Image viewer and collection manager.
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Table of Contents:

1. Welcome
2. Summary of features
3. What's new in v5.9b
4. Opening and viewing files
5. Using the Autoplay Controls
6. Adjusting a picture - intro
7. "Cropping" a picture
8. Basebar controls
9. Adjusting a picture - part 2
10. Redeye correction
11. Emailing photos
12. Naming items
13. Captions, Descriptions and Keywords
14. Saving your changes permanently
15. Selecting playitems
16. Deleting playitems
17. How to make a collage.
18. Re-ordering playlists
19. All about thumbnails
20. All about printing
21. All about keywords
22. Keyboard shortcuts
23. Hints and Tips
24. Glossary

1. Welcome

Welcome to DoNeatThingsWithYourStuff ( "Dintwise" for short) Image viewing and collection management.

We hope you will enjoy and benefit from using this product for many years to come.

It has been designed for 3 groups of people:

Remember if you have any suggestions, comments or problems please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our email address: ([email protected]) can be accessed direct from the program

kind regards, Colin
Managing Director
Thistle Cottage Software - Oct 2005

2. Summary of features

Summary of features:

1. Image Viewing:

2. Image manipulation:

3. Printing:

4. Collection management

5. Interface

6. Terms

Free download for 14 day, full function, no obligation trial.

3. What's new in v5.9b

Nov 2005, New feature in Version 5.9b:

Oct 2005, New features in Version 5.9a include:

April 2005, New feature in Version 5.8:

March 2005, New features in Version 5.7 include:

Oct 2004, New features in Version 5.6 include:

Sep 2004, New features in Version 5.5a include:

Sep 2004, New features in Version 5.5 include:

Aug 2004, New features in Version 5.4 include:

4. Opening and viewing files

New users - this card will help you get started.

1. When the program has started, in the "contents" panel on the left of the screen you should see 2 entries which say My Documents and "C" Drive. Each will give you access to your photos.

2. Click once on "My Documents" and then on whichever folders lead you to your photos.( If your "My Documents" is not where you keep your photos, just click on the button labelled "add folder to auto open list" and add you main picture folder to the list. It and all secondary folders will then be automatically opened and updated with your new photos whenever you run the program)

3. Click once on the playitem that says "Pg 1 thumbs" and your first page of thumbnail-sized pictures will be displayed.

4. Click once on any one of the filenames listed under "contents" to display the picture.

5. Play a few more - each time you play a picture, it will replace the picture currently being displayed.

6. To move a picture around the viewing area, click and drag it. (Hold the "Ctrl" key down to move it in steps of 1 pixel instead of 10)

7. To move a picture around within its frame hold the shift key down then click and drag.

8. To play more than one picture at a time, hold the "shift" key down when you click on the playitem(s).

5. Using the Autoplay Controls

The Autoplay allows you to just sit back and let Dintwise give an automatic "slideshow."

1. Open up some files as described earlier.

/tutorials/dntauto1.gif2. Press the "play" button on the autoplay control (bottom of screen) and the following should happen:

3. Enjoy a few of them then press "stop". The screen will return to normal.

4. Try the other buttons on the autoplay control:

5 Here are some of the things you can change about the autoplay:

6. Adjusting a picture - intro

One of the features that makes Dintwise unique is its ability to let you specify how you want a picture played, without necessarily affecting the file itself.

The program remembers the settings you change and plays it the same way next time.

You don't have to set any of them but the list of features you can set or change on a playitem includes:

A picture can appear in the same playlist (album) many times or in as many different playlists as you like and each time can have completely different settings.

1. Play one of your pictures.

2. Shrinkit by pressing one of the magnify buttons

3. Play a different picture - no need to save your settings, the playlist automatically remembers them.

4. Now play the original one again - notice that it plays with the same settings you made.

5. Press the "reset" button and the picture will be restored to its original.

The "Adjust" button on the basebar will open up the control panel to give access to adjust most of these properties described under "Adjusting a picture" - part 2

7. "Cropping" a picture

Dintwise has an extremely powerful cropping tool. Very simple and very precise.

1. Play a picture you would like to crop.

2. Press the 'crop' button on the basebar.


3. Your picture will appear with the 2 tools in opposite corners as shown. Simply click and drag to adjust the cropping area. Cropped portions of the picture will be shown greyed. The joysticks give extreme precision by allowing you move the cropping area pixel at a time.


4. When you've finished cropping, press the 'crop' button again and your picture will be displayed. Remember, because of the way Dintwise remembers your settings, you can always go back later and re-adjust the cropping.

8. Basebar controls


1. From the left, the first group allows resizing. You can zoom in or out, either keeping the overall frame size the same or zooming it as well.

This allows you to work on large pictures, in a scaled-down manner. ie reduce a large picture to say 640*480, do the cropping, borders, color adjust etc then return it full size for viewing / printing etc.

"Fit" and "fill" will resize your photo either to fit inside the viewing area or fill it.

"Toggle full" will toggle between full size and the last "zoomed" size.

2. "Crop" will open your picture in cropping mode with a cropping tool in each corner. Whilst in cropping mode, cropped areas are shown greyed.

3. "Edit" will give you access to the name, caption, description and keywords for your playitem.

4. "Orient" allows flipping and rotating.

5. "Align" gives you nine alignment options from top left down to bottom right.

6. "Size" will open the control panel to give you access to virtually all of the playitem's appearance properties (eg size, zoom, pan, borders, edges, effects etc).

