TurboView HELP

Main Menu Options

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FILE<menu>
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From this FILE menu option, you can do all the operations that you can do with files.
 



RECENT FOLDERS
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TurboView keeps track of the most recent folders that you have used to load files from. Just pick which folder you wish to load files from and an OPEN FILE dialog box will pop-up. Once you are in the open file window, you can select files in several different ways.
 


Once you have HI-LITED the files you want loaded into TurboView, just click "Open". If you click "Cancel", then no files are loaded. For details on using the standard CTRL & SHIFT keys for selecting, click here.



RECENT FILES
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TurboView keeps track of the most recent files that you have loaded. Just pick which file you wish to load. That file will then be ADDED to the files that are already in the FILES LIST.



LOAD FILES FROM CURRENT FOLDER
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This brings up the OPEN FILE dialog box with the displayed folder being the LAST folder you loaded from. Once you are in the open file window, you can select files in several different ways.
 

 For details on using the standard CTRL & SHIFT keys for selecting, click here.

NOTE: While in the OPEN FILE dialog box, you can play animated GIF files by holding down at the mouse button when clicking on the file. If you let go of the mouse button, the animation stops. The ONLY way to get the animation playing again is to click onto a different file and then click BACK onto the GIF file you want to play and keep the mouse button down.

For details on Animated GIF files, click here.



LOAD ALLOWABLE FILE TYPES FROM DRIVE(S)
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If you want to load a bunch of files into the FILES LIST then this is the function for you. For example: You could select to load all files handled by TurboView from Drive C:. In fact you can do the same operation for ALL LOCAL HARD DRIVES, if you  wish. There is also an option to use EVERY DRIVE IN SYSTEM. This will load from floppies, CD-ROMS and Network Drives as well as your Local Hard Drives.

Please keep in mind that the only files that will get loaded are those that are CHECKED in the "Allowable File Types For Dragging And Drive Loading" window.

If you check the "ONLY LOAD FILES FROM NOTES DATABASE" option, then before it adds files to the FILES LIST, it checks to make sure the file is ALSO in the Notes DataBase. This is HANDY if you want to see all the files that are in the Notes DataBase.



LOAD ALL IMAGES FROM ALL HARD DRIVES INTO FILES LIST
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This assume you only want IMAGE files to be loaded and it assumes that it should grab them from every hard drive in your system. If you have lots of images, this could take a minute or so.

This is a nice quick way to get every picture file on your system into the Files List.



ALLOWABLE FILE TYPES FOR DRAGGING & DRIVE LOADING
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This brings up a window that allows you to PICK which file types get loaded when dragging folders into TurboView and when loading files using the "Load Allowable File Types From Drive(s)" function. This window shows all the file types that TurboView can handle & load. You can select as many as you wish or as few as you wish. NOTE: You should have at least ONE checked.

NOTE: If you notice that when you drag folders into TurboView that you didn't get all the files you expected, then check this function. You may have accidentally un-checked a file type that you in fact WANT to have loaded when dragging :)



SAVE AS
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This allows you to save an image using a DIFFERENT graphic format if you wish. TurboView supports several graphic formats for output. Just click on the appropriate format tab and then click the "SAVE AS" button. Then you can pick a filename.

When you select a graphic format, you will see several choices to select. The number of colors is already PICKED for you to best match what the current image already is. You can of course change the number of colors in the output file if you wish. If you reduce the colors, you will see a DITHERING PROGRESS WINDOW appear to show you a status of the dithering process. It usually takes around 5 seconds for medium sized images.

You can pick between dithered and remaping for the color reduction process. Best choices are DITHERED for PHOTOS and REMAP for LINE-ART & BAR CHARTS.

NOTE: After you have saved your image to disk, you are given the opportunity to load the SAVED image into TurboView so that you can view it pronto. This is pretty handy most of the time, depending on what you are doing.
 
 

SPECIAL OPTIONS

GIF
You can select a transparent color to be used when displaying the image if you wish. You can also change all the colors in the palette too, if you wish. See Palette editor for more info.

You can also, remove or add comments to the GIF output file.

JPG
The JPG file format has a special "PREVIEW" button that shows you what the file WOULD look like IF you were to save it using the current QUALITY value selected. 90% gives you GREAT looking pictures of photos while 20% would give you BAD looking pictures. The lower the percent the worse the pictures will look BUT THE SMALLER the files size. So, there is a trade-off between quality of the saved image and the disk space used by the saved image. The preview window is great for determining the proper quality to use because not only does it show you the image as it would be if it were saved, but it also shows you how much disk space the resulting file would take.



NOTES DATABASE FUNCTIONS
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There are several options you can do to the Notes DataBase. These options are listed below. Please note that the DataBase doesn't NOT remove deleted files immediately. You NEED to "Compact/Fix/RE-Link" in order to remove the deleted records in order to make the file smaller.

Compact/Fix/RE-Link Notes DataBase

This function is very useful for several purposes. You can choose from several different options:

VERIFY:
This function verifies that the database is in order and that nothing is corrupted. If this function reports an error, then you should probably choose option 2.

COMPACT (REMOVE DELETIONS)
This compacts the database by removing all deleted records. Also, if the database becomes unusable because of corruption to the index file, this will RE-BUILD the index file.

COMPACT & FIX BAD LINKS
Also, if you moved files around in your system by programs other than TurboView AND if these files had records in the Notes DataBase then this function can RE-LINK the files in the database to their new location in your system.


Delete Notes DataBase

This will delete the Notes DataBase file and starts over from scratch with no records in it.

Import DataBase From Comma Delimited TEXT File

This can IMPORT data records from a comma delimited text file. This is useful if you have kept a database for your file in another database program.  Just use the EXPORT feature of your database program to save to a comma delimited file and then use TurboView's IMPORT feature and poof, the database info will now be in TurboView's database.

