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...get a manual for ThumbsPlus?

You can download the manual in PDF format. This is the same manual we ship with the software. Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read the manual. You can also purchase a printed manual for $5.00 plus S&H by calling 877/CERIOUS (877/237-4687) or faxing your request to 704/529-0497.

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...show a slide show on my television?

You can show a slide show on your TV as long as you have a graphics card with "TV out" capabilities built into it. Check the manual for your card or eyeball the front of your card. You are looking for a few BNC type connectors. If they are there, then you are in luck and all you need is the software to drive it. These graphics cards are generally a specialized item, so you would probably know if you have one or not. If you don't have one, you can pick them up relatively cheap and most have other cool video features included. Just tell the salesman you want a reasonable quality, medium priced "TV Out" capable Graphics/Video card. If your card has the necessary connectors, then it's likely you will also have the software you need to tell it to display to your TV or Video Recorder.

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...play music with a slide show?

Yes, audio options are available at Options | Viewing | Slide Show. Audio Wait mode will look for any audio files in the folder or selection preceding any groups of image files and calculate how long each image slide should display based on the playback length of the audio divided by number of images found after it (up to the next audio file in the folder or selection). Audio Matched mode will play an audio file (.MP3, .WAV, .MID) whose name (excluding extension) matches the currently displayed image file name. Once the audio file has completed playback the slide show will advance to the next file. If no audio file exists for the current image file, then the Timed Delay mode timeout is used before slide advancement occurs.

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...force images that view larger than the screen to be reduced enough to fit the entire image on the screen?

Go to Options | Viewing | Window and select Reduce to Window under the Initial Stretching heading. For slide shows, go to Options | Viewing | Slide Show and select Reduce Bitmaps to Screen.

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...convert a file from one format to another?

You can convert a file individually by opening the file and going to File | Save As. ThumbsPlus will write to any of nine formats including BMP, ICO, PCX, GIF, PNG, TIF, JPG, TGA, RAW, WMF, CMP and JP2. You can also convert your files in a batch process. To batch convert your files, select all the files in the folder you want to convert. You can select all the files at once by hitting CTRL-A or select files manually by holding down the CTRL key and clicking once on each file you want to convert. Once you have selected the files, go to Image | Batch Process. You can perform many functions such as rotate, resize, color adjust, crop, add background, flip horizontally/vertically, adjust the resolution, add comments and many others as well. On the last page of the batch process, you can choose your output format and destination directory.

We also offer a Quick Process feature. To use this feature right click over a highlighted thumbnail(s) and go to Quick Process | Convert to on the fly-out menu. You can convert file(s) to any of the 12 formats T+ will write using this feature.

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...resize my files?

You can resize a file individually by opening the file and going to Image | Rotate/Resize. To batch resize your files, select all the files in the folder you want to resize. You can select all the files at once by hitting CTRL-A or select files manually by holding down the CTRL key and clicking once on each file you want to convert. Once you have selected the files, go to Image | Batch Process. On the third page of the batch process, Batch Steps, go to Add | Transform | Rotate/Resize. Click for acreen shot

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...print more than one file to a page?

The Print Catalog feature, located in the Image menu of the main interface, allows you to print one or many files to each page. In the print catalog, you can set the thumbnail sizes, margin sizes and what information, i.e. file name, file size, date and time, dimensions, keywords, annotations, etc., to include with each file. As you make changes to these settings, the preview will change to show how many files it is able to print on each page. Click for screen shot

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...save a catalog as a file to be accessed and printed later?

The print catalog feature is designed for printing only. You can save the catalog to a PRN file and later use MS-DOS to print the file. We offer another feature, Contact Sheets located on the Image menu of the main interface, that is designed to create digital representations of your files in the same style as the print catalog. The settings are basically the same. The major difference is that you save the contact sheet as a file, which can be thumbnailed, opened, e-mailed and printed if necessary although we do not recommend this. Click for screen shot

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...print images to a specific size, like 4x6?

The print feature is available through the File | Print menu. This feature will print to any number of preset sizes (i.e. 3.5 x 5, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 16 x 20 and a more) You can also fit the image to stretch in the set print size while constraining it to the original width-height aspect ratio, expand and crop the printed image or completely fill the set print size while ignoring the original width-height aspect ratio.

