Image viewing programs An interesting image viewer A user may want to try Picture Viewer Max. 3.0.

It is a $30 shareware that needs to be registered before you get the Help files. A user can try it as demo ware and decline to register it if they don’t need the help files. Interesting features are that it resembles Windows Explorer, showing the location of folders on each drive, and showing only the image files in those folders or drives. Showing only the image files and opening them with a double-click may be a convenience you are looking for. It will open a wide range of file extensions and has the ability to add text to an image. It will display images no bigger than the full screen size of your monitor, or typically 800 X 600 pixels. An interesting home photo album program Presto! Photo Album provides a few features beyond those normally offered in this type of software. It has been offered as software bundled with scanner drivers. It is used primarily for displaying photo collections on your own computer. It provides a few different arrangements of page sizes and spine locations – thus a user can select whether the pages are wider than they are tall, and whether the pages will turn sideways or turn up. Legends or captions can be added to accompany each photo. Interesting shared photo album applications A user may want to be aware of Photo Parade, an image file type and a set of two applications which either assembles the file type or views the file type. This software is offered by Callisto Corporation, a sub-group of Adobe. The album Player is a free download at: http://www.photoparade.com/playerRegister.asp?os=win , while the album Maker is $30 demo ware. The demo. version sets a limit on the number of photos which can be assembled in an album. It has a few advantages for some purposes. It is easy to make an album of a small collection of photos, and to easily add a brief legend to each photo. The assembled album is sent as a single PhP file, containing the embedded image files. The recipient must have an free installed PhotoParade Player to open it. The pages cycle automatically, and the legend appears during the mid-period of the appearance of a page and overlays a part of the image. The image automatically stretches to fit the recipient’s screen. An accompanying background music is available, which

plays during the presentation. Some users will already have the Photo Parade Player installed as a consequence of having installed recent versions of Adobe Photo Deluxe, which is often bundled with some scanners, cameras, or printers. An occasional web page will have a PhP file available to be viewed. -------------Another variant of this type of software is Scan Show, a demo ware provided by Kevin Solway of Australia at his web site: http://www.theabsolute.net/sware/scanshow.html. This demo ware is also $30 to register, which allows you to assemble more than 5 photos into an album file. He suggests that you send the viewer application to the recipient so they can install it and view albums made with his system. You can add captions and sound – the sound may associate either with individual images or with the entire album. Scan Show is used to create and show presentations of your collection of images, either those that you have SCANNED (e.g., family photos), or those obtained from other sources. You can give each image descriptive text and you can specify a sound file to play. You can give the presentation a table of contents (main menu). Presentations can be made to play automatically or manually. Examples of uses of this program include: displaying scans of family photographs, presenting scanned pages of a book, and business presentations. The executable program for viewing the album should be incorporated with a presentation. Some instructions for the user are required. Photos may be added to a presentation. Slides and Sounds Plus can be used to make a presentation and to supply the presentation in the form of an executable program. One of it’s virtues is that once the recipient initiates the executable program, the presentation begins – no further instruction is needed. If an autostart feature is provided on a CD, it becomes an automatic display album. Photos can’t be added to the executable program. Flip Album may be the first program of this type. The recent $50 standard version provides features for incorporating MP3 music files, videos, and a host of other goodies. A presentation can be viewed with the use of the free Flip Viewer. 3D Photo Album is a $40 program rated favorably by Bob Schwabach in his syndicated column on June 24, 2002. He preferred it over the $150 Flip Album Professional. --------------Other album applications are available that may provide features you prefer. In some cases, you may be able to place the viewing application program in installed from on a CD so a user will not have to install it on their hard drive.

--------------ACDSee has a slideshow capability – no details on it are availble to this author. Image Viewers/Modifiers Irfan View, which sets up nicely to provide a slide show, in which each “page” consists of the image files in a chosen folder. Simply open a file, click on View in the toolbar amd click on “Start/Stop automatic viewing” in the dropdown menu. Go to the download site at www.irfanview.com. It also has some custom choices when printing a selected file, in that you can re-size the image, position it prior to printing it on a page, do a page preview to verify that it is what you want, then call for it to print, without having header or footer data printed, which will occur when you print from a web browser. You can paste an image file into Irfan View from the contents of a clipboard. You can use Irfan View as the image modifying/image converting software that accesses your scanner with the File|Acquire command. Depending on the scanner software, it may automatically return the scanned temporary file to Irfan View, or you may find that the scanner software will provide a command in the menu that drops down from it’s “View” tool that lets you return the image to Irfan View. It has a handy zoom feature that produces a 10 percent change of zoom value each time the zoom in or zoom out tool is clicked. It has a few custom settings in the View menu for ensuring that an image will not exceed the viewing area of the screen (called “Fit image to window”) or ensuring that the image will apppear at full size (called “Do not fit anything”). The Thumbnails feature allows you to present a gallery of all the image files in a given folder. After opening Irfan View, click on Edit, then on thumbnails. A panel will opn at the right side of the screen allowing you to browse for the desired folder. When you select a folder, a single column of thumbnail images will load. If you have dozens of image files in this folder, you can maximize the screen and see a matrix of thumbnail images, arranged in alphabetical order. An image becomes full size by clicking on the thumbnail. Some users have found that Irfan View is an ideal application for viewing movie “trailers.” Others have found that it is a handy application for playing some sound files. The plug-ins needed to open video or sound files, as well as a very wide selection of image formats requires that the free plug-ins be downloaded and installed from the Irfan View site. Irfan View is fully functional without the need to install files into the Windows folder. As a stand-alone application, it can be used as a means of viewing files on a

