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New Mono-Based Applications for GNOME in Fedora Core 5--Part 2 - page 3

Continuing a Look at Mono

  • May 8, 2006
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

By default, F-Spot opens in Browse mode--as though you had clicked the Browse button to see all of the images you had imported. Folders are not shown separately. Instead, all of the images they contain are available in the main window. In the bar along the top you will see a timeline. Right-clicking over it displays a contact menu that allows you to Arrange By Month so that the photos are displayed in date order, or Arrange By Folder so the photos are shown according to where they are stored. If you want, you can also select Reverse Order to flip how the display is handled.

This software allows you to add tags to photos. By default, the tags available are Favorites, Hidden, People, Places, and Events. To add a tag, select the photo in the browser, right-click it, select Attach Tag in the context menu, and then select the tag you want to apply. For example, you might find all of the photos you don't like or want to see and attach a Hidden tag to them (or select Edit -> Remove from Catalog if you really hate it). The tag's symbol becomes visible underneath the photo's date in the listing. To remove the tag, choose Remove Tag instead of Attach Tag. Once you are done tagging photos, you can select the tag in the upper left pane to only display photos that have that tag applied.

To create new tags, select Tags -> Create New Tag. You have the option of making a tag tree; for example, placing a tag for Jill under the People parent tag. So, select a Parent Tag if appropriate, enter the name for the new tag below, and click OK. If you want to add an icon for that tag, there is more than one way to do it. Assign the tag to a photo and a cropped version of that first photo because the new icon. Even if you remove this photo from the tag's list, it will remain as the icon. To manually edit a tag's icon, choose Tags -> Edit Tag, and click the Icon box. It takes a moment for the Predefined icon list to fill out, but once it does you can select an icon from there to match this tag.

You also have the option of rotating photos for viewing with the Rotate Left and Rotate Right buttons, making the photo full screen by clicking the Fullscreen button (move your mouse to get the Exit Fullscreen button to appear so you can leave full screen mode), or start a slideshow of the images in the album by clicking the Slideshow button (press Esc to exit the slideshow).

If you want to add more images to your total selection, then click the plus at the bottom left of the screen to open the Import dialog box.

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