Sony DSC-F1, Cyber-shot DSC-F1 User's manual

Sony DSC-F1, Cyber-shot DSC-F1 User's manual

3-859-881-23(1)

PC Connecting Kit

Operating Instructions

For the latest information on this product

For Windows: Refer to the “readme.txt” file on the supplied

CD-ROM.

For Macintosh: Refer to the “ReadMe” file on the supplied

CD-ROM.

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For the latest information on this product, refer to the following:

For Windows:

“readme.txt” file on the supplied

CD-ROM, using the Windows

“Notepad” program. (You can open the file by clicking [Start],

[Programs], [Sony] and then

[Supplement]. )

For Macintosh:

“ReadMe” file on the supplied CD-

ROM using the Simple Text.

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About this manual

This instruction manual is divided into two sections:

For Windows (from page 7)

The former section explains how to use the PC Connecting Kit for Windows:

Before you begin (page 8)

Explains features of the PC connecting kit. Also explains the system requirements for using this product.

Setting up (page 13)

Explains how to install the software, set the Digital Still Camera and connect the Camera to your PC.

Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility

Capturing an image (page 23)

Explains how to save the camera images onto hard disk in album or another file format and then display the images on the hard disk. Also explains how to acquire an image from the devices which support TWAIN protocol into your PC.

Editing an image (page 54)

Explains how to change album thumbnail and comments, copy and delete an image, print and transfer an image and other editing features.

Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5

Using the TWAIN data source (page 69)

Explains how to transfer a camera image to an application which supports TWAIN protocol.

Others (page 71)

Gives additional information.

For Macintosh (from page 77)

The later section explains how to use the PC Connecting Kit for Macintosh:

Before you begin (page 78)

Explains features of the PC connecting kit. Also explains the system requirements for using this product.

Setting up (page 82)

Explains how to connect the software to your Macintosh. Also explains how to set the Digital Still Camera and connect the Camera to your Macintosh.

Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility

Capturing an image (page 86)

Explains how to save the camera images onto hard disk in album or another file format and then display the images on the hard disk.

Editing an image (page 113)

Explains how to sort the images, change a comment, zoom and rotate an image, review the image information, print and transfer an image and other editing features.

Sony Digital Still Camera Plug-in

Using the Plug-in (page 123)

Explains how to transfer a camera image into the application which supports Adobe Photoshop Plug-in.

Others (page 125)

Gives additional information

Note

Explanations in this manual assume that you are familiar with basic Windows and Macintosh operations. For how to use your computer and operating systems, please refer to the respective manuals.

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Table of contents

About this manual ................................. 3

Getting started ........................................ 6

For Windows (from page 7)

Before you begin

Features ................................................... 8

System requirements ........................... 12

Setting up

Determining how to connect the Digital

Still Camera .................................... 13

Connecting via cable ........................... 14

Connecting via infrared port ............. 18

Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility

Capturing an image

Starting “Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” ............................... 23

About the menus ................................. 24

Using the tool bar ................................ 29

Changing system settings ................... 30

Opening the camera images ............... 31

Opening the image from the image list window .................. 31

Opening the image directly ......... 34

Saving the camera images in album . 35

Opening and saving the camera images ............................................. 35

Saving all the camera images without opening them .................. 37

Saving the selected camera images without opening them .................. 38

Saving the camera images as another file format ....................................... 40

Opening and saving the camera images ............................................. 40

Saving all the camera images without opening them .................. 43

Saving the selected camera images without opening them .................. 45

Opening an album of the hard disk .. 47

Opening an image file directly .......... 50

Capturing an image from TWAIN device .............................................. 53

Editing an image

Changing the album front cover ....... 54

Changing the caption .......................... 55

Moving albums or images

(drag and drop) ............................ 56

Copying an image to another album 57

Copying with the File menu .............. 59

Deleting images or albums ................. 60

Searching for images ........................... 61

Printing images .................................... 62

Changing the image display size ...... 64

Rotating an image ................................ 65

Reviewing the image information ..... 66

Transferring an image to the camera ...................................... 67

Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5

Using the TWAIN data source

Transferring camera images to an application which supports the

TWAIN protocol ............................ 69

Others

Troubleshooting ................................... 71

Index ................................................... 74

For Macintosh (from page 77)

Before you begin

Features ................................................. 78

System requirements ........................... 81

Setting up

Step 1: Installing the software ........... 82

Step 2: Connecting the Digital Still

Camera ............................................ 84

Step 3: Setting up the Digital Still

Camera ............................................ 85

Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility

Capturing an image

Starting “Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” ............................... 86

About the menus ................................. 87

Using the tool bar ................................ 91

Setting the Preferences ........................ 92

Opening the camera images ............... 94

Opening the image from the image list window .................. 94

Opening the image directly ......... 97

Saving the camera images in album . 98

Opening and saving the camera images ............................................. 98

Saving all the camera images without opening them ................ 100

Saving the selected camera images without opening them ................ 101

Saving the camera images as another file type ......................................... 103

Opening and saving the camera images ........................................... 103

Saving all the camera images without opening them ................ 105

Saving the selected camera images without opening them ................ 106

Opening an album of the hard disk 109

Opening an image file directly ........ 111

Editing an image

Changing the comment ..................... 113

Sorting the images ............................. 114

Copying an image to another album ............................................ 115

Deleting images ................................. 116

Printing images .................................. 117

Changing the image display size .... 119

Rotating an image .............................. 120

Reviewing the image information ... 121

Transferring an image to the camera .................................... 122

Sony Digital Still Camera

Plug-in

Using the Plug-in

Transferring camera images to your application .................................... 123

Others

Troubleshooting ................................. 125

Index ................................................. 127

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Getting started

The items used in this product are supplied in the

Digital Still Camera DSC-F1 package together with the other supplied accessories. Unpack the package and pick up the following items:

Connecting cable (1)

Cable adapter for Macintosh (1)

Hybrid CD-ROM for IBM PC/AT compatible

PC and Macintosh (1)

Operating instructions for PC Connecting Kit

(1)

Registration card (1)

For Windows

Operating Instructions

Before you begin

Features

***Language install option

You can select the menu and dialog language for each software you install.

The directory described as

“***” in each installer stands for a language install option-English,

French or German.

For the file name of the installer, refer to the files contained in each language folder: The file named “Setup.exe” or

“Install.exe” is the installer.

The PC Connecting Kit for Windows comprises the connecting cable and the CD-ROM, which includes the following: p

Installer (DSCAlbum\***\Setup.exe)

Installs the following:

Application software “Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility Version 1.5”

Captures images from the Sony Digital Still

Camera DSC-F1 and edits them:

• Captures Digital Still Camera images with or without opening them and copies them onto the hard disk in the desired file format.

• Offers a variety of album and image editing functions: moves the position of an image in an album, copies images to another album, deletes images, searches for images, zooms and rotates images, prints an image, and transfers an image from a hard disk. You can also capture an image from a TWAIN device such as a digital image scanner.

TWAIN data source driver “Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN

1.5”

Enables direct capturing of images from the

Digital Still Camera into an application which supports the TWAIN protocol.

p

Installer (Infrared\***\Setup.exe)

Installs the following:

Microsoft Windows 95 Infrared

Communications Driver Version 2.0

Enables infrared data communication between the

Digital Still Camera DSC-F1 and your PC, which is equipped with the infrared communication hardware or adapter. Please install this driver if it is not installed on the Windows 95 operating system of your PC. For information using the driver software, see the release notes or Help online document.

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Before you begin

Image filing system of the Album

Utility

The “Sony Digital Still Camera album Utility” handles the images in a unique album filing system–“Album” format. You can also handle the images as standard file formats such as BMP, TIFF or JPEG.

Album format

When the Digital Still Camera images are copied onto the hard disk or other storage device, they are stored in the original filing system shown below, which is called the “Album” format. The “Album” format enables saving an image in a small file size without degrading its picture quality. Since the “Album” format is the original filing system, you cannot open an Album format file with other applications.

Dscalbum folder

located on the root directory.

Notes

• Do not delete nor change the names of folders or files under the PIC_CAM directory. Doing so will prevent the control file inside the directory from activating and the

“Sony Digital Still

Camera Album Utility” from displaying the image.

• In case the Dscalbum folder is renamed or moved to another directory, it cannot be located with [Open

Folder] in the File menu of the “Sony

Digital Still Camera

Album Utility.” You can locate the folder with [Find Folder] in the Option menu.

The list of files contained in the selected album.

Album folder

The folder named with an 8-digit number containing the maximum of

30 PIC***** folders. It is the only folder whose name users can register.

Albums

Each folder can contain up to 200 image files

(.pmp).

Before you begin

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Features

Thumbnail

Stands for each image in the album list or image list.

The Album is displayed as follows:

Thumbnail

Album icon

Album list

Album icons contained in the album folder (********) are listed with the thumbnail. Each album in the list stands for the

PIC***** folder.

v

Image list

The thumbnails of images contained in the selected album (PIC*****) are listed.

Each image in the list stands for a PMP file. You can select and open any image.

v

Image

The selected image is displayed in full size.

Other file formats

You can also save or display the images in standards file formats: BMP (bitmap), TIFF, and JPEG formats.

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Before you begin

Operation flow chart

Setting Up (page 13)

Connect the Digital Still Camera with the PC via cable or infrared port and install the software.

v

Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility

v

Sony DSC-F1

TWAIN 1.5

Start the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility”

(page 23)

v

Open the Camera Image

(page 31)

v

Select the images to be stored in the hard disk

v

Save

v v

Save the Camera Image without Opening it all the camera images only selected images

v

Open the image stored in the hard disk (page 47)

Select the image in the image list or specify the image file to be opened.

v

Edit an image/Print an image/Transfer an image to the

Camera (page 54)

You can edit an image: changing album front cover, moving, copying, deleting, printing an image, enlarging and diminishing an image, rotating an image. You can also transfer an image to the Digital Still Camera.

Start a TWAIN application

(page 69)

v

Select the “Sony

DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5”

v

Transfer camera images to a TWAIN application

Before you begin

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System requirements

Note

Depending on the PC, the selectable serial speeds

(bps) are limited.

Your PC and system software must meet the following minimum requirements to use this product:

• IBM PC/AT or compatible

– CPU: 80386SX 66MHz and above

– RAM: 16MB or more

• OS: Microsoft Windows 3.1 or Windows 95

• Hard disk space: 40MB or more depending on the size and number of images you store.

• A color monitor with a video board or video driver to display 640

×

480 pixels and 256 colors or better.

(A video board with 16,770,000 colors is recommended.)

• CD-ROM drive

• RS-232C port (serial speed selectable among

9600bps/19200bps/38400bps) or infrared port

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Before you begin

Setting up

Determining how to connect the

Digital Still Camera

Before using this software to capture the Digital Still

Camera Images onto your PC, the Camera and your

PC should be properly connected and the necessary software modules should be correctly installed in your

PC. As illustrated below, there are two options for connecting the Digital Still Camera with your PC.

Determine which option you use and follow the necessary steps:

Operation flow in connecting via cable

1 Installing the “Sony

Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” and

“Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN

1.5.”

2 Connecting the Digital

Still Camera.

3 Setting up the Digital

Still Camera–setting the menu and making the camera ready for communication.

Connecting via cable

Use the connecting cable supplied to connect the

Digital I/O port of the Digital Still Camera with the serial port of your PC:

Digital Still

Camera DSC-F1

Connecting cable

(supplied)

Your PC to DIGITAL

I/O port to serial port

Follow the steps explained in “Connecting via cable”

(page 14).

Operation flow in connecting via infrared port

1 Installing the “Sony

Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” and

“Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN

1.5.”

2 Installing Microsoft

Windows 95 Infrared

Communications

Driver

3 Connecting the Digital

Still Camera.

4 Setting up the Digital

Still Camera–setting the menu and making the camera ready for communication.

Connecting via infrared port

Use the infrared ports to transfer the images between the Digital Still Camera and the PC:

Digital Still

Camera DSC-F1

Your PC

Infrared port

Follow the steps explained in “Connecting via infrared port” (page 18).

Setting up

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Connecting via cable

Important notice to the users who have installed the previous version (Version 1.0) of “Sony Digital Still

Camera Album

Utility”

Before installing the

Version 1.5 of the software, make sure to uninstall the Version

1.0 of the software with the CD-ROM supplied with the Version 1.0.

***Language install option

You can select the menu and dialog language among English, French or

German. Type one of these language options in the directory described as

“***” in step 4.

1 Installing “Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” and “Sony DSC-F1

TWAIN 1.5”

To handle Digital Still Camera images on your PC, use the installer to install “Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” and “Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5.”

1

Turn on your PC and start up Windows 95.

2

Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive on your PC .

3

For Windows 95, click the [Start] button and then click [Run].

For Windows 3.1, open the Program Manager or

File Manager and choose [Run] in the [File] menu.

The [Run] dialog box appears.

4

In the command line entry box, type the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive followed by a colon

(:) and a backslash (\), and then type the characters

“DSCAlbum\***\Setup.exe.”

For example, if your CD-ROM is on drive D and your language install option (***) is “English” type: d:\DSCAlbum\English\Setup.exe

The destination drive and directory

The drive and directory are by default set to

“C:\SONYDSC\.” Usually, use the default ones. If you want to install the software to another drive or directory, type the drive or directory name in the text box.

5

Click [Install].

The confirmation window for installation appears.

6

Click [Yes].

Installation starts up. When all the files and programs are copied, the dialog box appears.

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Setting up

Note

In case you want to move the software to another drive or directory after it is installed, make sure to uninstall the software and then install it again.

