Art Browse


If you want to use the traditional Windows-Explorer style interface for finding clip art on your computer, click on the Art Browse tab near the top of the program's main window. This will bring up our explorer-tree clip art window. Instead of a list of file names, though, our browse tab displays thumbnails of all the images in whatever folder is currently selected. Call us crazy, but we think it's easier to find the pictures you want by looking at the actual pictures than by deciphering their file names.

The Art Browse tab pane contains two windows. The top window is a Windows Explorer tree. Use it to find the folders where your clip art resides. Click on the + sign beside a folder or drive you want to dive into, and the tree will expand to show the subdirectories that the folder or drive contains. Click on the name of a folder or drive, and the Art Browse pane's lower window will fill with the images that are in that folder (not including the images in any subdirectories it may have), should it have any.

Changing the Explorer Tree & Thumbnail Window Sizes

You can change the amount of space devoted to the explorer tree window vs. the thumbnails window by clicking on the border between them and dragging it up or down. The mouse cursor will change into a little vertical resizing arrow when it's over the resizing border.

About the Clip Art Cache

Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker caches the thumbnails of any clip art images it finds. Or, translated into English: the first time the program displays the thumbnail of a clip art image, it will take longer to display than it will any time from then on. That's because the first time through, it has to create the thumbnail that gets displayed. But it saves the thumbnail in a special cache, so anytime the program displays that thumbnail from then on, it can retrieve the thumbnail from the cache instead of creating it, so it will be much faster.

Note: the program bases the thumbnail size on your current video resolution, so that thumbnails will occupy roughly the same amount of your available screen space no matter what resolution you're running in. If you change your screen's resolution (such as from 800 by 600 to 1,024 by 768), the absolute thumbnail sizes will change, so the program will have to create new thumbnails for any clip art that it displays.

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