7. "Reset" allows you to choose which settings to reset or to reset all of them.

8. "Save" will make a new file, or overwrite the existing one, based on your settings. So if you reduce a photo and save it, that becomes the new photo.

9. "print" will print the current picture using your current settings. See separate section on printing.

9. Adjusting a picture - part 2

Play one of your pictures then either go to the menus and click on "Edit Playitem..." and then "Sizes etc" or click on the "Adjust " button on the basebar controls.

The Sizing Controls panel will appear.


/tutorials/dntroll.jpgThe blue triangle button can be used to expand or close each separate section of this panel.

/tutorials/dntsize04.gifPlay with the top "joystick" control - (the one next to the green text that says "Size=...."

/tutorials/dntsize03.gifThe joysticks give both speed and accuracy.

7. Click on the button labelled "options" on the other side of where it says "Size=..." and click on one of the size entries to apply it to your picture.

8. Notice that the little list of sizes that popped up when you clicked "V" are all based on fractions of 640*480? You can change that to anything you like by clicking on the "Change these options" at the top of the list.

9. The Zoom, Pan and Pos controls work the same way as do the Border controls, which are on a separate panel, and the Caption controls which are on yet another. The Pos control is especially useful if you are building a collage and want precision control of placement.

10. The "No distort" button when unchecked, allows you to stretch your picture horizontally and vertically independently.

11. Similarly, via this panel, you can also add or adjust borders (either 3d or flat), orientation, effects such as color adjustments and 3d edging effects.

12. If you find that you are setting your pictures to similar formats, (eg 400*250, with a 10pixel purple recessed border, centred and reduced to 80% full size), you can use one of the "Preset Config" buttons to save all those settings for you. You can then immediately apply them all to another picture in future by right-clicking on the same button.

10. Redeye correction



To correct a photo containing redeye:

Play the photo

Press the "Adjust" button to access the adjustment controls


Press the triangle on "Red eye corrections" to open up that portion of the controls:


Press "Add new Red eye" fix button. Two things will happen, a "Redeye" patch frame will appear on the picture and the controls necessary to adjust it will also appear.


Click and drag the Redeye patch frame so that it covers the red eye area.

Often, that's all you'll have to do but here are some of the options available to cover possible circumstances.

You can adjust the size of the affected area very precisely, either by clicking and dragging on the corner of the redeye patch or by using the "size" joystick.

You can change the number of pixels affected by adjusting the "threshold" slider. If you move it to the left, pixels with even the smallest amount of red will be changed. As you move it more to the right, only the stronger reds will be adjusted.

You can adjust the color resulting from changed pixels, by using the "lighter - darker" and "bluer - greener" sliders.

Sometimes, especially with animals, you get eye effects which are not actually red. The "Filter out color" selector lets you adjust areas which have excessive blues or greens as well as reds.


You can apply as many red eye fixes to the same photo as you like. Each time you add a new one, a new button will appear so can chose which one to adjust:


11. Emailing photos

Select the photos you wish to email and choose "Email pictures" from the same menu or from the Email button towards the bottom left of the screen.

DIntwise will create temporary new files containing the photos reduced to your chosen size, and open an email with the attachments already selected, ready for you to send.

Temporary files created will automatically be cleaned up when you exit dintwise.

12. Naming items

If the playitem is playing, you can change its name by:

/tutorials/dntbasebar.jpg1. Clicking the "Edit" button and selecting 'name' or by selecting the "Edit playitem - name" menu.

The playitem name does NOT have to be the same as the filename.

/tutorials/dntrename.gifIf you want to rename a group of playitems as a series then:

1. Make sure the playlist is in the right order (see Re-ordering playlists).

2. Select the playitems you want to rename in the contents panel

3. Click on the "Selected playitems" menu, OR the "more choices" button, OR right-click on the contents panel.

4. Click on "Rename them as a sequence"

5. Type in the base name you want (for example "Great Pic ") - type a space at the end if you a want a space between name and number.

6. Type the starting number. Use as many digits as you need - for example, if you've selected 1500 playitems then use "0001" as the starting number. (You don't have to but if you don't, most programs won't sort them in the order you intended.)

6. Type in the interval you want, eg if you want to name them 0,5,10,15 then the interval would be "5".

13. Captions, Descriptions and Keywords


Press the "Edit" button on the basebar to access:

Name Change the playitem name as discussed earlier

Captions. Dintwise can display captions on your pictures, and because of Dintwise's special design, you can change or remove the caption at any time without affecting the source picture.

Captions and descriptions are searchable. When you do a "search" within Dintwise you can specify whether or not to search all fields - which includes captions and descriptions.

You can control the font, color, dimensions, placement, and transparency. dntcaption.gifAccess the caption control block either by pressing "Caption" on the basebar controls, or the menu item "Edit Playitem" then "Caption".

Description. If you enter a description for a playitem, it will appear in the extended "Contents" panel (simply click on the ">>>" button or drag the slider bar) /tutorials/dntdesc.gifand in the info block at the bottom of the viewing area when the item is played, and also on the printed report.

Enter or edit descriptions either by playing an item and pressing the "Desc" button, or by selecting one or more playitems and clicking on "Selected playitems - descriptions".

Under "Selected Playitems", there is an option to print playlists, this will produce a report containing names and descriptions of selected items.

