Image Viewer Window  

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APO can be used as an image viewer for files with extensions ‘jpg’, ‘gif’ and ‘bmp’.

 

This can be done in two ways:    

The image viewer window offers the functions described below.

 

Image viewing

 

You can view a particular picture by pressing the ‘show picture…’ button. A navigation window will open and let you select the image file containing the picture.

 

You can view the last picture viewed by pressing the ‘show last picture’ button. The path to the last picture is shown in the ‘last picture’ text box.

 

Image editing, deleting, and renaming

 

You can edit the last picture viewed, by pressing the ‘edit last picture’ button.  APO has no internal image editing function and when you press the ‘edit last picture’ button and external program with image processing functions will be called, that will open the image file ready for editing. The path to this program must have been previously selected by means of the ‘change’ button associated with the ‘picture editor’ text box.

 

You can delete the image file last viewed by pressing the ‘delete last picture’ button.

 

You can rename the image file last viewed by pressing the ‘rename’ button associated with the ‘last picture’ text box.

 

Image File Search

 

You can search image files present in a directory tree, with up to three matching criteria applied to the file names. To do this, you should write your search pattern in at least one of the three text boxes ‘find 1’, ‘find 2’ and find 3’.If you enter more than one search pattern, you should select the type of combination ('and' or 'or'). You should then select the root of the directory tree by clicking on the ‘change’ button associated with the ‘in. dir for search’ text box and finally click on the ‘search picture’ button. The ‘search results’ text box will show all the image files found, which satisfy the search criteria.

 

You can run a slide show or a thumbnail map with all the image files present in the ‘search result’ text box by clicking, the ‘slide show from search results’ or the  ‘thumbnails from search results’ button, respectively.

 

You can view individual images listed in the 'search result' text box by double clicking the respective line.

 

Slide Show Building and Running

 

You can build a slide show with all the image files contained in a given directory. To do this, click on the 'build and run slide show'. Then select the desired directory and press OK.

 

A slide show is built by creating a file named _slideshow.ssf in the subdirectory tmp of the APO installation directory. You may save a slide show for later use. To do this, copy the _slideshow.ssf with a name of your choice in a directory of your choice. You can run this slide show file by clicking on the 'run slide show' button and selecting the desired file.

 

If you have interrupted a slide show and want to resume it from the point of interruption, click on the 'resume slide show' button.

 

The files included in a slide show can be shown ordered or randomly according to whether the 'random slide show' checkbox is checked. This can also be changed from the control line in the bottom of the slide show window. If random is not chosen, the order will be alphabetical (by file name) or chronological (by file date and time) according to which option ('sort by file name' or 'sort by date and time') you have selected. You can choose ascending or descending direction for ordering of files by selecting the appropriate option ('sort ascending' or 'sort descending').

 

The slide show will proceed automatically or manually according to whether the 'automatic slide show' checkbox is checked. This can also be changed from the control line in the bottom of the slide show window.

 

You can set the slide show interval by entering the desired number of milliseconds in the 'Interval (msecs)' textbox. This can also be changed from the control line in the bottom of the slide show window.

 

Thumbnails Creation and Running

 

You can build a thumbnail sequence with all the image files contained in a given directory. To do this, click on the 'build and show thumb nails'. Then select the desired directory and press OK.

 

Thumbnail sequences are built by creating files named  _thumbnails_nn.tnf  in the subdirectory tmp of the APO installation directory, where nn is a serial number. You may save thumbnail files for later use. To do this, copy the _thumbnails_nn.tnf with names of your choice in a directory of your choice. You can run this thumbnail files by clicking on the 'show thumbnail file' button and selecting the first of the desired files.

 

The files included in a thumbnail sequence can be shown ordered or randomly according to whether the 'random slide show' checkbox is checked. If random is not chosen, the order will be alphabetical (by file name) or chronological (by file date and time) according to which option ('sort by file name' or 'sort by date and time') you have selected. You can choose ascending or descending direction for ordering of files by selecting the appropriate option ('sort ascending' or 'sort descending').

 

Black Screen Option

 

You can have a black background cover the desktop and any other application window, by checking the 'black back screen' checkbox.

 

Fit Mode

 

You may want to set APO so that when images smaller than the screen size are displayed they are enlarged to the maximum size that can be accommodated in the screen. You can obtain this by checking the 'fit mode (enlarging)' checkbox.