Export DataBase To Comma Delimited TEXT File

This allows you to export the Notes DataBase to a comma delimited text file. This is useful if you want the database info to be used in another database program. After you export the file, you can then use your other database program to IMPORT the data from the comma delimited text file.

Search/Edit & Load From DataBase

For COMPLETE details on how to use this function click here. Otherwise view the simplified explanation below.

SEARCH PANEL:
This function allows you to search the Notes DataBase for whatever you wish. There are 3 panels in this window. Enter the search criteria in the SEARCH PANEL. Then click on the "SEARCH" button. All records that match the search criteria will then be placed into the "FOUND PANEL".

FOUND PANEL:
From the FOUND PANEL, you can tag files to be added to the TurboView's FILES LIST. You can also take the tagged files and DELETE them from the database. And in case you made a mistake, you can UN-DELETE the tagged files from the database. If you HI-LITE a file in the FOUND PANEL, then it's info & picture will show up in the "EDITOR PANEL".

EDITOR PANEL:
The EDITOR PANEL allows you to view ANY record in the DataBase. You can editor any of the fields and then update the record if you wish. You can even change it's deleted status if you choose. If it's an image file, then the image will appear in a little preview window area. If it's an animated GIF file, then click on the CAMERA and it will PLAY the GIF file for you. You can DOUBLE-CLICK on the preview window and it will bring up a LARGE PREVIEW window. You can also drag FROM the preview window to wherever you want to. If you HOLD DOWN on the VCR buttons, they will continue to go to the next file in the database, and the longer you keep them down the faster you will fly through the records.

Click here for more info about "LARGE PREVIEW" windows.



VIEW FILES LIST WINDOW
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This allows you to view the Files List Window. This window shows you all the files in the FILES LIST at once in a scrollable window. Just click on a file and it will display a preview of the picture in a preview window. You can also view the images in a THUMBnail mode. For more information about the Files List Window click here.



SCANNER FUNCTIONS
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You can use TurboView to scan images from a flatbed scanner or paper feed scanner or even digital cameras. In fact ANY device that has TWAIN support can be used by TurboView to scan images into your computer.

The first thing you need to do is to "Select Scan Device" in case you have many TWAIN devices. So if you had a camera and a scanner, you could pick which one you wanted to scan from.

The next step is to "Acquire Scan (Get Picture)". This calls up the software that relates to your device and allows you to scan images into your computer. After you have scanned an image, exit your scanning software. Then TurboView will come back and display the image that was scanned. This image is stored in the Windows TEMP folder. You can of course move the file to wherever you may want to.

NOTE: If you wish to edit the file then click on EDIT/EDIT CURRENT FILE. If you have not setup any favorite editors yet, then click here to find out how.



SNAP SHOT FUNCTIONS
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There are times when you wished you could take a PICTURE of your screen and then have it saved as a picture file. There are 3 methods of doing this:
 

HINT:
There is a speed button that looks like a CAMERA with it's FLASH going off on the main TurboView window. If you click this button, it will do the SnapShot functions for you. This is quicker & easier than going thru the FILE MENU pulldown.

SNAPSHOT FROM CLIPBOARD
This option doesn't really take a picture of your screen. It takes whatever was copied to the clipboard and then puts it into TurboView as an image file. An example usage of this could be after pressing "PRINT SCREEN" or "ALT-PRINT SCREEN". These key functions take the screen or just the active window's screen and places the image onto the clipboard. This can then be sucked into TurboView. You could even have a Paint Program editing a file and then select to "COPY/CUT" a selected area. This partial image could also then be sucked into TurboView as an image file.
 

SNAPSHOT FROM SCREEN
This option will take a picture of your screen and then make an image out of it and then places this file into the TurboView's FILES LIST.
 

SNAPSHOT FROM SCREEN (HIDDEN)
This option will take a picture of your screen and then make an image out of it and then places this file into the TurboView's FILES LIST. The only difference between this function and the one mentioned above is that this one HIDES TurboView FIRST. This is handy if you don't want TurboView on the screen while you are taking the picture.

WHAT FORMAT TO SAVE TO

You are also given the choice of several graphic file formats in which to save the screen shot. You can pick 256 color GIF file, or a JPG file, or a 24BIT BMP file. Generally, the GIF file is the best as it produces the smallest file under MOST circumstances while keeping the quality VERY VERY good. The JPG is second best, UNLESS there is a lot of photographic content in the image. In which then JPG becomes the best choice to use. The last choice is BMP and it's files are usually very large, but at least there is NO LOSS in image quality.

For comparative screen shots, the GIF took about 80K and the JPG took about 150K and the BMP took about 1500K.



USE FILE AS WINDOWS WALLPAPER
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Sometimes you are looking at a picture and you wish to make it your wallpaper for your desktop. Well, if that's what you want then this is the place to go :)

You can pick from 3 different ways to making it the wallpaper:

CENTER WALLPAPER will take the current image and make it your wallpaper and CENTER the image on the screen.

STRETCH TO FIT WALLPAPER will do the same thing as above except it will ENLARGE/SHRINK the image to MAKE it fit the screen.

TILE WALLPAPER is usually used for images that are small and you want LOTS of them on your screen.

NOTE: You can take ANY viewable image and make it your WallPaper. It can be .GIF, .BMP, .JPG, .PCX, .WMF or whatever. You also have the option of converting it to 256 colors too. Also if the image is real large you have the option to shrink it to fit into the screen size. It's better to let TurboView shrink it than to select SHRINK-TO-FIT mode because TurboView does a FAR BETTER job of shrinking than Windows does :) ALSO, if you have an image that is SMALLER than the screen, you have the option to ENLARGE it with TurboView before making it your WallPaper. TurboView does a GREAT job of enlarging the image without have the jagged appearance that most enlarging functions do.

NOTE: If you notice the wall paper not changing right away, you will have to wait until you re-boot. If you don't want to have to wait till re-booting, then right click on your DESKTOP and then click REFRESH. This happens when you have your desktop properties set to ACTIVE DESKTOP & VIEW AS WEB PAGE.



