Chapter 5. The Viewer

The reason for you to put all your images into KimDaba, and spending hours after hours describing them, is of course that you at some point want to look at them. For that purpose kimdaba has an image view, which you can get to from the thumbnail overview, as described in Chapter 4.

The viewer can be seen in Figure 5.1. The viewer does of course show you the image, but in addition to that it also shows you the information you specified for each image, including, who is on the images, where and when it was takes etc.

Figure 5.1. The Viewer

In case the box is located on top of part of the images you actually want to see, you can simply grab it with the mouse, and move it elsewhere on the image. It is also possible to configure what should be shown in the info box, and of course whether it should be shown at all. All these options are available by right clicking your mouse on the viewer. The context menu can be seen in Figure 5.2 below.

Figure 5.2. The viewer's context menu

Some of the words in the info box is underlines. If you click the mouse on one of these words the browser (see Chapter 3) will go into scope of that item. Thus if you click on Anne Helene the browser will show you all images of Anne Helene, just as it would have done if you selected Persons from the root of the browser, and next selected Anne Helene.

In case you have loaded several images into the viewer, you can go forth and back using Page Up and Page Down. You can go to the first and last images using home and end. These functions are of course also available from the context menu.

If several images was loaded into the viewer, you can ask it to run them as a slide show, which means that KimDaBa loads a new image every few second. How often it loads a new image is configure by pressing the control key and respective plus (for go faster) or minus (go slower). Starting and stopping the slide show is done simply by pressing the key s.

A very useful feature of the KimDaBa viewer is it ability to go into full screen mode. In this mode, the viewer is using the complete screen space, simply press the return key to make it go into and out of full screen mode.

Using the viewer, you may zoom in and out of your image, simply by dragging out a rectangle with the mouse. Pressing the minus key will zoom out again. Pressing the plus key will zoom in at the center of the image. Figure 5.3 below shows how a zoom rectangle is marked, and Figure 5.4 shows the result of the zoom.

Figure 5.3. Zooming in the viewer

Figure 5.4. Zooming in the viewer

Choosing the rotate operations from the context menu, you may rotate the image, but next time you start the viewer with that image, it will show up in its original orientation. To change the rotation permanently, you must changed it by setting image properties (see Chapter 2). You can set properties for the current image, simply by choosing Edit Image Properties in the context menu.

Drawing on Images

Sometimes it might not be obvious what you want to show with a given image, for that purpose KimDaBa allows you to draw on the images. Currently the drawing operations are pretty limited, but future version of KimDaBa is expected to have a larger set available.

The actual drawing is not saved to the image, but rather to the database, that way you can undo your drawing at a later point.

In Figure 5.5 you can see an image drawn on. To bring KimDaBa in to drawing mode, select Draw on Image from the context menu. To quit drawing, press the cross in the toolbar at the top of the window.

Figure 5.5. Drawing on Images