Support » Plugin: Media Library Assistant » Search amongst categories while bulk editing images

  • Resolved Krislynde



    I am getting more and more amazed about your plugin by every day. It has helped me a lot. I am working with lots of images on my site and my usual process would be to upload an image and then assign categories to them. I am also using Justified Image Grid and the Att. categories give me the option to use the filtering with JIG.

    And there are lots of categories.

    I chose categories over tags because other ways it would quickly get out of hands – with categories I can also categorize the categories.
    So the list is quite long and it is getting longer every day. In the bulk edit window – I was wondering that is there any way to make the list of categories searchable? So it would be a bit more human to find the right ones? Or the kind of collapsed list that can be opened so the top level categories would be seen at first?

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  • Plugin Author David Lingren


    Thanks for the kind words and for your question. Deciding between categories and tags, i.e., between hierarchical and flat taxonomies, can vary from application to application. Here’s an earlier topic with links to several topics about the trade-offs:

    Att. Categories and Tags

    As the earlier topics outline, categories are intended to include a more controlled set of terms, often with parent/child relations. Tags are intended to be informal, more ad hoc, often larger lists of terms with no particular relationships. This is reflected in the UI elements WordPress uses to present them in the admin screens, and MLA tries to be as WordPress-like in following their conventions. The checklist-style UI used for hierarchical taxonomies requires the entire terms list to be downloaded to the browser; the flat taxonomy UI avoids this overhead, substituting an auto-complete search capability and a “popular terms” subset list.

    MLA allows you to use an optional checklist style UI for flat taxonomies. MLA also adds a search feature to the checklist format on the full-screen Media/Edit Media page and in the ATTACHMENT DETAILS pane of the Media Manager Modal (popup) window. Following the WordPress convention for posts and pages, I did not extend the search and add term features to the Bulk Edit area. I have looked at that enhancement a few times over the years and always decided against the increased screen size it would require as well as the additional complexity of the code.

    I will take another look at this, but my schedule is very full at present and I have limited time to devote to working on the plugin. I will leave this topic unresolved and post an update when I have progress to report. Thanks for your patience, your understanding and your interest in the plugin.

    Plugin Author David Lingren


    Thank you for your patience while I found the time to work on the “searchable categories” enhancement for the Quick Edit and Bulk Edit areas.

    I have uploaded a new MLA Development Version dated 20180921 that contains the new feature. To get the Development Version you can follow the instructions in this earlier topic:

    PHP Warning on media upload with Polylang

    It would be great if you can install the Development Version and let me know how it works for you. Thanks for your help and for motivating this new feature.


    Please forgive me for my late reply. I just downloaded and installed the Development version and it works! I can not thank you enough – this is exactly what I was looking for!
    I can’t really think of anything that could be wrong with it right now.

    Just one question – is it ok for me to stay on the Development version for now? Will I get the usual notification if there’s update or should I look out for it and then switch the installation again?

    Plugin Author David Lingren


    Thanks for your update with the good news and the positive feedback.

    The Development Version is very stable and safe to use – almost no changes apart from the new search box. When the next official MLA version goes out you will get the usual notice and you can use the normal process to update the plugin.

    I am marking this topic resolved, but please update it if you find any problems with the new feature. Thanks for your help and for motivating this new MLA enhancement.

    Thank you for explaining about the updating process.

    And thank you again for this feature. I just added many categories to many images in much less time than before. It is really great that you decided to add this. I still haven’t found any problems and I don’t really think I will. But sure, if there’s anything, I will write again.

    Hello, David!

    I found few days ago that something has changed now.
    When I add categories to images from the quick edit screen, save of course, and then go and edit same image again (from the quick edit screen), then previously added categories will be gone.

    This only happens when using quick edit for one image. When using the selection of images and then quick edit, everything seems to go well – previously added data also remains to the place.

    Have you any suggestions? have I missed something?

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by  Krislynde.
    Plugin Author David Lingren


    Thanks for your report. It was not an intended change – it is a defect in the v2.76 release introduced when I added the term search and “add term” functions to the checklist-style taxonomies on the Quick Edit and Bulk Edit areas. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

    I have releases MLA v2.77, which corrects the problem. It would be great if you can try the new version and let me know if it works for you.

    I am leaving this topic resolved, but please update it if you have any problems with the new version.

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