Keywords - opens up the keyword panel to allow you to classify your picture for latesearching - see "all about keywords"

14. Saving your changes permanently

Dintwise playlists remember your settings so you don't actually have to save changes. However, if you do want to make your changes permanent you can either:

You will be given the option to replace the existing picture or create a new one.

When you save a picture, your settings will be applied to it before saving, so if for example you had clipped the edges, the new picture will be saved with clipped edges.

NOTE - if you have more than 1 playitem accessing the same picture and you do a "Save" and "Replace" on the first, the settings on the second playitem may not give you want you want.

15. Selecting playitems

/tutorials/dntselect.gif1. To select one item - click on the little box to the left of its name. A tick will appear in its box if selected.

2. Clicking on a selected item will de-select it.

3. To select a group of consecutive items -

4. To select non-consecutive items - hold the ctrl key down when you click.

5. The menu item "Selected playitems" lists the actions that can be performed.

16. Deleting playitems

/tutorials/dntbuttons2.gifIf you want to delete one or more playitems from a playlist then use:

Delete selected - if you also want to delete the source files; or

Remove selected - if you want to get rid of the playitem but keep the source file.

17. How to make a collage.

/tutorials/dntpanda.gifA collage is a picture made up of several other pictures, here's how to do it.

1. "Play" one of the pictures you want in your collage.

2. Use the sizer controls to get it exactly as you want it.

dntmirror.gif3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for each other picture, remembering to hold the "shift" key down when you play them (you could for example play the same item again, "flip"one of them and place it side by side to get a mirror effect).

dntoverlap.gif4. Your pictures can just touch, or you can overlap them or you can leave a gap between them. Your choice - play around with overlaps and borders, you can get some nice effects.

5. Notice that whenever you click on one of the pictures, it comes to the front? If it's obscuring stuff, you can send it to the back by clicking on the picture with your RIGHT mouse button. Select "send to back" from the list of options.

6. When your collage is as you wish it, "Right-click" on the top picture (otherwise the display order will change again) and select the "Save" option. /tutorials/dntsavereset.gifYou can also press the "Save" button on the basebar.

7. You will be asked if you want to replace the source pictures with your collage or make the collage a new picture.

18. Re-ordering playlists

To move one or more playitems -

/tutorials/dntselect.gif1. Select the playitem(s) you want to move. You can select as many as you like and they don't have to be together. (See Selecting playitems).

2. Click any of the selected items and (while holding the mousebutton down) drag it to where you want them. As you are dragging, notice that the insertion arrow will tell you whether you are pointing BETWEEN items, or INTO a playlist.

If you try to drag past the top or bottom of the list it will automatically scroll up or down for you.

If you move your items INTO a playlist, they will be added to the end of it.

/tutorials/dntcontsplit.gifNote 1 - The '>>>' button at the top of the contents panel will enlarge and split the contents panel for you to simplify complex moves.

dntcontupdown.gifNote 2 - The up and down buttons at the bottom of the contents panel will move selected items up or down within the same playlist.

Note 3 - You can also sort selected items and/or whole playlists alphabetically (ascending or descending) as well as randomly using the "Selected Playitems" menu.

19. All about thumbnails

A 'thumbnail' is a small version of the real picture, useful for cataloging or scanning lots of pictures quickly to find the one you want. Dintwise provides many very nice features for working with thumbnails.

dntcontents1.gifTo view a page of thumbnails - Dintwise automatically creates special playitems to access your thumbnails and inserts tham at intervals throughout playlists. Clicking on any one of them will display all the thumbnails for that page. Use the "Prev" and "Next" buttons to navigate through your thumbnail pages (also the PgDn and PgUp keys on your keyboard), and also the dropdown list will take you directly to any listed page.

Reordering playlists using thumbnails - if you are viewing a page of thumbnails, you can reorder them by clicking and dragging any thumbnail to the position you want.

Seeing the picture fullsize - double click on a thumbnail to play it full size, then double click on the full size picture to close it again.dntcustthumbs2.gif

To change the size, shape or number of thumbnails - Click on the "Customise" menu and then select the "sizes" tab. This page lets you define:

The number of thumbnails on a page is the multiple of across*down. They will be sized so they just fit into the viewing area in both the x and y directions.

To save thumbnails - Dintwise does NOT automatically litter your disk with thumbnails. You can make any adjustments you like to your pictures and your thumbnails will always reflect them correctly.

If you do wish to save some thumbnail pictures (eg to publish them)-

To print thumbnail sheets - go through the previous step to create thumbnail pages, then print the results as any other playitem.

20. All about printing

To print one picture:

dntprint1.jpg1. Play it.

2. Press the print button on the basebar at bottom right of screen.

To print multiple pictures:

dntprint2.jpg1. Select each playitem you want to print.

2. Press the print button underneath the contents panel at the left of screen.

3. Whichever way to choose, you will then be asked to select your printer, paper size and orientation.

dntprint3.jpg4. The next panel will allow you to select:

5. When finished setting your choices (dintwise will remember them all for next time) press "ok, draw previews" button at the bottom right of that panel.

dntprint4.jpg6. Dintwise will then create preview panels for each page to be printed. You can adjust every attribute of every picture on every page including sizing, zooming, panning, position, layering etc etc. Click on the numbered tabs to access each preview page.

Then click on the photo you want to adjust.

dntprint5.jpgAdjust it, eg either by clicking and dragging it, or dragging its edges, or using the controls on the bottom of the preview panel.