PROPERTIES
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This option displays a variety of information about the currently displayed file. Here are the items of information that is displayed for you:

FILENAME
This is the name of the file you are looking at.

FILE SIZE
This is the amount of disk space that the file takes up on your drive.

DATE MODIFIED
This is the date the file was created or last modified

DIMENSIONS
This is the Width & Height of the image.

INTERLACED GIF
If the current file is a GIF file and IF the GIF was stored in an INTERLACED fashion then this status will be shown, otherwise it's grayed out. There is NOT much difference between an regular GIF file and an INTERLACED GIF file. The ONLY difference is that an INTERLACED GIF file will display in a progressive way in an Internet Browser. Progressive means it's starts out kind of ugly or blurry or blocky and then gets better over time as the complete image completes loading.

ANIMATED GIF
If the current file is a GIF file and IF the GIF is an animated(movie like) file, then this status will be shown, otherwise it's grayed out.

TRANSPARENT GIF/COLOR
If the current file is a GIF file and IF the GIF as a transparent/background color assigned, then this will show YES, otherwise NO. You can click on the transparent color to change which color (palette entry) will be used for the transparent color. Of course you will have to save the file out to have a lasting effect :)

PALETTE EDITOR
If the current file is a 256 color, 16 color, 4 color or 2 color image, then the image is composed of data and a palette. It's up to the palette to determine how the data is shown on the screen. So if the data says show color 1 then color 2 then color 1, and if color 1 is white and color 2 is black, then the picture would appear to have WHITE then BLACK then WHITE dots. There are up to 256 colors in the palette (Color 0 thru Color 255). You can change any or all of the color entries in the palette to effect a change in the way the image is displayed. You can also change which color, IF ANY, is to be used as a transparent/background color. Of course you will have to save the file out to have a lasting effect :)

GIF COMMENTS:
If the current file is a GIF file, and the file had embedded GIF COMMENTS, then these comments will be displayed as well.

ACTUAL COLORS
This shows how many colors are actually used in the image. For example a 256 color BMP file may actually only use 220 colors.

FILE BPP
This displays the color depth of the image. Various standard color depths are 2(black&white), 16, 256, and 16M colors. 16M means 16 million TRUE-COLOR format.

INTERNAL BPP
Even though a file may be of a particular BPP<color depth>, TurboView has an option that allows you to override the file's default color depth. If this is the case you may see a DIFFERENT color depth here than what is in the FILE BPP field. There is NOT much use in forcing TurboView to use a different color depth than what the file specifies except for testing purposes.

SCREEN MODE
This shows the color depth of your screen.



PRINT
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This option allows you to PRINT the image you are currently looking at. Of course you may want to change printer settings and maybe even see a preview before actually printing. You can do all of this from here. From the PRINT menu, you have 5 sub menu options to pick from.
 


PRINT
This starts the printing process. If you are printing TAGGED files only, then you may end up printing a lot of files. This process displayes a status screen showing you which file is currently being printed. You have the option of clicking on the "STOP" button to cancel out of the printing process.
 

PRINT PREVIEW
After picking all the different OPTIONS you want, you can select PRINT PREVIEW in order to see what the actual printed paper would look like if you were to print it. This is useful in saving paper.
 

PRINT SETUP
This allows you to change printers or printer's resolution ect... before actually printing. You may want to do another PRINT PREVIEW after changing settings to see what the final output would look like :)
 

PRINT OPTIONS
This allows you to select various aspects of how you want the printed picture to look.

FULL PAGE

For example, you can control if the image is to be printed FULL PAGE or not.

KEEP TRUE SIZE

You can print the image in it's TRUE size. This may produce a very small image. If you are printing a 600x600 image onto a printer that has a 600x600 resolution then the printed output would be 1 inch by 1 inch :) So depending on the resolution you select for your printer, printing in TRUE size will print differently.

USE MARGINS

You can also select to use MARGINS. So if you selected a top/bottom margin of 1.5 inches and a left/right margin of 2.5 inches then the resulting  printout will be printed in an area of 3.5 x 8 inches. Keep in mind that by default, the ASPECT of the image WILL be kept so that it won't look all stretched out. So, in fact, the 3.5x8 area of the paper may not all be printed on.

LANDSCAPE

You can also tell it to print sideways <LANDSCAPE>. This is useful for images that are WIDER than they are TALL.

KEEP ASPECT

Now if you elect to turn OFF "Keep Aspect" then the entire 3.5x8 inch area will be printed on and the resulting image may look stretched.

PRINT TAGGED ONLY

If you check this option, then when you select "PRINT", then EVERY file that is tagged will get printed! So be careful with this option as you may find yourself using a lot of paper:)

SMOOTH PRINTING:

This allows you to smooth the printout. So, if the images that you are placing on the paper need to be enlarged to fit into the area on the paper, you can select to have the enlargements smoothed. Let's pretend you have a real small image and you are printing it much bigger, well, the printed output will look real jagged and blocky. Use this option to smooth out that appearance.  A value of 50 does a real good job. The smaller the number the less smoothing is done and a value near 100 will produced an almost blurry appearance.

DEFAULT VALUES

If you play with the settings to much and want to start over, just click the Default Values button and all the settings will go back to the standard default settings.
 

FILES LIST REPORTS
This allows you to take files in the files list and print them in a report fashion. You can select thumbnails too. For detailed information on the FILES LIST REPORTS, click here.



TAG FILE
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This option allows you to TAG the currently displayed file. You can also use the SPACE-BAR to tag the currently displayed file. Tagging files is VERY USEFUL. Once you have tagged files, you can do MANY operations on these tagged files. For example: You could COPY all tagged files to a new location. You could also DELETE all tagged files from your drive in case you don't want certain images anymore. For further details on TAGged files, click here.