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...sort images manually within the folders?

You can not sort the files manually within the folder itself, but you can create galleries and manually sort the files within the gallery. A ThumbsPlus gallery is a logical container for a group of thumbnails stored in the database. All information about a gallery is stored internally in the database as well. Galleries may reference files across multiple directories, hard disks, and even networked computers. You can create a gallery by right-clicking on a group of selected thumbnails in the thumbnail view and selecting Create Gallery from the displayed popup menu. You can also create a gallery by simply dragging the selected thumbnails to the Galleries folder group icon in the folder tree. In the Name field, enter the gallery name. This name will be displayed underneath the Galleries folder group at the bottom of the directory structure in ThumbsPlus. Select the sort order (in the Order by combo box) and descending checkbox if you wish to modify the default sort order when this gallery is selected for viewing. Gallery thumbnails may be reordered into any sequence desired by dragging them around in the thumbnail view, right-clicking on the gallery in the folder tree and selecting Save Gallery Order. Galleries will ONLY display using a reordered sequence when Manual Order is checked. You may change these gallery properties at any time by right-clicking on the gallery in the folder tree and selecting Properties from the popup menu.

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...stamp an image on to another image?

The Image Stamp feature, located on the Image menu of the view window, allows you to apply either another image or text to the current image. Click for screen shot

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...find the thumbnail images ThumbsPlus is making of my files?

The thumbnails you see in the thumbnail list are not actual files. They are only previews of the files. There are two different ways to accomplish your goals in trying to make thumbnail size files.

1 - Edit | Select All and then Image | Batch Process. On the third screen of the batch wizard, go to Add | Transform | Rotate/Resize. The default thumbnail size is 96x72.

2 - If you are creating thumbnails for web pages, go to Image | Web Page Wizard. This option creates pages of thumbnails with links to the actual image along with the web page itself.

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...add an external program to the ThumbsPlus toolbar?

To add an external program icon to the ThumbsPlus toolbar, go to Options | Customize | Toolbar | External Program. Click for screen shot

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...search for my images using filename, keywords and/or user fields?

You can use the Find By Query, Edit | Find by Query, to search for thumbnailed pictures based on file name masks, keywords, user fields, advanced SQL, and optionally image similarity. This produces a list of thumbnails for files that match the query criteria you enter. You may also restrict the search to the current directory or the current tree if desired. Click for screen shot

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...find all of the images that I have not keyworded?

You can use the Advanced tab in Find by Query to search for files that have not been keyworded or files without certain keywords.

  • To find all thumbnails without a single keyword: not exists (select idThumb from (keyword inner join thumbnailkeyword on keyword.idKeyword = thumbnailkeyword.idKeyword) where keyword.keyword = 'keyword' and thumbnailkeyword.idThumb = TN.idThumb) (replace 'keyword' with the one desired.) Click for screen shot
  • To find all thumbnails without any of several keywords: not exists (select idThumb from (keyword inner join thumbnailkeyword on keyword.idKeyword = thumbnailkeyword.idKeyword) where keyword.keyword in('kwd1', 'kwd2', 'kwd3') and thumbnailkeyword.idThumb = TN.idThumb) Click for screen shot

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...delete a keyword from a subset of files without deleting it from all files to which it is assigned?

1. Query up the files that have the keyword.
2. Select those from which you want to delete the keyword.
3. Use Edit | Invert Selection to select all the ones where you want to keep it.
4. Assign a new keyword with some arbitrary value to those files.
5. Use File | Database | Edit Keywords to delete the first keyword from all files.
6. Use File | Database | Edit Keywords to change the new keyword to be the same as the one you just deleted.

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...find similar/duplicate images?

The Image Similarity feature, located on the Edit | Find by Query menu of the main interface, will find duplicate and similar images regardless of the file name. This feature finds similar images in relation to a file you have selected. Any images to be found must have already been thumbnailed in ThumbsPlus. Click for screen shot The Find Similar Images feature, located on the Edit menu of the main interface, will locate images that are similar/duplicate based on the thumbnail metrics created by ThumbsPlus. This does not work in relation to a selected image but rather compares all of the thumbnail images in the current folder, current tree or entire database. Click for screen shot

(No, sorry, we will not tell you how this works!)