7. When the preview pages are adjusted to your satisfaction,push the "ok - print" button at the bottom right of the preview panel to send them to your chosen printer.

21. All about keywords

Keywords are used, not only to describe an item, but also to help you find it again. They are an important factor in getting control of your collection. Dintwise has many very powerful features to assist you in applying and searching for keywords.

For example:

To give a quick example and get you started:

1. Play a picture then click on "Edit" in the basebar controls and then "keyword", or use the menu item at top of screen - "Edit playitem - keyword."

2. The keyword panel will open.


3. Make sure the radio button "Top Display" is selected.

4. Click on "Add a new keyword".

dntkw2.gif5. Type your word and it will be automatically added to the keyword lists and applied to the playitem. You will see the keyword line down in the info block.

6. Repeat step 1 with a different picture then just click on the keyword listed to apply it to this picture also.


7. Build up a number of keywords for a single item then click on "Save set as a keyword group".

8. Play another picture and apply all those keywords to it by clicking on the entry under Keyword Groups.dntkw3.gif

9. To search for items, look at - Menu Commands - Search

22. Keyboard shortcuts

For people with limited dexterity, or for those who simply don't like using mice, we are pleased to provide a range of keyboard shortcuts:

Menu Shortcuts

The main menu items are labelled 1 to 9 for simplicity. Press "Alt" + a number 1-9 to access each of those menus, so:

"Alt" + "1" = 'File'

"Alt" + "2" = 'Selected playitems ..'

"Alt" + "3" = 'Edit playitem'

"Alt" + "4" etc

When the menu item is open you will see that each of the items is labelled in sequence starting with "a", "b", "c" etc. Simply type that letter to activate the appropriate command.

Example: to email some photos:

1. Select them (they will now be ticked)

2. Holding down the "alt" key, press "2" and release both. The "selected playitems" menu will now be open.

3. Press "h" to activate the menu item labelled "h. Email pictures"


Home, PgUp, PgDn and End will play the top, previous, next and bottom pages of thumbnail pages respectively, while BkSp will replay the last page played.

Playing items

Whilst in normal display mode, with the contents area selected, the up and down arrows will step through the contents list playing the previous or next photos. "z", "x", "v" and "b" will play the first, prev, next and last items repectively.

Function Keys (under development)

F3 - AutoCollage (Automatically resizes all selected photos and plays them simultaneously, arranging to fit on the designated view area)

F4 - Save

F7 - Toggle between normal display and property display. See following.

Property Display mode (under development)

In this mode, the contents panel on the left is replaced with a column of buttons, each of which gives you direct access to one of the properties of the currently playing item, such as size, zoom, colors etc.

Acess each property either by clicking on it, or by scrolling up and down the list by using the "n" and "m" keys. As each property is selected, the bottom of the screen will display a very large control appropriate to adjusting that property. It may be a group of large buttons (each will also have a keyboard shortcut), a large joystick (which can also be operated with the keyboard arrow keys) or a slider control (which can also be operated via the left and right arrow keys).

Those properties which cannot be adjusted via these controls (such as name, caption, description etc can be accessed via the main menu shortcuts)

Use the F7 function key to switch between normal and property display mode.

23. Hints and Tips

Hints and tips:

24. Glossary

Glossary of terms

Acquire - It just means get photos from an attached camera or scanner, as opposed to "open" which means get photos from your pc disk or cd.

Align - This is used when you're not showing all of the photo. So aligning to "Top-Left" for example means you want the top left corner of the photo to be the top left part of what you can see, the right and bottom edges may be cropped. As you zoom in, the top left corner stays fixed and more of the right and bottom edges become cropped. There are nine alignment options ranging from top left to bottom right, plus an option which allows you freeform movement.

AutoPlay - If you have a list of playitems in your contents panel, Dintwise will play them as a slideshow for you. You can have it do this automatically by pressing the "play" button, or you can step through manually by pressing the "<<","<",">" and ">>" keys. By pressing the "options" button, you can specify the replay speed, the direction and whether or not you want it to continuously loop when in autoplay mode. In the "customise" menu you can also specify whether you want Dintwise always to go to full-screen mode when autoplaying.

Basebar - This is a block of buttons at the bottom right of the screen which give you easy and quick access to some of the most common actions you're likely to want to do: actions such as "crop", "zoom" or "print" for example. You can specify whether or not you want to see the basebar by ticking the "show basebar" option in the "Viewing area" menu.

Batch - This is used to mean do the same thing to more than one item. So "batch convert" means convert all the selected items from one format to another.

Bitmap - One very common format for storing pictures.Pictures stored as bitmaps can result in very large files.

Caption - A piece of text which you can place on your picture. You can set or change the text, the font, the colour, the size and the position of the caption. It only becomes "merged" with the actual photo when, and if, you elect to do a 'save'.

Classify - This is the action of adding keywords to a photograph. Simply put, you are telling Dintwise what the photo is about, so it can easily find it again in the future for you when, for example, you want to find all the photos of the "grandkids" or "blue butterflies". Once you've typed a keyword once, you can use it again on other photos just by clicking on it. You can even apply whole groups of keywords to one or more photos in a single operation.

Click and drag - A mouse operation. Push the left mouse button down, and while it is still down, move the mouse and release the button when you have achieved the desired effect. In Dintwise, it is used for moving pictures around the viewing area, or for selecting groups of playitems, or for moving a group of already selected playitems.