SETUP
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This option allows you to setup TurboView's options that control how & when TurboView gets loaded automatically.

SETUP TURBOVIEW DEFAULT VIEWING FILE TYPES
This brings up a window that shows all of the file types that TurboView can handle(display/play). When you install Windows, by default Windows is the default viewer for many of the same files that TurboView can view. Also, if you install Desktop publishing software etc... They too may make changes to the system so that they are the default viewer for certain file types. For example: Adobe PhotoDelux may be the default viewer for GIFs, BMPs etc..

You can elect to have TurboView be the default viewer for any of the file types that you CHECKMARK. Once you have checked all the file types that you want TurboView to be the default viewer, then click the MAKE CHANGES button. If you made some mistake and don't want any changes to your system, then click NO CHANGES button.

HINT: Once you have made the changes, anytime you double-click a file in Windows Explorer (file manager), TurboView will be brought up as the viewer for that file (if you told TurboView to be the default viewer for that file type). The one exception is with movie files like MOV, MPG. With these, TurboView is brought up and you will see a "PLAY" button. Click play and then the old viewing program will be brought up to play the movie. So if Windows Media Player WAS the default viewer and then you told TurboView to be the default viewer for MPG or MOV, then when you click play, Windows Media Player will be the program launched to play the movie.
 

MULTI-LOAD (YES)
Select this option if you want another copy of TurboView to run each time TurboView is told to run. For example: If TurboView is the default viewer for JPG files and you double click on a JPG file in Explorer then TurboView will load and display the picture. Now if you double click on ANOTHER JPG file, then ANOTHER copy if TurboView will load and display. So, if you double clicked on a lot of files, you can see you would have a lot of TurboView's to close out :) You could also end up running out of memory<until you close some of them out>.
 

MULTI-LOAD (NO)
As mentioned above, sometimes it would be nice if multiple copies were not allowed. This would mean that the second JPG or whatever you double click on in Explorer will load and display the image in the current copy of TurboView that is loaded.
 

MULTI-LOAD (ASK)
In case you are NOT sure what MULTI-LOAD option you want, you can always pick "ASK", so that TurboView asks you each time if you want another copy to load and display the image.
 

UN-INSTALL
This RESTORES all of the default viewers for all the file types that you had setup to use TurboView as the default viewer. To put it another way, if you had selected JPG and BMP and GIF files to be loaded into TurboView when double clicking in Explorer, then UN-INSTALL will restore the previous default viewer back as the default viewer. This way it's like TurboView wasn't installed at all.



PARANOIA OPTIONS
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There are a couple of things you can do here. You can either clear out the history of where you have been and what you've been looking at, or you can setup a password for later use when protecting files.
 
 

CLEAR HISTORY OF WHERE I'VE BEEN

Since TurboView keeps track of the most recent FOLDERS and FILES that you have been looking at, the next person to use TurboView could SEE where you have been. If this person is your GIRLFRIEND/WIFE/BOSS, then you may become embarrassed. So for security, you can use this option to ERASE all history of where you have been looking.
:)

PASSWORD SETUP

You can enter a password to be able to protect files later. Once you enter a password, you CAN NOT change it. For a complete description on Password Protecting, click here.



EXIT
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This closes & exits the TurboView program. Use this when you are done using TurboView.



EDIT<menu>
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From this EDIT menu option, you can do all the editing types of operations.
 



DELETE CURRENT FILE
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Whenever you delete a file using TurboView's "Edit/Delete Current File" option or by using the TRASHCAN BUTTON, the file is sent to the TurboView RecycleBin. Click here for more info on the TurboView Recycle Bin.

Be careful NOT to delete files from folders you are unfamiliar with or you may end up deleting files that belong to other applications in your system and thus may cause them to NOT RUN.



DELETE ALL TAGGED FILES
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This option is handy when you have a lot of images in the files list and you want to quickly browse thru them and delete a bunch of them without having to go to the Files List Window. You can TAG all the files you don't want anymore, then when you are done tagging, just click the "Delete All Tagged Files" button or menu item.

HINT:
The "Delete All Tagged Files" button looks is on the toolbar and looks like a trashcan with a GREEN checkmark on it.

This deletes ALL files that you have tagged. You can press the space bar to tag and un-tag files. You will notice a GREEN checkmark button when a file is tagged and gray checkmark when it is not tagged. Whenever you delete files, the files are sent to the TurboView RecycleBin. Click here for more info on the TurboView Recycle Bin.

Be careful NOT to delete files from folders you are unfamiliar with or you may end up deleting files that belong to other applications in your system and thus may cause them to NOT RUN.

To see more info about tagged files, click here.



RECYCLE BIN
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Whenever you delete a file with TurboView the deleted files are put into TurboView's recycle bin. If you click on the Recycle Bin button, you can attempt to restore some or all of the deleted files. This button looks just like the Window's Recycle Bin ICON <waste basket stuffed with papers>. TurboView's recycle bin is kept in your system's TEMP folder. This is usually

C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\TV_RECYCLEBIN

As files are deleted from within TurboView, they are put into that folder. Before a deleted file is placed into that bin, a check is made to make sure at least 5MB of free disk space is available on the temp drive. If there is NOT at least 5MB, then files are purged<deleted> from the TV_RECYCLEBIN folder until there IS at least 5MB free. The files are purged<deleted> starting with the OLDEST deleted file. That means the file in the TV_RECYCLEBIN folder that was deleted the LONGEST AGO.

NOTE:
You may at anytime DELETE the TV_RECYCLEBIN folder. One reason you may want to do this is in case you lock your system up and TurboView loses track of what's in there and you end up with files STILL in there EVEN though you told the Recycle Bin Window from TurboView that you wanted to EMPTY the TurboView RecycleBin. This may/should never happen!!!