CD for users that don’t have Irfan View installed on their computer. This is possible if the installed files for Irfan View are copied onto the same CD as the file you wish to view. This is the same approach used by the Scan Show software mentioned earlier. Adobe PhotoShop Elements – A core version of the the more complete Photoshop, it can be purchased for about $50 (with rebate). It is suitable for modifying images and for adding text. Some have found it useful for making custom greeting cards that incorporate their own photos. It has templates for labels and envelopes. It can make up a web-ready collection of thumbnail images and larger images that fit the width of a screen that will download quickly. Clicking on a selected thumbnail provides a larger view of the image. JASC Paint Shop Pro 7 – Has a wide collection of powerful tools for enhancing images. It can be used to make adjustments to the histogram of the image, which help optimize a preferred balance of brightness, contrast, and gamma factor. It can be used to reinforce desired flesh tones. It can “Clarify” an image, which has the effect of adding a depth of facial expression by enhancing contrast. It can selectively add noise or a “blur” which can offset some kinds of granular appearences, such as Moiré effect. It can reduce the granularity of added “noise” in an enhanced image by an “edge smoothing effect.” It has also has an “Animation Shop” feaure that allows you to create or edit animated GIF image sets. JASC Paint Shop Pro 5 – Like Paint Shop Pro 7, it has a handy feature for retouching images. Many scanned images will have blemishes due to particles of the emulsion surface that are removed from a print due to repeated handling. A “Clone brush” feature provides the ability to sample a selected size and shape of area from an image and place in an area where it is needed to correct for a blemish. The procedure is simple, once the size, shape, and character of the smaple is selected, you place the mouse pointer in an area of the image containing a oreferred color or color pattern to apply to an area having a blemish. A right-click samples from that area, and a left-click deposits that pattern at a location chosen by repositioning the mouse pointer. It provides a means for independent selection of gamma factor for each of the colors red, green , and blue. This comes in handy when scanning an old color photo that has significant color imbalance. Adobe Photo Deluxe – This software is often bundled with a multimedia device like a scanner or printer. It provides reasonable resources to do enhancements and to adjust image size and resolution. The earliest versions were often unwlcome for their autonomous selection of itself as the application to associate with all common file formats. The most recent versions are not easy to learn some of the simple procedural processes due to a confusing human interface of menu items and their placement, even for users that are familiar with the menu layouts of earlier versions.

Broderbund PrintShop – Similar to PhotoShop, this software can be purchased for about $30. Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart – This software is most often used to create and view albums, or to print photos, on the user’s own computer. A useful feature is the templates available for placing photos on page layouts for use in an album. Some of the templates provide a blank space below the photos for a caption. A 10-page user’s guide in PDF format is available at that site. The PhotoSmart application software is available in the NWA-PCUG library. Microsoft Image Preview This software is resident on your hard drive of you have certain newer versions of Windows. It is primarily a viewer, and you can rotate the image and size it by either of two criteria before printing. Some users prefer it to open only images of JPE format. Microsoft PowerPoint – A full-featured and expensive presentation software application, part of the MS Office family. It’s typical use is as a multi-media slide show, with considerable flexibility in the way a presentation is organized. PowerPoint gives you all that you need to create presentations that have visual impact. Illustrate your ideas with impressive new Microsoft OfficeArt text and drawing effects. Bring your data to life with new types of charts and easier-to-use charting tools. You can even animate your work to build excitement, point by point! Plus, you can create dynamic presentations easily with new, improved multimedia features including sounds, movies, and pictures from the Clip Gallery. Professionally deliver your message anywhere. Sounds may be added, either to indivdual images or to a group of images. In the latter case, the sound file must conform to a so-called “Redbook” specification for WAV files (e.g., stereo, 16-bit samples, and 44.1 KHz sampling rate). This can force the sound file to be large if it lasts for a few minutes. As a result, there is a delay for such a PowerPoint file to be compiled. If a sound file is to accompany an individual photo, it may be of nearly any format. Adobe Premiere 2 – This is a full-featured video editor. It can be used to make slide shows with JPG (still) images by forming a video presentation and subsequently burning a CD in a combination CD burner / DVD player. The resultant item can be made in DVD format and as such, can be viewed in a standard DVD player. MS Paint – This application is usually installed as a default selection when installing Windows. It is found in the C:\Windows\Start

Menu\Programs\Accessories folder. It will accept an image pasted from the clipboard in the Edit menu. It provides some ability to do retouching, including transplanting a susbtantial rectangular area from one portion of an image to another portion. It allows you to flip and/or rotate an image, resize it, crop it, expand the white space on any edge of a rectangular image outline, and determine, to the pixel, the dimensions of an image as you are making adjustments to the dimensions.