Video Out / TV display operation
The Vista can be connected to a TV via the supplied cable which ends in a yellow RCA jack. Simply connect the Vista and choose the 'Turn On Video' option from the LCD menu. A little time later an on-screen menu will appear on the TV screen. All control of the Digital Album from now onwards is carried out using the supplied remote. Here's a diagram of the remote control's functions:
Below is a summary of functions available in this mode:
|When you first switch to video mode you are presented with File List view mode, here is an example of navigating through folders to a list of images. Note that filenames have been copied back from a PC (typical filenames would begin IMG_ or DSC_)||Press the thumbnail view button to switch to browseable view of thumbnails instead of filenames. Note that the filename and image size is displayed on the status bar (bottom of screen).|
|Press Select/Enter on the remote control to display the image in full screen view. You can browse through images using the arrow keys.||
Press Enter/Select to magnify the image, in this mode you can scroll around the image using the arrow keys.
|Press the Rotate button to rotate an image through 90 degrees.|
|Press the information button to display EXIF data, this includes shooting information as well as exposure details.|
Menus and functions
While in video out mode you can also carry out rudimentary maintenance such as file deletion, cut & paste (move or copy), renaming, creation of new folders and also printing (via the cradle's parallel port).
|The simple 'windows like' menu system is accessed by pressing the menu button on the remote, from here you can manipulate images, create folders and change view modes / options.||Selecting options such as rename or new folder displays this on-screen text input box. Use the arrow keys and select button to type.|
|A new and very welcome addition to the on-screen interface is the ability to select multiple images (press the OK button). This can be carried out in File List or Thumbnail view mode. Multiple selections can then be cut / copied / deleted etc.||Selecting print should display the print dialog, unfortunately my test unit didn't have any drivers installed. Drivers are available for both HP and Epson Photo printers.|
|The settings dialog allows you to change such options as rotation direction and slideshow interval.||The About box displays identity and version information.|