TurboView HELP

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Detailed Notes About


If you like TurboView and would like to register it so that you can get the full features from it and no nags, then just follow the simple steps to register.

1. Click on the main menu's HELP menu.
2. Click on the Print/EMail Order form menu option.
3. Fill out the order form completely.
4. Either PRINT it out and then mail it in, or EMAIL in the order form.
5. Wait a few days to process the order
6. We will email you back a registration KEY FILE that will allow your TurboView to fully function.
7. Take the key file called "TURBOVIEW.USR" and place it in the SAME folder where you have
    put TurboView.
8. Enjoy the full featured TurboView.


Animated GIF files can play just like a movie. You will find that MOST Web Pages have a few animated GIF files in them. The most common of these GIF files are the animated mail boxes to represent an email box. They range from a mail box opening and closing to watching a letter being written and then folded and then put in an envelope and then stamped and then put into a mailbox :)

TurboView handles animated GIF files real easily. There are a few TIPS on how to best use TurboView when using these GIF files.


When you click on load or some other button that opens up the OPEN FILE Dialog box, you will notice that when you click on an animated GIF file that in the little preview window you will see the movie play itself over & over AS LONG AS YOU HOLD DOWN ON THE MOUSE BUTTON. As soon as you let go of the left mouse button, the animation stops. The only way to get it going again is to click another file then click back on the file you want to play.


There is a CAMERA button that you can click on to play the animation. As long as you have the button down the animation will keep playing. As soon as you let go, then the animation stops.

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There is a CAMERA button that you can click on to play the animation. As long as you have the button down the animation will keep playing. As soon as you let go, then the animation stops.

NOTE: You will notice that there is a column called "MOVIE" in the Files List Window. And all animated GIF files will have a "YES" in that column. This is GREAT for filtering out all the movie GIF files that you have. Just load up all your GIF files and then sort by MOVIE column and then POOF, you will be happyfied.


There is a CAMERA button that you can click on to play the animation. As long as you have the button down the animation will keep playing. As soon as you let go, then the animation stops.


There is a CAMERA button that you can click on to play the animation. As long as you have the button down the animation will keep playing. As soon as you let go, then the animation stops.


Some files are black & white and some are photographic with millions of colors. Scanners produce images that are 16 million in nature and can be stored as JPG or BMP usually. If you were to need the photograph to be stored as a 256 color image then you can use the REDUCE COLORS TO... menu option. Typically you wouldn't want to do the color reduction function unless you wanted to see if the image would still look pretty good. Then you could save it as a GIF file and see how big it is. Usually by reducing the number of colors in an image, you make the output file SMALLER. And if you are doing web page development, the smaller in disk space the images are the better for people with slow modems :)

For most people however, there is usually NO need to use the color reduction. We found a useful need for the function though. Some programs can read only certain formats or certain color depths within a certain format. So, if you have a 16M color TGA (TARGA) file and the program you need to use it can only accept 256 color PCX files, then the color reduction becomes useful!


TurboView is a powerful image management system. And if you were to look at it's robust features list, you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin. Especially if you are new to this type of program.

STEP 1 (Where should I put TurboView?)

A lot of programs require special setup procedures to get going and some even require that the files be placed into certain folders. TurboView is SIMPLE. All you do is create a folder somewhere on your drive and name it whatever you want. You can leave it called "NewFolder" or you can name it "TurboView" or you can name it "Junk". It doesn't matter as long as you can remember where you put it :) Just take the downloaded TurboView ZIP file and place it into the newly created folder. Also, when you register, you should put the registration key file "TURBOVIEW.USR" into the same folder so TurboView will know that you are a registered user.

NOTE: If you installed TurboView with the SETUP program that comes in the ZIP file, then all this stuff has already been taken care of for you.

STEP 2 (How do I LOAD TurboView?)

The next step would be, how to load TurboView. Some programs require certain conditions to be met before running. For example, some programs may require that you have ANOTHER program install first. Or that your screen (video) mode be in a certain resolution, etc... TurboView makes NO requirements before running. It's standalone and self adapting. So you can run it by typing in the name "Turboview.exe" at the DOS prompt in the turboview folder. Or you can use Windows Explorer (File Manager) and browse to the turboview folder and then double click on the Turboview.exe program. You can of course make SHORT-CUTS to the program and place these shortcuts into your START/PROGRAMS list or the DESKTOP or your LAUNCH BAR. Just like you can with other programs.

STEP 3 (Will TurboView accidentally delete files?)

