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PREPARING YOUR MEDIA CARD (Radio Shack Viewer and most others)
Be sure to format your media card with the FAT file structure (not NTFS). Then put it into the photo frame and turn on the photo frame. After the Radio Shack logo comes up, pull the card out and put it back into your computer and the directory structure it is looking for will have been created. You can then copy the files created by wdpv.exe to the lowest subfolder and they will display properly in the viewer.

When I first dumped 50 images to this viewer over the USB port, none of them were included in the slide show. I had to manually select each image with the viewer and tell it to include that image in the slide show, which took several minutes of tedium. To avoid having to do this, I added a -p flag to the command line options, which will create .jpg files which are automatically set to be included in the Philips display slide show.

To convert pictures, drag and drop one of the following onto the program icon: (1) a single picture file; (2) a selection of multiple pictures; (3) a folder full of pictures; (4) a text file that contains a list of picture file names (one per line).

Create a shortcut icon by right-clicking on the program icon and dragging to an empty space on your desktop. Then right-click the new shortcut icon and select "Properties". Where it says "Target:", append your customized command line options, e.g. -sort shuffle -p -geom 720x480. Be sure to leave a space between the name of the program and your command line options. Then click "OK". This is a good way to create specific icons for different types of conversions.

To globally affect wdpv.exe, use the WDPV environment variable. Example: To have wdpv.exe size the pictures for a 640x480 frame and show the date on the pictures (Windows XP/2000):

  1. Right-click "My Computer" from either your desktop or your Start Menu.
  2. Select "Properties" in the pop-up menu.
  3. Select the "Advanced" tab.
  4. Click the "Environment Variables" button (bottom of tab).
  5. Click the top "New" button.
  6. For "Variable name:", put:     WDPV
  7. For "Variable value:", put:     -date -geom 640x480
  8. Click "OK" (three times).

You can put other command line options in for step 7 (to turn on captioning, turn off sharpening, etc.). Double-click the program icon to see the various options (part 2 of 4).

You can also choose to run wdpv.exe from the Windows command shell, e.g.

    C:\MyPictures> wdpv *.jpg -date -geom 400x300 -quality 95

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