PASTE IMAGE FROM CLIPBOARD
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If you are editing an IMAGE in another program, you could select an area of the image to be CUT or COPIED to the clipboard. After that, you could then use this PASTE feature to place what was in the clipboard into a temp file that then gets displayed by TurboView. You can MOVE this temp file to a new location if you wish.

This function is related to the SNAP SHOT functions. To see information about the SNAP SHOT functions click here.



EDITOR OPTIONS WINDOW
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TurboView has the ability to integrate your favorite image/movie/sound editors, so that when you use the "EDIT CURRENT FILE" option, your favorite editor for the particular file type will be brought up. It's pretty cool. Let's say that you want "MSPAINT.EXE" to be the editor for all BMP, GIF, JPG files. Then you could set that up in the "Editor Options Window". Then when you elect to EDIT a JPG file, then MSPAINT is brought up on the screen WITH the JPG file you were looking at. Pretty darn neat!  :)

This options window allows you to tell TurboView what your favorite editors are. In fact you can specify up to 5. You can then tell TurboView which file types go with which editor. That way TurboView knows which editor to load for a particular file type.

If you are unsure of where your editor is located on your system, you can DRAG a shortcut from your desktop right into the Editor Location field, or your can drag from Explorer. Also you can DRAG from your START/PROGRAMS list (if Win98 or better).



EDIT FILE USING SPECIFIC EDITOR#
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Let's pretend that you have setup 2 or 3 image editors in the "Editor Options Window". Let's also pretend that each of your editors have certain things they do best and that you would like to PICK which editor you are going to use before editing the file.

By using this option you can edit the current file by picking from the list of available editors.



EDIT FILE
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This allows you to EDIT your file. As long as you have specified an editor for the current file's file type, then the editor will be loaded with the current file. Too cool! If an editor doesn't load up, then you may need to setup some favorite editors using the "Editor Options Window" function.



VIEW<menu>
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From this VIEW menu option, you can do all the viewing types of operations.
 



1ST FILE IN LIST
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This option takes you to the first file in the FILES LIST and displays/Plays the file. There is also a button in the window that looks like a VCR beginning button that will do the same thing. Keyboard lovers use HOME key.



BACK (PREVIOUS FILE)
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This option takes you to the previous file in the FILES LIST and displays/Plays the file. There is also a button in the window that looks like a VCR back button that will do the same thing. Also if you are a keyboard lover, then pressing PgUp does the same thing.



FORWARD (NEXT FILE)
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This option takes you to the next file in the FILES LIST and displays/Plays the file. There is also a button in the window that looks like a VCR forward button that will do the same thing. Also if you are a keyboard lover, then pressing PgDn does the same thing.



LAST FILE IN LIST
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This option takes you to the last file in the FILES LIST and displays/Plays the file. There is also a button in the window that looks like a VCR end button that will do the same thing. Keyboard lovers use END key.



NEXT TAGGED FILE
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This option takes you to the next tagged file in the FILES LIST and displays/Plays the file. There is also a keyboard shortcut of CTRL-T that will do the same thing.



NEXT UN-TAGGED FILE
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This option takes you to the next UN-tagged file in the FILES LIST and displays/Plays the file. There is also a keyboard shortcut of CTRL-U that will do the same thing.



2 VIEWS (SPLIT VIEW)
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This option lets you view your picture in a split view fashion. The bottom half of the screen shows the complete image, while the top half shows the image in ACTUAL SIZE mode.

NOTE: There is also a BUTTON you can click that looks like a pair of eye glasses that will toggle between Split view and Actual Size view and Re-Size-To-Fit view.



ACTUAL SIZE
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This option lets you view the picture in what's called ACTUAL SIZE mode. In this mode the picture is neither stretched nor shrunk. So if the image is rather big, you may need to scroll in the window using the scroll bars, in order to see the whole image.

NOTE: There is also a BUTTON you can click that looks like a pair of eye glasses that will toggle between Split view and Actual Size view and Re-Size-To-Fit view.



RE-SIZE TO FIT
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This option lets you view the whole image in the window even if the image is very big. If the image is real big, then the image is shrunk to fit in the window.

NOTE: There is also a BUTTON you can click that looks like a pair of eye glasses that will toggle between Split view and Actual Size view and Re-Size-To-Fit view.



KEEP ASPECT RATIO
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When you are viewing the image in RE-SIZE TO FIT mode, then the image is forced to fit into the TurboView display window. When checked the ASPECT RATIO is kept true(YES). This way the image doesn't look all stretched out of shape.

If you un-check "Keep Aspect Ratio", then the image COULD look all stretched out because the image will be stretched to fit the window, no matter how narrow or wide the display window is.

TIP: By default, you should keep this checked. This option is mostly useful for FUN :)



FULL SCREEN (ACTUAL SIZE)
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This option is similar to the "ACTUAL SIZE" viewing mode, EXCEPT that the viewing window is now the WHOLE SCREEN. This is nice especially if you are viewing a lot of images which are real large in dimensions.



FULL SCREEN (RE-SIZE TO FIT)
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This option is similar to the "RE-SIZE TO FIT" viewing mode, EXCEPT that the viewing window is now the WHOLE SCREEN. This is nice especially if you are viewing a lot of images which are real large in dimensions. In fact this is handy for images that are LARGER than your screen size because they will be adjusted so that you can see the whole image.

NOTE: This will ALSO ENLARGE small images to fill the sceen.



FULL SCREEN (SHRINK IF NEEDED)
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This option is similar to the "RE-SIZE TO FIT" viewing mode, EXCEPT that the viewing window is now the WHOLE SCREEN. The only difference between this FULL SCREEN mode and the RE-SIZE TO FIT full screen mode is that this mode will NOT ENLARGE small images to fill the screen. It ONLY SHRINKS large images that can't fit into the screen.



START GIF ANIMATION
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If the current file is a GIF file AND it's an ANIMATED GIF file, then this option allows you to START the GIF animation again after you have stopped it using the RED STOP SIGN button. You can do the same thing by clicking on the CAMERA button.



