I will show an example of the different strategies for mapping images to pages:

  • 64 photos from our collection of artists who have appeared in the “Schrottgalerie in Glonn”: https: //schrottgaleriefriedel.de/ and which we use in our “artist-blog”: https: //nuecke.de/ themes / culture / scrap-gallery-glonn / “should be displayed as a full-page photo book
  • The photos were put together in a separate folder; all as portrait pictures
  • Some photos have been edited: Image section in aspect ratio 3: 4 selected, so that all image can be used in high format
  • An empty book with single pages was created, with a page size of 900 * 1200 (aspect ratio 3: 4, large enough to achieve a good quality)
  • All photos should be set as “* Seitenbilder *” on a single page.
  • The assignment to pages should be automatic. Although it is obvious that sorting by creation date is the most appropriate method for this type of compilation, all sorting options are shown in this example.

For pictures in portrait format, single pages offer the same aspect ratio.
We take this into account when creating the empty book.

On the individual pages of the new, empty Mz3 book, the portrait images should now be set: One image per single page as “Page Image”.
Via the menu item Add Page Images the Explorer / Finder is opened via@Browse@and the folder with the pictures is selected


All images will be selected, and after the final “Open” window, the “Assign Page Images To Pages” window:{topic LINK+Assign Page Page Images} will be opened.

h2. First attempt: Extract image number from name

The default setting is “Assignment by frame number from file name”, which does not make any sense in the image collection and the different file names; the results are unsatisfactory

The order is not as desired and some images would not be positioned at all:

  • some picture numbers make meaningful page numbers; but only formally, not in the sense of “desired”
  • other detected numbers can not be side-by-side: too big; therefore, consecutive page numbers are used: “OK: index”
  • Many numbers lead to the same page numbers (“double pgNbr”) and are ignored
    h2. Second attempt: Sort by numbers in the file name

The checkbox “Use File Number” was deselected and it was sorted numerically by file name.

The result is much better At least all pictures are used and the sequence is already much better.
But there are still some outliers …

Third attempt: Alphabetical sorting by file name

If the file name is selected as “Sort by”, the sorting is done alphabetically according to the file name.

The result is also not as expected. Although all images are set to pages, but the file names without a digit in the 2nd place are in front of filenames with a digit in 2nd place

“The order depends on the value of the character. The value of a character is set in a so-called “”: http://www.asciitable.com/ASCII table:

  • First come the numbers: 1, 2, 3
    A “0” according to the ASCII table corresponds to the decimal value 48 (hex: 0×30), a “1” to the ASCII value 49 (hex: 0×31) etc.
  • This is followed by the capital letters A, B, C
    An “A” corresponds to the decimal value 65 (hex: 0×41), a “B” to the decimal value 66 (hex: 0×42), etc.
  • Finally, the lowercase letters follow: a, b, c, …
    An “a” corresponds to the decimal value 97 (hex: 0×61), a “b” to the decimal value 98 (hex: 0×62), etc.

Before, between and after these groups are the character marks, e.g.

  • Space 32 decimal (0×20) and “!” 33 dec (0×21)
  • “=” 61 dec (0×3d) and “@” 64dec (0×40)
  • “_” 95 dec (0×5f)
  • “(” 123dec (0×7b) and “)” 125 dec (0×7d)

Therefore, a picture numbered 10 or 123456 is output before a picture numbered 2 (each at the same place in the name) (1 is smaller than 2).
If you know that, you can pay attention to the naming and name so that they lead to the desired sequence in an alphabetical sorting.

Then the automatic page assignment can be done via the Buldnummer.

Sort by change date

Sorting after the change date may be useful if one “takes in” all the images, i. edited in the order in which they should appear in the book.
Often one actually performs a check and adjusts the tonal values, exposure, section, saturation, etc.
If you open each image individually in the image processing program in the desired order and then save the images, a sort by change date will fit

If one collects all pictures with e.g. Adobe Lightroom in a collection folder, edit it, sort it as you like, and then save it in this Reiehenfoolge, sorting by change date would also be possible. In Lightroom but you can also assign a new file name when saving, which makes my more SInn, since you can then sort numerically / alphabetically and images can also be edited later, without changing the sort order

Since only a few photos were edited in this photo collection (new section to achieve a portrait format of 3: 4, the sorting by change date makes no sense.

Sort by date of recording

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This sorting leads to the desired result:

  • All images of an event are summarized
  • The images are sorted by the date of the event; ascending in this case, i. the oldest pictures first.
    You can easily change the sort order by clicking the sort button.

This order fits and is confirmed with “Add all Images”.
All images are then automatically set to the corresponding pages as shown in the table.
The status information is displayed on the progress

The finished book looks quite appealing. When browsing, however, it is noticeable that in 3 photos, the aspect ratio is not correct (9:16 instead of 3: 4).
The pictures will be expanded in width, which is not flattering for the artists ;-)
These images must be reworked or exchanged (see Setting individual images to specified pages in the next chapter).

Last modified: 2019/01/26


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