Ctrl-Click - A mouse operation. Hold the "Ctrl" key down while you click the left mouse button. It allows you to select multiple items from a list when they are not necessarily together. See also shift-click.

Collage - One picture made up of several others. Play a photo, adjust it to suit (crop, zoom etc). Then, holding the shift key down, play another and adjust it. (Holding the shift key down allows you to play more than one picture at a time). Repeat for other photos if you wish. Now line them up the way you want them and press "save". Dintwise will save your collage and optionally delete all the source pictures if you wish.

Compression - Photos stored as "JPEG" format can be compressed to save space but at a loss of quality. The more you try to save space, the more quality you lose. Experiment with different settings by all means if you wish. We find 85% gives a pretty good compromise.

Contact sheet - A single picture made of multiple thumbnails. Comes from the conventional photography practice of laying the negatives neatly on a piece of photo paper (hence "contact sheet") and developing it. Dinwise allows you to specify the number of thumbnails per sheet (both across and down), their appearance, size and whether you'd like titles also.

Contents panel - The left hand side of the program screen contains the "contents" panel. It lists all the databases, playlists and playitems you have opened, as well as giving ready access to all pages of automatically generated thumbnails. It lists playitem names and descriptions and can be resized by clicking and dragging the dark vertical bar on its left. The panel can be split into 2 by pressing the ">>>" button which allows for easy reordering of playlists by clicking and dragging horizontally instead of vertically.

Crop - To cut off portions of the photo you don't wish to see. The ease with which the photographer can now crop and zoom a photo is, to many minds, one of the greatest single advantages of digital photography. Dintwise provides a special tool for cropping which is simple, fast and extremely accurate. Cropped areas are shown dimmed, which makes it really easy to adjust accurately. And of course, because of Dintwise' unique design, you save the settings rather than the photo (unless you want to) which means you can change your mind later and crop it quite differently or even uncrop it altogether!

Database - A database is just a "bucket" in which you can store lots of files (eg photos). Not essential but very useful in certain circumstances eg if you wish to use encryption, Dintwise can handle as many databases as you wish.

Delete - Deleting a playitem means removing the playitem from its playlist AND deleting the source file (eg photo). Compare with "Remove" which doesn't delete any files.

Description - You can add a description to any playitem. It will display in the contents panel to help access the photo you want, when being played it will display in the info block at the bottom of screen, and when you print a playlist, a report is generated containing playitem names and descriptions.

Dintwise - It's the quick and easy way of referring to DoNeatThingsWithYourStuff, the initials of which would be dntwys.

Distort - Normally when you zoom in or out on a photo, Dintwise will zoom it so the size changes but it doesn't distort. If you want to stretch a photo one way more than another, clear the "no distort" tick on the "Size" controls.

Encryption - A way of keeping sensitive material secret. If you put files into a dintwise database, enter a key (a word or phrase) and then encrypt items in that database using that key, they become invisible every time dintwise opens that database in future until the key is entered again.

Extract - Means take a copy of the selected files from a database and save them outside of the database in a normal directory.

Full screen - devotes the entire screen to the display of your photos. The only thing besides your photo is the movable navigation control which allows you to play through your list as well as giving access to common menu functions.

HSV - Stands for "Hue, saturation and value" and is just one common way of describing each of the millions of colors which can be displayed. The dintwise color-picker (for borders and for program colors) uses hsv or rgb to get exactly the color you want. The main beauty is you don't have to understand either of them!!

Info block - This is an area at the bottom left of the viewing area which contains information about the item currently being played: information such as name, source file, size, descriptions and keywords.

Item - Most likely it's just me being lazy. I probably should have typed "playitem"!

Jpeg - A very common format for storing photos. Jpeg uses a form of compression which can result in huge savings in file size at the expense of a slight (often unnoticeable) loss of quality.

Joystick - An easy to use dintwise control for adjusting many of the settings on photos - it allows you to increase or decrease in both the x (across) and y (up and down) directions, in tiny steps, big steps or continuously.

Keyword - One of as many words as you like which could be used to describe a photo to help you find it, and all the others like it, in future. See Classify.

Left-click - Click the left button of your mouse. It's the "normal" click.

Menu - A list of possible actions from which you may choose.

Open -In Dintwise, "open" means "get one or more files from my pc and show them in my contents panel". It can also be used in the context of a playlist. A "closed" playlist does not display its contents, an "open" one does. (Like a directory)

Orientation - Which way round to display the photo. You can flip (mirror) it horizontally or vertically as well as rotate it.

Play - A playitem is 'played' by clicking on it. If the playitem is a movie clip or a piece of music, it will be "played". If its a photo, it will be displayed.

Playitem - The playitem is the basic unit around which dintwise is designed. It comprises information on what file to "play" (or display, in the case of a photo), what keywords apply to it if any, description, caption, and settings to tell the program how you want it played (for example, cropping area, zoom factors, color adjustments, borders etc). The design and power of the playitem concept are what makes Dinwise unique. For example, it allows you to adjust the way a photo is played as much as you like, without increasing your management problem by having to keep multiple copies of your photos, and without causing progressive quality loss through continual saving. You can have multiple playitems, all with different settings, referring to the same photo in the same playlist or in as many different playlists as you like. And the search capability lets you search keywords, names, captions and descriptions in order to find the files you're interested in.

Playlist - A file comprising a list of playitems and, possibly, other playlists. In many ways, it is analogous to a 'photo album' but very much more powerful.

