Image display

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The background color used for the thumbnail display can be set to white, black or gray.


BreezeBrowser Pro caches the last few images displayed in main view and when running the slideshow to speed up viewing. The cache size can be specified in the image display preferences depending on how much memory (RAM) your PC has.


BreezeBrowser Pro can display three different sizes of thumbnails: small, large and extra large. Small thumbnails are a maximum of 80x80 pixels and large thumbnails are 160x160 pixels. The size of extra large thumbnails is user definable and can be set to any value between 200x200 pixels and 1000x1000 pixels. Larger thumbnail sizes are slower to generate and use more memory than smaller sizes and should be avoided unless your system has plenty of RAM (e.g. 512Mb or more).


The size of the image magnifier window can be set to any value between 100 and 500 pixels.


BreezeBrowser Pro has two methods of rotating JPEG images both of which are lossless and don't affect the image quality:

1) rearranging image data to rotate the image

2) editing the EXIF orientation variable stored in the shooting data

The first method is not as fast as the second method and can result in small strips of the image being wrapped around if the image size is not an exact multiple of the JPEG tile size (this isn't a problem with unedited images straight from a digital camera). The second method is very fast but not many applications read this value resulting in the image being displayed in its original unrotated orientation. At the time of writing Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro all ignore the EXIF orientation.


Click on "Ignore embedded thumbnails in JPEGs" if you want BreezeBrowser Pro to generate thumbnail images from the main JPEG image rather than the embedded thumbnail. This is slower than using the embedded thumbnail but avoids problems when the thumbnail becomes out of sync with the main image. One common example of this is when you edit a JPEG using Photoshop 6.0. Photoshop takes a copy of the EXIF data of the JPEG and writes it back to the JPEG when it is saved. Normally this is useful because the EXIF data is preserved, but because the EXIF data also includes the embedded thumbnail this will show the original file and not the edited image.

Note: The "Regenerate JPEG thumbnails" function (under the "Tools" menu) can be used to update the thumbnails if they have become out of sync with the main image data.


The "Highlight method" drop down list specifies how highlight values are calculated when displaying flashing highlights in main view. Set this to "luminosity" to use the luminosity value from the image to calculate the highlight values. Alternatively this can be set to "Max RGB" and the maximum value from the red, green and blue channels will be used to calculate the highlight value. The threshold value sets the threshold above which the highlight is shown blinking. A value of 250 is probably a good starting point.


The "HQ Strength" setting specifies how much sharpening to apply to images viewed in main view in HQ mode. The default setting is 75.


Click on the "RAW+JPEG settings..." button to specify how BreezeBrowser Pro should display raw and JPEG files from Canon Nikon cameras. The following dialog will be displayed:




Certain Canon and Nikon cameras can store RAW and JPEG images and these can be handled as a pair in BreezeBrowser Pro by selecting "Link RAW+JPEG files". When this option is selected operations such as image rename, copy, move, delete and IPTC editing will be applied to both the RAW file and the JPEG file.


Canon EOS 1D and 1Ds raw files contain a small 288x192 pixel TIFF image and the full resolution raw image data. If no display options are selected in the dialog BreezeBrowser Pro will display the small TIFF image in main view. This image is very quick to display, but is rather small. Select one of the options described below to display a larger image in main view:


1.Convert raw images when displaying in main view. When this option is selected BreezeBrowser Pro will convert the raw files using the "As shot" settings and then resize the image to fit the display. The raw conversion takes approximately 4 secs for a 1D raw file and 18 secs for a 1Ds raw file on a moderately fast 1.3GHz PC and has to be performed every time the image is displayed.
2.If you shoot in Raw + JPEG mode select "Link JPEG to EOS 1D/1Ds raw image when available" to display the JPEG when available. When this option is selected rename, move, copy and delete options are automatically performed on both the 1D raw file and the associated JPEG image. Images are displayed much faster with this option than the first option provided the JPEG is available.
3.Select the "Auto create JPEG" option if you do not shoot in Raw + JPEG mode and would like BreezeBrowser Pro to create a preview JPEG automatically the first time the raw file is displayed. When this option is selected it takes approximately 4 secs to convert a 1D raw image (approx 18secs for a 1Ds raw file) and create the JPEG preview image the first time it is displayed. After that the JPEG image is displayed automatically and viewing is much faster. You can specify the size of the preview JPEG to be 50% the size of the raw image or the same size as the raw image.


BreezeBrowser Pro can use color profiles to help display images with accurate colors. In order use color profiles for display a suitable display monitor profile should be selected and enabled. Color profiles are normally stored in one of the following directories: C:\Windows\System\Color on Windows 98 and Windows ME systems, C:\WinNT\System32\Color on Windows 2000 and C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\color on Windows XP. When the monitor profile is enabled BreezeBrowser Pro will read color profiles embedded in JPEG and TIFF image files and convert the colors for display on the monitor. You may also specify a default profile to be used for images that don't contain a color profile.


If "Use default monitor profile" is selected BreezeBrowser Pro will use the default profile defined for your monitor. Most color profiling systems will automatically set the default profile when calibrating your system. The default profile can also be set by right clicking on the Windows desktop and selecting Properties. Then click on the Settings tab and click on the Advanced button followed by the "Color Management" tab.


Some cameras allow you to specify the colorspace they should use (e.g. the Canon EOS 10D, 1D and 1DS output in sRGB or Adobe RGB 1998 colorspaces). Unfortunately these cameras don't embed a color profile in the image making it difficult to use color management to display images correctly. BreezeBrowser Pro can read the colorspace information from the shooting data in Canon EOS 10D, 1D and 1DS images and then automatically use the sRGB or Adobe RGB 1998 color profile to display the image. Select "Read color space from shooting data if no profile is embedded" to enable this feature. Please note: this feature only works for images displayed in main view (applying it to thumbnail images would be too slow).


You may also specify a color profile to use for printing and print preview.


Tip: Color management can slow down the display of images and can be quickly toggled on and off by typing Shift+Ctrl+K. Please press F5 to refresh the displayed image to reflect the new settings.