- StarTap has an internal Viewer that you can use in several different ways to display image files. Bmp, 2bp, Gif, and Jpg files are supported. To use the viewer, it first has to be enabled. Go to Control Panel / StarTap / Images and put a check mark next to View Img. If you have a 256 color machine, be sure to put a check next to Best Color, too. Now use Explorer to navigate to an image file, and double tap on it.
- The viewer fills the entire screen with the image. To enlarge the image, tap once to zoom in; to move back, tap twice. You can pan around the image by dragging it; there are no scroll bars. In fact, there aren't any controls visible on the screen at all, just the image! Don't worry, there actually are controls there, they're just invisible! In the upper right corner of the screen, there's an Close button. Tap here and the viewer will close (you can also use the Exit button on the side).
- Below the Close button, and running down the right side of the image there are two controls to adjust the appearance of the image. Imagine two scroll bars stacked on top of each other, each about 1/4" (5mm) wide and almost half the height of the screen. The one on top controls the Contrast, the one on the bottom, the Brightness. Tap on one of these controls and then drag up or down to adjust the setting. One caveat: In V3.51 SP 1, the Brightness and Contrast controls are only implemented on 256 color machines, not on the E100. Sorry! Coming soon!
- Finally, the Up and Down buttons on the side of the PPC have a function, too. These buttons allow you to view a sequence of images that are in the same directory. Select Down, and StarTap will view the next image, in alphabetic order. Up will display the previous one. If you want the images displayed in a certain order, add a numeric code to the beginning of the name of each: 0001MyFirstPicture.jpg, etc.
- The image viewer can also be accessed from StarTaps's Desktop. Create a New button, and then in Document or Parameters, Browse for an image file. When it's selected, you'll see that Internal has been filled in as the Application name, and that a thumbnail of the image is shown as the icon. Close the dialog, and the icon and name will appear on the Desktop. Note that the Up and Down buttons work as described above, so you can use a single image and shortcut to lead into a whole directory of images.
- StarTap is capable of rotating landscape (wide) images, so that they fit the screen better. In Control Panel / StarTap / Images, put a check mark next to Auto Rotate.
- The Best Color option referred to above only applies to 256 color machines. Normally, WinCE does a plumb awful job of displaying pictures in 256 colors, especially of people. With StarTap's Best Color mode, the results are much improved!