Add option to show contents of parent folder and subfolders when searching by folder name

When I select a folder in the Source Browser, the images in that folder are displayed in the Image Browser. The images (if any) in the subfolders of the chosen folder are not displayed. This is the behavior I expect since I have already moved all the images I want to adjust to that folder.

Now we have a search feature in PL2 and if I search by folder name I would like to have the option for the Image Browser to show all the images in the parent folder and subfolders.

In my view this makes the search results more meaningful, since it is common practice to organize images using a hierarchical file system .


For me this is also a super important feature, as I have a nested directory structure.


not in 3.3 version yet!
I hope it is not one of those features which will be implemented only in a major version (such as the HSL color picker :frowning: ) in order to lure us to pay for the upgrade!

I would agree that this is an excellent idea but…

I have written my own browser app for macOS and can tell you that it would not be easy to keep everybody happy.

My browser, at the moment, expects a root folder with nothing but sub-folders. That way, the loading of thumbnails only happens when a sub-folder is selected. I tried displaying thumbnails as well as sub-folders from the root but the time taken to load all files from all sub-folders on app startup is pretty horrendous.

If users were prepared to avoid placing images in the root folder, then it is possible but, if they envisage large numbers of files in any one folder in the hierarchy, they are going to have to expect lags and judders when scrolling.

Unless you go down the route of a once only loading that takes time to put thumbnails into a cache before they are fully accessible.

Having just downloaded the trial just now to decide if this is the tool I want to switch too. I immediately noticed this was missing. I consider it such a standard feature that is available in every single other DAM/file browser i have ever used for photography.
without it, this software is basically useless because you don’t respect the most basic form of DAM organisation that every single photographer I know uses.

Having a thumbnail of a folders’ actual contents has been a significant time-saver for me. I still use a DxO competitor’s product because that feature is so crucial. I can only imagine for users who have tens and hundreds of thousands of photos to have to manage, that could be a deal-breaker. PhotoLab’s empty preview screen vs the competition.

I have been evaluating DxO PL 4 against quite a few other products.

I have to add my voice to the others here, clicking on a folder and seeing the photos in that folder and all sub folders is a really basic and standard requirement. It is available in every other application I have tried so far.

I spent some time looking through menu items and preferences trying to find where to turn this on, after initially being surprised to find it wasn’t on by default.

Then I came to the forums to search for this option and was very surprised this functionality isn’t available.

Therefore I’m going to have to take this product off the short list, despite the other great abilities.

I would strongly suggest this feature is given priority, to the point where nothing else on the product is developed until this is fixed. It is so fundamental that I’m not sure how anyone is able to use the application. It is up there with having a photo editor that couldn’t display pictures.

Anyway, I’m labouring the point. Hopefully this will get fixed and I can have a look again in the future.