So, you've got PhotoStructure installed, and it looks like it's importing every photo and video you've got.

What should you know now?

Tip #1: close vs exit

Know that closing the main window doesn't shut down PhotoStructure. To exit, follow these instructions (tl;dr: click "Quit" from the system tray).

Tip #2: home

Click the home icon located at the top of the page to go back to the home page, which picks a random assortment of your library's photos and videos for all "root" tags, which is currently "When" and "Camera".

Tip #3: opening and downloading files

To open or download the original photo or video from the asset page, hit the "i" key on your keyboard, or click the circle "i" or in the upper right corner of the screen to slide out the "info" panel.

Asset info panel

PhotoStructure gathers duplicate files (stored in your library's database as AssetFiles) under an Asset. When you open the asset info panel, you'll see one or more of these paths.

Clicking the path will download the file. Clicking the icon to the left of the path will open the folder it lives in, with that file selected. You can then open the file in whatever other app you want.

Tip #4: keyboard shortcuts

If you're on a desktop or laptop, knowing a couple keyboard shortcuts will help you get around your library speedy-quick.

  • h goes to the home page, and picks a new "shuffle seed," so you'll see new random thumbnails.
  • f toggles fullscreen.

After you click on an asset thumbnail:

  • left and right cursor keys will take you to the previous or next photo, ordered by time.
  • i shows the important metadata about an image
  • s scrolls into view the "streams" panel, which shows "nearby" photos and videos.

Tip #5: breadcrumbs are clickable

When navigating tags or assets, you can jump to related photos and videos via breadcrumbs. You'll find these on the header, in the info panel, and if you click the "down" arrow in an asset view, in your "streams" panel on the bottom of your screen.  

Asset view

Photo by Nathan Anderson