Do not use the Explorer or File Manager to move the software files.

7

Click [OK].

The installation is completed.

Uninstalling the software

When the software becomes unnecessary, remove all the software files from your hard disk as follows:

1

Follow the steps 1 to 4 on page 14 to display the

[Sony DSC Setup] dialog box.

2

Click [Uninstall].

The confirmation window for uninstallation appears.

3

Click [Yes].

The component files are deleted from your hard disk.

4

Click [Exit].

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Setting up

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Connecting via cable

Notes

• Turn off the power on your PC and Digital

Still Camera before connection.

• Do not turn off the power of the camera nor disconnect the cable during transmitting the data, which may cause a transmission failure.

• Use only the supplied connecting cable.

Other brands of cables may cause malfunctions.

• The supplied connecting cable is for the Sony Digital Still

Camera DSC-F1 only.

It cannot be used to connect other cameras.

• Insert the connecting cable carefully into the port, making sure that the port goes in straight and is firmly seated.

When inserting the cable into the Digital

I/O port of the Digital

Still Camera, match the

¢ mark of the cable with that of the port.

• Keep metal objects away from the connector pins to avoid short circuits.

• We suggest you use the

Digital Still Camera with the AC power adapter.

2 Connecting the Digital Still Camera

Digital Still

Camera

DSC-F1

Connecting cable

(supplied)

Your PC to serial port to DIGITAL

I/O port

Use the supplied connecting cable to connect the serial port on your PC and the DIGITAL I/O port on the

Digital Still Camera DSC-F1.

To resume data transmission

In case the data transmission is interrupted (and the

Digital Still Camera becomes disabled), resume the transmission as follows :

1

Close all the windows of “Sony Digital Still

Camera Album Utility” being displayed on the PC monitor.

2

Turn the POWER/Function dial of the Digital Still

Camera to “OFF.”

3

Turn the POWER/Function dial to “PLAY.”

4

Transmit the data again.

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Setting up

* The SERIAL menu defines the serial speed via the connecting cable.

Note

During the data communication in process, do not change the position of the POWER/Function dial.

3 Setting up the Digital Still Camera

Before you start data communications between the PC and the Digital Still Camera, set up the Digital Still

Camera as follows. For the details, refer to the instruction manuals of the Digital Still Camera

DSC-F1.

MENU/EXECUTE jog dial

POWER/Function dial

Digital Still

Camera

DSC-F1

1

Set the POWER/Function dial to “PLAY.”

2

To activate the data transmission via the connecting cable, set the menu as follows:

Menu

WIRELESS

SERIAL*

Select

OFF

The same serial speed as selected in the [Settings] dialog box of the “Sony

Digital Still Camera Album Utility.”

CAMERA MENU

WIRELESS

OFF

ON

CAMERA MENU

SERIAL SPEED

9600

19200

38400

The Digital Still Camera is ready for communication via cable.

Setting up

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Connecting via infrared port

Important notice to the users who have installed the previous version (Version 1.0) of “Sony Digital Still

Camera Album

Utility”

Before installing the

Version 1.5 of the software, make sure to uninstall the Version

1.0 of the software with the CD-ROM supplied with the

Version 1.0.

***Language install option

You can select the menu and dialog language among English, French or

German. Type one of these language options in the directory described as

“***” in step 4.

Note

In case you want to move the software to another drive or directory after it is installed, make sure to uninstall the software and then install it again. Do not use the Explorer or

File Manager to move the software files.

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Setting up

1 Installing “Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” and “Sony DSC-F1

TWAIN 1.5”

To handle Digital Still Camera images on your PC, use the installer to install “Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” and “Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5.”

1

Turn on your PC and start up Windows 95.

2

Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive on your PC .

3

For Windows 95, click the [Start] button and then click [Run].

For Windows 3.1, open the Program Manager or

File Manager and choose [Run] in the [File] menu.

The [Run] dialog box appears.

4

In the command line entry box, type the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive followed by a colon

(:) and a backslash (\), and then type the characters “DSCAlbum\***\Setup.exe.”

For example, if your CD-ROM is on drive D and your language install option (***) is “English” type: d:\DSCAlbum\English\Setup.exe

The destination drive and directory

The drive and directory are by default set to

“C:\SONYDSC\.” Usually, use the default ones. If you want to install the software to another drive or directory, type the drive or directory name in the text box.

5

Click [Install].

The confirmation window for installation appears.

6

Click [Yes].

Installation starts up. When all the files and programs are copied, the dialog box appears.

7

Click [OK].

The installation is completed.

Tip

You can check to see if this driver software is installed by opening the

Control Panel and looking for “Infrared Monitor.”

Note

You need the infrared communication device to use this driver software.

***Language install option

You can select the language among English,

French or German. Type one of these language options in the directory described as “***” in step

4.

For the file name of the installer, refer to the files contained in each language folder: The file named “Setup.exe” or

“Install.exe” is the installer.

Uninstalling the software

When the software becomes unnecessary, remove all the software files from your hard disk as follows:

1

Follow the steps 1 to 4 on page 18 to display the

[Sony DSC Setup] dialog box.

2

Click [Uninstall].

The confirmation window for uninstallation appears.

3

Click [Yes].

The component files are deleted from your hard disk.

4

Click [Exit].

2 Installing Microsoft Windows 95

Infrared Communications Driver

To perform infrared communications with the Digital

Still Camera, use the installer to install “Microsoft

Windows 95 Infrared Communications Driver Version

2.0.” Install this driver software if it is not installed on the Windows 95 of your PC. You can use this driver under Windows 95 only. When using Window 3.1, do not install this driver.

1

Turn on your PC and start up Windows 95.

2

Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive on your PC .

3

Click the [Start] button and then click [Run].

The [Run] dialog box appears.

4

In the command line entry box, type the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive followed by a colon

(:) and a backslash (\), and then type the characters

“infrared\***\setup.exe.”

For example, if your CD-ROM is on drive D and your language install option (***) is “English” type: d:\infrared\English\setup.exe

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Setting up

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Connecting via infrared port

5

Click [OK] .

The [Infrared Device Wizard] starts up. Follow the instructions on your screen, referring to the

“Setting the infrared device wizard” on the following, to continue the setup process.

Note

If the built-in infrared communications device is set to OFF, you cannot set the port number on the screen. Refer to the

PC manual to set it to

ON.

Setting the Infrared Device Wizard

Hardware manufacturer and the model name

• When using a lap-top or desktop PC with the built-in infrared communications device, select

“Lap-top/Desktop built-in infrared port.”

• When using a PC with an infrared adapter connected to the RS-232C port, select the manufacturer and model names of the adapter.

• When you cannot find your adapter in the list, select “Disk.” In case no disk is attached, contact the manufacturer of the adapter.

Port to which the infrared driver is installed

Select the port to which the infrared device is physically connected.

• When using a lap-top or desktop PC with the built-in infrared communications device, select the port number allocated to the infrared communications device.

• When using a PC with an infrared adapter connected to the RS-232C port, select the RS-232C port number.

Simulation (virtual) port

Select the port number supported by the infrared communications driver. Usually use the default port number. In the Settings dialog box of an infrared communications application such as the

“Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility,” the same port number as set here should be specified.

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Setting up

Notes

• Place the infrared ports of the camera and PC within the controllable area. Do not place them too far nor too close, which may interrupt transferring or cause noises.

• Do not cover the infrared ports with your hand or any other objects.

• Infrared rays cannot pass through a wall, opaque glass, etc. If they pass through glass, etc., the controllable distance becomes short.

• Do not turn off the power of the camera or interfere with communication during transmitting the data, which may cause a transmission failure.

• We suggest you use the

Digital Still Camera with the AC power adapter.

• Also refer to the online manual of the Infrared

Data Communications

Driver.

Uninstalling the software

When the software becomes unnecessary, remove all the software files from your hard disk as follows:

1

Select [Add/Remove Programs] in the Control

Panel.

2

Select “Infrared Support for Windows 95 Version

2.0” in the [Add/Remove Programs Properties] and double-click [Add/Remove].

4 Connecting the Digital Still Camera

Your PC

Digital Still

Camera

DSC-F1

Infrared port

Place the infrared port located on the front panel of the Digital Still Camera DSC-F1 and that of your PC face to face so that you can transmit image data from the camera to the PC or vice versa.

(Controllable area is about 4 - 12 inches (10 - 30 cm) in terms of straight line distance and 15 degrees right, left, up and down each in terms of conical angle.)

Check the Status tag of the Infrared Monitor in the

Control Panel to see if the infrared device is detected.

The figure above is an example of connecting the

Digital Still Camera with a PC with the built-in infrared communications device. You can also use a

PC equipped with an infrared adapter.

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Setting up

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Connecting via infrared port

To resume data transmission

In case the data transmission is interrupted (and the

Digital Still Camera becomes disabled), resume the transmission as follows :

1

Close all the windows of “Sony Digital Still

Camera Album Utility” being displayed on the PC monitor.

2

Turn the POWER/Function dial of the Digital Still

Camera to “OFF.”

3

Turn the POWER/Function dial to “PLAY.”

4

Transmit the data again.

Notes

• Do not set the

POWER/Function dial to “CAMERA,” which may occur data transmission error.

• During the data communication in process, do not change the position of the

POWER/Function dial.

5 Setting up the Digital Still Camera

Before you start data communications between the PC and the Digital Still Camera, set up the Digital Still

Camera as follows. For the details, refer to the instruction manuals of the Digital Still Camera

DSC-F1.

MENU/EXECUTE jog dial

POWER/Function dial

Digital Still

Camera

DSC-F1

1

Set the POWER/Function dial to “PLAY.”

2

To activate the data transmission via the infrared port, set the WIRELESS menu to ON. (Setting with the SERIAL menu is not necessary.)

CAMERA MENU

WIRELESS

OFF

ON

The Digital Still Camera is ready for communication via cable.

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Setting up

Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility

Capturing an image

Starting “Sony Digital

Still Camera Album

Utility”

Using Windows 95

1

Start up Windows 95 on your PC.

2

Click the [Start] button on the taskbar.

3

Point to [Programs] and to [Sony], and then click

[Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility].

The “Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility” starts up.

The main window appears.

Quitting the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility”

Select [Exit] in the File menu.

Using Windows 3.1

1

Start Windows 3.1 and run the Program Manager and double-click “Sony” group.

2

Double-click “Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility” icon and select [Open] in the Icon menu.

Quitting the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility”

Select [Exit] in the File menu.

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About the menus

The “Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility” consists of the following menus. For frequently used menu items, you can use the tool bar buttons (page

29).

File menu

Open Folder

Open Selected Album/Image Opens and displays the selected album(s) or image(s) at a time.

Open File

Opens an album folder that is stored in the hard disk or MO disk and displays images of the album.

Opens and displays an image file from the hard disk or MO disk. The available file types are BMP, TIFF, JPEG and PMP

(Album).

Close

Save

Save As

Save To Album

Closes the currently active window.

Saves the image rotated in the album.

Saves the currently selected image with another file name onto the selected folder. The available file types are BMP,

TIFF, and JPEG.

Saves the image(s) selected in the image list or a BMP, TIFF, or JPEG file onto the album in the hard disk.

Export Images

Acquire

Select Source

Print Setup

Print

Exit

Saves the-image(s) selected in the image list onto the desired folder. The available file types are BMP, TIFF, and JPEG.

Acquires an image file from the TWAIN source.

Selects a TWAIN source such as a digital scanner.

Selects the model name of the printer, paper, and other settings. (The printer driver needs to be installed prior to printing. )

Displays the dialog box to print an album list, image list, and image.

Exits “Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility.”

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Edit menu

Copy

Paste

Delete

Select All

Select None

Camera menu

Copies the selected image to the clipboard.

Pastes an image of the clipboard. (You cannot use this command if no image is in the clipboard. )

Deletes the selected albums or images of an album.

Selects all the albums in the album list or all the images in the image list.

Cancels the selection in the album list or image list.

Open Camera

Copy To Album

Export Camera Images

Copy to Camera

Opens and displays the camera image list or the image on the monitor.

Saves all the images or selected images of the camera to the album on the hard disk in the album format without opening them.

Saves all the images or selected images of the camera to the desired folder on the hard disk in the BMP, TIFF or JPEG file type without opening them.

Transfers the images from the hard disk to the camera.

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About the menus

Display menu

Tool Bar

Status Bar

Displays (with a check mark) or hide (without a check mark) the tool bar.

Displays (with a check mark) or hide (without a check mark) the status bar.

Image menu (When an image is displayed)

Information

Rotate Left

Rotate Right

Flip

Zoom In

Zoom Out

Show Edit Frame

Best Fit 640

×

480

Displays the information about the opened image or selected image in the image list.

Rotates the image 90 degrees counterclockwise.

Rotates the image 90 degrees clockwise.

Rotates the image 180 degrees.

Enlarges the displayed image size.

Reduces the displayed image size.

Displays the frame for trimming a part of the image.

Adjusts the size of the image to fit into 640

×

480 pixels. The image is enlarged or reduced without changing its aspect ratio.

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Options menu

Set Album Cover

Show Date

Show Caption

Find Images

Find Folder

Touchup

Settings

Sets the selected image in the image list as the album's front cover. You can only select a single image for the cover.

Displays the recorded date for each image when the image list is displayed in the window.

Displays the caption for each image in an album when the image list is displayed in the window.

Searches for images from your image list by entering the search keys.

Searches for album folders created using older version of this software.

Adjusts the colors and contrast of the monitor to eliminate the color differences between the image data and the monitor*.

Sets the application preferences, such as the serial port and speed.

