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Explorer Open with/Send to selected files ONLY

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:36 am
by Craig620
This isn't a problem with FPV, but hoping someone else may have run into this while using FPV...
I would like to be able to use windows explorer search for files with a particular name. The results will span different folders. I would then like to be able to multi select the results and have only the selected items shown in the FPV slide show.
Using win7x64. Whenever I multi select any document type the "open with" context item in the menu is removed.
So I created a shortcut in the SendTo folder. Now I can multi select and then use "send to FPV" but even with the "enable subfolder browsing" option turned off, FPV still includes all pics from each folder one of the search results came from.
I don't want to lose the auto include all files in a folder option, but sometimes I just don't want it to be on.
Is there a way to multi select files from explorer, and have ONLY those items included in the slideshow?
Thanks

Re: Explorer Open with/Send to selected files ONLY

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:56 pm
by Axel
FPV is designed to be a folder viewer so it always loads sibling files when pointed at a given file through a command-line startup option. Sending a list of files coming from different folders and drives would not work.

Moreover there are limitations on the total length of the parameters that can be passed to any program on the command-line so it would not work as a general solution anyway (and it's probably one of the reasons why Microsoft disabled Explorer's "Open With..." option when multiple files are selected).

Re: Explorer Open with/Send to selected files ONLY

PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:07 pm
by Craig620
Found that by placing this batch file in the SendTo folder, I can get ad-hoc slide shows. Expects that FPV is the default program for images. There may be a limit to the number of slides you can send, but it works for at least 10 images, which suits my needs.

del /q %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Slides\*.*

:LOOP
copy %1 %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Slides\
shift
if #%1# NEQ ## goto :LOOP

cd %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Slides\
for %%a in (*.jpg) do set SLIDE="%%a"
%SLIDE%

Re: Explorer Open with/Send to selected files ONLY

PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:21 am
by Axel
Wow, that's some creativity! Actually I was about to suggest something based on hardlinks, this has been successfully used before to display programmatically created custom image lists with FPV!