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FlipAlbum 3.1  Online Tutorials
Opening and Creating an album folder
Saving Albums
Inserting new images into albums
Steps to  import multiple images into FlipAlbum program?
File Management
Image Editor
Setting control options and settings
Annotation and adding text
Bookmark
Emailing an image
How do I email my images through AOL SMTP?
Transferring/copying created album from FlipAlbum 3.x to FlipAlbum CD Maker 1.x

 

Opening and Creating an album folder

To open and start FlipAlbum:
1. Select FlipAlbum under the Start menu.

- Creating a picture album using existing image files automatically
To create or to open your own picture album with existing picture files in your computer:
1. Click on the Open icon on the tool bar
2. Select the directory where you keep your picture files. Please refer to Figure 1.3.1 Open dialog Window. You can preview the files by clicking on the filenames.
3. Click on Open Folder.
FlipAlbum will automically create an album of the picture files in that directory, complete with thumbnail overview, table of contents and index.

- Creating a new(empty) picture album
If you wish to create a new and empty album:
1. Click on the New icon on the toolbar.
2. Give a name and select a location for the new album.
3. Click on New Folder.
FlipAlbum will create an empty album.
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Saving Albums

FlipAlbum views each file directory in your computer as an “album” folder.
1. It does not create album files to open or save. Therefore you do not need to save albums.
2. All that is required is that you exit the program. The next time you run FlipAlbum, it will open the last album opened(default option).
3. To exit from FlipAlbum, select Exit from the File menu.
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Inserting new images into albums

- From CD-ROM or Removable Storage Devices
One very important thing to remember when you create an album from a removable storage devices (i.e. CDs, diskettes, Zip disks, removable hard disk, etc.) is that they are "removable." The contents of the album will not be available if you remove the CD or storage device. To input picture from CD or removable storage device:

1.You can directly create an album by selecting and opening a directory in the removable storage device (please refer to section Creating Albums Using Existing Picture Files).

2. If you wish to keep the contents of the album after you remove storage device, create a new album folder, and copy or move the files onto your permanent storage device (i.e. your hard-disk). You can use FlipAlbum's Move to or Copy from function or your Operating System's file manager to do this task.

- From The Internet

The Internet is a great source of both public domain (free) and copyrighted images. Please remember to always observe copyright laws. To input pictures obtained from the internet :

1.       Save the picture in a 'download' directory of your choice.
2.       Create an album by selecting and opening the particular 'download' directory (please refer to Section.Creating Albums Using Existing Picture Files).

You can have FlipAlbum open while you are downloading files from the Internet, FlipAlbum will update the contents of your album automatically.

- From TWAIN-Compatible Devices

FlipAlbum supports TWAIN interface, hence, you can easily download picture files from scanners, digital cameras, video capture cards or any other TWAIN compatible devices.



1. To activate the TWAIN acquisition interface in FlipAlbum, select Get Image under File menu. Please refer to Figure 1.5.3 Get Image Menu.


2. If you have more than one TWAIN device driver connected to your computer, please select the device you wish to utilize by selecting Select Source, then repeat step 1 and 3. If you only have one TWAIN device, you can go to step 3.

3. Select Acquire your picture file. To download images from the TWAIN device, follow the appropriate steps and instruction for the respective TWAIN driver (the usage vary according to the input device and TWAIN driver available).
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Steps to  import multiple images into FlipAlbum program?
If you are intending to display all the images in a particular folder using FlipAlbum 3.1, all you need to do is to launch FlipAlbum 3.1, click on the "Open" icon, and select the folder where your images are stored. An album will automatically be created for you.

If you are intending to copy only selected images from a source folder to the album folder, you could either do a copy and paste using Windows Explorer, and use FlipAlbum 3.1 to open the album folder, or use the "Batch copy / move" feature of FlipAlbum 3.1
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File Management

- How to Rename Files

You can rename a file from pretty much anywhere in the album, the overview, table of contents, index, and the album pages.

To rename your picture files :
1. Right-click your mouse, and select Rename.
2. Enter the new name and press <enter>.


- How to organize files in FlipAlbum
As FlipAlbum presents each file directory as an album folder, therefore it is strongly suggested that a separate directory is created for different topics or subjects.

1. FlipAlbum also allows you to sort the picture files according to the following sort parameters: file type, file size and date. By default, FlipAlbum sorts the picture files in the order of filenames.

2. In addition, FlipAlbum allows you to filter a single file type from a mixture containing many other picture file types through the File Type Filter command of the View option in the main menu.


- Opening Multiple Sessions of FlipAlbum

To make organizing your picture files easier, FlipAlbum allows you to open multiple albums at the same time. This allows you to view the contents of each opened album, and easily organize your pictures by using paste, copy to, copy from, move to features of FlipAlbum. Please refer to Figure 2.2.3 Opening Multiple Sessions in FlipAlbum.