During the use of TurboView, can it accidentally delete files from my system? The answer is NO. Even though TurboView is powerful and you can tag/selected many files and then COPY/MOVE/DELETE these files, you will NEVER delete a file without TurboView FIRST showing you a message WARNING you that you are about to delete a file from your hard disk. And you ALWAYS have the choice to CANCEL. Now let's pretend that you accidentally click OK to delete some files. Don't worry. TurboView keeps it's own Recycle Bin. It's SEPERATE from the Windows Recycle Bin and managed entirely by TurboView because the Windows Recycle Bin does NOT allow you to recover files deleted from floppies or any removable media or from Network drives :( So, by using the TurboView Recycle Bin function, you can recover any of the files you may have deleted!

STEP 4 (What do I do once TurboView is loaded?)

Well, the natural thing to do is to start USING the program :) Well, of course if you have no clue where to begin, we can give you some basic LINKS into this help that will get you started.

How can I load pics into TurboView?
How can I group the pics into Albums?
How can I view the pics as Thumbnails?
What other COOL stuff can I do?

Other Links to view once you are familiar with TurboView

What is a Files List?
What is the Files List Window?
How to select MULTIPLE Files from the "Load File(s)" menu?

If you didn't want to take the time to view the above links, then here is a quick & dirty description to help get you going.

Quick & Dirty Description

This program is meant to be a lean/mean quick & dirty file viewer. It's small and it's fast. Actually its about 4 times faster than using IE5 (Internet Explorer Version 5.x). That is the standard picture/movie file viewer that comes with Windows 98.

Files it can view:
      .JPG, BMP, GIF, PCX, TGA, ICO, EMF, MOV, AVI, MPG, FLI and more....

When you 1st put TurboView into your system, your system will not be able to AUTOMATICALLY load Turbo View as the default viewer for your picture files. This is because there are links in the operating system that must be changed to tell it to use TurboView instead of whatever it's currently using. You can of course load TurboView MANUALLY by double clicking on the program. But sometimes it's NICE to have TurboView be your default viewer. By that we mean, when you double click on a JPG file, then TurboView would AUTOMATICALLY load and display the JPG file you double clicked on!!

To do this, click on the SETUP menu option in TurboView and you will be presented with a list of file types that TurboView can display. Just click on the file type that you want to have TURBOVIEW as the default viewer. For ex: When you double click in file manager, TURBOVIEW will load and display the file. Then click MAKE CHANGES. That's it. Very simple. As an added BONUS, you can even go back later and UNDO the change by UNclicking the file type and TurboView is smart enough to restore the links to point to the default viewer that was in effect when TurboView took it over. So you can check and uncheck different file types all day long without having to worry about not being able to restore your default viewer.

Cool Viewing Controls:
Of course you have the standard buttons & menu selections for doing different things, but there are a few HIDDEN things you can do to make life easier. If you have more than one pic loaded into TurboView you can go forwards and backwards in the list. WHILE viewing a picture, you can do any of the following:

        1. PageUp                    Loads PREVIOUS file in list
        2. PageDown               Loads NEXT file in list
        3. Left Mouse Click      Loads PREVIOUS file in list
        4. Right Mouse Click    Loads NEXT file in list
NOTE: Make sure your mouse is inside on top of the picture when you use the right / left mouse clicks.

Super Cool Viewing As FULL SCREEN:
TurboView also has a method of displaying the file in FULL SCREEN mode. In this mode, NO OTHER WINDOWS programs can be seen. It's as though the only thing displayed is the picture centered.

There are 3 modes of FULL screen.
      1) Stretch/Shrink to fit into the screen.
      2) No stretching done. You may only see a portion of the Image.
          In which case you can scroll around the image. If it's a BIG image.
      3) Stretch If Needed. If the picture is smaller than the screen,
          then no resizing is done to it, if it's LARGER than the screen then
          it's SHRUNK to fit into the screen.

How to make Turbo View load a picture file:
There are many ways to have TurboView load pictures and display them.

        1) Select file(s) from the File/Load File(s) menu option.
        2) Dragging file(s) from the File Manager (Windows Explorer)
            into the TurboView main viewing window or it's Files List Window.
        3) Create a shortcut to TurboView in your SENDTO folder,
           then select a bunch of file(s) and then right click and
           then pick "Send To" and then pick TurboView.
        4) Using filename(s) as parameters when you load TURBOVIEW.EXE
           For ex:  C>TURBOVIEW C:\COOL1.JPG D:\BABES\PAM2.BMP
           This loads TurboView from the DOS PROMPT and displays the 1st file,
           and assumes that the file list contains 2 files.