* Adjusting the colors and the contrast of the monitor

Usually no adjustment is necessary. Only when the color balance degrades under the conditions of use, such as climate and time, adjust the color and contrast as follows:

Colors: Move the scroll bar to the point where you can find that the colors of the right and left sides match as much as possible for red, green, and blue.

Contrast (rate of gamma): Usually set to 1.0. When you adjust the color of the monitor, the rate of gamma that is specifically for the monitor can be adjusted to a certain rate. Adjust the contrast to achieve the same contrast in the case of displaying the data in a different system.

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About the menus

Window menu

Cascade

Tile

Help menu

Displays windows like cascades.

Displays windows like tiles.

Help

Search for Help on

About Album Utility

Calls up the online Help window.

Searches for Help on the keywords and topics you enter.

Displays the version number of this program.

Keyboard shortcuts

The descriptions including “Ctrl + C,” “Shift + F5” and “Alt + F4” next to the file menu stand for keyboard shortcuts. ("+” means pressing the two buttons at the same time and F means a function key.)

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Using the tool bar

The tool bar shortcuts to frequently used menu items.

Tool Bar

Open Camera:

Opens and displays the camera images on the monitor.

Copy To Album:

Saves the camera images to the album on the hard disk in the album format without opening them.

Export Camera Images:

Saves the camera images to the desired folder on the hard disk in the BMP, TIFF, or JPEG format without opening them.

Copy to Camera:

Transfers the images to the camera.

Open Folder:

Opens and displays the album stored in the hard disk.

Open Selected Album/Image:

Opens and displays the multiple images selected in the image list simultaneously.

Open File:

Opens and displays the image file of the PMP (album), BMP, TIFF, or JPEG file type stored in the hard disk.

Save To Album:

Saves the selected image to the album on the hard disk.

Export Images:

Saves the selected image in the desired folder on the hard disk in the

BMP, TIFF, or JPEG file type.

Print:

Displays the dialog box to print an image, image list, or album list.

Copy:

Copies the selected image to the clipboard.

Paste:

Pastes an image of the clipboard. (You cannot use this command if no image is in the clipboard. )

Information:

Displays the information about the opened image or selected image in the image list.

Rotate Left:

Rotates an image 90 degrees in the counterclockwise direction.*

Rotate Right:

Rotates an image 90 degrees in the clockwise direction.*

Flip:

Rotate an image 180 degrees.*

Zoom In:

Enlarges the displayed image size.**

Zoom Out:

Reduces the displayed image size.**

Show Edit Frame:

Displays the frame for trimming a part of the image. *

Best Fit 640 X 480:

Adjusts the size of the image to fit into 640

×

480 pixels. The image is magnified or reduced without changing its aspect ratio.

* To save the image rotated, select [Save] in the File menu.

** You can change the display size only; you cannot save an image zoomed in or out.

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Changing system settings

Set the program settings according to your PC and monitor.

1

Start the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility.”

2

Select [Settings] in the Option menu.

The [Settings] dialog box appears. Set the items.

Notes

• The SERIAL menu defines the serial speed via the connecting cable.

• You may not be able to select the serial speed from the available options according to your PC. Refer to your

PC's manual for the available serial speeds.

• When using the infrared port, you do not have to set the

Serial Speed.

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Serial Port Select [Automatic detection] to automatically set the proper serial port.

You can also select [Manual] and select the available COM port which the camera is connected. When using the infrared port, select the same port number as the simulation port specified in the Infrared

Device Wizard.

Serial Speed Set the serial speed as selected in the

SERIAL menu of the DSC-F1 when connecting via cable. Certain setting may be disabled due to limitation inherent to your computer system.

Images per Select the number of the thumbnail images

List displayed per row in the album list and image list. Usually, select [Automatic] to display as many images as possible. You can also select [Manual] to select the number.

Notify when Check the check box to display the image is confirmation message when you

Dropped drag and drop an image.

3

Click [OK].

The settings are changed.

Opening the camera images

To view images in the Digital Still Camera DSC-F1, open the camera images.

Before you start

Make sure you have done the necessary preparations as described in pages 13 through 22.

Opening the image from the image list window

1

Select [Open Camera] in the Camera menu or click

on the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

The image to be displayed at the beginning.

The total number of the images stored in the camera

2

Click [Open Image List] and input the image number which you want to start the image list with in the [Start with image number] box.

Use the numeric keys to specify the image number or click up arrow to increase or down arrow to decrease the number.

3

Click [Open].

The selected thumbnail images are transferred from the camera (the camera icon is displayed in red) and the image list of the camera is displayed.

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Opening the camera images

Switching the caption and date display of an image

Select either [Show

Caption] or [Show Date] in the Options menu.

You can change the caption.

Displaying other thumbnails

When hidden pages exist, the scroll bar appears.

To scroll rows on a page, click either up or down arrow.

To scroll page by page, click somewhere between the arrow and the handle.

To display the desired page quickly, drag the handle.

Status bar

The status bar shows program information, such as the progress of a time consuming task.

Depending on window content, information such as file path name, number of images and image size is displayed.

Image number

Caption or date display

Status bar

Camera icon

(Communication starts with camera.)

The following icons on an image stand for:

Selected as album front cover. You can change the album front cover with [Set Album Cover] in the Option menu (see page 54).

Protected from accidental erasure and editing

(see page 66).

4

Click the thumbnail(s) you want to open (the selected thumbnail frame becomes yellow) and select [Open Selected Album/Image] in the File menu. Or, double-click the image or click on the tool bar.

The selected images are displayed in full size.

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How to select images in the image list

Selecting an image

Click the desired thumbnail of the image; the image is selected. Click another thumbnail and that image is selected instead of the previous image.

Selecting multiple images

To select the images each isolated: Press and hold down the Ctrl key as you click the left button of the mouse on the desired images.

To select the images in succession: Press and hold down the Shift key as you click the left button of the mouse on the desired images.

To select all the images in the image list: Select

[Select All] in the Edit menu.

To cancel the selection: Click the right button of the mouse on the selected image. Select [Select

None] in the Edit menu to cancel the selection of all the images.

To open the multiple selected images: Doubleclick the left button of the mouse on one of the selected images as you hold down the Shift or

Ctrl key. Or select [Open Selected Album/

Image] in the File menu; all the selected images are opened.

Closing an album list, image list or image

Select [Close] in the File menu or click the close button.

The selected window is closed.

Switching the active window

An album list window, an image list window and an image window are displayed in cascade. You can switch the active window (the window selected and displayed front) using the following:

• Click the desired window listed in the Window pulldown menu.

• Click a part of the desired window. You can easily select the window by selecting [Tile] in the Window menu to display all the windows in tile .

• Point to in the album list and image list windows or in an image window in the title bar and click [Next Window] until the desired window displays active.

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Opening the camera images

Opening the image directly

1

Select [Open Camera] in the Camera menu or click

on the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

In the initial status, the image number currently

displayed on the camera.

2

Click [Open Single Image] and input the image number which you want to open in the [Open image number] box.

Use the numeric keys to specify the image number or click up arrow to increase or down arrow to decrease the number.

3

Click [Open].

The selected images are displayed in full size.

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Saving the camera images in album

To quickly handle and process camera images on your

PC, save the selected camera images in album of the hard disk with or without opening them. The album is stored in the album folder of the Dscalbum folder in the each drive's root directory.

Opening and saving the camera images

1

Follow the steps 1 through 3 of “Opening the camera images” (page 31) to display the image list of the camera.

2

Click the thumbnails of the desired images. To save all the images, select [Select All] in the Edit menu.

The frame of the selected image is highlighted in yellow.

3

Select [Save To Album] in the File menu or click

on the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

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Saving the camera images in album

Deleting and renaming an album folder

Select the desired album folder in the [Folder] list box and click [Delete] or

[Rename].

Stopping saving midway

Press the [Esc] key. (You cannot stop saving in the infrared data communication.)

Note

After saving an image, do not change the name of the file or folder nor delete them with the

Explorer. Doing so will prevent displaying an album on the monitor.

When you should delete an image, select [Delete] in the Edit menu of the

“Sony Digital Still

Camera Album Utility.”

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Album cover thumbnail

Creating a new album folder

In the [Folder] list box, album folders contained in the Dscalbum folder of the root directory are listed with the album caption. To add a new album folder to the list, click [New] under the list box. In the [Album Title] dialog box, input the new folder name and click [OK].

Creating a new album

In the [Album] list box, albums contained in the selected album folder are listed. Each album folder can store the maximum of 30 albums, including no more than one empty album.

Therefore, you can add only one new album, namely an empty album without album cover thumbnail. To create the new album “PIC*****” (*: number), click [New] under the list box.

3

Select the destination album folder and album to which the images are to be saved and click [OK].

Each image is stored in the specified album with a file name “psn*****” (*: number).

Note

When the image list or images of the camera are displayed, close them before selecting [Save To

Album].

Saving all the camera images without opening them

1

Select [Save To Album] in the Camera menu or click on the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

Deleting and renaming an album folder

Select the desired album folder in the [Folder] list box and click [Delete] or

[Rename].

The total number of the images stored in the camera

Album cover thumbnail

2

Click the option button of [All Images] in the

[Selection] block and click [OK].

Creating a new album folder

In the [Folder] list box, album folders contained in the Dscalbum folder of the root directory are listed with the albums folder caption. To add a new albums folder to the list, click [New] under the list box. In the [Album Title] dialog box, input the new folder name and click [OK].

Creating a new album

In the [Album] list box, albums contained in the selected album folder are listed. Each album folder can store the maximum of 30 albums, including no more than one empty album. Therefore, you can add only one new album, namely an empty album without album cover thumbnail. To create the new album “PIC*****” (*: number), click [New] under the list box.

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Saving the camera images in album

Stopping saving midway

Press the [Esc] key. (You cannot stop saving in the infrared data communication.)

3

Select the destination album folder and album to which the images are saved and click [OK].

Each image is stored in the specified album with a file name “psn*****” (*: number).

Note

After saving an image, do not change the name of the file or folder nor delete them with the

Explore. Doing so will prevent displaying an album on the monitor.

When you should delete an image, select [Delete] in the Edit menu of the

“Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility.”

Saving the selected camera images without opening them

1

Select [Save To Album] in the Camera menu or click on the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

Note

When the image list or images of the camera are displayed, close them before selecting [Save To

Album].

Specifying the images to be stored

Album cover thumbnail

2

Click the option button of [Selected Images] in the

[Selection] block.

3

Select the images to be saved.

Select Day/ Click up or down arrow or directly input

Month/Year the date. All the images stored in the date are to be saved.

Select Range Click up or down arrow or directly input the image numbers of the first (From) and last (To) images to be saved. All the images between the specified numbers are to be saved. If you want to save only one image, specify the same image number for both the boxes.

Select Last

Image Only

The last image stored is to be saved.

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Deleting and renaming an album folder

Select the desired album folder in the [Folder] list box and click [Delete] or

[Rename].

Stopping saving midway

Press the [Esc] key. (You cannot stop saving in the infrared data communication.)

Note

After saving an image, do not change the name of the file or folder nor delete them with the

Explore. Doing so will prevent displaying an album on the monitor.

When you should delete an image, select [Delete] in the Edit menu of the

“Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility.”

Creating a new album folder

In the [Folder] list box, album folders contained in the Dscalbum folder of the root directory are listed with the albums folder caption. To add a new albums folder to the list, click [New] under the list box. In the [Album Title] dialog box, input the new folder name and click [OK].

Creating a new album

In the [Album] list box, albums contained in the selected album folder are listed. Each album folder can store the maximum of 30 albums, including no more than one empty album. Therefore, you can add only one new album, namely an empty album without album cover thumbnail. To create the new album “PIC*****” (*: number), click [New] under the list box.

3

Select the destination album folder and album to which the images are saved and click [OK].

Each image is stored in the specified album with a file name “psn*****” (*: number).

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Saving the camera images as another file format

To quickly handle and process camera images on your

PC, save the selected camera images as standard file format including BMP, TIFF or JPEG with or without opening them.

Note

When saving an image as standard file format, part of the image information may not be saved.

Selecting the file type

BMP The bitmap format supported generally by Windows.

The file extension is “.bmp.”

TIFF Stands for Tagged Image File Format, which is widely used to store a bitmap image of various resolutions. The file extension is “.tif.”

JPEG Stands for the group named “Joint Photographic

Experts Group,” who standardized the compression system of the still image. The image is compressed in a small data size, but the original image cannot be perfectly reproduced. The file extension is “.jpg.”

Opening and saving the camera images

1

Follow the steps 1 through 3 of “Opening the camera images” (page 31) to display the image list of the camera.

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Click the thumbnails of the desired images. To save all the images, select [Select All] in the Edit menu.

The frame of the selected image is highlighted in yellow.

3

Select [Export Images] in the File menu or click on the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

Currently selected folder

Displays the folders of one level upper the currently selected folder in the list box.

4

Select the destination drive and folder in which the images are to be saved and file type.

To select the drive: Click the desired drive in the

[Drive] list box.

To select the folder: Double-click the desired folder in the [Folder] list box so that the folder is displayed as currently selected folder above the list box.

To select the file type: Click the file type in the

[Save as type] drop-down list box.

Creating a new folder

In the [Folder] list box, folders contained in the currently selected folder are listed. To add a new folder to the list, click [Create New Folder]. In the

[Set Folder Name] dialog box, input the new folder name and click [OK].

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Saving the camera images as another file format

Stopping saving midway

Press the [Esc] key. (You cannot stop saving in the infrared data communication.)