Pan - This moves the display portion of the photo (assuming you're not displaying all of it) without affecting the size of the display portion.

PopUp menu - A list of actions which appears when you right click on the contents panel or a photo.

Presets - This is a quick and convenient way of remembering and applying groups of settings to multiple playitems. You will find the presets on the "size" controls. Set a playitem up with the the right size, zoom, alignment, border etc then save it as a preset (1 to 6). You can then instantly apply the same settings to any other playitem.

Remove - Remove a playitem from a playlist (without deleting the source file) or will remove a playlist from the contents panel

Replay speed - When dintwise is autoplaying a playlist, this defines how long to display each photo. Starting at 10, which is really quick, each step down approximately doubles the display time so -0 is several minutes. You can set this by the "options" button on the play control.

RGB - Stands for "Red, green and blue" and is just one common way of describing each of the millions of colors which can be displayed. The dintwise color-picker (for borders and for program colors) uses hsv or rgb to get exactly the color you want. The main beauty is you don't have to understand either of them!!

Right-Click - Click the righthand button on you mouse. In dintwise, you can right click on an entry in the contents panel to get a popup menu of options equivalent to the "selected playitems" menu. You can also right click on a photo to get a list of options relevant to it.

Search - The main goal of classifying photos by adding keywords etc to them is to enable you to find them again. Dintwise provides very powerful searching on open playlists and database which will allow you to find all photos (or indeed any type of file) which meets your search requirements. Your search results are automatically presented as a new playlist which you can save if you wish.

Select - You can "select" a single playitem by clicking on the box to the left of its name. Select multiple playitems by either "click and drag" or "shift-click" or "ctrl-click". A tick in the little box indicates the item is selected. You can reorder selected playitems either by clicking and dragging or by use of the up and down buttons at the bottom of the contents panel. The "selected playitems" menu gives a list of actions which can be performed on a group of selected playitems. The "more choices" button, or right clicking on the contents panel will also access that same list of actions.

Settings - This refers to the information about how you want a playitem to display your photo for example cropping area, zoom etc.

Status line - The small single-line panel at the very bottom of the program screen displays some of the settings for the current playitem as you adjust them (size, zoom, pan, position and border) and also displays hints about any control on the screen when you move your mouse over it.

Shift-Click -A mouse operation. Hold the "Shift" key down while you click the left mouse button. It allows you to select a block of items from a list. See also ctrl-click.

Thumbnail - A miniature-sized version of the real picture. Every time you create or open a playlist, Dintwise automatically inserts entries at regular intervals to let you view thumbnail pages of the photos which follow. You can save thumbnails as individual files if you wish, and you can also save pages of thumbnails. Through the "customise" menu you can specify the size, shape and appearance of thumbnails, as well as the number per page.

Toggle - In this case, it means "switch between". So if you have zoomed in an area of your photo, "Toggle full" means to switch between your zoomed in view and the normal full sized view.

TWAIN - This refers to the technology used to get photos out of your cameras and scanners etc. Obviously invented by someone with a sense of humour, it stands for "Technology Without An Interesting Name"!

Viewing area - The large area on the program screen where your photos are displayed.

Wallpaper - A wallpaper is a picture which is used as a repeating pattern on the viewing area, behind your photos. You can elect to have no wallpaper, one of the presupplied ones (use the "Viewing area" / "wallpaper" menu) or you can even setup a playlist which will automatically switch wallpapers with your own pictures as you work through it.

Zoom - Magnify or shrink the photo. Dintwise will let you magnify the photo within the existing frame size, or magify by adjusting the frame size also. In addition, you can easily switch between the zoomed size and full size. By unchecking the "no distort" box on the "size" controls you can stretch one way independently of the other.

Menu Commands

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Table of Contents:

1. Menu Commands - File
2. Menu Commands - Selected playitems
3. Menu Commands - Edit Playitem
4. Menu Commands - Viewing area
5. Menu Commands - Search
6. Menu Commands - Customise
7. Menu Commands - Help
8. Popup menu - Contents
9. Popup Menu - Picture
10. After-word......Why "Dintwise"?

1. Menu Commands - File

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Open one or more files - will open a dialog box to allow you to choose the files you wish to work with. (Dintwise remembers directories you use and will always go the last one. If you want a shortcut to another of your recent directories - use the "recent directories" menu item. See below)

When you have made your selection, Dintwise will make a temporary playlist for them and you will be asked if you wish to save it. If you elect to save, you need only do so once, all future changes will be saved automatically.

If you elect not to save it, the playlist will remain "temporary". You may be reminded a couple of times and again at closing if you wish to save any changes you make.

If you frequently use temporary playlists and do not wish to be "nagged" about saving them, you can switch the option off in the Customise menu.

Acquire images from camera / scanner - will allow you to access your pictures direct from their source.

Make a new playlist - will create a new(empty) playlist for you, give you the option to name and save (see above) it, and will load it into your "contents" panel.

Make a new database - will create a new(empty) database for you, ask you name it, and will load it into your "contents" panel.

A database is a useful way of storing and accessing many pictures in a single "container". Whilst NOT essential to using Dintwise, using database(s) is recommended especially if you have large numbers of photos.

You can make as many databases as you like, and each one can contain many thousands of photographs.

Use the advanced "open" panel - this is an alternative to the conventional "open" dialog box and allows you more flexibility, especially in the use of filters, including the ability to make your own 'custom' filter sets.

