If you have followed my blog for a while you know that there were a number of graphic issues I had to begin with.  In a change of event I am noticing lately that there are features of the Windows Explorer that are coming in handy.

The first thing was the rating system for images.  Many times I have heard the Lightroom experience described and its star rating system.  From the day I started using Vista I noticed that it had similar capabilities, but it wasn’t clear how to use it beyond a single file.  Honestly, I didn’t think it was that useful and didn’t spend the time to dig deeper.

Last week I had a large number of images I wanted to process and I was having a hard time narrowing down the keepers.  It occurred to me that if I could rate the images and sort them by rating this could help me to review the similar images that were distributed randomly across the group of files.  It made for a good tracking and workflow tool.

Today I started working with tags more, based on what I learned with the ratings.  As my number of images have been growing I am finding it harder to locate images that I want to show people while discussing a topic.  Slowly I am finding there are helpful surprises all over Vista.  Time to go explore more.

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