Working with Pictures

Orientation. The Settings button takes you to the Camera application Settings screen, where you can work with different aspects of the pictures, including these:

■ Picture Size—Choose whether to view individual pictures as large or small images.

■ Picture Sort—Sort the way pictures are displayed in a folder, from newest to oldest or oldest to newest.

■ Confirm Deletions—Check this option to ensure that you receive a confirmation message before you delete a picture. If you deselect the option, you won't receive a confirmation, so you could accidentally delete an image by touching the wrong button.

■ Slideshow Interval—Set up how quickly pictures move when a slideshow has been activated. Choose from 2-, 3-, or 4-second intervals.

■ Slideshow Transition—Select the transition options you want to see as the slideshow moves from one picture to another. You can choose Fade In & Out, Slide Left-Right, Slide Up-Down, or Random Selection.

■ Repeat Slideshow—Select this option if you want a photo slideshow to run through all the pictures in the show more than one time.

■ Shuffle Slides—This option enables you to show slides in random order when selected. Deselect to show pictures in the slideshow in the order in which they are stored in your picture folders.

The Flip Orientation option changes the orientation of the Pictures application. Touch the option to switch between landscape and portrait viewing modes.

Going a level deeper opens some new options for you. When you touch one of the picture folders, it opens to show you thumbnails of all the pictures inside that folder. When inside the folder view, press the Menu key to open another menu. This time, you have three options: Slideshow, Flip Orientation, and Settings.

You should be familiar with the Flip Orientation option, so let's look at the other two. The Slideshow option starts a slideshow for that folder. All the pictures in that folder immediately begin to play in slideshow mode when you touch the Slideshow option.

While the slideshow is active, you can touch the screen to pause the slideshow and show a set of available actions. Arrows to the right and left of the screen enable you to move through all the pictures in the file. The magnifying glasses at the bottom of the screen with + and - icons enable you to zoom in or out on a picture.

When you pause the slideshow, you must press the Menu key and touch Slideshow to begin the slideshow from its current location again. Other options in that menu include the following:

■ Share—Touch this icon to open sharing options that enable you to send the picture you're viewing to others by Gmail, Messaging, MySpace, or Picasa, if you have them installed.

■ Rotate—Choose Rotate to open a menu that enables you to rotate the displayed picture either right or left.

■ Flip Orientation—Use this to change the orientation of the application from landscape to portrait.

■ Delete—Choose this icon to delete the current picture from the slideshow and from the Pictures folder. You'll receive a confirmation before the delete action is complete, but after a picture is deleted, you can't get it back.

More—Use this icon to access another menu that gives you these options: Crop (to crop a portion of a picture out of the background), Set As (to set the picture as a contact icon or wallpaper), Details (to show details about when and where the picture was taken), and Settings (to return to the Camera application settings page).

These options are the same options that you would see if you touched a specific picture to view instead of running the pictures in slideshow mode. The Camera application has no additional options, but you'll find some third-party applications that make pictures more useful and fun.

Picasa, a Google application, is one of those third-party applications. The Picasa app enables you to access pictures that you have stored in Picasa web albums, upload pictures to your Picasa account, or download them from your Picasa account to your device.

Another third-party application that you might find useful is SnapPhoto. This application uses the accelerometer that's already on your phone to add stability to your photos. Continuous Shoot is another third-party application that enables you to snap continuous pictures as long as you hold down the camera button.

Finally, Pictoral, a Picasa manager, is more functional than the Picasa third-party application that's available through Android Market. Pictoral makes managing your Picasa pictures from your device a little easier.

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