The last option in the Settings menu is Preferences. This option allows the user to set up a number of program functions which will apply to all projects until these are altered. When the “Settings/Preferences” option is selected, the following dialog box will open :
The dialog box contains 7 tabs which control various functions of the program. Each of these tab functions is explained below.
Two different functions of PicturesToExe are available for purchase, the Deluxe version which includes all of the program functions and a simplified “Essentials” version. By clicking the “compare editions” button, the list of function which each version supports is shown and prospective purchasers can select which version they wish to purchase. For users who have already purchased a PicturesToExe licence, the version they wish to use should be selected and then no further change to this tab is required.
Compare Editions: Compare Editions Link
Tick for Automatic Checking for Updates
It is recommended that both “Auto recovery” and “Auto save project every” x minutes are selected. Typically the default setting of 5 minutes is a reasonable setting but the user may select any time which is considered appropriate to the project being worked on
This has 2 options :
This has 2 options :
The fourth section, “Optimization of video clips”, provides a means of dealing with compatible video clips. A video clip which is straight out of the camera may be suitable for direct insertion into PicturesToExe. Alternatively the clip can be pre-edited (converted/optimized) in a video editor and saved in various formats (e.g. mpg) and then added to the Slide List in Pictures To Exe. If a video clip is added to the Slide List in Pictures To Exe directly, there are three options which can be selected to determine how the clip is handled. These are :
N.B. Video clips which require Trimming should be Converted/Optimized by right clicking on the clip and choosing “Convert Video Clip” before adding to the Slide List in order to preserve the setting of Full Slide Duration equal to Video Clip Duration.
This section provides 3 options which can be selected if a slide is double-clicked in the Slide list. These are :
This section enables the user to set up default programs for graphical editor, video editor and audio editor.
The last section deals with video card issues and provides 3 options :
In Main Menu / Settings / Preferences / Toolbars you can configure the position of Toolbars and Tools.
Tick or untick any box to turn a Tool on or off.
Highlight any Tool and it can be Moved within its Default Toolbar or to a different Toolbar.
It is not possible to move Tools to or from the Status Bar. It is only possible to “Show/Hide” Status Bar Tools.
Separators and Spacers can be moved in the same way. Extra Separators and Spacers can be added.
The “Editor” tab is shown below. This tab controls features associated with the “Object and Animation” editor window.
This section has two options which control aspects of the O&A window. These are :
This section has two options which are :
(Can also be changed directly in the O&A window by using the “Tools” button)
This deals with the management of templates. A template can be considered as a set of project settings which can be used over and over again without the user having to reset project parameters. For example a user might want to make all his shows where the slide aspect ratio is always 3:2, the slide standard duration is 7s and a standard transition of gradual fade in are required. To do this, set up each of the required settings in “Project Options” and then use the menu option File/Templates/Create Template from this show. In the “Templates” tab, the “custom” button can be used to access all the project settings, the resultant show parameters saved as a template, and the “Use Template for New Projects” button to make this the default template. Of course a number of different templates can be created for different type of show. At the bottom of this section is the location where saved templates will be created. This default folder can be changed by the user if required.