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Filter file search by MONTH (irrespective of year)

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  • Robert Fairweather

    Searching by month in a range of years is required for my work-flow reporting every few weeks - but each session can occupy hours of my time.  (current image count in excess of 18,000)

    Happy to be contacted (YES) via my profile email address.  Cheers... Rob

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  • Michael King

    Was there an answer to this question as I need to do exactly the same searches.

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  • Walter Rowe
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    You cannot search across multiple sessions at one time.

    With AppleScript you can code a custom search in a catalog. I did a little test. It isn't fast but it can be done.

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  • Michael King

    I have a single catalogue with some 60000 images. I am now plodding along creating multiple smart albums which can work, but what an unnecessarily laborious approach!
    Thanks for the swift reaction.
    Michael

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  • Walter Rowe
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    I'll keep playing with my script. If you use a built-in filter for multiple years, the script might be able to further filter by month across those years. I think in the filters tool you can select the same month in multiple years. That should be easy to test and would certainly be the fastest way to get to your desired results if you are only selecting a few years. Setting up that filter for every year in an entire catalog would take longer.

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  • Michael King

    I am setting up a smart filter for each of the twelve months in one year, then I will save it as a preset and then create a new smart filter for each month separately using the initial preset and simply changing the month variable each time. Tedious, but I should get there in a couple of hours hopefully.

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  • Walter Rowe
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    OK. I wrote an AppleScript that will ask for start / end years and month, then create a smart album for that month in each of those years. This is rudimentary as it doesn't check that start year is before or equal to end year.

    https://github.com/walterrowe/capture-one-scripts/tree/master/search-by-month

    Credit to Emory Dunn for an example script that demonstrates how to create a smart album from AppleScript.

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