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Black border for full screen browsing

PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:08 pm
by BruceClarke
Great to find a browser that handles monitor profiles for my wide gamut monitor!

I like to view images full screen, but it would be great to have the option of say a defined size of black pixel border, so the images don't touch the edge of the screen. I find it much easier to review images with a bit of space around them. The only way I can find at the moment is to set the right click zoom to say 25%, but I'd rather be able to set a border as the initial default view. Defining a fixed percentage would be OK too, and more consistent for landscape and portrait shots.

I'm on XP SP3, so guess this is unlikley, but hope to get a Win7 machine soon.

Thanks,
Bruce

Re: Black border for full screen browsing

PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:02 am
by BruceClarke
Just me then? I'm surprised no-one else wants this.

Bruce

Re: Black border for full screen browsing

PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:35 pm
by Axel
Hmm, are you suggesting a not-really-full-screen mode? It's not impossible to do but most users typically wants to see their pictures as big as possible and the full-screen mode (F11), combined with taskbar auto-hiding (F12) does just that!

Re: Black border for full screen browsing

PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:24 am
by BruceClarke
Hi Axel, exactly that. Some of the time, filling the screen is good, but I find reviewing a series of similar shots, it's easier to assess the composition with a bit of black space all round, say 80-100 pixels from the edge of the closest dimension. You've still got the 100% zoom on left click to check detail. If you were able to have this as a default view, another right click zoom option could be to fill the screen? I already use full-screen mode with the taskbar auto-hiding.

As a graphic designer, I've got used to viewing photos and work with a border to minimise interference from the background. A lot of LCDs have fairly thin bezels now, so if you are working in a light room with distracting things behind, I'm sure this would be a helpful option.

Thanks,
Bruce

Re: Black border for full screen browsing

PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:57 pm
by Axel
FastPictureViewer Pro 1.9.321 has a preference option that let you sepecify a margin to observe around pictures, up to 135 pixels.

Re: Black border for full screen browsing

PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:38 pm
by BruceClarke
Thanks very Axel. I downloaded the latest, and couldn't find it, then realised that was build 320. Build 321 isn't up yet. Looking forward to trying it. Thanks again,

Bruce

Re: Black border for full screen browsing

PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:09 am
by Axel
Yes build 321 will be available for download on Sat Sept 28, 2013.

The "black border" feature in FastPictureViewer Pro will be called passe-partout and will be available through a menu option on the taskbar's right-click context menu as well as through a keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Enter, which will toggle the borders on and off.

The program will remember this setting between session, the thickness of the borders will be controlled by a preference option, between 1 and 135 pixels, with a default of 96 which is about 1 inch on most computer monitors. The background color is already selectable in the preferences, so black is not the only option.

Re: Black border for full screen browsing

PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:14 pm
by BruceClarke
Perfect thanks Axel! I love the new suite of zoom modes, shortcuts and toggles, just what I was after. One tiny thing on the right click zoom, it no longer centres on the screen, but offset upwards on mine when set to say 20%. Maybe there is somewhere to reset this, but I couldn't find it.

Many thanks,
Bruce

Re: Black border for full screen browsing

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:42 am
by Axel
There was a small arithmetic error related to maintaining the panning accross multiple images in build 321. This is more complicated than it sounds as the successive images don't neccessarily have the same size nor the same orientation.

Build 321 has now been superceeded by build 322, hopefully the issue you described is gone.

Re: Black border for full screen browsing

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:13 pm
by BruceClarke
It seems less offset now Axel, but still is for me with passe-partout set. It is fine without it set. If you take the extreme example, with a passe-partout border of 130 pixels, and right click zoom of 20%, the image is very close to the top edge and well left on my 1920x1200 24" screen at full screen. If you switch to a maximised window (F11), it actually disappears off the top edge slightly. It's no big deal, as with moderate settings, the offset isn't really worrying, but does sort of look wrong.