Viewing Your Photos

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Choosing a viewing size Sorting images in the Photo Well Viewing slide shows Displaying video clips

J\ fter you've located and imported your images into Album, I am sure you're more than ready to sit back and gaze at their awesomeness. Imported files, whether they're photos, video clips, audio clips, or creations, appear in the Photo Well in a grid of thumbnails. You can adjust the size of these thumbnails, as well as how your images are sorted.

Album also gives you the capability of displaying your images in an instant slide show. Slide shows are great if you want to preview images you've just imported or to show them off for family and friends as they huddle around the monitor and ooh and aah. For those of you who are more multimedia inclined, Album also has a built-in media player that allows you to play both your audio and video clips.

Choosing a Viewing Size

Album gives you the option of choosing how you want to view your files in the Photo Well. At times, you may want to see everything in your catalog so you would use the Small Thumbnail view. In other instances, you may just want to isolate the view to a single image, in which case the Single Photo view may better suit your needs. Changing the view is as easy as clicking your mouse, so feel free to do it as often as you want.

To change the view, choose ViewOSize and select from the following options:

i Small Thumbnail: This option displays your files in the Photo Well in the smallest size. This is the best option if you need to see as many images at once as possible, as displayed in Figure 9-1. In addition to the thumbnail, the date, time, and tag icons (if tags have been attached) are displayed. For more on tags, see Chapter 5.

i Medium Thumbnail: This option is Album's default view. This view, shown in Figure 9-2, provides the best overall view for everyday browsing through your catalog. In addition to the thumbnail, dates, times and tag icons of the images are displayed.

i Large Thumbnail: This option shows just a few files at a time. This means you'll need to do a lot of scrolling, but you'll also see more details in the images than with the smaller views, as shown in Figure 9-3. This is a good choice if you have a sequence of images that look similar, and you need to distinguish between them. This view also displays the date, time, tag icon, and tag name for each image.

i Single Photo: This view shows only one photo at a time. To view the rest of the images in your catalog, click the Next Item or Previous Item buttons, shown in Figure 9-4. Not only do you get the largest view of the image, but you also get to see the metadata about the image (the file size and resolution are displayed on-screen below the image). You also can see the image's date, time, and any tags that have been attached.

Figure 9-1:

To see as many images as possible, choose the Small Thumbnail view option.

Figure 9-1:

To see as many images as possible, choose the Small Thumbnail view option.

Figure 9-2:

The Medium Thumbnail setting is Album's default viewing option.

Figure 9-2:

The Medium Thumbnail setting is Album's default viewing option.

If you don't see any metadata or tags, be sure that the Show Dates and Tags option is checked under the View menu (or check Show Dates in the Options bar at the bottom of the screen).

This viewing option also allows you to type a caption and attach or play an audio annotation. For more on captions and annotation, see Chapter 6.

You also can access the Single Photo view by double-clicking the image in the Photo Well (double-clicking an audio or video clip brings up the Album media player).

Here are a few other points to remember about views:

ii You can change the date and time assigned to the photo by clicking either the date or time on-screen. For more on adjusting dates and times, see Chapter 5.

i You also can change your viewing options by clicking the icons in the Options bar.

i There is one other view you can select. Select your desired photo and choose ViewOShow Full Screen. Your image will explode onto your screen. Any screen real estate not eaten up by image will be filled with black as shown in Figure 9-5. Click your mouse or press Esc to return to Album.

Figure 9-3:

To see more detail in your images, choose the Large Thumbnail view option.

Figure 9-3:

To see more detail in your images, choose the Large Thumbnail view option.

Options bar Date

Single Photo view

Metadata Time Tag

Figure 9-4:

The Single Photo view gives you metadata on your image in addition to showing you the largest

Options bar Date

Single Photo view

Metadata Time Tag

Figure 9-4:

The Single Photo view gives you metadata on your image in addition to showing you the largest

Viewing icons Previous item Next item Caption Play audio annotation

Figure 9-5:

To fill your screen with nothing but image, select the Full Screen view.

Figure 9-5:

To fill your screen with nothing but image, select the Full Screen view.

i Choose ViewORefresh to refresh your screen view. Sometimes commands you've performed on your image won't be displayed until you refresh. For example, if you attach a Hidden tag to a photo, the photo doesn't become hidden until the screen refreshes. For details on tags, see Chapter 5. You also can force a regeneration of all of your thumbnail images by right-clicking any photo, holding down the Ctrl key and selecting the Update Thumbnail command from the context-sensitive menu. Note that this process can take awhile if you have a large catalog.

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