NOTE: If you use the DRAG or SHORTCUT method, then the files are ADDED to the current file list. So if you already had 10 files in the file list, then you will end up with MORE than 10 once the drag/shortcut operation is done.

NOTE: ONLY valid file types are allowed to be added to the file list.

We have printing capability too. You can select landscape or portrait .And you can even display a PREVIEW of what the output WILL look like. You can even tell it to print FULL PAGE or use specific margins or just to print in ACTUAL size. Actual size is usually very small, but NO ENLARGING or SHRINKING is done to accommodate the page. You can even select to keep the ASPECT ratio or not. If you DON'T keep the aspect ratio then the image may look distorted but it will at least FIT into the dimensions you gave it PERFECTLY!

STEP 5 (Optional, for Experienced Users)

Well, after you have used the program for some time, you will become very familiar with what it can do for you and the little pop-up notices and tool-tips/hints can then become annoying in certain cases. This section describes how you can customize the program so that these annoying things don't occur.

The pop-up Informational Notice Windows appear when it's determined that you may need some additional info or help. You can turn these off for the duration of while you are running the program. The more annoying ones, you can turn off permanantly. If you decide later on that you want to turn these back on, just click on the "Options" menu and select the "Display Information Notice Windows once again" menu option. Click here for more info.

There are lots of hints and tool-tips through-out the program. And 95% of them don't get in your way. The only ones that kinda get in your way are the ones that appear while you are moving the mouse inside some list of data. You can RIGHT-CLICK to turn off the tool-tip which is fine. But you have to do that everytime you run the program. You can use a special option to have them permanantly turned off. Use the "OPTIONS" menu from the Main Window and then pick "Display Hints & Tool-Tips for Novice Users" menu item. With this option you can toggle those annoying hints ON/OFF. Click here for more info.

There is another option you can use too. You can use the "Options" menu and then pick the "TurboView's Recycle Bin [Enabled]" menu option. With this you can effectively turn ON/OFF the built in Recycle Bin that TurboView manages. It's SEPERATE from the Windows Operating System's Recycle Bin. TurboView keeps ITS OWN RecycleBin in the Windows TEMP folder to keep track of deletions. The reason we do it this way is because there are a lot of drives in which the "standard" recycle bin does NOT work for. So we use our own. Well this is all fine & dandy, but let's pretend you are an experienced user and keep backups and are looking thru a bunch of MPGs or MP3s and are using TurboView to delete the ones you don't want. Well, as you delete them, they are COPIED to the recycle bin so that you can recover from a deletion later. The only problem is that for large files, the COPY time may take a few seconds. So if you tagged many files to delete and they are all large, then it may take some time to do the deletions. In this type of situation, you can go ahead and turn our Recycle Bin off. Click here for more info.


TurboView is very easy to un-install. Just go to "Control Panel" then open up the "Add/Remove Programs" icon. Then pick the TurboView program and then click the "Add/Remove" button. Then all files installed by the TurboView setup program will be removed. Any files you put into the TurboView folder or any database entries you made to the TurboView NOTES Database or any Albums you created will STILL be left. This way, if you decide to install TurboView again, you will not have lost anything!


The most common way to run TurboView is to double click on it from Explorer or from the Start Menu. However sometimes you may want to tell TurboView to load differently than normal. The way you can do this is by using COMMAND LINE PARAMETERS. You can add command line parameters to your shortcuts OR you can do it from the DOS PROMPT. There are currently 2 command line parameters that TurboView understands.

    /S            Auto Slide Show
    /INI:       Use Alternate INI Settings

This parameter tells TurboView to go into slide show mode after it's loaded. And when the user stops the slide show, TurboView will exit. For example:

        C>TURBOVIEW  /S  D:\MyPics\GoodStuff

This would load all the pics from D:\MyPics\GoodStuff into TurboView and then immediately start the slide show, and when you quit the slide show, TurboView will exit.

This allows you to have multiple INI files for TurboView. This TVIEW.INI file contains all the default settings that TurboView should have when it's loaded. If you want a different set of defaults, you can save these into a different INI file and then when you load TurboView you can specifiy the alternate INI file to be loaded instead of the default ini file. For Example:


This would make TV think TVIEW_2.INI is the INI file to use instead of the default which is TVIEW.INI :) That way you can set different TV settings and then later use the alternate INI if you wish.