot be saved system-wide (i.e., the app does not have permission for changing the system order of the album/photo collection), the app will display a message giving the user the opportunity to save the order for use within the app. This is the case for special albums such as "Camera Roll" and "My Photo Stream" and for albums created by sync'ing a photo folder on your computer with iTunes. The next time you view this album within this app, you can see this last sorting again by choosing "Restore Saved Sort" from the "Sort" menu."

If an album's sort order cannot be saved system-wide, but you would like to use it in another app such as "Photos", here is a simple workaround: create a new album on your iPad/iPhone, add the desired photos to this new album, and then recreate the desired ordering. The new album will be visible in the "Photos" app and its photos will appear in the order you just set in this app."

Whenever you use manual sort, the sorted ordering is automatically saved. You can experiment with other sortings and then return to this saved sorting by choosing "Restore Saved Sort" from the album's sort menu.

Except where noted above (when an album's sort order cannot be saved system-wide), only manual sorts may use this restore feature. However, if you really wish to save some other ordering, simply choose "Manual Sort" and then "Done" without having actually changed anything; you can then use "Restore Saved Sort" to return to this ordering later on.

Sorting by photo name is no longer available (as of version 3.0). The only name available for a photo is the one assigned by iOS and is a reflection of the creation order of the photo on your device. Since it has no relation to the name you may have assigned the photo on your computer, sorting by name on your iPad or iPhone has no practical use (and is essentially the same as sorting by creation date).

When viewing a photograph:

swipe to the right/left to view the previous/next photo;

pinch two fingers apart/together to zoom in/out;

drag with one finger to pan.

If you intend to pan but get a swipe instead (i.e., the next or previous photo is shown), try starting your pan by moving your finger to the top or bottom of the photo instead of to the right or left.

To close the photo information view, tap on a button or on the navigation bar at the top.


About The Sort My Photos Application

Version 3.0

Please leave a review of this product for this app at the iTunes App Store.

Email your friends to recommend the app.

Email your comments, questions, suggestions, and feature requests to support@softwarecraftsman.org .
If your email contains more than one item, please list them in order of importance (with the most important items listed first).

This program was developed by D. Horn (support@softwarecraftsman.org) using XCode 6.2 with iOS SDK 8.2.

For more information on this program, visit http://www.softwarecraftsman.org/sortmyphotos .

Application: Copyright © 2012-2015 SoftwareCraftsman.org
All rights reserved.


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Change History:

Version 3.0
Complete rewrite for iOS 8.0.
The same app now runs on both the iPad and the iPhone.
Changes to sort orderings of an album are now made to the photo collection system-wide, not just within the app.
Bugs introduced into the earlier version with iOS 8 are now fixed.
Performance and limitations of the earlier version are greatly improved.

Version 2.0.1
Bug fixes.

Version 2.0
Changes needed for running on iOS 7.
Improved handling for albums with larger numbers of images.
Cosmetic changes and bug fixes.

Version 1.7
Albums in initial screen are now listed in alphabetical order.

Version 1.6
Support for viewing custom (shared) photo streams added.

Version 1.5
Greatly improved performance for adding photos to a new album in iOS version 6.
Added low memory warning that appears when an album has too many images to allow viewing.
Bug fix: small images are now displayed correctly after rotation.
Added device and OS information to support email messages.

Version 1.4
Improved gesture handling: less confusion between panning and swiping.

Version 1.3
Support for displaying images in Photo Stream.

Version 1.2
First iPhone version.
Bug Fix (iPad): Tapping info button twice would crash app.
Bug Fix: Activity indicator (when adding photos to an album) is now centered correctly.
The "Back" button is now hidden when manual sorting the order of photos in an album.
Bug fixes.

Version 1.1
Panning now requires only one finger.
New albums may now be added.
Photos may now be added to any album from any other album or from "Camera Roll"/"Saved Photos".
The name of the saved photos album is now found correctly (in English, this is either "Camera Roll" or "Saved Photos").

Version 1.0
Initial release.

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