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.

Pixel - a picture element, or "dot". All digital photographs comprise an array of x pixels by y pixel with each pixel being the smallest unit of the picture.

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.