STOP SLIDESHOW OR GIF ANIMATION
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If you are viewing a slide show, then this option is useful if you want the slide show to stop right away. You can also stop the animation by pressing the ESCape key or by clicking on the RED STOP SIGN button.

Also, if the current file is a GIF file AND it's an ANIMATED GIF file, then this option allows you to STOP the GIF animation if it's currently playing. After you stop it, you can start it back again by clicking on the CAMERA button.



AUTO SIZE WINDOW ON LOAD
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This option is ON by default. This makes the TurboView display window to resize itself to FIT the image that you are loading. Sometimes this can be annoying, and you can turn it off so that the window doesn't RESIZE unless you actually resize it yourself.



Smoothing Displayed Images?
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This option is FULL ON by default. This makes the TurboView display window automatically SMOOTH images that are shrunk or enlarged to fit the display window. If you don't use this option, then the standard Windows shrink routine is used. OURS IS MUCH BETTER. See for yourself :)

There is a BLUE CIRCULAR button on the tool bar that controls this option too. If it's a smooth circle then the option is turned FULL on, if it's a jagged circle, then the option is semi-on.

Click here for details on where to use each smoothing method.

NOTE: It DOES slow the loading process down a tiny bit so if you are on a SLOW computer you may want to turn this option off, but for faster computers 300MHZ & UP, just leave it on the whole time.



WINDOWS SCREEN 256 COLORS
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This changes your screen colors to 256. Although you can use the Window's Control Panel to change your display properties to various color depths, this is a quick & dirty way to change it without re-booting or clicking a lot of buttons.



WINDOWS SCREEN TRUE OR HI-COLOR
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This changes your screen colors to TRUE-COLOR, which is 24 bit color. If you don't have 24 bit capability then it tries to switch to HI-COLOR, which is 16 bit mode. Although you can use the Window's Control Panel to change your display properties to various color depths, this is a quick & dirty way to change it without re-booting or clicking a lot of buttons.



WINDOWS SCREEN BOOTUP MODE
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If you have changed your screen color depth and want to return to what your system had booted up with, then use this option. It will make you system's screen colors as though you had just booted.



EFFECTS<menu>
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From this EFFECTS menu option, you can do all the special effects types of operations.
 



ZOOM
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This allows you to change the dimensions of the image. You can make it larger or smaller. You can even make it thinner or wider by turning off the KEEP ASPECT RATIO checkbox. If you are making the image smaller, you should use the "SMOOTHING ON" button to make the shrink smoother & better. There are 3 choices for the smoothing mode. For details on the smoothing, click here.

There is also a button call Screen Size. It will automatically make the dimensions so that the image fits perfectly on the screen.

INFINITE ZOOM
If you check this option, then pic a value between 0 and 100. 50 Is a good number to start with. It basically smooths the image so that the enlarged image still looks real nice instead of real jagged. So, when enlarging by a little or even double, there is NO need to use the INFINITE ZOOM option. BUT, If you are making the image LOTS bigger, then using this option can make the results a lot nicer. And if you are shrinking, then there is NO need for the INFINITE ZOOM.



SMOOTH (BLUR A LITTLE)
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This will smooth the image a little. So, if you want to smooth an image that maybe is a little too sharp, use this option. You can choose from 6 levels of smoothing, ranging from almost no smoothing to full smoothing.



MIRROR
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This will flip the image from side to side thus producing a MIRROR image.



FLIP
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This will flip the image from top to bottom. Thus turning the image Upside down.



ROTATE
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This will rotate the image 90 degrees to the right. So if you did it 4 times the image looks like it originally did.



REDUCE COLORS TO...
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If you have a 16 Million color (TRUE-COLOR) image or just want to reduce the current number of colors in the image, then this is the function to use. You can select how many colors to reduce down to AND you can select the METHOD of reducing. You can either DITHER or REMAP.
 

This options allows you reduce the image to any of the following number of colors:

2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 or 256 Colors

In addition to the above, you can use a standard EGA 8 or 16 Color palette as well. This is handy if you want to make sure that your final image uses a standard palette.

There is also a Windows 236 color option. This is VERY similar to the 256 color mode with one exception. If you are running Windows in 256 color mode, then there are color restrictions placed on what can be displayed. If the image you are viewing has more then 236 colors, then those last 20 colors don't get displayed EXACTLY. They are re-colored to the closest match from the first 236 color entries OR the SYSTEM PALETTE. The Windows SYSTEM Palette is a set of 20 colors that are ALWAYS Standard within Windows.

NOTE: By reducing the number of colors you can then save the file back out and USUALLY the file will be smaller. This is especially usfull if you want to put some scanned pictures up on a web page and want the file to be small. Just convert to 256 colors and then save as a .GIF file.

HINT: If you want to choose between 236 or 256, pick 256 UNLESS the picture is to be viewed in a Windows program WHILE the screen mode is set to 256 colors. MOST people run their screen mode in 16 bit or 24 bit these days. WHEW!
 
 

DITHER VS REMAP

Keep in mind that by reducing the colors in the image that you will probably lose image color quality. In fact you may end up with an image that looks terrible. Only use this option if you have a specific need to reduce the colors. For example: Maybe you want to take an image and turn it into a black & white image. Or maybe you want to take a 16 million color image to reduce it down to 256 colors.

If you are reducing a PHOTO then the best choice would be to DITHER the image so that it looks close to the original by random placements of dots. Very much like a PHOTO in a magazine. A collection of individual dots that when viewed from a distance looks like a SMOOTH perfect picture.

If you are reducing a line art or bar graph type of image then pick REMAP. This is because if the proper colors are not present in the reduced palette, then the dithering process may make the charts look dotty instead of pure colors.



OPTIONS<menu>
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From this OPTIONS menu option, you can control all the special option settings in TurboView
 



SLIDE SHOW OPTIONS
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This option allows you to do 2 things.

