CDCarousel, a unique image viewing program, is a project of Mapleridge Studio
CDCarousel is a unique approach to viewing large numbers of slides in a gallery-like format, even from a CDROM. It currently can handle up to 266 images. The software is easy to use, consisting of two programs. The first prepares the images, sizing and numbering them. The second is the viewing program. Copies of images are placed in the CDCarousel directory with the two programs. Double clicking Prepare Files.exe prepares the images. When processing is complete running CDCarousel.exe displays the images.
Selecting the images to display is fast and easy. Everything is done from the numeric keypad or on a laptop with the number keys, with image selection from thumbnails and a choice of a single image, dual images (right or left), or both. Thumbnails can be selected from 18 groups of 14 thumbnails and any image from 1 to 266 can be selected as a single or dual image at any time.
With this system it is easy to create custom slideshows for different situations from the same group of images. Simply making a list of the numbers of the images to be shown makes it possible to display any sequence desired. This can be a valuable tool when used with a projection system for presentations. Best of all, by burning a CDROM of the CDCarousel directory containing the prepared images and CDCarousel.exe, a portable, customizable slideshow can be produced.
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses.
CD Carousel Instructions: Preparing Files
Unzip CDCarousel.zip into a new directory of whatever name you choose.
Copy up to 266 images you wish to include in the Carousel into the same directory. DO NOT USE ORIGINAL SLIDES – THEY WILL ALL BE RESIZED AND RENAMED.
Run the program Prepare Files.exe by double clicking on it (left double click).
A black window with a blinking cursor will appear. DO NOT CLOSE THIS WINDOW.
Wait until the a message appears in the black window and the window closes. How long this takes will depend on the number of images to be processed and the speed of your computer.
When the window has closed the preparation is complete.
You may now use the program by double clicking on CDCarousel.exe.
If you wish to run the CDCarousel from a CD or DVD copy ALL files from the directory to a CD or DVD. Only copy the files. DO NOT copy the directory itself.
The files that MUST be copied are:
All image files
Prepare Files.exe is not needed on the CD or DVD but it can be included. It is not very large and is simpler to include all files in the directory than to look for one file to exclude. Also, if all files are included the three files necessary to produce a new CDCarousel can be copied back to the computer for use should the original files be lost. Those three files are:
Also in the Zip package are:
ReadMe.txt (Instructions for use)
The GNU General Public License
Once the files are all prepared you may start the Carousel by double clicking on CDCarousel.exe in Windows Explorer or by clicking Start/Run and typing [Path]CDCarousel.exe in the ‘run’ window and clicking Go, where [Path] is the path to the CDCarousel program.
When the program opens, left click anywhere on the screen to begin.
Selecting the images to display is fast and easy. Everything is done from the numeric keypad or on a laptop with the number keys, with image selection from thumbnails and a choice of a single image, dual images (right or left), or both. Thumbnails can be selected from 18 groups of 14 thumbnails and any image from 1 to 253 can be selected as a single or dual image at any time. The mouse can be used as a pointer for presentations – pressing the left mouse button creates an orange dot on the screen to be used as a pointer.
To move through the thumbnails, press + followed by a number between 2 and 19, where 2 is the first group of thumbnails and 19 is the last.
To select a half-width image press the image number and either / to place the image on the left side of the screen or – to place it on the right.
To select a single (full screen) image press . the image number then either / or –
Selecting a single image will replace any half-width image(s) on the screen with the full size image chosen,
Selecting a half-width image will place it on top of the single image.
To replace a half-size image with black press / then * for the left image or * then – for the right image.
To cover/replace all images with black press . then *
After that you may proceed with the normal selection of single or dual images.
Another way to black out the screen is to use image 280 (either 280 then / or -) (.280* also works).
All of this might seem a bit complicated at first, but really it amounts to learning only 3 or 4 routines which quickly become intuitive.
Pressing Esc or clicking the red X in the top right corner will exit the program.
We at Mapleridge Studio hope you find the program useful but use it at your own risk. We will not be responsible for any loss or damage that might result from the use or misuse of the programs contained in the distribution package. REMEMBER TO USE ONLY IMAGE COPIES TO PRESERVE YOUR ORIGINALS. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for trying our program.