It would be great if we could get to the bottom of this. Currently, the sole reason for Tropy to initiate consolidation by itself is if there are any load errors. Load errors can happen either when loading a thumbnail, because the thumbnail comes into view in the item table/grid or the panel, or when loading the original photo into the image viewer. So first, let’s try to establish if the consolidation gets kicked off by load errors of thumbnails or of originals. If you follow the steps below, I think we should be able to tell:
- Please make sure you’re on Tropy 1.8
- Also make sure that you’re in the project view (i.e., no item currently open)
- Enable developer mode in the preferences
- Restart Tropy
At this point, does Tropy start consolidating? If not, please select any item in the table/grid and then hit Ctrl/Cmd+A to select all items in the project (make sure no list or tag are active) and then quickly scroll through the table/grid in the photo panel – this basically scrolls through all the photos in your project, so if Tropy does not start consolidating, it means that all the thumbnails load just fine.
You can probably cut this short by just selecting a few lists and only checking the items in that list, instead of the whole project, because you mentioned above that this happens when selecting certain lists.
In any case, now we should know whether the consolidation is caused by load errors concerning thumbnails or originals. If Tropy did start consolidating, please open the dev-tools (from the developer menu) and check if there are any load erros visible in the console (there should be some) and also if there are any thumbnails missing, visibly, in the project view. If there are any missing thumbnails, please try to open those items to see if the full photos load in the image viewer. Depending on the outcome of these steps, I hope we’ll be able to figure out what’s going on there.