Recent Directories - provides a shortcut "open" to the last 10 directories accessed.

2. Menu Commands - Selected playitems

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This is a list of actions which may be performed on one or more "selected" playitems.

This list of actions can also be accessed by right-clicking on the contents panel, or by pressing the "More choices" button /tutorials/dntbuttons2.gifat the bottom of the contents panel.

(An item can be selected by clicking on the box to the left of its name in the Contents panel. Use "shift-click" or "click-and-drag" to select a group of consecutive items. Use "Ctrl-click" to select any number of non-consecutive items.)

Batch convert eg from jpg to bmp - Bitmap files are very much bigger than jpg files. This command allows you to convert from one to the other format. (Please note that repeated conversion of the same file will probably result in cumulative quality losses because of the nature of jpeg compression).

Classify (add keywords to) them - Keywords allow you to find specific or groups of related pictures.

/tutorials/dntcontsplit.gifDescription(s) - You can step through the selected playitem(s) one at a time and enter or edit their descriptions. Descriptions are seen better when you expand the contents panel - Click on the ">>>" button, or drag the slider bar.

Extract them from their database into files - If you have pictures in a database and want a copy for whatever purpose (mailing, publishing etc) this will make copies of them. The originals remain, untouched, in their database.

Encrypt or decrypt them - For this to be effective, the playitems being encrypted should be in a database otherwise they may still be viewed from outside Dintwise.

You will be asked what key you want to use. (You must have previously entered this key using the "enter encryption key" on the main menu).

Once entered, Dintwise will encrypt the selected playitems using that key - this will be indicated by a red bar on the left hand side of its contents entry.

When next you run Dintwise, the encrypted playitems will be "invisible" until you re-enter the right key.

/tutorials/dntnest.gifMake a new category or sublist for them - this allows you to create a nested playlist (like a folder within a folder). You can have as many levels as you like of nested playlists and can open them one at a time by clicking or all at once by "shift-click".

Make duplicates (clones) of them - use this if you want to make another playitem accessing the same file. As many playitems as you like can all access the same file, and they can all do different things to it.

Make them all the same size - If you've been through the process of setting a size, zoom, border etc for a playitem, you can use this option as a shortcut to setting others the same.

Make "thumbnail" sized copies of them - This will make new, individual, thumbnail-sized pictures (.jpg). They will be sized based on the options current in the 'Customise' section.

Make "thumbnail" pages of them - This will make .jpg files containing multiple thumbnail sized pictures. They will be sized based on the options current in the 'Customise' section. As many pages will be made as necessary to accommodate all the pictures.

"Pack" one or more databases - Over time, if you add and especially remove, files from a database frequently some inefficiencies especially wasted space can result. This option can be used to recover some of that space, but it is not something that would be done frequently.

Play all of them together - One way of playing multiple pictures(eg) at the same time. You can achieve the same thing by holding the shift key down when you click to play an item.

Print playlist(s) - will create and open an html report file, which you can edit, save or print, listing names and descriptions of selected playlists and playitems.

Print them - will print each playitem picture separately to the selected printer (descriptions and names are optional based on the 'Customise' settings.

Rename them as a sequence - a great way of renaming any number of files in a sequence. You can specify the name part, the starting number and the increment.

Example - if you have 100 files and you want to name them Butterfly (1 to 100) then you would enter "Butterfly" for the name, "001" for the starting number and "1" for the increment. [The 2 leading zeroes are optional but if used mean that programs such as explorer will display them in the correct sequence.]

Reset them to full size - Will remove any sizing, clipping, zooming, panning elements that have been added to the playitem.

Save playlists and playitems - will force an immediate save of relevant playlists. Really only useful if the playlist is a temporary one which you have not already saved. Once a playlist ceases to be temporary (by having been saved) changes are saved automatically.

Sort them into alphabetical order - allows you to sort whole playlists or even just selected items into alphabetic order (both forward and reverse).

Sort them into random order - allows you to randomise the order whole playlists or even just selected items.

Turn their 'wallpaper' option on/off - if a playitem's "wallpaper" option is set then whenever it is played, it will be tiled onto the background replacing whatever is there currently. This is very useful for automatically playing appropriate backgrounds for a specific playlist.

Use the picture for my windows desktop - replaces the picture windows is currently using for your desktop.

3. Menu Commands - Edit Playitem

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This allows changes to various features of the current playitem (ie the one played or, in the case of several being played, the one on top).

Borders - will open the border control panel for you to adjust borders.

Caption - you can enter or modify a caption using this as well select its font and position on the picture and whether or not it is to be transparent.

Description - descriptions appear in both the contents panel (extend its width to view them) and in the status panel at the bottom of the viewing area when you play an item.

Effects - will open the effects control panel for you to adjust the color balance, saturation, contrast etc of the playitem.

Keywords - will open the keyword panel for you add or remove keywords to the current item(s). Keywords are displayed in the status panel whenever you play an item and are extremely useful for searching.

Name - The playitem name does NOT have to be the same as the filename. This option allows you to alter either or both. Note that there is a batch rename facility under "Selected playitems" if you want to rename multiple files in a sequence.

Sizes etc - will open the sizes control panel for you to adjust the size, zoom, pan etc of the playitem.

Flip and Rotate - will change the orientation of the picture.

Send to back - will reveal any pictures behind it if you are playing more than one.

Print - will print the displayed pictured

Reset - removes all formatting you have added to the playitem.