CHANGE OPTIONS
This allows you to change the way the slide show operates. These are the options you can configure:

DELAY TIME

This controls how much time is to elapse before showing the next image. The time unit is in seconds. NOTE: It is possible for the delay to actually end up being LONGER if the next image to load/display is very large. IE: If it takes 3 seconds to load a large image then it would be impossible to honor a 1 second delay :)

CONTINUOUS LOOPING (NEVER ENDING)

If you check this, then the slide show continues forever until you press the RED STOP SIGN button or press the ESCape key or click on the menu option to STOP SLIDE SHOW.

LOOP HOW MANY TIMES?

If you do NOT have it setup for CONTINUOUS looping, then you can specify how many times to loop through the list of images.

RANDOM ORDER

If you use the RANDOM option, then the files will appear in random order. If you have CONTINUOUS LOOPING, then ALL of the images in the list will appear in random order ONCE. Then after all the images have been displayed once then the list is reset to go thru all of them AGAIN in random order.

PLAY FULL WAV BEFORE GOING TO NEXT PICTURE?

There is another option that allows you to play .WAV files by the same name. IE: If you are looking at SATURN.JPG and there is a file by the name of SATURN.WAV in the SAME folder, then the .WAV file is played too. This option can be turned ON/OFF. If you have this option turned on, then when doing the slide show, it's possible that the entire SATURN.WAV file may NOT be played before the time delay is up. If you want the ENTIRE sound file played out BEFORE going on to the next picture, then check this option "PLAY FULL WAV BEFORE GOING TO NEXT PICTURE?" NOTE: This is a great TUTORIAL helper.
 
 

FULL SCREEN

If you check this option then the slide show will display the pictures in FULL SCREEN mode. You can pick between ACTUAL size or FIT TO SCREEN or SHRINK IF NEEDED modes. FIT TO SCREEN make large AND small image fill the whole screen. While SHRINK IF NEEDED will only shrink large images to fit the screen and it leaves small images alone. Personally, I think SHRINK IF NEED is the best mode.

WHERE TO START FROM

You can tell TurboView what picture to start with. You can either start at the beginning of the Files List, or you can just start from the currently displayed image, or you can pick to start with the FIRST TAGGED file and only use TAGGED files for the slide show.
 

START SLIDE SHOW NOW
This option actually STARTS the slide show operation. In order to STOP the slide show,  press the RED STOP SIGN button or press the ESCape key or click on the menu option to STOP SLIDE SHOW.



DISPLAY HINTS & TOOL TIPS FOR NOVICE USERS
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This option allows you to turn ON/OFF the tool tip/hint for various places in TurboView. For example; If you are moving the mouse inside a list window, a hint will probably pop-up and tell you everything you can do. After awhile, these become annoying to the experienced user. So you can turn these off. Later on if you forget the different things you can do, you can turn these hints back on again.



DISPLAY INFORMATION NOTICE WINDOWS ONCE AGAIN
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There are a few informational notice windows that pop-up that can be turned off for the duration of while you are in the program. And some you can disable PERMANANTLY. These are:

    1. Notice telling you how you can drag files into TurboView
    2. Notice telling you how you can play your GIF movie file
    3. Maybe others.

If you decide that you want these help windows again, then just click on this option and they will appear again as though you had not turned them off. Then the next time you run the program these notices will appear again.



TURBOVIEW'S RECYCLE BIN [ENABLED]
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For most users, having the TurboView RecycleBin enabled is the way to go. HOWEVER, if you are an experienced and keep backups of your stuff and are in the habit of deleting LARGE files like MPGs and MP3s etc... Then the time it takes to copy the files to the RecycleBin can be annoying. It may take a couple of seconds just to delete a single file. So in this case, you may wish to DISable the TurboView's Recycle Bin.

Of course, if you do this, then you WILL NOT be able to recover deleted files. You can of course re-enabled this feature back on again.



PLAY SOUNDS
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This option allows you to turn ON/OFF the sound playing of TurboView sounds. These sounds include sounds when trying to un-delete when you can't and when you are at the end of the FILES LIST and you try to go past it and when the building of the THUMBnails are complete.



MAKE TRUE-COLOR IMAGES LOAD AS 256 DITHERED COLORS
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This option allows you to control the colors in the image when loading a picture file. If you are running Windows with MORE than 256 colors then this option has NO EFFECT, PERIOD!

If, however you are running in a video mode of 256 colors, then pay attention:

If you leave this option UN-CHECKED, this is the DEFAULT mode and is the best choice since the file is represented in memory as the file was supposed to be. If you CHECK this option, then you are telling TurboView to CONVERT ANY 16 million (TRUE-COLOR) image to 256 colors so that it will look good on the screen. Otherwise 16M images look horrible while viewing in 256 color mode.

FORCE TO LOAD WITH 256 COLORS (8 BIT)
There is really NO need to use this option, UNLESS you are operating your computer screen in 256 color mode. In such rare cases, you can turn this option on, and any images loaded that were stored in TRUE-COLOR (24bit/16M) will then be converted to display as a 256 color image. This does NOT change the actual file, but ONLY the copy in memory. This is so that you can see the image as best as possible. This is because most images that are stored using 24 bit look horrible while loaded onto a 256 color display.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that checking this option SLOWS DOWN the loading & displaying of 16M image files. All other image files are NOT effected. JPG files are 16M files and GIF files are NOT 16M files.



IMAGE TYPES CONFIGURATION
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This option allows you to control some of the aspects of particular file types.

GIF ANIMATION (CONTINUOUS)
If you check this, then any animated GIF files that are loaded will play endlessly until you click on the RED STOP SIGN button or press ESCape or click on the STOP GIF ANIMATION menu option. If the option is not checked, then the animation will play once and then stop. The DEFAULT is ON.
 

