The Main Menu
The Manager’s functions are divided into several menus based on where they fit in the photo workflow. These menus are: Acquire, Edit, Information, Organize, Publish, Create, and View.
The main, middle area in the Browser lists the contents of whatever location has been selected in the Navigator. By default, it displays them in a mode called Thumbnails.
To change how the Browser’s file display mode, click Display Mode in the Browser’s navigation toolbar, or click any blank area in the Browser listing and then use the right-click menu. To modify the display of thumbnails and their information, use Settings | Preferences… | Thumbnails and Settings | Preferences… | Thumbnail Descriptions.
The Zoner Photo Studio Browser works in many ways similarly to file management in Windows itself. To select pictures, copy and move them via drag and drop, etc., do what you would normally do in Windows.
When organizing photos, the best route is sometimes to use a second Browser pane. To do that, use View | Two Browsers Stacked / Side by Side. To switch from one Browser to the other, click inside the other Browser. The listing in the Navigator automatically changes to match the active Browser: whatever location you visit in the Browser automatically becomes selected in the Navigator.
When thumbnails are loading in the background, an hourglass appears by the mouse cursor.
This is the default mode. Browser panes in this mode show thumbnails (small previews). Other information may also be shown alongside the thumbnails.
The thumbnails show icons indicating the presence of picture information (metadata) and other facts about the thumbnailed pictures. Moving from the top left corner of each thumbnail, the icons refer to photographic picture information, other picture information (name, author, description, etc.), keywords, audio notes, a backup of the picture’s original version, a backup of its information, its digital signature if any, GPS data, and online/offline status.
For audio and video files, an icon clearly defining the file type is shown at the top left corner of the thumbnail. The file’s duration is shown at the thumbnail’s bottom left corner.
Double-click any of these icons to bring up a window showing information related to them.
Along the bottom, a thumbnail can have a Windows shortcut symbol, denoting that you are working with a shortcut to a file, not the “real” file. At the bottom right, any rating and/or colored label that the picture may have are shown.
The program can display several lines with picture information (time, shutter, etc.) under each thumbnail. You can configure this under Settings | Preferences | Thumbnail Descriptions.
For faster browsing, the program makes use of thumbnails stored inside of pictures (e.g. in their EXIF information) and of thumbnails stored (“cached”) on disk after your first visit to a folder. Cached thumbnails are loaded in during your next visit; this is much faster than re-generating them.
Rotate the mouse wheel while holding down [Ctrl] to change the thumbnail display size.
Details Mode always shows a row of column headers at the top, similar to its namesake in Windows. Using the right-click menu for these column headers, you can add or remove columns for a variety of picture information. Clicking and dragging a header moves the whole column to another position. Just clicking a header sorts the file listing by that column’s information type. Clicking it repeatedly toggles between an ascending sort and a descending sort. The arrow next to the column name indicates ascending/descending.
The backgrounds of the files in the listing have different colors depending on the files’ types. You can turn this behavior off if desired: go to Settings | Preferences | Display | Highlight to distinguish bitmap/vector/video/sound. Wherever possible, the program shows a thumbnail for a picture next to the mouse cursor as you run the cursor over that picture.
This mode is similar to Thumbnails mode, but includes extra information to the right of the thumbnails. This is especially practical for long texts such as descriptions. The column width is set automatically based on thumbnail size and the width of the Browser window. To change settings for the Tiles display mode, use Settings | Preferences | Thumbnail Descriptions.
If the description shown for a thumbnail is wider than the space available for showing it, then at the right of the descriptions area, a scrolling arrow is shown. You can also scroll description text by middle-clicking the area with the description and dragging in the desired direction.
Rotating the mouse wheel while holding down [Ctrl] changes the thumbnail display size.
Displayed File Types
Normally, the program displays all files in all supported graphics, audio, and video formats. To show a broader or narrower range of file types, use Settings | Preferences | Display.