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
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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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
- 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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- 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
- 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
4. Move To: Moves the selected images to a
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
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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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,
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
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).
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
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
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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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
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
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
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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