Pictoscope General Description

Pictoscope is an image viewer with all you need to enjoy your digital images in various comfortable ways. It can display mages in four different forms:

  • Normal view: the image is contained in a normal window, with borders and clip controls. It is displayed in the original format if it fits in the screen, otherwise it is automatically reduced to the maximum size fitting in the screen. You can then optionally crop or resize the image by dragging the windows borders or the image itself, hide the borders and even set the image in a slow and random motion. The cropped or resized image can be saved in JPEG format with selectable quality level, with original resolution or with the resolution seen on the screen.
  • Full screen view: the image is shown in the middle of the screen, on a black background that fills the rest of screen, hiding anything else. You can pass from normal view to full screen view and vice versa by double clicking the image
  • Slide show with an optional, barely noticeable status bar showing various indicators, including the number of images unseen compared with the total number of pictures. You can crop and/or resize pictures on-the-fly, using the built-in editing functionality or calling a predefined external editor without breaking the slide show sequence. The modified image will automatically replace the current one in the slide show. You can suspend a slide show, quit the program and resume the show another time exactly from the point of suspension (this sort of hibernation is especially useful when viewing shows with hundreds of pictures). Slide show scripts can be created automatically with a key stroke from the normal view of any picture and include all pictures in the same folder and, optionally, also those contained in all subfolders.
  • Thumbnails.

Above functions can be combined with a powerful search capability based on character strings to be found in names of image files contained in a directory or directory tree. Up to three search criteria can be entered, with AND/OR operator. Once obtained the search results, the user can run a slide show or create thumbnail with all the images found, no matter in which directory they are.
Pictoscope functions are also included in All-in-1 Personal Organizer.

To see the windows and menus of Pictoscope included in APO as image viewing functions click here.

Pictoscope is compatible with all versions of Windows.

Pictoscope Functions And Commands

The following main functions are available with the image in normal or full screen view (through context menu commands or shortcut keys):
  • do slide show of all images contained in the same directory as the image now on display
  • create and show thumbnails of all images contained in the same directory as the image now on display
  • delete file
  • rename file
  • copy image to clipboard
  • edit image (call the user selected selected image editor)
  • save file as...
  • zoom in
  • zoom out
  • hide/show window borders
  • black background
  • start animation (the picture will lose its borders and start moving slowly and randomly)

The following main functions or indicators are available during a slide show (through the status bar or shortcut keys):
  • hide/show status bar
  • auto/manual operation
  • change time interval between consecutive images
  • random/sequential mode
  • number of unseen images
  • go to next image
  • go to previous image
  • image file name
  • image position number
  • total number of images

The following main functions are available during a slide show( through context menu commands or shortcut keys):
  • display control panel
  • zoom in
  • zoom out
  • random/sequential mode
  • auto/manual operation
  • delete file
  • copy image to clipboard
  • edit image (call the user selected selected image editor)
  • save file as...

The following main functions or indicators are available during a thumbnail creation/display for the selected thumbnail (through context menu commands or shortcut keys):
  • rename file
  • delete file
  • edit image (call the user selected selected image editor)

The following main functions or indicators are available in the control panel:
  • general:
    • display image last shown

    • delete image last shown

    • edit image last shown (call the user selected selected image editor)

    • search image (one to three search criteria with AND/OR operator)

    • black background on/off

    • fit mode (to enlarge images to maximum size fitting in screen)

    • search results

  • slide show management:

    • build and run slide show

    • run slide show file

    • do a slideshow with images from search result

    • random/sequential mode for slide show

    • auto/manual mode for slide show

    • time interval for slide show

  • thumbnail management:
    • build and show thumbnails
    • run a thumbnail file

    • make thumbnails with images from search result

    • sort thumbnails by name or date/time

    • sort thumbnails ascending or descending

  • directory management:
    • display path of image file last used

    • display path of slide show file last used

    • display path of thumbnail last used

    • display/change path of preferred image editor

    • display/change path of initial directory for searches

Pictoscope is easy to use, essential, safe and reliable. The user interface is intuitive and self explaining. You don't need to read any help or user manual to use it, other than the above description.

Pictoscope download


Pictoscope v.4.0.22 (2.18 MB)

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Pictoscope Registration Policy

Pictoscope can be used free of charge for non commercial use, without time limits.

However, donations are welcome by means or registrations

If you want to use Pictoscope commercially, you need to register the product. Price of registration is 15 US$.

Payments can be done through PayPal.

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Pictoscope Version History

Current version is 4.0.22 (22/giu/2008)

It includes the following changes (F = bug fixed, I = improvement, N = new function)

22^080622.1) F: Main window could become invisible.
21^070924.1) I: Program now works also with vertical start bar.
20^070806.1) I: Clear paths of previous session on startup.
19^070726.1) F: Overflow error when working with desktopo extended to 2nd monitor.
18^070512.2) F: Correction of picture zoom-in in normal view with borders.
17^070512.1) F: Correction of picture frame size in same coses of normal view with borders.
16^070418.1) I: Temporary files will be created in Windows' temporary folder.
15^050819.4) F: Auto size of non-fullscreen window takes into account variable size of start bar.
14^050819.3) I: In crop mode, use of left, right, up, dn keys has been inverted.
13^050819.2) I: In crop mode and full screen mode, you can now use page up/dn and home/end keys to move picture faster.
12^050819.1) F: Avoid error file not found after saving as jpeg to a different folder.
11^050817.3) F: Number of unseen pictures unduly updated in sequential mode.
10^050817.2) I: Random/sequential mode, comments hidden mode, auto/manual mode, interval saved in slide show file.
09^050817.1) I: In normal window (non full screen, framed), improved handling of 'original resolution' mode.
08^040411.8) I: Improved handling of change from random to sequential mode (do not go immediately to slide #1).
07^040411.7) I: Association of files jpg, gif or bmp with Pictoscope prompted at startup and inserted in start window context menu.
06^040411.6) I: In save image, dialog title shows the function you have requested.
05^040411.5) F: In slide show, avoid loading two pictures at once whenn pressing 'R' (previous correction not sufficient).
04^040411.4) F: In slide show, avoid loading two pictures at once whenn pressing 'R'.
03^040411.3) N: Function to rename files of a folder to sequence numbers.
02^040411.2) F: Overflow error when setting a picture in motion.
01^040411.1) I: Pictoscope is now free of charge.
------------------------- VERSION 4.0.0 -----------------------------
[end of version history]