Figure 2.2.3 Opening Multiple Session in FlipAlbum

- Batch Functions and Selection

Batch Selection allows the user to do specific operations on multiple image files at the same time. The following batch functions are available in FlipAlbum:


1. Rotate: Rotates the selected images.
2. Size Change: Resamples and changes the size of the selected images.
3. Copy To: Copies the selected images to a different directory.
4. Move To: Moves the selected images to a different directory.
5. Delete: Deletes the selected images.
6. E-mail: E-mails the selected images.

To batch select/deselect an image from album pages :
1. Click on the left/right side of the Select or Deselect icon on the toolbar.

To batch select/deselect images from the overview, table of contents, or index :
1. Use the Ctrl and left-button mouse click to select individual files. Use Shift and left-button mouse click to select multiple files at once. Hold down the SHIFT-key and click on a page to mark the start of the selection. Hold down the SHIFT-key and click on the page to mark the end of the selection. All the picture pages between the first click and the second click will be selected.

2. Once the files are highlighted, under the Edit menu select Batch and <the operation to be performed> (e.g. Rotate, Copy to, Move to, etc.).
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Image Editor


FlipAlbum has a comprehensive set of editing functions to help the user to do advanced picture editing and enhancements.

To get into the Image Edit mode in FlipAlbum:

1. Click on the left/right Edit icon on the toolbar.
2. Edit your image as required.
3. Save the edited image by selecting the Save As option under the File menu.
4. Exit the image editor mode by selecting Exit under the File menu.

    
Figure 2.3 Editing Images in FlipAlbum

A toolbox of image edit icons is provided at the bottom of the image edit screen for quick access to editing functions. Please refer to Figure 2.3 Editing Images in FlipAlbum.
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Setting control options and settings


FlipAlbum gives you the flexibility to customize its settings to suit you. You can change the default settings by selecting Options in the main menu. Listed below are the setting options and a description of their respective function.

1. Flipping Control: Provides a flipping control window for navigating the album.
2. Enable Page-Jump Cursor: Enables to flip to a page using the page edge [default: Enabled].
3. Enable Flipping Sound: Toggles on/off the flipping sound [default: On].
4. Enable Background Music: Toggles on/off background music [default: Off].
5. Auto Reopen Most Recent Folder: Provides the option to open the last opened album the next time FlipAlbum is activated [default: Open last opened album.].
6. Flip to Overview when Opening Album: Provides the option to open to Overview page when FlipAlbum is activated
7. Set Flipping Speed: Sets the speed in which the album pages are turned [default: Slowest].
8. Set Auto Flipping: Sets the Auto Flipping options: Direction of Flipping, Action at End of Flipping, Flipping Interval.
9. Set Slide Show: Sets Slide Show options: Auto/Manual Slide Control, Direction of Slide, Action at End of Flipping, No. of Slides per Screen, Inter-Slide Interval, Inter-Screen Interval.
10. Set E-mail Options: Sets the FlipAlbum’s E-mail configuration to work with your internet E-mail account. Please check with your local Internet Service Provider (ISP) for your internet account details. This must be set correctly before you can send any E-mails using FlipAlbum.
11. Set Background Music: Provides an option to select your background music.
12. Set Theme:


Figure 3.0b Set Theme


Figure 3.0c Choose Cover Pattern


Cover Pattern
: Provides an option for you to select the album cover. Three options are given: a default color, a user-specified color or the image of a user-specified bitmap file.

Page Pattern: Provides an option for you to select the album page. Three options are given: a default color, a user-specified color or the image of a user-specified bitmap file.

Book Background: Provides an option to select the wallpaper behind the book. Three options are given: a default color, a user-specified color or the image of a user-specified bitmap file.
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Annotation and adding text

You can easily insert comments and notes with different fonts, borders and colors to personalize your albums. There are two different ways of putting comments or notes into your album pages, Annotate and Add Text (please refer to Figure 2.1.5.a. Annote vs. Add Text)

                           
                           Figure 2.1.5.a. Annotation Vs Add Text

Annotate puts the text comments onto the album pages. It does not change your picture files and can easily be changed. However, you will not see the comments or notes if you view your pictures with other software.

Add Text is an image editor function. It incorporates the text as part of the picture, altering it permanently! It cannot be easily removed.


To annotate your album pages :

1.Click on the left side of the Annotate icon on the toolbar to annotate the left page, or the right side of the icon to annotate the right page.  (Please refer to Figure 2.1.5.b. Annotation of Pages in FlipAlbum).

          
          Figure 2.1.5.b. Annotation of Pages in FlipAlbum

2. In the annotation dialog window, type in the desired text, select the font, color, border and background.
3. Click Apply to preview the annotation.
4. Click Ok when done.