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...search for a file using a word or words from the annotations I have assigned?

You can search the thumbnail annotations by selecting Edit | Find By Query from the main ThumbsPlus interface. On the File tab, enter an optional file mask and select either Current Folder, Current Tree (checks sub-folders as well) or Entire Database. Next click on the Advanced tab. On the drop down menu for the Field section, select tn.annotation and then one of the operators = or like. After selecting the operator, this text string (without quotes) will appear in the edit box: "tn.annotation like " Next, simply click on the edit box and complete the text phrase by entering your criteria. Delimit your search text with right single quotes apostrophes '). Also the * (asterisk) can be used as a multi-character wild card. Once you are finished entering your search text, click [Ok] and the search will begin. Once completed, you should have a new entry called "Found Files" under the "Found Files" folder tree group. Clicking on this entry will show you the results of this "Find By Query".

Annotation Search Text Examples:
tn.annotation like '*vacation*' (finds all thumbnails with annotations containing the string "vacation")
tn.annotation like 'Cerious *' (finds all thumbnails with annotations that start with the string "Cerious ")
tn.annotation = 'computer graphics' (finds all thumbnails with annotations that are exactly "computer graphics")

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...keep the creation date of a file from changing when I make changes to the file?

The modified and the creation date will both change if the file itself is changed and saved. If the file is copied, it will only change the created date, leaving the modified date intact. If the file is moved, neither date changes. These are Windows functions. Most people tend to ignore the created date altogether and just use the modified and accessed dates for reference.

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...move ThumbsPlus to another computer?

The easiest way to move the database, the thumbs.td4 file, is to make sure you have the exact same directory structure with the exact volume labels, so the thumbnails and keywords will match up with the files. If this is not possible, you can open the database on the new system, and you will see grey drives and grey folders. If the directory structure is the same, you can drag the grey drive to the new drive. If the directory structure has changed you will need to drag the folders individually as long as the contents of the folders has not changed...even if the folder name has. If you are not concerned with the TP database, it's easiest just to install ThumbsPlus on the new computer.

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...rotate my JPEGs without recompressing the file and therefore losing quality?

We do offer a lossless JPEG rotation. This feature is available on the right click menu from the thumbnail view. Select the thumbnail(s) of the files you want to rotate, right click and go to Quick Process on the pop-up menu. You can rotate the image(s) 90º clockwise, 90º counter-clockwise or 180º. Using this feature will not recompress the image thus saving quality usually lost when making any changes to JPEG files.

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...search by file date or between file dates?

You can search for files by date by going to Edit | Find By Query | Advanced.

To search for files by a specific date, use the syntax shown in this screen shot. Click for screen shot

To search for files between specific dates, use the syntax shown in this screen shot. Click for screen shot

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...make available the EXIF information for offline files?

You'll have to create a certain set of user defined database fields with specific names. When ThumbsPlus creates its database information of a file containing EXIF data and the database contains these specific fields, the EXIF information is copied to the user fields and thus accessable whether or not the real image file is present. The fields themselves should be text fields (at least 40 characters long, each) and be named:

  • Aperture
  • BitsPerSample
  • Brightness
  • Colorspace
  • Compression
  • Copyright
  • DateTimeDig
  • DateTimeMod
  • DateTimeOrig
  • Distance
  • ExifHeight
  • ExifWidth
  • ExposureBias
  • ExposureProg
  • ExposureTime
  • FileSource
  • Flash
  • FocalLength
  • FocalResUnit
  • FreqResponse
  • Fstop
  • ImageDescr
  • ImageHeight
  • ImageWidth
  • ISOSpeed
  • LightSource
  • Make
  • MakerNote
  • MaxAperture
  • MeteringMode
  • Model
  • Orientation
  • PlanarConfig
  • RefBlackWhite
  • ResolutionUnit
  • SceneType
  • ShutterSpeed
  • UserComment
  • Version
  • XResolution
  • YResolution
 
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