Collecting CD Art
There are a number
of Internet sites that sell CD's. Many of these site have
the CD or Album Cover Art.
Since this is copyrighted material,
we are not allowed to post it, but you can pick up the files
Directions for doing that are listed below. Then
when Wintrax plays a song from a particular CD, the
will be displayed. By the way, this image is also displayed
when the Wintrax Screen-Saver is
active. (To "drop"
the screen-saver, either press ALT ~
(Alt-Tilde) or double-click on the "Song Timer".
CD Universe www.cduniverse.com
CD Covers www.cdcovers.cc
Remember: Click on each thumbnail for the largest cover artwork.
Please respect the
collect artwork for CD's you own.
First, we'll cover scanning your own. Many
scanners are different, so get familiar with your
hardware, by scanning in a few test CD covers. Most scanner
software allows you select the
scan density. Since these images are going to be displayed
and not printed, you don't have to
use a real high density rate.
If you're using VGA 640 x 480 mode, then
select 72 dpi (dots-per-inch). RECOMMENDED
If you're using VGA 800 x 600 mode, then select 84 dpi (dots-per-inch).
Your BMP, GIF or JPG files should be 388
x 388 pixels. This is usually selected by dragging the
(the dotted outline border) of your "preview" scanned
image in or out and watching the
indicators change. These are either text boxes or coordinates
in some corner of your screen.
Once you scan an image, if BMP you should
convert them from 24-bit Truecolor to 8-bit Indexed
256-Color mode for an estimated size 150k each. If you leave
them in 24-bit Truecolor, they
may be over a megabyte in size each.
If BMP format, you can save them in 8-bit
256 colors and you'll reduce the size of the files tremendously
AND reduce the display time when Wintrax uses them.
CAPTURING INTERNET IMAGES:
Using MS Internet Explorer, Netscape or your
favorite Internet Browser, go to one of the sites
earlier. Look up
an artist or album using their search methods. Usually you
find the artwork, for the CD.
If you click on the thumbnail of the album, you will usually
To capture it, RIGHT CLICK your mouse while
pointing at the artwork. A pop-up
menu should appear. Select "Save Picture As.." (IE)
or "Save Image As.." (Netscape),
depending on which browser you use. Most other browsers work
the same way.
A "Save As.." dialog box will allow
you to choose where to save the file too. If you're
using Netscape, you must save the file as a GIF or JPG as
automatically indicated in
the "Save As Type:" list box at the bottom of the
dialog box. (Changing it to BMP will not save
it as one). Save the images to your "C:Wintrax\Images"
directory (see note below about
If you're using Internet Explorer, when the
"Save As.." dialog box pops-up, you can
click "Save As Type:" and change the type to "BMP
(*.BMP)" if using Wintrax 98 or BMP, GIF or
JPG if using Wintrax
XP. Save images to
your "C:Wintrax\Images" directory (see note below
about naming them).
Note: It is best for Wintrax if you rename
the BMP, GIF, or JPG to the actual Record ID, so you
go to each Record ID and add the names manually. The easiest
way to effectively
do that, is to print out an "Album Report (Sorted by
Artists)" from the Wintrax Reports menu.
Before you do though, go to "ReIndex",
select "Filter Search Lists", and UNCHECK
the "Show Loaded Albums Only". Then click the "OK"
button, and choose to ReIndex the
date. This will generate an index of ALL albums, not just
the ones loaded. Then print out the
BTW (by-the-way) don't forget to go back
and change the "Show Loaded Albums Only"
option back and ReIndex again when you're done, so that you
don't get a lot of un-needed
songs that are not online in your search lists.
The Album Report will have the DISC ID next
to each artist/album name, so you'll know what
to name the BMP's, GIF's or JPG's you collect. This report
is handy to have in your automobile
if you have a big
collection so you don't accidentally purchase the same album
Additional NETSCAPE step for Wintrax
If you use Netscape and have to save the
files as GIF or JPG format, then bring up MS Paint
or your favorite graphic editor. Load and resave each graphic,
changing the "Save As Type:"
Please print this page out, so you follow
it step-by-step and add it to your Wintrax Manual.