When working with large numbers of assets, it can be useful to divide them into smaller groups based on specified criteria. DF Studio offers a number of filters to help streamline this process.
Filtering can be useful in a variety of situations. For example:
- Delivering a Messenger containing only approved assets
- Creating a Collection of all 1st Selects in a Project
- Reviewing assets with Conversations attached
- Downloading files of a specific type
The Setups menu only appears when a Project has more than one Setup, and allows the view to be filtered to the contents of any single Setup at a time.
The Selects menu provides a number of options for filtering assets by their select levels. Individual select levels (for example, 1st Selects) can be displayed, as well as combinations such as 1st Selects and 2nd Selects, 1st Selects and Kills, Unselected assets, or “Hide Kills”, which displays all assets except those that have been “killed”.
Use the Edits menu to view individual Edits created by DF Studio users or Messenger recipients. (For more information about combining the information from these edits, see Combine Edits.)
Filter by various attributes using the Features menu. Assets can be displayed based upon their approval state, the existence of Conversations attached to the asset, or those assets that have been published to a remote service can be viewed.
The filter menus are cumulative: that is, by using the menus together it is possible to filter on multiple criteria at once. For example, show 1st and 2nd Selects from a specific Setup that have also been published.
Once the assets in the view have been filtered, clicking buttons from the toolbar at the bottom of the window will act on those assets currently in view. Assets can be collected in a Messenger by using the “Send” button, added to a Collection with the “Collection” button, and so forth.
To enable buttons from the Asset Inspector, select the filtered assets by clicking “Select all” or “Select all on page” from the far right of the menu bar.
If badges are enabled on the DF Studio account, they will be displayed just beneath the menu bar, and each badge icon can be clicked to filter the display to those assets which match the selected badge. The badges filter works the same as the others, but uses buttons instead of menus to make a selection, which makes it possible to select multiple badges at the same time.
To remove the badge filter, click the “clear” icon to display all assets again.
In files view, two additional menus are available for filtering the files displayed.
The Filetype menu narrows the list to display only files of a certain type (for example, JPG, TIFF, or RAW).
The Storage menu filters by the type of storage used for the files. (See Asset Storage for more information.)
For more information about the view options available in the workspace, see Navigate the DF Studio Interface.
Assets can also be filtered by filename, or by keywords and other search criteria.