Save - will save the picture(s) with formatting applied ie it will save it as it looks either overwriting the source picture or creating a new one.

4. Menu Commands - Viewing area

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The viewing area is the large rectangular area of the screen used by Dintwise for displaying your pictures (etc).

Clear all the pics - removes all pictures (etc) from the viewing area.

Full screen now - makes the viewing area as large as your screen. Same effect as the "Full screen" button at bottom left of the screen. To get back, push the "options" button on the full-screen navigation control.

Select a wallpaper - use this if you wish to change, use or clear one of the supplied wallpapers. Simply click on the one you want and the viewing area will be tiled with it (or cleared if you choose 'none').


Show info block - the info block gives the playitem name, the filename and size (kbytes) and the description and keywords of the item being played. You can elect to hide or show the info block. If you hide it, the basebar controls will resize to fit neatly along the bottom edge of the viewing area.

/tutorials/dntbasebar.gifShow 'basebar' controls - the block of 14 buttons on the bottom right (or bottom) of the viewport. You can hide them to get more room for the desc block, or you can hide both to get more viewing area.

Show 'sidebar' controls - The sidebar is a narrow strip which sits on the right hand side of the viewing area and provides shortcuts to the playitem sizing and border presets and zoom in/out controls.

Shrink pics to fit - if selected, any pictures which are too big to fit inside the viewing area will be automatically resized so they fit. Clicking on the pic will restore it to full size.

Stretch pics to fit - if selected, any pictures which are smaller than the viewing area will be automatically resized so they fit. Clicking on the pic will restore it to normal size.

5. Menu Commands - Search

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Search open playlists and databases - When selected, the search panel will open in the viewing area.

Before a playlist or database can be searched, it must be listed in the contents panel ie you must have opened it using one of the "file - open" commands.

/tutorials/dntsearchlist.gifIf you have classified (added keywords to) any of the playitems in any of the listed playlists / databases, then all the keywords found will be displayed in the top left box of the search panel. For more info about adding keywords see All about keywords

Click on any of those entries and it will be added to the list of search terms. "Alt-click" on any item and it will be added to the list of exclusions (ie find everything that DOESN'T include this word).

Click on any of the listed search or exclude terms and it will be removed from the list.

dntsearchrad.gifUse the radio buttons to specify whether you want to find items with ALL of the search or ANY of them eg (find "blue flies" or everything that's blue and all flies) and whether you want the program to look at keywords only or also names, descriptions and captions.

You can add other search terms if you wish (only useful if you searching on all fields).

Press "search now" when ready.

When searching is finished, a new playlist will be added to the contents panel containing shortcuts to the items found.

6. Menu Commands - Customise

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Preferences - this allows you to change some of the parameters of the program to suit your own taste:

Appearance - you can use your normal windows color scheme for the program and use this panel to adjust the default color of picture borders, or you can use this panel to set up your own color scheme for the program.

Sizes - The sizer control contains a number of preset options for sizing playitems eg 640*480, 320*480, 320*240 etc. The top panel here allows you to change the setting on which these presets are based for example, to 800*600, 400*600 and 400*300.

The lower panel allows you to change the appearance of thumbnail pictures.

Music settings - These options allow you to dictate the way you wish Dintwise to deal with music items (.wav, .mid,.mp3 etc) in your playlists. Options include synchronise pictures to music or queue music in the background, or skip if busy etc.

JPEG - Jpeg files take up considerably less space than bitmap files. How much less depends to a degree on the compression you use. You need to experiment a bit to see what works best for you but we find that 85% is quite a good compromise which gives huge reductions in filesize without noticable loss of quality. Use this panel to change the compression quality used by Dintwise.

Other -

Nag - without this you will not be asked if you want to save temporary playlists, so work may be lost if you make changes to temporary playlists and forget to save them. On the plus side, you won't have to keep being asked if you want to save.

Fullscreen autorun - when set, the program will automatically go to fullscreen mode whenever you start the autoplay.

Name and description when printing. Without this, only the plain picture will be printed.

Recycle bin - when deleting files using Dintwise, you can elect to use the recycle bin or not.

Hints - many of the controls used by Dintwise will display hint boxes when the mouse hovers over them. You can turn that option off if you wish.

7. Menu Commands - Help

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About - the current version of the program.

email us - will fire up your email program with a blank memo addressed to us.

help - will display the latest installed help file (that's this).

visit our website - will fire up your browser and set it to find our website. (

Show splash screen - will display the opening screen which gives you access for example to tips, product codes etc.

8. Popup menu - Contents

If you right-click on any item in the contents panel, the following popup menu will appear, identical to the "Selected Playitems" menu (see Menu Commands - Selected playitems)


9. Popup Menu - Picture

If you "right-click" on a picture in the viewing area, the following popupmenu will appear. It is identical to the "Edit Playitem" menu (see Menu Commands - Edit Playitem)


10. After-word......Why "Dintwise"?

Well, the proper name of the product is....

    neat = tidy (control) and cool (fun), and
    stuff = important, special pictures etc....

It's a stand-out-from-the-crowd program with character and we wanted a name that reflects that.

But we realise that it's a mouthful to keep saying so we shortened it to dntwys ....

which we realise doesn't look very nice but is ok when you write it as it would be pronounced ....


Anyway - we hope you have as much fun using it as we did making it.

Good luck and kind regards,
Thistle Cottage Software