Note

If you select TIFF, the file is created in Class R.

5

Click [OK].

Each image is stored in the specified folder in the specified file type with a file name “psn*****”

(*****: serial number). The file is automatically numbered in serial starting from one larger number than the largest number of the files already stored in the currently selected folder.

Saving in JPEG file type

When you select [JPEG] file type and click [OK], the dialog box to define the image quality

(compression ratio) appears. You can select the image quality within the range from 1 to 100.

Usually, the larger number you select, the lower compression ratio with the better image quality you get. The file size, however, becomes larger.

Click [OK] to save the image.

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Saving all the camera images without opening them

1

Select [Export Camera Images] in the Camera menu or click on the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

Currently selected folder

The total number of images stored in the camera

Displays the folders of one level upper the currently selected folder in the list box.

2

Click the option button of [All Images] in the

[Selection] block.

3

Select the destination drive and folder in which the images are to be saved and file type.

To select the drive: Click the desired drive in the

[Drive] list box.

To select the folder: Double-click the desired folder in the [Folder] list box so that the folder is displayed as currently selected folder above the list box.

To select the file type: Click the file type in the

[Save as type] drop-down list box.

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Saving the camera images as another file format

Creating a new folder

In the [Folder] list box, folders contained in the currently selected folder are listed. To add a new folder to the list, click [Create New Folder]. In the

[Set Folder Name] dialog box, input the new folder name and click [OK].

4

Click [OK].

Each image is stored in the specified folder in the specified file type with a file name “psn*****”

(*****: serial number). The file is automatically numbered in serial starting from one larger number than the largest number of the files already stored in the currently selected folder.

Stopping saving midway

Press the [Esc] key. (You cannot stop saving in the infrared data communication.)

Note

If you select TIFF, the file is created in Class R.

Saving in JPEG file type

When you select [JPEG] file type and click [OK], the dialog box to define the image quality

(compression ratio) appears. You can select the image quality within the range from 1 to 100.

Usually, the larger number you select, the lower compression ratio with the better image quality you get. The file size, however, becomes larger.

Click [OK] to save the image.

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Saving the selected camera images without opening them

1

Select [Export Camera Images] in the Camera menu or click on the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

Currently selected folder

The total number of images stored in the camera

Displays the folders of one level upper the

currently selected folder in the list box.

2

Click the option button of [Selected Images] in the

[Selection] block.

3

Select the images to be saved.

Select Day/ Click up or down arrow or directly input

Month/Year the date. All the images stored in the date are to be saved.

Select Range

Select Last

Image Only

Click up or down arrow or directly input the image numbers of the first (From) and last (To) images to be saved. All the images between the specified numbers are to be saved. If you want to save only one image, specify the same image number for both the boxes.

The last image stored is to be saved.

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Saving the camera images as another file format

4

Select the destination drive and folder in which the images are to be saved and file type.

To select the drive: Click the desired drive in the

[Drive] list box.

To select the folder: Double-click the desired folder in the [Folder] list box so that the folder is displayed as currently selected folder above the list box.

To select the file type: Click the file type in the

[Save as type] drop-down list box.

Creating a new folder

In the [Folder] list box, folders contained in the currently selected folder are listed. To add a new folder to the list, click [Create New Folder]. In the

[Set Folder Name] dialog box, input the new folder name and click [OK].

5

Click [OK].

Each image is stored in the specified folder in the specified file type with a file name “psn*****”

(*****: serial number). The file is automatically numbered in serial starting from one larger number than the largest number of the files already stored in the currently selected folder.

Saving in JPEG file type

When you select [JPEG] file type and click [OK], the dialog box to define the image quality

(compression ratio) appears. You can select the image quality within the range from 1 to 100.

Stopping saving midway

Press the [Esc] key. (You cannot stop saving in the infrared data communication.)

Note

If you select TIFF, the file is created in Class R.

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Usually, the larger number you select, the lower compression ratio with the better image quality you get. The file size, however, becomes larger.

Click [OK] to save the image.

Opening an album of the hard disk

Important notice to the users who have used the previous version (Version 1.0) of the “Sony Digital

Still Camera Album

Utility”

The folders created by the previous version of the software cannot be located with the [Open

Folder] command. To locate the folders, select [Find Folder] in the Option menu.

Changing the drive

Click the desired drive in the [Drive] list box so that the album folders contained in the selected drive are listed in the

[Folder] list box.

Deleting and renaming an album folder

Select the desired album folder in the [Folder] list box and click [Delete] or

[Rename].

You can open the image from the album folder, stored from the Digital Still Camera onto the hard disk in the album format.

1

Select [Open Folder] in the File menu or click on the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

2

Click the desired album folder in the [Folder] list box and click [OK].

The album thumbnails of the selected album folder are displayed.

Thumbnail of the album contained in the selected album folder

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Opening an album of the hard disk

3

Double-click the desired album thumbnail.

Switching the caption and date display of an image

Select either [Show

Caption] or [Show Date] in the Option menu. You can change the caption.

The image list of the selected album appears.

Displaying other thumbnails

When hidden pages exist, the scroll bar appears.

To scroll rows on a page, click either up or down arrow.

To scroll page by page, click somewhere between the arrow and the handle.

To display the desired page quickly, drag the handle.

Status bar

The status bar shows program information, such as the progress of a time consuming task.

Depending on window content, information such as file path name, number of images and image size is displayed.

Status bar

Caption or date display

Image number

Serial number of the images store in the hard disk

The following icons on an image stand for:

Selected as album front cover. You can change the album front cover with [Set Album Cover] in the Option menu (see page 54).

Protected from accidental erasure and editing

(see page 66).

4

Click the image(s) you want to open (the selected image frame becomes yellow) and select [Open

Selected Album/Image] in the File menu. Or, double-click the image or click on the tool bar.

For various ways to select images in the image list, refer to page 33. The selected images are displayed in full size.

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Closing an album list, image list or images

Click [Close] in the File menu.

Saving the image

You can save the images in album or other file types.

Refer to “Saving the camera images in album” to save them in album format, or “Saving the camera images as another file format” to save them in standard file type including BMP, TIF, and JPEG.

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Opening an image file directly

You can open an image stored in the hard disk by designating its file name. In addition to a PMP (album format) file, you can open a BMP, TIF or JPEG file.

1

Select [Open File] in the File menu or click in the tool bar .

The following dialog box appears.

The selected folder

2

Select the image file you want to open.

To select the drive: Click the desired drive in the

[Drives] drop-down list box.

To open the folder: Double-click the desired folder in the [Directories] list box.

To select the file type: Click the desired file type in the [List Files of Type] drop-down list box. The files of the selected file type are listed in the [File name] list box.

Select [All Files] to display the files of all the types.

To select the file name: Click the desired file name in the [File Name] list box or input the file name directly in the text box.

3

Click [OK].

The selected image is displayed in full size.

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Closing an image

Select [Close] in the File menu or click the close button. The selected window is closed.

Saving the image in album

You can save the image on the hard disk in an album in the same way as the camera images. “Opening and saving the camera images” of the “Saving the camera images in album” on page 35.

Saving the image as another file format

1

Select [Save As] in the File menu.

The following dialog box appears.

The selected folder

2

Select the destination drive and folder in which the images are to be saved and file name.

To select the drive: Click the desired drive in the

[Drives] drop-down list box.

To select the folder: Click the desired folder in the

[Directories] list box.

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Opening an image file directly

To select the file type: Click the desired file type in the [List Files of Type] drop-down list box.

To select the file name: Click the desired file name in the [File Name] list box or input the file name directly in the text box.

3

Click [OK].

The image is saved in the selected destination folder in the file format.

Saving in JPEG file type

When you select [JPEG] file type and click [OK], the dialog box to define the image quality

(compression ratio) appears. You can select the image quality within the range from 1 to 100.

Usually, the larger number you select, the lower compression ratio with the better image quality you get. The file size, however, becomes larger.

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Capturing an image

Capturing an image from TWAIN device

What is TWAIN?

TWAIN is the standards software protocol for communication between an application software and a picture-capturing device such as a scanner.

You can capture an image from a device that supports

TWAIN protocol.

1

Select [Select Source] in the File menu.

The [Select Source] dialog box appears.

2

Select the desired device and click [Select].

3

Select [Acquire] in the File menu.

4

Follow the users' manual of the TWAIN device to acquire an image.

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Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility

Editing an image

Changing the album front cover

In the image list window, the thumbnail with the icon is assigned as the album front cover. You can change the album front cover as follows:

1

Display the image list stored in the camera or hard disk whose album front cover you want to change.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 31) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 47) for details.

2

Click the thumbnail you want to assign as the album front cover image.

The selected thumbnail is highlighted.

3

Select [Set Album Cover] in the Option menu.

The icon, representing the album front cover, is attached to the selected image.

Selected image

4

Display the Album list window.

The selected image in step 2 is displayed as album front cover.

Changed album front cover

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Editing an image

Changing the caption

Tips

• You can input up to 14 characters for a caption.

• You can also input a caption in the Image

Information dialog box.

To display the dialog box, select

[Information] in the

Image menu or click on the tool bar.

When the date is displayed

Select [Show Caption] in the Option menu. The date display is replaced with the caption display.

You can change the comment of albums or images.

The procedure below describes how to change the image comment. (You can change the album comment in the same way.)

1

Display the image list of a camera or the hard disk.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 31) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 47) for details.

2

Click the caption box underneath the image thumbnail whose caption you want to change.

The [Image Caption] dialog box appears.

Image

Caption dialog box

Caption box

3

Type the caption in the dialog box and click [OK].

The caption is changed.

Inputted caption

Editing an image

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Moving albums or images

(drag and drop)

Note

You cannot move a camera image.

You can change the position of an album in the album list or an image in the image list stored in the hard disk.

The procedure below describes how to move an image. (You can move an album in the same way.)

Exchanging two images

In the step 2, drag the image while pressing the

Ctrl key. The two images, the dragged image and the original image of the destination, exchange positions, moving no other images.

1

Display the image list stored in the hard disk.

See “Opening an album of the hard disk” (page

47) for details.

2

Drag the desired image.

The drag pointer moves according to the dragging direction. According to the pointer , move to the position where you want to drop the image.

(

Note

When you select [Notify when image is Dropped] in the Settings dialog box

(page 30), the confirmation dialog box appears in the step 3. Click [OK] to drop the album or the image.

3

Drop the image.

The image is moved to the position, pushing forward or backward the original image and the other images.

Moved image

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Editing an image

Copying an image to another album

You can copy an image of an album to another album.

When copying, arrange the two album windows in tile.

1

Display the image list of the camera or hard disk which includes the image to be copied and then the image list to which you want to copy the image.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 31) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 47) for details.

The two image list windows are displayed in cascade.

2

Select [Tile] in the Window menu.

The two image list windows are displayed in tile.

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Copying an image to another album

3

Drag the desired image.

(

Note

When you select [Notify when image is Dropped] in the Settings dialog box

(page 30), the confirmation dialog box appears in the step 3.

Click [OK] to drop the album or the image.

Displaying the windows in cascade again

Select [Cascade] in the

Window menu.

4

Move the dragging pointer to the album to which you want to copy the image then drop the image.

The image is copied as the last image of the destination album.

Copied image

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Editing an image

Copying with the File menu

1

Display the album list or image list and click the thumbnail which you want to copy.

2

Select [Save To Album] in the File menu or click

on the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

Album cover thumbnail

Creating a new album folder

In the [Folder] list box, album folders contained in the Dscalbum folder of the root directory are listed with the album caption. To add a new album folder to the list, click [New] under the list box. In the [Album Title] dialog box, input the new folder name and click [OK].

Creating a new album

In the [Album] list box, albums contained in the selected album folder are listed. Each album folder can store the maximum of 30 albums, including no more than one empty album. Therefore, you can add only one new album, namely an empty album without album cover thumbnail. To create the new album “PIC*****” (*: number), click [New] under the list box.

3

Select the destination album folder and album to which the images are to be saved and click [OK].

Each image is stored in the specified album with a file name “psn*****” (*: number).

Editing an image

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Deleting images or albums

Notes

• When deleting an image, double-check that it is the right image. Once deleted, the image is lost forever.

• You cannot delete protected images. To delete them, first cancel the protect setting in the Image Information dialog box (page 66).

You can delete albums or images in an album.

1

Open the album list or image list of the camera or hard disk which includes the album(s) or the image(s) to be deleted.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 31) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 47) for details.

2

To delete an album, click the desired album thumbnail in the album list; to delete an image, click the desired image thumbnail in the image list.

You can select multiple thumbnails at a time. The selected albums or images are highlighted.

3

Select [Delete] in the Edit menu.

The confirmation dialog box appears.

4

Click [OK].

The albums or images are deleted.

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Editing an image

Searching for images

You can search for images using the searching keys of recorded date and edited date .

1

Open the image list of the camera or hard disk which includes the image you want to search.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 31) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 47) for details.

2

Select [Find Images] in the Option menu.

The [Find Images] dialog box appears.

3

Select the searching key by clicking [Recorded

Date] and/or [Edited Date].

4

Input the recorded or edited date. Select the searching option among “On” (the same date),

“Before” (before the date) and “After” (after the date).

5

Click [Find].

The searching starts up. The images searched are listed in the box with its recorded date, edited date, and caption.

6

Click [OK] to close the dialog box.

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Printing images

Note

Before you start printing, the printer driver should be installed in your hard disk.

Setting more details

Click [Options] to display the Printer Properties window where you can set more details of the printer's specifications.

You can print an album list, an image list, or an image.

