I just dragged a folder with over 1000 images from an external drive into an Observatory 2 library, and it finished just fine after 8 minutes on a M1 Mac mini. No crash. In fact, I have not received a single crash report for Observatory 2. If you have issues with Observatory, please report them to me! There's a "Contact Us" link for that in its Help menu. In that same menu there's also an "Observatory Help" item that displays the complete manual. I am a software developer, not a professional writer, so I know there's room for improvement, but the statement that it has no manual is unfair when it has one since Observatory 1.0.5. You can even download it as a 73 page PDF file (link is in the manual). It includes a "Getting Started" section, which should help you get familiar with it.
I believe I have addressed nearly all clunkiness and non-intuitive Observatory 1.x issues with Observatory 2. You get all that and a lot more for free with this update if you own Observatory 1.x. For Observatory 1.x users Observatory 2 is a very significant free update. Only for the totally new features the In-App purchase is required for Observatory 1.x owners (it's all included when Observatory 2 is your first purchase). I think that is an extremely good deal, and you get great additional features. My personal favorite is the minor planets. I have found minor planets in many of my 20+ year old images that I never knew I captured. You may not realize that having access to orbital elements for the past 23 years is rather unique. And you now only have to select an object in your images to access more information about it, which is great. All the many new features are in my view well worth it. The Gaia Extension takes that to a new level, all the way to magnitude 20!
I honestly do not understand how one cannot understand how to add a folder or album to an existing library. It has "New Album", "New Folder" menu items, you can use the contextual menu in the library navigator, you can drag & drop Finder folders onto a library, you can move them around and move images between them, it's all there. All standard macOS behavior. Is it because the "File" menu only contains items that affect the library, whereas the folder/album/smart album features are all grouped under the "Album" menu?
I would suggest to take a good look at Observatory 2 and report any bugs or issues with that "Contact Us" to me so I can address them. Observatory is the work of only a single person (me), and I have been so busy that I didn't get around making a screencast, but I do intent to do that for Observatory 2.
I am about to release 2.0.1, which addresses a few issues that users have reported.
(btw, I just dragged another folder with 1100 smaller 13MB FITS images from that same external drive into the library, and that finished in 94 seconds, again just fine without crash).
Hi Sanderb - thanks so much for joining the conversation. My struggle to add new folders to an existing library is because I am used to how it works in Lightroom, and I didn't find anything about this in the help. I am about to get started with the update and will try your suggestions.
I want to improve my system for note taking about processing, and I'm hoping Observatory can be part of this.
I keep my captures in dated folders which are mostly self-documenting - the filename contains the target, date, camera, temperature and gain. I delete any containing trees or multiple copies of each star and keep the rest. I process in a separate set of folders, and here I may copy in files from the capture folders from multiple imaging sessions or just load them into the APP to stack them. However, I end up with no workflow for documenting how many files I actually used in a particular image. Observatory encourages us to keep a plain text note in each folder. On the other hand, I'd like to use a Mac app, as a minimum Notes but possibly Day One, Agenda or Aeon Timeline to keep a journal about capturing and processing. All those apps keep all notes in a single repository, so I'd need a sustainable way to relate the individual notes into a repository app. Any thoughts would be welcome.
Edit: I had just come back to this thread to remind people about the comprehensive help and downloadable PDF. However a developer "knows too much" about their app and may not realize what is not obvious to other people. It's always good to connect with the developer if there's something you are struggling with as others may have the same issue. Apologies for not doing this myself!