GIF COMMENTS (SHOW WHEN PICTURE LOADS)
If a GIF file has comments in it AND this option is turned ON, then those comments are displayed upon loading of the picture. Unless you want to see what comments are in the GIF files, leave this option turned OFF.

PNG (TRANSPARENCY & BLENDING OFF)
The PNG image format has the ability to make the images BLEND with the background. This is cool for WEB PAGE design, but if you want to see the image in it's WHOLE state, then it's BEST to leave this option turned OFF. If you want to see how the image would appear on a WEB PAGE then turn this option ON.

NOTE: This would only effect PNG images that had BLENDING turned on in them.



DISPLAY PATH IN TITLE BAR
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You can choose if you want the TITLE BAR of TurboView to contain JUST the FILENAME or the complete PATH & FILENAME.



ALWAYS INCLUDE SUB-FOLDERS WHEN LOADING IN FOLDERS
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By default, the FIRST time you attempt to load in a folder that may have sub-folders, you will get a pop-up message. This message asks you if you want to process sub-folders as well. You can answer, YES, NO, ALWAYS. Answering ALWAYS causes the message to NOT be displayed again UNTIL you run TurboView again.

In order for that message to NEVER appear again, you should turn this option ON. Then you won't have to answer that question again. If you want that question to come back again, then turn this option OFF.



PLAY WAV FILES BY SAME NAME
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This option allows you to play .WAV files by the same name. IE: If you are looking at SATURN.JPG and there is a file by the name of SATURN.WAV in the SAME folder, then the .WAV file is played too. This option can be turned ON/OFF.

NOTE: This is a great TUTORIAL helper.



SHOW DITHER PROGRESS WINDOW
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This option allows you to turn ON/OFF the color reduction progress window. When you select to REDUCE COLORS in an image, there is a little time used to make the changes. By showing the progress window you can get a feel for when it will be completed. Color reduction usually only takes about 5 seconds, but can take LONGER for LARGER files. The default is ON, but if you get tired of the progress window popping up everytime to do the color reduction, then you can turn this option off.



AUTO DOCK ALBUMS TO FILES LIST WINDOW
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Normally when you bring up the Files List Window you can see all of the buttons on it. The Album Manager is so handy that it's great to have it DOCKED into the Files List Window. When you do this the buttons on the right part of the Files List Window are hidden. To bring them back into view, just widen the window and then make the Album Tree a little thinner by dragging on the vertical blue line splitter.

For additional information on DOCKing, click here.
For details on the Album Manager, click here.



WHEN DOCKING ALBUMS, USE TOP PART OF FILES LIST WINDOW
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If you dock to the TOP side, then the Album Tree will be able to stretch taller/shorter right along with the Files List when you make the window bigger or smaller. In this mode, there are NO buttons that are hidden from view.

HINT: Drag on the BLUE vertical splitter bar on the left edge of the Album Tree to control the width of the Album Tree.

For additional information on DOCKing, click here.
For details on the Album Manager, click here.



WHEN DOCKING ALBUMS, USE BOTTOM PART OF FILES LIST WINDOW
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If you dock to the BOTTOM side, then the Album Tree will have a FIXED height.  Also there are some button in the lower right corner of the Files List Window that my get hidden by the docked Album Tree. You can widen the Files List Window to allow them to show again.

If you have LOTS of Albums, you may not be able to see them all without scrolling thru the list. If you would like to see as much as possible, then pick "USE RIGHT SIDE OF FILES LIST WINDOW"

HINT: Drag on the BLUE vertical splitter bar on the left edge of the Album Tree to control the width of the Album Tree.

For additional information on DOCKing, click here.
For details on the Album Manager, click here.



WHEN DOCKING ALBUMS, USE RIGHT PART OF FILES LIST WINDOW
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If you dock to the RIGHT SIDE, then the Album Tree will have a flexible height.  Just make the Files List Window taller and the Album Tree will grow too. In this mode, you can see many more Albums in the Album Tree.

HINT: Drag on the BLUE vertical splitter bar on the left edge of the Album Tree to control the width of the Album Tree.

For additional information on DOCKing, click here.
For details on the Album Manager, click here.



PREVIEWS<menu>
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From this PREVIEWS menu option, you can control how the LARGE PREVIEW windows work. There are a few main functions that can also be controlled by function keys. The main TurboView window and the Files List Window both have the "PREVIEWS" menu option. Click here for Large Previews details.



HELP<menu>
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From this OPTIONS menu option, you can control all the special option settings in TurboView
 



HELP (LOCAL)
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This brings up the HELP file pages from your local hard drive. This is the most commonly used method of getting help.



HELP (INTERNET)
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This brings up the HELP file pages from the INTERNET. Although you may never need to use this option, the WEB based HELP files will be the most current and UP-TO-DATE.



README.TXT FILE (LOCAL)
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This brings up the TurboView's README.TXT file into Notepad. So you can see the history of changes.



PRINT/EMAIL ORDER FORM
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This brings up the TurboView Order Form screen. You can enter all the info needed to register the program and then you select if you want to print the order form so you may mail it into us, or you can select to EMAIL the order info to us. Once you have completed the registration instructions and we recieve payment, then we will email you back with a registration key file. This allows you to use TurboView with full features and no nag screens.



WWW TURBOVIEW HOME PAGE
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This brings up the TurboView HOME page off the Internet.



WWW SMATTERS HOME PAGE
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This brings up the SMatters Inc. HOME page off the Internet.



WWW DOWNLOAD LATEST VERSION
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This brings up the TurboView DOWNLOAD page off the Internet. This allows you to download the latest version right off the Internet.



WWW README.TXT FILE
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This brings up the latest REAME.TXT right off the Internet.



WWW TURBOVIEW REGISTER
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This brings up the TurboView REGISTER page off the Internet. From here you can register TurboView and start enjoying all of the cool features of it.



ABOUT
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This brings up the TurboView's ABOUT box. This tells you the version of the program and the year it was created.