1

Turn on the power of the printer and make it ready for printing.

2

Display the window you want to print.

To print an album list an image list an image

Do this

Select [Open Folder] in the File menu or click in the tool bar.

Select [Open Camera] in the Camera menu or click in the tool bar.

Double-click the desired album in the album list.

Double-click the desired image in the image list, or select [Open File] in the

File menu or click in the tool bar to designate the image file to be opened.

3

Select [Print Setup] in the File menu.

The [Print Setup] dialog box appears. Set each item according to your printer.

Printer The printer whose driver is selected is displayed as the [Default printer]. Usually select [Default printer]. To select another printer, click [Specific printer] and select the one from the drop-down list box.

Orientation Select the orientation of the paper when printed between [Portrait] and [Landscape].

Paper Select the paper size in [Size], the paper feeder cassette type or manual feeder in

[Source].

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Editing an image

4

Click [OK].

5

Select [Print] in the File menu or click in the tool bar.

The [Print] dialog box appears.

Thumbnail image

Set the following:

Size

Copies

Brightness

Initialize

Select the output size between [Fit to

Page] (printing as large as the print paper allows) and [Actual Size] (printing as shown in the thumbnail image).

Select the print quantity by clicking the up arrow button to increase the number and the down arrow button to decrease the number.

Usually use the default level (0). When the image is too dark, click the right arrow button or drag the handle to the right to increase brightness.

To decrease brightness, click the left arrow button or drag the handle to the left.

Set the Brightness to the default level (0).

6

Click [OK].

Printing starts up.

Editing an image

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Changing the image display size

You can enlarge (zoom in) and reduce (zoom out) an image displayed on the monitor.

Display the image of a camera or hard disk which you want to change the display size. See “Opening the camera images” (page 31) or “Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 47) for details.

Notes

• The zoom-in factor can be either 200%, 400%,

800% or 1600%. The zoom-out factor is either 50% or 25%.

However, if you select high rate of percentage, some images may not be properly displayed due to the display driver's limit.

• When you zoom in and out an image, only the image displayed on the monitor is changed but the original image does not change.

Enlarging an image

Select [Zoom In] in the Image menu or click in the tool bar. The display size of the image is enlarged.

Diminishing an image

Select [Zoom Out] in the Image menu or click in the tool bar. The display size of the image is reduced.

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Editing an image

Rotating an image

You can rotate an image, which is useful to view an image recorded with the camera oriented side ways.

Display the image of a camera or hard disk which you want to change the angle. See “Opening the camera images” (page 31) or “Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 47) for details.

Note

When you rotate an image, only the image displayed on the monitor is rotated but the original image does not change.

To save the original image rotated, select [Save] in the File menu.

Rotating an image in clockwise direction

Select [Rotate Right] in the

Image menu or click in the tool bar. Each time you select the menu or tool, the image is rotated 90 degrees in the clockwise direction.

Rotating an image in counterclockwise direction

Select [Rotate Left] in the

Image menu or click in the tool bar. Each time you select the menu or tool, the image is rotated 90 degrees in the counterclockwise direction.

Rotating an image 180 degrees

Select [Flip] in the Image menu or click in the tool bar. Each time you select the menu or tool, the image is rotated 180 degrees.

Editing an image

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Reviewing the image information

You can view the image information and revise some of the items.

1

Display the image or select the image in the image list whose information you want to review.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 31) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 47) for details.

2

Select [Information] in the Image menu or click in the tool bar.

The following dialog box appears.

Note

The contents of the dialog box of the image of a standard file format differ.

3

Review the settings when the image is recorded.

Image Quality* The image quality mode (compression ratio) when the image is recorded:

FINE/STANDARD/SNAPSHOT

Shutter Speed* The shutter speed when the image is recorded.

Flash* The flash is used (ON) or not used (OFF) when the image is recorded.

Recorded Date* The date when the image is recorded.

Edited Date You can manually input the date when the image is transferred or edited.

You can input a caption in the text box.

Caption

Protected Check to set the protection( ). Do not check to release the protection to edit or delete the image.

* You cannot change from the PC.

4

Click [OK] to close the window.

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Editing an image

Transferring an image to the camera

You can transfer a BMP, TIFF, JPEG or PMP image file to the camera. Since the image being stored in the camera is limited to 640

×

480 pixels, a larger image should be diminished or trimmed.

1

Display the image to be transfer to the camera.

Note

When transferring a smaller image, select

[Best Fit 640

×

480] in the

Image menu.

Transferring an image in the image list

In the image list window, select the image(s) to be transferred. Then select

[Copy to Camera] in the

Camera menu. The selected image is or images are added to the camera with landscape position. Rotate the image if necessary.

2

• To adjust the image to fit 640

×

480 pixels

Select [Best Fit 640

×

480] in the Image menu or click in the tool bar. The image is resized to

640

×

480 pixels. Skip the steps 3 and 4.

• To trim the image to 640

×

480 pixels or smaller

Select [Show Edit Frame] or click in the tool bar. The edit frame appears.

Note

When you change the frame size, select [Best Fit

640 x 480] in the Image menu.

Edit frame

3

Move the edit frame to assign the area to be transferred.

To adjust the frame size, drag its corner. To move the frame itself, drag somewhere on the frame except for corners.

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Transferring an image to the camera

4

Select [Copy] in the Edit menu or click on the tool bar to copy the image inside the edit frame to the clipboard.

Note

For the image quality, refer to the instruction manual of the Digital Still

Camera DSC-F1.

Then select [Paste] in the Edit menu or click on the tool bar to paste the clipboard image to the window.

The edited image is displayed.

5

Select [Copy to Camera] in the Camera menu or click on the tool bar.

The dialog box defining the image quality (FINE,

STANDARD, and SNAPSHOT) appears.

6

Select the image quality.

The confirmation window appears.

7

Click [OK].

The image is compressed in the selected image quality and transferred to the camera.

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Editing an image

Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5

Using the TWAIN data source

Transferring camera images to an application which supports the TWAIN protocol

By switching the data source driver to “Sony DSC-F1

TWAIN 1.5,” you can transfer a camera image directly to an application which supports the TWAIN protocol.

What is TWAIN?

TWAIN is the standards software protocol for communication between an application software and a picture-capturing device such as a scanner.

For access to the camera from the TWAIN application, refer to the users' manual of the application you are using.

Before you begin

• Do the necessary preparations as described in pages

13 through 22.

• Start the application and display its main menu window.

• Quit the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility” if it has been started. (You cannot start the “Sony

DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5” while the “Sony Digital Still

Camera Album Utility” is accessing the camera.)

Note

Depending on the application, the number of images which can be transferred from the camera via TWAIN differs.

1

Select [Select Source] in the File menu. (The file menu name differs depending on the application.)

The [Select Source] dialog box appears.

Checking the system settings

Click on the tool bar. The Settings window appears where you can check to see that the items are set according to the system settings you use.

(See “Changing system settings” on page 30.)

2

Select [Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5] and click [Select].

3

Select [Acquire] in the File menu. (The file menu name differs depending on the application.)

The Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5 main menu window appears.

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Transferring a camera image to an application which supports the TWAIN protocol

4

Click .

The image list appears immediately.

Transfer button

5

Click the images which you want to transfer to the application, then click .

The selected images are transferred to the application and the application window appears again.

Note

Depending on the application, the window closes after the images are transferred. If this occurs, repeat steps 3 through 5.

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Using the TWAIN data source

To transfer another image

Repeat steps 3 through 5 or step 5.

Others

Troubleshooting

Note

The SERIAL menu defines the serial speed via the connecting cable.

After trying the following remedies, if the problem persists, please consult “Sony Customer Technical

Support.” Also refer to the operating instructions of the Digital Still Camera DSC-F1.

An error occurs during data transmission via cable.

• The connecting cable between the PC and the

Digital Still Camera is not fitted properly.

m Connect the cable properly. (page 16)

• The power of the Digital Still Camera is not turned on.

m Set the POWER/Function dial of the Digital Still

Camera to “PLAY.” (page 17)

• The WIRELESS setting of the Digital Still Camera is not proper.

m Select “OFF” in the WIRELESS menu of the

Digital Still Camera. (page 17)

• The serial speed of your computer does not match that of the Digital Still Camera.

m Select the same serial speed in the Settings dialog box as set in the SERIAL menu of the Digital Still

Camera. (page 17) m Check that the serial speed selected in the Settings dialog box matches that of your PC. Some PC does not support all of the serial speed options.

(page 30)

• The Serial Port in the Settings dialog box is not properly assigned.

m Assign the Serial Port to which the connecting cable is inserted. (page 30)

• The Serial Port selected in the Settings dialog box may be used by another communication software.

m Check which serial port the communication software is used and assign another serial port for either the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility” or the communication software.

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Others

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Troubleshooting

Notes

• You can check the simulation port number and the port which the infrared device is installed: Double-click the [Infrared Monitor] icon in the Control

Panel and click the

Option tag.

• The hardware port number and simulation port number differ. Set each port number correctly.

An error occurs during infrared data transmission

• The WIRELESS setting of the Digital Still Camera is not proper.

m Select “ON” in the WIRELESS menu of the Digital

Still Camera. (page 22)

• The power of the Digital Still Camera is not turned on or set to “CAMERA.” m Set the POWER/Function dial of the Digital Still

Camera to “PLAY.” (page 22)

• The infrared device or driver is not properly installed.

m Check to see if the infrared hardware is built in your PC or an infrared adapter is properly connected to the proper hardware port number.

m Check to see if the infrared driver is installed in the hard disk. You can check the driver by opening the Option tag of the [Infrared Monitor] in the Control Panel.

• The Serial Port in the Settings dialog box is not properly assigned.

m

Assign the proper simulation port in the Infrared

Device Wizard. (page 20) m Check to see that the Serial Port in the Settings dialog box of the “Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” is properly assigned. (page 30)

• The infrared ports of the Digital Still Camera and the

PC are not properly oriented.

m

Place the two ports within the controllable area.

Remove an obstacle which may interrupt the infrared communications, if any. Also check the

Status tag of the [Infrared Monitor] in the Control

Panel to see if the infrared device is detected.

(page 21)

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Others

The application does not work properly.

m Turn of the Digital Still Camera and quit the application. Then turn on the Camera and restart the application to see if the software and the Camera work properly.

Cannot open the camera’s images .

• You cannot access the Digital Still Camera from two or more applications at a time.

m Quit the other applications once and start “Sony

Digital Still Camera Album Utility.” Then try to access the camera.

The “Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5” does not work properly (when the screen saver is working).

m Do not use the screen saver when you use “Sony

DSC-F1 TWAIN 1.5.” If the screen saver is working, the screen will not be updated while transferring camera images. However, this is not a malfunction and the screen will return to normal after the transfer.

Others

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Index

A

Adjusting the colors and the contrast of the monitor 27

Adjusting the image to fit 640

×

480 pixels 67

Album format 9

Album list 10

B

BMP 40

C

Caption 55, 66

Capturing an image from TWAIN device

53

Cascade 57

Changing the album front cover 54

Changing the caption

55

Changing the system settings 30

Connecting via cable 14 via infrared port 18

Copying an image 57

Copying with the File menu 59

D

Deleting and renaming an album folder 36

Deleting images or albums 60

DIGITAL I/O port 16

Diminishing an image

64

Drag and drop 56

Drag pointer 56

E

Edit frame 67

Enlarging an image 64

F, G, H

Features 8

File type 40

I

Image 10

Image filing system 9

Image information 66

Image list 10

Infrared Device Wizard

20

Infrared Monitor 19, 71

Installer 8

Installing 14

Microsoft Windows

95 Infrared

Communications

Driver 19

Sony Digital Still

Camera Album

Utility 14

J

JPEG 40

M, N

Making a new album 36

Making a new album folder 36

Making a new folder 41

Menu

Camera menu 25

Display menu 26

Edit menu 25

File menu 24

Help menu 28

Image menu 26

Options menu 27

Window menu 28

Moving albums or images 56

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Others

O

Opening the camera images 31

Opening an image file directly 50

Opening an image list of the hard disk 47

Opening and saving the camera images 35

Operation flow chart 11

P

PIC_CAM 9

Print Setup 62

Printing 62

Protection setting 66

Q

Quitting the “Sony

Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” 23

R

Rotating an image 65

S

Saving

Opening and saving the camera images

35, 40

Saving all the camera images without opening them 37,

43

Saving an image as another file format

51

Saving the camera images as anther file format 40

Saving the camera images in album

35

Saving in JPEG file type 42

Saving the selected camera images without opening them 38, 45

Searching for images 61

Selecting an image 33

Selecting multiple images 33

SERIAL menu 17

Serial port 16, 30

Serial speed 30

Setting up the Digital

Still Camera 17, 22

Sony DSC-F1 TWAIN

1.5 69

Starting “Sony Digital

Still Camera Album

Utility” 23

Status bar 32

Stopping saving midway 36

Switching the active window 33

Switching the comment and date display of an image 32

System requirements 12

System settings 30

T

Thumbnail 10

TIFF 40

Tile 57

Transferring an image to the camera 67

Transferring an image in an image list 67

Transferring camera images to a TWAIN application 69

Troubleshooting 71

TWAIN 53, 69

U

Using the tool bar 29

Z

Zoom In 64

Zoom Out 64

Others

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For Macintosh

Operating Instructions

Before you begin

Features

What is Plug-in?

The Plug-in is an interface which allows image data transfer from an input device such as a digital scanner and digital still camera to an application.

To capture an image of a particular device into a particular application, you need to install the

Plug-in module compatible with both the device and the application.

