Combine multiple photos into one item
Tropy items can include one or multiple photos, making it easy to group multi-page documents. All photos within an item share the same metadata. Merging is not intended to collect multiple different documents, but rather to combine multiple photos that belong to the same document. Grouping items into topical or organizational collections is best done with lists or tags.
You can combine items within Tropy using several methods.
If you want to add photos to an item, and those photos are not already in Tropy, then you have two options.
- Right-click on the item you want to add photos to. Select Add photo and select one or more photos from your file system. Click Open. The photo will be added to your item; you can see it in the item pane under Photos.
- In the item pane under photos, click the +. Select one or more photos, and click Open.
If you drag and drop, the target metadata is retained.
All merge operations can be undone. You can undo from the top menu, under Edit, or by right-clicking on an item and selecting Undo from the menu.
Explode an item.
You may realize at some point that you have erroneously merged items that should be separate. If you realize it immediately, you can undo by right-clicking and selecting Undo. If you have performed other tasks in Tropy before you realize your error, you should use the Explode function instead.
Right-click on the item you have erroneously merged and select Explode Item. When you do this, each photo in your item becomes a separate item, but each new item retains the metadata that existed in the combined item before explosion. Exploding an item does not restore metadata to an item from before it was merged. From there, you can treat each new item just as a regular item, re-merging or editing the metadata on each item.
Duplicate a photo.
You may find that you have a photo that should appear in two different items. For instance, in a letterbook, the end of a letter may appear on the same page as the beginning of the next one. Tropy allows you to duplicate a photo so it can appear in multiple items.
To move the duplicated photo to its own item, right-click on the photo and select Move Photo to New Item. When you do that, the duplicated photo will appear in the item table as its own item, which you can then edit to reflect its separate metadata.