Yes, there are loads, I know. But all I've tried work the same way as the one that comes with the OS (or phone, whichever it is). When I create a new folder/album it copies or moves the images there. I don't want that.
On Windows I use a program called https://yktoo.com/en/software. Alas it doesn't seem to be developed anymore, there used to a support forum and stuff. It has a lot of features, but the main thing is it leaves my images alone where they are. It doesn't move or copy them. It works strictly with references. So an image can be in a lot of virtual folders but only one copy is on the disk.
So, that's what I'm looking for. An app that can create virtual albums so I still can have the physical image files ordered after date as a want them without getting duplicates.
Maybe you should check out- QuickPic - Photo Gallery with Google Drive Support. It has the functions you described.
Thanks! Are you sure it doesn't move or copy images though? Reading the spec I get the feeling it does.
I bought a new phone just today, so I'll wait with trying until I have the basic stuff up and running.
I think it is able to both move and copy. I haven't really used it since I am an Apple user, but a friend of mine was using it a few months back for protecting her photos.
Which model have you bought I am seriously wondering to switch to Android?
I found the webpage where there's more information than at Google Play. It can create "virtual albums" without moving or renaming files, so I'll definitely try it. Thanks again.
My new phone is nothing to brag about. I've used an Samsung S3 for ages and like it very much. But apart form being too old for some apps the USB connector is loose (hate those micro USB connectors!) and so is the one for the head phone. So when I dropped it for the 25th time or so and the glass eventually broke I realized it was time to say goodby.
Problem is I need a phone with a battery I can change myself. There are very few models to choose from with that feature today. Samsung got so much critique for no longer supplying phones with an (easily) exchangeable battery that they made and updated version of the last model with that feature and called it S5 Neo. That was what I was planning to buy. But when I got around to it had been discontinued.
So I ended up with a Motorola G5. Found a site that listed all current phones with an interchangeable battery. I didn't even know Motorola still existed. The spec looks good, the reviews are good. Only problem is Motorola is too cheap compared to other brands. Why? Well, I liked the look and feel when I tried it in the store and since there also was a special this week that made it super cheap I bought it. Haven't even unboxed it yet though. Time will tell.
So I can't really recommend any special android phone. My friends with newer Samsung models are pleased with them, but I have no experience myself.
I use a lot of battery. That's why I need exchangable so I can carry spares. Plus sooner or later the battery is done and then it's very expensive if one needs to send the phone to Samsung or whatever brand it is to get it replaced.
When a phone is new it usually works well to use an external battery while using the phone. Then the micro USB connector gets loose. Is that what it's called in English? "Glappkontakt" in Swedish. Then all you can do is buy more internal batteries. I have two larger ones plus the original and some days that's not enough.
In that case I can only think of getting a wireless-charging phone --but does wireless work with external batteries too?
And of course disabling functions that drain a lot of battery, like screen, GPS, bluetooth, advertizing, crypto-mining malware etc.
I don't use that much juice sitting at home texting.
I use it outdoors and yes, I use the GPS. And I sometimes listen to the radio or pods. With that use the batteries I have last me the whole day, most of time.
Before you ask, no, I don't play Pokemon Go.
I've had phones with user-replaceable batteries, but I've never had a second battery as a spare. The one time I bought a second battery, it was a replacement for an old battery that no longer held a charge. Not long after that, a few of the apps I used started complaining that the OS version was too old, and they could no longer update. I updated the OS as much as I could, but it wasn't much longer before it was effectively obsolete.
I do have a battery pack that will charge my current phone 3-4 times. It works pretty well for my needs.
You probably don't need to charge as often as I do. I haven't had that many cell phones, but on all of them the micro USB connector has gone wonky and I hear the same from others. Shops are aware of it too. If one mostly uses the phone for calling and texting this is probably not a big problem.
Some newer phones has another type of connector now. Hope that one is more sturdy. I guess it will become the new standard.
It's sad anyway. My old phone still functions very well, I don't feel it's slow and there are just a few apps that don't work with it, the ones I really use are fine. Feels like a waste to trash a good phone - and a bunch of batteries - because of a couple of connectors. Well, and a broken glass. But that I can live with.
Already removed the ball. Didn't dare to use a needle though, used a toothpick, I think.