The PC Connecting Kit for Macintosh comprises the connecting cable and the CD-ROM, which includes the following:

Application software “Sony Digital

Still Camera Album Utility”

Captures images from the Sony Digital Still

Camera DSC-F1 and edits them:

• Captures Digital Still Camera images with or without opening them and copies them onto the hard disk in the desired file type–PICT, JPEG or the software original album (CAMS) file type.

• The software offers a variety of album and image editing functions: moves the position of images in an album, copies images to a different album, deletes images, and zooms and rotates images.

Plug-in module “Sony Digital Still

Camera Plug-in”

Enables direct capturing of images from the

Digital Still Camera into PhotoStudio or another application which supports Photoshop Plug-in.

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Before you begin

*Thumbnail

Stands for each image in the album list or image list.

Image filing system of the Album

Utility

The “Sony Digital Still Camera album Utility” handles the images in a unique album filing system–“Album” format. You can also handle the images as standard file formats– JPEG and PICT.

Album format

When the Digital Still Camera images are copied onto the hard disk or other storage device, they are stored in the original filing system shown below, which is called the “Album” format. The file type is called

“CAMS.” The “Album” format enables displaying the images as shown below. The folder containing the images in this album structure is called a “Album

Folder.”

Image list

A page containing fifteen thumbnails* of the album contained in the Digital

Still Camera or the hard disk is displayed. You can select any image.

v

Image

The selected image is displayed in full size.

Before you begin

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Features

Operation flow chart

Setting Up (page 82)

Connect the Digital Still Camera with the PC and install the software.

v

Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility

v

Sony Digital Still

Camera Plug-in

Start the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility”

(page 86)

v

Open the Camera Image

(page 94)

v

Select the images to be stored in the hard disk

v

Save

v

Save the Camera Image without Opening it all the camera images only selected images

v v

Open the image stored in the hard disk (page 109)

Select the image in the image list or specify the image file to be opened.

v

Edit an image/Print an image/Transfer an image to the

Camera (page 113)

You can edit an image: changing image comments, moving, copying, deleting, printing an image, enlarging and diminishing an image, rotating an image. You can also transfer an image to the Digital Still Camera.

Start a Plug-in application

(page 123)

v

Select the “Sony

Digital Still Camera

Plug-in”

v

Transfer camera images to a Plug-in application

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Before you begin

System requirements

Note

For stable operation of the software, we suggest you use the latest version of the operating system; especially in serial communication, a remarkable improvement has been achieved.

Your computer and system software must meet the following minimum requirements to use this product:

• An Apple Macintosh computer with a 68030 processor or later model/PowerPC 601 or later model

• OS: Apple system software version 7.1 or higher

• Extension: QuickTime version 1.5 or higher for the

Sony Digital Still Camera Plug-in

• RAM: 8MB or more for Sony “Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” (16MB is recommended.)

• Application memory for the “Sony Digital Still

Camera Plug-in:” the application's Suggested size plus 3000KB to the Preferred size of the Memory

Requirements

• 40MB or more available hard disk space

• A color monitor with a video board or video driver to display 640

×

480 pixels and 256 colors or better.

(16,770,000 full color is recommended.)

• Modem or printer port

• CD-ROM drive

Before you begin

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Setting up

Step 1: Installing the software

*Language install option

You can select the menu and dialog language among English, French or

German.

To transfer Digital Still Camera images onto your PC, install the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility, ” or/and “Sony Digital Still Camera Plug-in” onto your hard disk.

1

Start up your Macintosh.

2

Insert the CD-ROM supplied into the CD-ROM drive.

3

Open your language folder.

Double-click your language folder* among

English, French, and German.

4

Install the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility.”

Drag the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility” icon onto your hard disk.

“Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility” icon

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Setting up

Note

The folder name to which the “Sony Digital Still

Camera Plug-in” is copied differs depending on the application you use.

For example, when you use Adobe PhotoShop 3.0, the plug-in should be copied onto the Acquire/

Import folder of the Plugins folder.

For the details, refer to the user's manual of the application.

5

Install the “Sony Digital Still Camera Plug-in.”

Drag the “Sony Digital Still Camera Plug-in" icon onto the plug-in folder.

With the “Sony Digital Still Camera Plug-in” copied, you can capture images from the Sony

Digital Still Camera DSC-F1 with an application supporting the Adobe Photoshop Plug-in.

Setting up

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Step 2: Connecting the Digital Still

Camera

Notes

• Turn off the power on your computer and

Digital Still Camera before connection.

• Do not turn off the power of the camera nor disconnect the cable during transmitting the data, which may cause a transmission failure.

• Use only the supplied connecting cable. Other brands of cables may cause malfunctions.

• The connecting cable supplied is for the Sony

Digital Still Camera

DSC-F1 only. It cannot be used to connect other cameras.

• Insert the connecting cable carefully into the port, making sure that the port goes in straight and is firmly seated.

When inserting the cable into the Digital

I/O port of the Digital

Still Camera, match the

¢ mark of the cable with that of the port.

• Keep metal objects away from the connector pins to avoid short circuits.

• We suggest you use the

Digital Still Camera with the AC power adapter.

• Also refer to the instructions manual of your Macintosh.

Digital Still

Camera

DSC-F1 to DIGITAL

I/O port

Connecting cable

(supplied)

Connecting cable Cable adapter

Your Macintosh

Connect the connecting cable to the cable adapter (supplied) and then to the modem or printer port.

to the modem or printer port

Use the supplied connecting cable to the modem/ printer port via the cable adapter to the DIGITAL

I/O port on the Digital Still Camera DSC-F1. For a

Macintosh with the built-in modem, use the printer port.

To resume data transmission

In case the data transmission is interrupted (and the

Digital Still Camera becomes disabled), resume the transmission as follows :

1

Close all the windows of “Sony Digital Still

Camera Album Utility” being displayed on the

Macintosh monitor.

2

Turn the POWER/Function dial of the Digital Still

Camera to “OFF.”

3

Turn the POWER/Function dial to “PLAY.”

4

Transmit the data again.

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Step 3: Setting up the Digital Still

Camera

Before you start data communications between the PC and the Digital Still Camera, set up the Digital Still

Camera as follows. For the details, refer to the instruction manuals of the Digital Still Camera

DSC-F1.

MENU/EXECUTE jog dial

POWER/Function dial

* The SERIAL menu defines the serial speed via the connecting cable.

** “38400” means 38,400 bps.

Digital Still

Camera

DSC-F1

1

Set the POWER/Function dial to “PLAY.”

2

To activate the data transmission via the connecting cable, set the menu as follows:

Menu

WIRELESS

SERIAL*

Select

OFF

38400**

CAMERA MENU

WIRELESS

OFF

ON

CAMERA MENU

SERIAL SPEED

9600

19200

38400

Note

During the data communication in process, do not change the position of the

POWER/Function dial.

The Digital Still Camera is ready for communication via cable.

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Capturing an image

Starting “Sony Digital

Still Camera Album

Utility”

To capture images from the Digital Still Camera into your Macintosh, start the “Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility.”

Note

When using the “Sony

Digital Still Camera Plugin” module to transfer camera images into an application which supports the PhotoShop

Plug-in protocol, the steps here are not necessary

(see page 123).

Tip

To open as many windows as possible, we suggest you allocate as much memory as possible to the “Sony Digital

Still Camera Album Utility.”

1

Start up Macintosh

2

Double-click the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility” icon.

“Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility” icon

The “Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility” starts up.

The menu bar of the

“Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility” appears.

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Quitting the “Sony Digital Still Camera Album

Utility”

Select [Quit] in the File menu.

About the menus

“Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility” consists of the following menus. You can also use the tool bar icons to proceed with part of the menu operations

(page 91).

File menu

Open Album

Open Selected Image

Open Image File

Close

Save File

Save As

Save in Album

Save as File

Print Setup

Print

Quit

Opens an album that is stored in the hard disk or MO disk and displays images of the album.

Opens and displays the selected image(s) in the image list window at a time.

Opens and displays an image file from the hard disk or MO disk. The available file types are PICT, JPEG and Album

(CAMS).

Closes the currently active window.

Saves the image rotation in the album.

Saves the currently selected image with another file name as a

PICT or JPEG file onto the selected folder.

Saves the image(s) selected in the image list onto the album in the hard disk.

Saves the currently selected image in the image list as a PICT or

JPEG file onto the desired folder.

Selects the model name of the printer, paper, and other settings.

(The printer driver needs to be installed prior to printing. )

Displays the dialog box to print an image.

Exits “Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility.”

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About the menus

Edit menu

Undo

Copy

Paste

Select All

Select None

Camera menu

Undoes the most recent zooming or rotation command.

Copies the selected image or comment to the clipboard.

Pastes the comment of the clipboard. (You cannot use this command if nothing is in the clipboard. )

Selects all the images in the image list window.

Cancels the selection in the album list or image list window.

Open Camera's Image

Save in Album

Save as File

Save to Camera

Opens and displays the camera images on the monitor.

Saves all the images or selected images of the camera to the album on the hard disk in the album format without opening them.

Saves all the images or selected images of the camera to the desired folder on the hard disk in JPEG or PICT file type without opening them.

Transfers the images on the hard disk to the camera.

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Display menu

Zoom In

Zoom Out

Image menu

Enlarges the image display size.

Reduces the image display size.

Display Frame 640

×

480 Displays the frame for trimming an image in landscape.

Display Frame 480

×

640

Rotate Clockwise 90 degrees

Displays the frame for trimming an image in portrait.

Rotates the image 90 degrees clockwise.

Rotate Counter-Clockwise 90 degrees Rotates the image 90 degrees counterclockwise.

Rotate 180 degrees Rotates the image 180 degrees.

Window menu

Go to First Page

Go to Previous Page

Go to Next Page

Go to Last Page

Displays the first page of the image list window.

Displays one page before the current page of the image list window.

Displays one page after the current page of the image list window.

Displays the last page of the image list window.

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About the menus

Option menu

Image Information

Show Filename

Show Recorded Date

Show Comment

Delete Image

Select Representative

Update to Current Album

Preferences

Displays the image information window of the currently displayed image.

Displays the file name for each image of the image list window.

Displays the date recorded by the Digital Still Camera for each image of the image list window.

Displays the comment for each image of the image list window.

Delete the image(s) selected in the image list window.

Register the representative image of an album.

Displays the updated image list. Select this command after you turn off the Digital Still Camera, record the images and then turn it on.

Displays the window to set the software to decompress the camera images, select the image transfer method, and customize some menu items.

Keyboard shortcuts

The key descriptions next to the file menu stand for keyboard shortcuts.

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Using the tool bar

The tool bar shortcuts to frequently used menu items.

When an image list is displayed

Tool Bar

Go to First Page:

Displays the first page.

Go to Previous Page:

Displays the previous page.

Go to Next Page:

Displays the next page.

Go to Last Page:

Displays the last page.

Show Filename:

Displays the file name for each image of the image list window.

Go to Recorded Date:

Displays the recorded date for each image of the image list window.

Show Comment:

Displays the comment for each image of the image list window.

When an image is displayed

Tool Bar

* You can change the display size only; you cannot save an image zoomed in or out. To undo the zooming, select [Undo] in the

Edit menu.

** To save the image rotated, select [Save] in the File menu. To undo the rotation, select [Undo] in the

Edit menu.

Image Information:

Displays an Image

Information dialog box of the image currently displayed or selected in the image list window.

Zoom In:

Zooms in an opened image.*

Zoom Out:

Zooms out an opened image.*

Rotate Clockwise 90 degrees:

Rotates an image

90 degrees in the clockwise direction.**

Rotate Counter-Clockwise 90 degrees:

Rotates an image 90 degrees in the counterclockwise direction.**

Rotate 180 degrees:

Rotates an image 180 degrees.**

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Setting the Preferences

Before you start using the “Sony Digital Still Camera

Album Utility, ” set the preferences to comply the software with the Sony Digital Still Camera DSC-F1.

You can select the software to decompress a JPEG image, the way an image is transferred to the camera, and customise some menu items.

In case colors of the image captured are not displayed normally or a communication error occurs frequently, check the preferences.

1

Select [Preferences] in the Option menu.

The Preferences window appears.

Preferences

* QuickTime decompresses JPEG images more quickly than the original software does. In case colors of the image are not displayed normally, use the original software.

2

Click the [general] tab to set the following:

π Use QuickTime for decompressing index image.

Check the check box when you use QuickTime to decompress JPEG images and to display the thumbnail on the image list window. Do not check when you use the original software.*

π Use QuickTime for decompressing full size image.

Check the check box when you use QuickTime to decompress a JPEG image and to display the image in full size on the monitor. Do not check when you use the original software.*

π Fit in size on saving small image.

Check the check box when you fit a small image to

640

×

480 pixels to transfer it to the camera.

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3

Click the [others] tab to set the following:

Preferences

Customizing the menu

Assigning a special operational purpose to a menu is called

“Customizing.” In the

“Sony Digital Still

Camera Album Utility,” you can customize the two menu items–“Open

Camera's Image” and

“Save Camera's Image” – by specializing the images to be opened and saved.

π Customise the menu 'Open Camera's Image'

When this option is checked, the dialog box specifying the images to be opened with the

[Open Camera's Image] menu will not appear.

Select the images to be always opened among the two image options.

π Customise the menu 'Save Camera's Image'

When this option is checked, the dialog box specifying the images to be saved with the [Save

Camera's Image] menu will not appear. Select the images to be always saved among the two image options.

4

Click [OK] to close the preferences window.

