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Storage Card connection

The Digital Album's PCMCIA slot is in the top of the unit. To be able to connect storage cards (other than PCMCIA type) you must use the relevant PCMCIA adapter, shown below are several different storage formats with their associated PCMCIA adapters (none properly inserted).

CF Type I CF Type II (Microdrive shown)
SmartMedia Memory Stick


Controls

On the front of the Digital Album are five buttons which are used to control the unit through a simple menu system displayed on the main LCD panel. Menu navigation is carried out using the up and down arrows and the center power/select button. The far left button selects video mode, the far right button is used to alter the LCD contrast.

 


LCD Panel Display

The LCD panel itself is capable of displaying six lines of text as well as a row of icons along the bottom which indicate battery status, charging, transfer and connectivity. Below are described the various functions and associated displays.

The Nixvue logo is displayed at startup. This is the main menu, from here you can copy card contents, verify the last transfer, enable the Video-out mode, check disk space or power the unit off.
Selecting the copy option (with a card inserted). The unit will copy the whole contents of the storage card, be they JPEG, MPEG, RAW, TIFF, whatever. The Digital Album then copies all the files on the card to its hard disk. A five level status indicator provides feedback as to the status of the transfer.
After the copy is complete the Digital Album confirms the number of files copied. If you wish you may compare the files on to the hard disk against those on the storage card to re-confirm the copy status.
After a verify you can choose to erase the card contents (a nice shortcut to having to re-format the card in-camera each time). Again, a confirmation is displayed after the card has been erased.
Here is an example of what happens if you try to copy an empty card... At least it's that intelligent. Checking disk space returns the amount of available storage in MegaBytes.
Pressing the far left button allows you to change the video-out format (PAL or NTSC). The LCD screen contrast can be altered by first pressing the far right button and using the up and down arrows.
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