My impression is they are just not popular here. I mean popular as in "hot". Iphone, Samsung and so or are cool brands that make other envious. Motorola not so much. I read Motorola is very popular in for example India.
I haven't got around to using it yet. I'll tell you what I think when I do. I liked what I read about it though. Supposedly they don't force a lot of apps you don't want on you. That's a good start.
Yeah, but not always the "hot" and most expensive is the best. At least from my experience. In India, they are aware of that very well. Expensive brands like Apple and Samsung are doomed to failure because of companies like Desh Ka Smartphones and Mera Pehla Smartphone. They are the Apple and Samsung of India, so no surprise that those two companies can't make it big. But yeah, I would love to hear your feedback on Motorola.
At long last I got around to installing the sim card in the new phone and actually check it out. So far I'm impressed. Some things are annoying, but most have to do with that Moto mainly uses native Android apps, like launcher, keyboard, SMS-app. So I guess it's a matter of finding replacements I like better. So far I've only replaced the launcher. Only way to get rid of the searchbar dear google forces on the home screen.
The one really bad thing is that apps and the files they use can be installed on the SD card. That's a bummer for me. I use map apps a lot and the topographical map of Sweden alone is several GB. You are supposed to be able to set the camera to save images on the SD card though.
Moto does some things differently, for instance the usual home button is replaced with their "one button". You can do stuff by swiping over the button. I like it.
The camera seems super. Images look crisp, better than those from my old phone. Haven't downloaded any yet, so it could partly be an effect of built in compensation. Time will tell. It has a pro button that lets me easily set ISO, exposure compensation and other things. Exposure compensation is accurate. On my old phone I could only set it in too big steps. This I can fine tune. There's also Live View, so I can see the effects of my changes directly on screen. Maybe this is all standard things now. I wouldn't know.
All in all I'm satisfied. Think I got myself a good phone for a fraction of the price of other brands. Touch wood.
Yeah, can't. If I say you can't move them to and run them from the SD card it's maybe more correct.
Battery life is a little disappointing. But that's hard for me to judge. I've used extra large batteries for ages and for this phone I only have the standard one that came with. It comes with a quick charger that lives up to the promises. It's really fast. That's nice - if you are at home. No wall sockets where I use to go.
I got around to trying QuickPic. I couldn't get much to work and their tutorial didn't seem to correspond to what I actually had on my phone. No option to tag for instance. Googling found that it was bought up a couple of years ago and since then has been on a slippery slope, people are uninstalling it. Rumor has it the current owners also are known spammers and more.
But, by searching for QuckPic replacements I found this page with two possible options for me.
I'm trying f-stop and it seems to do what I want. The other one, Focus, is neater according to the page's author, but you need to pay to get the tagging option. There's a paid version of f-stop too, but I haven't figured out if it offers anything I need yet. Oh, it has a cool option, password protected folders. I think in this case it really moves the files. Just what I need. I've taken pictures of some rashes I get that comes and goes, to show my doctor. Don't want just anyone to see those!
So thanks again, thematrix. I wouldn't have found anything without your tip.
I'm more than content with f-stop. It has everything I could wish for. I use it daily and can really recommend it. My one complaint is that it has no way to add comments to the meta data for an image.
I have a large SD-card and upload images from my real camera to it, so I always have my pictures with me. The way I can create virtual folders and albums and sort and order images any way I want without the app ever copying, moving or touching the picture files in any way is great.
So... now I'm looking for a similar desktop program. Anyone happens to know of one?
I blew the dust of an old one I used to love back in the day, PhoA. It was very promissing, but development seized back in 2005. It's still useable, but if a modern program with the same approach exists it would maybe be better. PhoA had some quirks, mainly supporting limited image formats.
I've tried searching, but only find image viewers like Irfan and editors. I'm not interested in editing. It's the unlimited virtual folders, albums/views and the untouched file system I'm after.
I've just learnt there are Android emulators, for example https://www.bluestacks.com/ . I'll try that tonight and see how it works. I have my doubts though.
BlueStacks was rather cool (but huge!). Turned out file operations were rather cumbersome, need for shared folders and stuff, so I uninstalled it again. But for games I imagine it's fun.
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