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Opening the camera images

To view images in the Digital Still Camera DSC-F1, open the camera’s images. You can open the image directly by specifying its image number.

Before you start

Make sure you have done the necessary preparations as described in pages 82 through 85.

Opening the image from the image list window

1

Select [Open Camera's Image] in the Camera menu.

The following window appears.

Note

If there is only one page stored, the pull-down list does not appear.

Total number of pages

Page number

Image numbers

2

Click [Image List] and click the down arrow button to select the page to be displayed in the pull-down page number list.

On the right of the page number, the image numbers contained in the page are displayed.

3

Click [Open].

The images on the selected page are transferred from the camera and displayed.

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Switching the file name, recorded date and comment display of an image

Select either [Show

Filename], [Show

Recorded date] or [Show

Comment] in the Option menu. Or click the corresponding icon on the tool bar. (You can change the comments.)

Displaying other thumbnails

When hidden pages exist, select [Go to First Page],

[Go to Previous Page],

[Go to Next Page] or [Go to Last Page] in the

Window menu. Or click the corresponding icon on the tool bar.

Image number

Comment, file name, or date display

If image is protected from accidental erasure and edition, the protect icon ( ) is attached here.

4

Click the image(s) you want to open (the selected image frame becomes yellow) and select [Open

Selected Image] in the File menu. Or, double-click the image.

The selected images are displayed in full size.

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Opening the camera images

How to select and cancel images in the image list window

Selecting an image

Click the desired thumbnail of the image list window; the image is selected. Click another thumbnail and that image is selected instead of the previous image. To cancel the selection, click somewhere in the background without an thumbnail.

Selecting multiple images

To select multiple images: Press and hold down the Shift key as you click the desired images.

To select all the images in the image list window:

Select [Select All] in the Edit menu.

To cancel the selection: Press and hold down the

Shift key as you click the selected images. The selection is canceled. To cancel the selection of all the images, select [Select None] in the

Edit menu.

To open all the selected images: While pressing the Shift key, double-click one of the selected images. Or select [Open Selected Image] in the File menu.

Closing an album list, image list window or image

Select [Close] in the File menu or click the close button. The selected window is closed.

Switching the active window

You can switch the active window using the following methods:

• Click a part of the desired window.

• Click the desired file listed in the Window menu.

The image files currently opened.

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Opening the image directly

1

Select [Open Camera' s Image] in the Camera menu.

The following dialog box appears.

The total number of images

The image currently displayed on the camera

2

Click [Image] and input the image number which you want to open in the [Image No.] box.

3

Click [Open].

The selected images are displayed in full size.

Closing an album list, image list or image

Select [Close] in the File menu or click the close button. The selected window is closed.

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Saving the camera images in album

To quickly handle and process camera images on your PC, save the selected camera images in the

CAMS file type in album of the hard disk with or without opening them.

Opening and saving the camera images

1

Follow the steps 1 through 3 of “Opening the camera images” (page 94) to display the image list window of the camera.

The order of the images to be saved

The images are saved in the alphanumerical order of the file names:

• When the file name or recorded date is displayed underneath each image, the images are automatically named (IMAGE001,

IMAGE002...) and saved in the same order as in the camera.

• When the comment is displayed, the comment of each image becomes its file name and the images are stored in the alphanumerical order of the comments.

You can change the order of the images later (page

114).

Notes

• You can select all the images of all the pages without regard to the page being displayed.

• For how to select multiple images, see page 96.

2

Click the thumbnails of the desired images. To save all the images, select [Select All] in the Edit menu.

The frame of the selected image is highlighted in yellow.

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3

Select [Save in Album] in the File menu.

The following window appears.

Saving in a different drive

Click [Desktop] to display the available drives in the list, from which you can select the desired drive.

Creating a new album folder

Click [New]. The dialog to define a new album folder name appears.

Type the new folder name and click [Create].

Note

When the comment is displayed in the image list, the comment of each image becomes the file name and the images are copied and placed in the hard disk according to the alphanumerical order of their file names.

The destination folder where the camera images are to be saved.

When you click [New], a new folder is created under this folder.

4

Select the destination album folder and click

[Select].

The selected camera images are saved in the destination album folder.

Stopping saving midway

Press the [] and [.] keys together.

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Saving the camera images in album

Note

When the image list or images of the camera are displayed, close them before selecting [Save in

Album].

Saving all the camera images without opening them

1

Select [Save in Album] in the Camera menu.

The following window appears.

2

Select [All Images] and click [OK].

The following window appears.

Saving in a different drive

Click [Desktop] to display the available drives in the list, from which you can select the desired drive.

Creating a new album folder

Click [New]. The dialog to define a new album folder name appears.

Type the new folder name and click [Create].

The destination folder where the camera images are to be saved.

When you click [New], a new folder is created in this folder.

3

Select the destination album folder and click

[Select].

The selected camera images are saved in the destination album folder with a file name

“IMAGE***” (***: serial number).

Stopping saving midway

Press the [] and [.] keys together.

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Note

When the image list or images of the camera are displayed, close them before selecting [Save in

Album].

Saving the selected camera images without opening them

1

Select [Save in Album] in the Camera menu.

The [Save Camera Image] window appears.

2

Click [Selected Images] and select one of the three options to specify the images to be saved.

Image No.

Input the image numbers of the first and last images to be saved. All the images between the specified image numbers are saved.

Only Last Image

The image recorded most recently is saved.

Recorded Date

Input the date (day/month/year). All the images recorded on the specified date are saved.

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Saving the camera images in album

3

Click [OK].

The following window appears.

Saving in a different drive

Click [Desktop] to display the available drives in the list, from which you can select the desired drive.

Creating a new album folder

Click [New]. The dialog to define a new album folder name appears.

Type the new folder name and click [Create].

The destination folder where the camera images are to be saved.

When you click [New], a new folder is created under this folder.

4

Select the destination album folder and click

[Select].

The selected camera images are saved in the destination album folder with a file name

“IMAGE***” (***: serial number).

Stopping saving midway

Press the [] and [.] keys together.

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Saving the camera images as another file type

To quickly handle and process camera images on your PC, save the selected camera images as standard file type–PICT or JPEG–with or without opening them.

Selecting the file type

PICT The image format supported generally by

Macintosh. Most of the Macintosh image-editing applications support this type.

JPEG Stands for the group named “Joint Photographic

Experts Group,” who standardized the compression system of the still image. The image is compressed in a small data size, but the original image cannot be perfectly reproduced.

The order of the images to be saved

The images are saved in the alphanumerical order of the file names:

• When the file name or recorded date is displayed underneath each image, the images are automatically named (IMAGE001,

IMAGE002...) and saved in the same order as in the camera.

• When the comment is displayed, the comment of each image becomes its file name and the images are stored in the alphanumerical order of the comments.

You can change the order of the images later (page

114).

Notes

• You can select all the images of all the pages without regard to the page being displayed.

• For how to select multiple images, see page 96.

Opening and saving the camera images

1

Follow the steps 1 through 3 of “Opening the camera images” (page 94) to display the image list window of the camera.

2

Click the thumbnails of the desired images. To save all the images, select [Select All] in the Edit menu.

The frame of the selected image is highlighted in yellow.

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Saving the camera images as another file type

Saving in a different drive

Click [Desktop] to display the available drives in the list, from which you can select the desired drive.

3

Select [Save as File] in the File menu.

The following window appears.

Creating a new album folder

Click [New]. The dialog to define a new album folder name appears.

Type the new folder name and click [Create].

Selecting the file type

Click the down arrow button next to File Type and select the desired file type from the pull-down list.

The destination folder where the camera images are to be saved.

When you click [New], a new folder is created in this folder.

4

Select the destination folder and file type in which the images are to be saved and click [Select].

The selected camera images are saved in the destination album folder as a specified file type with a name “IMAGE***” (***: serial number).

Stopping saving midway

Press the [] and [.] keys together.

Saving in JPEG file type

When you select [JPEG] file type, the window to define the image quality (compression ratio) appears.

Usually, the higher image quality you select, the larger file size with the lower compression ratio you get.

Select the image quality option and click [OK].

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Note

When the image list or images of the camera are displayed, close them before selecting [Save as

File].

Saving all the camera images without opening them

1

Select [Save as File] in the Camera menu.

The following window appears.

Saving in a different drive

Click [Desktop] to display the available drives in the list, from which you can select the desired drive.

Creating a new album folder

Click [New]. The dialog to define a new album folder name appears.

Type the new folder name and click [Create].

Selecting the file type

Click the down arrow button next to File Type and select the desired file type from the pull-down list.

2

Select [All Images] and click [OK].

The following window appears.

The destination folder where the camera images are to be saved.

When you click [New], a new folder is created in this folder.

3

Select the destination folder and file type in which the images are to be saved and click [Select].

The selected camera images are saved in the destination album folder as a specified file type with a name “IMAGE***” (***: serial number).

Stopping saving midway

Press the [] and [.] keys together.

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Saving the camera images as another file type

Saving in JPEG file type

When you select [JPEG] file type, the window to define the image quality (compression ratio) appears.

Note

When the image list or images of the camera are displayed, close them before selecting [Save as

File].

Usually, the higher image quality you select, the larger file size with the lower compression ratio you get.

Select the image quality option and click [OK].

Saving the selected camera images without opening them

1

Select [Save as File] in the Camera menu .

The [Save Camera Image] window appears.

2

Click [Selected Images] and select one of the three options to specify the images to be saved.

Image No.

Input the image numbers of the first and last images to be saved. All the images between the specified image numbers are saved.

Only Last Image

The image recorded most recently is saved.

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Recorded Date

Input the date (day/month/year). All the images recorded on the specified date are saved.

Saving in a different drive

Click [Desktop] to display the available drives in the list, from which you can select the desired drive.

Creating a new album folder

Click [New]. The dialog to define a new album folder name appears.

Type the new folder name and click [Create].

Selecting the file type

Click the down arrow button next to File Type and select the desired file type from the pull-down list.

3

Click [OK].

The following window appears.

The destination folder where the camera images are to be saved.

When you click [New], a new folder is created in this folder.

4

Select the destination folder and file type in which the images are to be saved and click [Select].

The selected camera images are saved in the destination album folder as a specified file type with a name “IMAGE***” (***: serial number).

Stopping saving midway

Press the [] and [.] keys together.

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Saving the camera images as another file type

Saving in JPEG file type

When you select [JPEG] file type, the window to define the image quality (compression ratio) appears.

Usually, the higher image quality you select, the larger file size with the lower compression ratio you get.

Select the image quality option and click [OK].

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Opening an album of the hard disk

Changing the drive

Click [Desktop] to display the available drives in the list, from which you can select the desired drive.

You can open the image from the album folder, stored from the Digital Still Camera onto the hard disk in the album format.

1

Select [Open Album] in the File menu.

The following dialog box appears.

Switching the file name, recorded date and comment display of an image

Select either [Show

Filename], [Show

Recorded date] or [Show

Comment] in the Option menu. Or click the corresponding icon on the tool bar. (You can change the comments.)

Displaying other thumbnails

When hidden pages exist, select [Go to First Page],

[Go to Previous Page],

[Go to Next Page] or [Go to Last Page] in the

Window menu. Or click the corresponding icon on the tool bar.

2

The selected album holder

Click the desired album folder and click [Select].

The image list of the selected album appears.

Comment, file name or recorded date

Image number

Serial number of the images store in the hard disk

3

Select the image(s) you want to open.

The frame of the selected image becomes yellow.

For various ways to select images in the image list, refer to page 96.

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4

Select [Open Selected Image] in the File menu or double-click the image.

The selected images are displayed in full size.

Closing an image

Click [Close] in the File menu.

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Opening an image file directly

You can open an image stored in the hard disk by designating its file name. In addition to a file of an album format, you can open a PICT or JPEG file.

1

Select [Open Image File] in the File menu .

The following dialog box appears.

Changing the drive

Click [Desktop] to display the available drives in the list, from which you can select the desired drive.

2

Select the Image file you want to open and click

[Open].

The selected image is displayed in full size.

Closing an image

Click [Close] in the File menu.

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Opening an image file directly

Saving the opened image in album

You can save the image on the hard disk in an album in the same way as the camera images. Refer to

“Opening and saving the camera images” of the

“Saving the camera images in album” on page 98.

Saving the opened image as another file format

1

Select [Save As] in the File menu.

The following dialog box appears.

Saving in a different drive

Click [Desktop] to display the available drives in the list, from which you can select the desired drive.

Creating a new album folder

Click [New]. The dialog to define a new album folder name appears.

Type the new folder name and click [Create].

Selecting the file type

Click the down arrow button next to File Type and select the desired file type from the pull-down list.

Notes

• When the destination album already has image files, the order of the image being copied depends on the existing file names.

• In case the file name of an image to be copied is the same as that of an existing image file, the dialog box asking to change the file name of the image to be copied appears.

The destination folder

Clicking the down arrow displays pull-down list of folders.

list of other folders.

The images stored in the destination folder.

2

Select the destination folder in which the images are to be saved and file name. Click [OK].

The image is saved in the destination folder in the selected file format.

Saving in JPEG file type

When you select [JPEG] file type, the window to define the image quality (compression ratio) appears.

Usually, the higher image quality you select, the larger file size with the lower compression ratio you get.

Select the image quality option and click [OK].

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Editing an image

Changing the comment

You can change the comment of images.

1

Display the image list window of a camera or hard disk.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 94) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 109) for details.

2

Click the comment box of the image whose comment you want to change.

The comment box is highlighted.

When the date or file name is displayed

Select [Show Comment] in the Album menu or click on the tool bar. The display is replaced with the comment.