To add text to your picture :

1.  Click on the left side of the Edit icon on the toolbar to edit the left picture, or the right side of the icon to edit the right picture.
2.  In the image editor mode, click on the Add Text icon.
3.  In the add text dialog window, type in the desired text, select the font, color, border and background.
4.  Click Apply to preview the annotation.
5.  Click Ok when done.
6.   Save the picture by selecting Save as under File in the main menu.
7.   Exit the image editor mode by selecting Exit under File in the main menu.
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Bookmark

The bookmark is an excellent feature to quickly locate pictures. You can have as many bookmarks as you need. Please refer to Figure 2.1.4 Bookmarking Pages in FlipAlbum.


Figure 2.1.4 Bookmarking Pages in FlipAlbum

To Bookmark a page:
1. Click the left side of the Add (Bookmark) icon found on the toolbar to bookmark the left page, or the right side of the icon to bookmark the right page.

To remove a bookmark :
1. Click on the left side of the Remove (Bookmark) icon on the toolbar to remove the bookmark on the left page, or the right side of the icon to remove the bookmark on the right page.

To go to the bookmarked page :
1. Click on the bookmark at the edge of the album.

Emailing an image

FlipAlbum allows the user to easily select a collection of pictures and email them to colleagues, friends and loved ones. To send a picture email :

1.You must configure FlipAlbum’s E-mail feature to work with your E-mail account. The first time you click on the E-mail icon on the toolbar, FlipAlbum will open the E-mail's Options window. Please fill in your account information as required. Please check your Internet Service Provider for your account details. (Please refer to Figure 2.1.a Email Window)

2.Click on the E-mail icon on the toolbar. You can either batch select the pictures before or after you click on the E-mail icon. If you have already batch selected some pictures from the current opened folder, these pictures are automatically attached to the E-mail you are now working on. If you have not selected any picture files, or should you decide to add more pictures, go to step 3.

3.Click on the Attach icon, and select the pictures you wish to add. You can also deselect the picture files, by unticking them, should you decide not to send them. You can preview the pictures before you send them by clicking on the filename. (Please refer to Figure 2.1b Email Window). The Preview arrow once clicked upon will show the thumbnail of the selected file

4.Write the text part of your E-mail in the space provided. When you are happy with your E-mail.

5.       Click Send.

Note : To send an email, you must first have Internet access. Please ask your local Internet Service Provider (ISP) for more information.


Figure 2.1.7.a E-mail Window


Figure 2.1.b E-mail configuration
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How do I email my images through AOL SMTP?

You cannot email your images through AOL SMTP. The problem lies with AOL. AOL is probably the only ISP I know who uses its own proprietary e-mailer system. They do not use SMTP. Hence, the email feature of FlipAlbum won’t work with AOL.

You can try to sign up some free web-based email services which will allow you to use their SMTP servers (e.g. www.pplmail.com).
Then, set the email SMTP server option of FlipAlbum accordingly to their SMTP server name. You'll probably need to change your email address in the "From" field to the new email address that you've registered or otherwise, their SMTP server may reject your send mails.

Note: we have no affiliation or whatsoever with www.pplmail.com. I just found them thru Yahoo. And also, I don't know how long it's going to stay free.

Alternatively, you can try out some of the products that'll enable you to send/retrieve email using SMTP through AOL server. One of which is eNetBot for AOL mail. You may want to check it out http://www.enetbot.com (eNetBot Mail - AOLT Mail POP3/SMTP Agent)
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Steps in transferring/copying created album from FlipAlbum 3.x to FlipAlbum CD Maker 1.x program.

Now say you had created a folder with FlipAlbum 3.1 called C:\pictures\rudy
where the folder ‘rudy’ is where all you images are stored.

Launch FlipAlbum CD Maker 1.0, and click on 'new'. You will then be brought to a dialogue box where you name the new album (eg. great), as well as specify where the new album will be stored, example C:\FlipAlbumCD\success\You could also proceed to specify the other options at this point, and click on the 'OK' button.

In the folder tree (top left box), navigate to C:\pictures. You should then see the folder 'rudy' in the file list (top right box)
Drag the folder 'rudy' from the file list to the CD List (bottom box). You should then see the files being copied.

Next click on 'view' icon, and an album will be created in another window.
This is a preview of the album that will be transferred to the CD. Does it appear fine?

Assuming it appears correctly, close FlipAlbum CD Maker 1.0.

Now we move on to burning of the CD. The album you created is stored in the folder C:\FlipAlbumCD\sucess\great In the CD writer program, you need to navigate to this folder, and list all the 7 folders and 4 files in it. Transfer these 7 folders and 4 files to the CD list, and burn the CD. Remember, you need to transfer the 7 folders and 4 files in the folder 'great', the contents of the folder, not the folder itself, to the CD. After you had burnt the CD, check that the 7 folders and the 4 files are in the root directory, and not in another directory.
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