Tips

• You can input up to 14 letters and/or numbers in a comment.

• When a full-size image is displayed, you can also input comments in the Image

Information window.

To display the window, select [Image

Information] in the

Option menu or click

on the tool bar.

• You can copy and paste the comment.

After inputting the comment, select

[Copy]. Then click the destination comment box and select [Paste] in the Edit menu.

Comment box

3

Type the comment in the comment box.

4

Press the enter or return key.

The comment is changed.

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Sorting the images

How the file name of each image is named

When the camera images are copied onto the hard disk, each image is named as follows:

• When the file name or recorded date is displayed underneath each image in the image list, the images are automatically named (IMAGE001,

IMAGE002...) according to the order stored in the camera.

• When the comment is displayed, the comment of each image becomes its file name and the images are stored in the alphanumerical order of the comments.

Tips for inputting a comment as a file name

You can input up to 14 numbers and letters in a comment. To manage the image files, we suggest you mix the letters and numbers.

For example, use letters to divide the images into groups and use numbers to sort them within each group as follows:

Children001

Children002

Children003...

Sea001

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The images in album of the hard disk are positioned according to the alphanumeric order of their file names. You can rename and sort them using the following two methods:

Sorting the images by renaming and copying to a new album

1

Display the image list on the hard disk.

See “Opening an album of the hard disk” (page

109) for details.

2

Select [Show Comment] in the Option menu or click on the tool bar.

3

Input comments (page 113).

The comment for each image will become its file name when it is copied to an album. Input a comment so that the image will be placed in the desired position when sorted first in the numerical order and then in the alphabetical order.

4

Select [Select All] in the Edit menu.

All the images are selected.

5

Select [Save in Album] in the File menu.

The [Select Album Folder] window appears.

6

Click [New], define a folder name, and then click

[Create].

A new album folder is created.

7

Click [Select].

All the images are copied to the new album and are sorted according to the file name.

Renaming the files in the finder

You can also change names of the image files in the

Macintosh finder. Click the file name and type a new file name so that the file is placed in the desired position in the album.

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Copying an image to another album

You can copy an image of an album to another album.

1

Display the image list of the camera or hard disk which includes the image to be copied and then the image list to which you want to copy the image.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 94) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 109) for details.

2

Select the image to be copied.

To copy multiple images, press and hold down the Shift key as you click the desired images.

3

Drag the selected image.

Tip

You can use the File menu to copy the selected image(s). In step 3, select

[Save in Album] or [Save as File] in the File menu.

For the details, refer to

“Saving the camera images in album” (page

98) or “Saving the camera images as another file type” (page 103).

Note

The position where the image is copied depends on its file name.

(

Dragging pointer

4

Move the dragging pointer to the album to which you want to copy the image then drop the image.

The image is copied to the destination album.

Copying in the finder

You can also copy images or albums in the Macintosh finder. Press and hold down the option key and drag them to the destination folder.

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Deleting images

Note

When deleting an image, double-check that it is the right image. Once deleted, the image is lost forever.

You can delete images in an album.

1

Display the image list of a camera or hard disk which includes the image(s) to be deleted.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 94) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 109) for details.

2

Select the image(s) to be deleted in the image list.

The frame of the selected image becomes yellow.

To delete multiple images, press and hold down the Shift key as you click the desired images.

Note

When you delete images or albums in the finder, the protected images are also deleted.

Selected image

3

Select [Delete Image] in the Option menu.

The confirmation window appears.

4

Click [OK].

The images are deleted.

Deleting in the finder

You can also delete images or albums by dragging them to the trash in the Macintosh finder.

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Printing images

Note

Before you start printing, the proper printer driver should be installed in the hard disk.

You can print a full-sized image. The explanations here are based on the case when the Sony Digital

Color Printer DPP-M55 is used. When using a different printer, refer to the manual of your printer.

1

Turn on the power of the printer and select the printer with the Chooser.

2

Display the full-sized image to be printed.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 94) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 109) for details.

3

Select [Print Setup] in the File menu.

The following window appears. Set each item according to your printer.

(*The window is an example. It differs depending on the printer selected with the Chooser.)

Orientation

Enlarge/Reduce

Select the orientation of the paper when printed.

When you want to print an image enlarged or reduced, input the factor in percentage.

4

Click [OK].

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Printing images

5

Select [Print] in the File menu.

The following window appears.

(*The window is an example. It differs depending on the printer selected with the Chooser.)

6

Set the necessary items for printing.

Page No.

Print Qty

Fit to page

Preview

Option

Specify the ranges of pages to be printed. Input the first and the last pages to be printed. To print all the pages, select [All].

Specify the number of copies to be printed.

Check this option when you want to print an image to best fit in the paper size selected in the [Print Setup] window.

Check this option to display the thumbnail of the images to be printed.

Check this option when you want to set in more details for the printer's specifications.

7

Click [OK].

Printing starts up.

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Changing the image display size

You can enlarge (zoom in) and reduce (zoom out) an image displayed on the monitor.

Display the full-sized image of a camera or hard disk which you want to change the display size. See

“Opening the camera images” (page 94) or “Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 109) for details.

Note

When you zoom in or out an image, only the image displayed on the monitor is changed. You cannot save the image zoomed in or out.

Undoing the zooming

Select [Undo] in the Edit menu.

Enlarging an image

Select [Zoom In] in the Display menu or click in the tool bar. The display size of the image is enlarged.

Reducing an image

Select [Zoom Out] in the Display menu or click in the tool bar. The display size of the image is reduced.

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Rotating an image

You can rotate an image, which is useful to view an image recorded with the camera oriented side ways.

Display the full-sized image of a camera or hard disk which you want to change the angle. See “Opening the camera images” (page 94) or “Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 109) for details.

Note

When you rotate an image, only the image displayed on the monitor is rotated but the original image does not change.

To save the original image rotated, select [Save File] in the File menu.

Undoing the rotation

Select [Undo] in the Edit menu.

Rotating an image in clockwise direction

Select [Rotate Clockwise 90 degrees] in the Image menu or click in the tool bar.

Each time you select the menu or tool, the image is rotated 90 degrees in the clockwise direction.

Rotating an image in counterclockwise direction

Select [Rotate Counter-

Clockwise 90 degrees] in the

Image menu or click in the tool bar. Each time you select the menu or tool, the image is rotated 90 degrees in the counterclockwise direction.

Rotation an image 180 degrees

Select [Rotate 180 degrees] in the Image menu or click in the tool bar. Each time you select the menu or tool, the image is rotated 180 degrees.

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Reviewing the image information

Note

You can display the image information for an album image only. For a PICT or

JPEG image file, you cannot display the information.

You can review settings when the image is recorded in the Image Information window. You can also set the protection, revise the edited date, or input comments.

1

Display the full-sized image whose information you want to review.

See “Opening the camera images” (page 94) or

“Opening an album of the hard disk” (page 109) for details.

2

Select [Image Information] in the Option menu or click in the tool bar.

The following window appears.

3

Review or revise the settings:

Protect Check to set the protection. Do not check to release the protection to edit or delete the image.

Image Quality* The image quality mode (compression ratio) when the image is recorded:

FINE/STANDARD/SNAPSHOT

Recorded date* The date when the image is recorded.

Edited date You can manually input the date when the image is transferred or edited.

Shutter speed* The shutter speed when the image is recorded.

Flash * The flash is used (ON) or not used (OFF) when the image is recorded.

Comment You can input a comment in the text box.

* You cannot change from your Macintosh.

4

Click [OK] to close the window.

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Transferring an image to the camera

Note

For the image quality, refer to the instruction manual of the Digital Still

Camera DSC-F1.

You can transfer a PICT, JPEG or an album-type

(CAMS) image file to the camera.

1

Display the full-sized image to be transfer to the camera.

2

Select [Save to Camera] in the Camera menu.

The window defining the image quality (FINE,

STANDARD, and SNAPSHOT) appears.

3

Select the image quality and click [OK].

The image is compressed in the selected image quality and transferred to the camera.

Transferring a large image

Since the image being stored in the camera is limited to 640

×

480 pixels, a larger image is reduced automatically and transferred to the camera. To cut out part of the image without reducing, select [Display

Frame 640

×

480] (in landscape) or [Display Frame

480

×

640] (in portrait) in the Image menu. Move the edit frame to crop the area to be transferred and the follow the steps 2 and 3.

Edit frame

Transferring a small image

When the option “Fit in size on saving small image” is checked in the Preferences window, a small image will be enlarged to 640

×

480 pixels and transferred to the camera. When the option is not checked, a small image will be transferred as it is.

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Sony Digital Still Camera Plug-in

Using the Plug-in

Transferring camera images to your application

You can transfer Digital Still Camera images directly to an applications which support the Adobe

PhotoShop Plug-in.

Before you start

• Make sure you have done the necessary preparations as described in pages 82 through 85.

• Set the application memory as large as possible.

(The minimum Memory Requirements: the

Suggested size plus 3000KB to the Preferred size)

1

Start up an application.

2

Select [Acquire] and then [Sony Digital Still

Camera] in the [File] menu. (Menu names differ depending on the application.)

After your Macintosh accesses the Digital Still

Camera, the image list window appears.

Tool bar

Date or title display

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Transferring camera images to your application

Using the tool bar

Displays the first page.

Displays the previous page.

Displays the next page.

Displays the last page.

Displays the title of the image.

Displays the recorded or imported date.

Transfers the selected image(s) to an application.

Closes the window.

3

Select the image to be transferred.

Depending on the application, you can transfer multiple images at a time; When you transfer multiple images, press and hold down the shift key as you click the desired images.

4

Click or double-click one of the selected images.

The selected image is or images are transferred to the application.

Note

Depending on the application, the number of images which can be transferred from the camera via Plug-in differs.

To transfer other images

Repeat steps 2 and 4.

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Others

Troubleshooting

Note

The SERIAL menu defines the serial speed via the connecting cable.

After trying the following remedies, if the problem persists, please consult “Sony Customer Technical

Support.” Also refer to the operating instructions of the Digital Still Camera DSC-F1.

An error message appears or an error occurs.

• The connecting cable between your Macintosh and the Digital Still Camera is not fitted properly.

m Connect the cable properly. (page 84)

• The power of the Digital Still Camera is not turned on.

m

Set the POWER/Function dial of the Digital Still

Camera to “PLAY.” (page 85)

• The WIRELESS and SERIAL menu settings of the

Digital Still Camera is not proper.

m Select “OFF” in the WIRELESS menu and “38400” in the SERIAL menu of the Digital Still Camera.

(page 85)

• The same modem or printer port may be used by another communication software.

m Check which port the communication software uses and assign another port for either the “Sony

Digital Still Camera Album Utility” or the communication software.

• The Apple Talk is set to ON.

m

Turn off the Apple Talk to use the printer port.

• Another communication software quits without releasing the model or printer port and the port becomes disabled.

m

Restart the Macintosh.

• There may be some problem with the application,

Macintosh or Digital Still Camera.

m

Quit the application and turn off your Macintosh and the Digital Still Camera. And turn on the

Macintosh and the Camera. Then start the application to see if the application works properly.

• The memory space allocated to the “Sony Digital

Still Camera Album Utility” is too small.

m Allocate a larger memory space to the “Sony

Digital Still Camera Album Utility.”

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Others

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Troubleshooting

The Plug-in does not work properly.

• The memory space allocated to the Plug-in is too small.

m

Allocate a larger memory space to the application.

• The Plug-in may be incompatible with some of the extensions.

m

Start up your Macintosh, holding down the Shift key to disable all extensions. Check that the application works properly with System only.

Then restart your Macintosh, holding down the

Space bar to display the Extensions Manager control panel. Turn off or on conflicted extensions in the panel to verify which is incompatible with the Plug-in.

Cannot open the camera images.

• You cannot access the Digital Still Camera from two or more applications at a time.

m

Quit the other applications once and start the

“Sony Digital Still Camera Album Utility.” Then try to access the camera.

Cannot select multiple images in an image list.

• The caps lock key is depressed.

m Release the caps lock key.

Cannot display part of thumbnail.

m Click part of the thumbnail.

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Others

Index

A, B

Album format 79

C

Comment 113, 121

Connecting the Digital

Still Camera 84

Copying an image 115

Customizing the menu

92

D

Deleting images 116

DIGITAL I/O port 84

Displaying other thumbnails 95

E

Edit frame 122

Enlarging an image 119

F, G, H

Features 78

File type 103

I

Image filing system 79

Image information 121

Installing the software

82

J, K, L

JPEG 103

M, N

Making a new album folder 99

Menus 87

Camera menu 88

Display menu 89

Edit menu 88

File menu 87

Image menu 89

Option menu 90

Window menu 89

O

Opening an album of the hard disk 109 an image file directly

111 the camera image directly 97 the camera image list

94

Operation flow chart 80

P

PICT 103

Plug-in 78, 123

Preferences 92

Printing images 117

Protect setting 121

Q

QuickTime 92

R

Reducing an image 119

Rotating an image 120

S

Saving

Opening and saving the camera images

98, 103

Saving the camera images without opening them

100, 105

Saving the camera images as another file type 103

Saving the camera images in album

98

Saving the opened image as another file format 112

Selecting images 96

SERIAL menu 85

Setting up the Digital

Still Camera 84, 85

Sorting the images 114

Starting the software

86

System requirements

81

T

The order of the images to be saved 98, 103

Thumbnail 79

Transferring an image to the camera 122 a camera images to

Plug-in application

123

U, V

Using the tool bar

91, 124

W, X, Y, Z

WIRELESS 85

Others

127

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