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FileScout - User Manual - Options

A file manager Software for BlackBerry® Devices

The "all in one" file, zip, text and image manager for your BlackBerry®

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Filescout Options

In order to make the configuration easier in FileScout the Options are seperated into various Section:
  • General Settings
  • Appearance
  • Thumbnail Options
  • Image operation Options
  • Media-Player Options
  • Simple TextViewer/Editor
  • File associations
  • Custom file associations
  • Check for updates...

The 'General Settings' Section

Startup Directory

You can specify a 'Startup Directory' for FileScout. This directory will then automatically open every time you start FileScout. By default this field is empty.

You can either manually type the path of your startup directory or you move the cursor into the text input field and press the #Menu Button of your device and select the menu item:  Browse for 'Startup directory' . Now you can browse over your device filesystem (only directories will be displayed)and go to your wanted startup directory. Please note, you have to go into the directory you would like to have as startup directory. Once you have reached the directory of your choice select from the menu the item  Select directory . This will close the directory browser and brings you back to the options dialog with the selected directory path in the 'Startup Directory' text input field.

Please note, that the Menu Item  Browse for 'Startup directory'  is only visible once the cursor is in the 'Startup Directory' text input field.

Checkbox 'Confirm Exit of FileScout'

If this checkbox is checked, each time when you (accidently or by purpose) quite FileScout a confirm dialog appears where you have to confirm the exit of the application. By default this option is unchecked.

Checkbox 'Show favorites at startup'

If checked the favourites popup dialog will be shown after FileScout is started. By default this option is unchecked.

Checkbox 'Confirm Delete of files & directories'

If this checkbox is checked, you will prompted for a confirm each time you want to delete a file or directory. By default this option is checked. When you know what you are doing and you are annoyed by the frequent confirm dialogs you can uncheck this option, but please have in mind, that there is nothing like a recycle bin - so once a file is deleted there is no way to bring it back.

Checkbox 'Show hidden files & directories'

The BlackBerry® file system allows to mark files and directories as hidden. This checkbox allows you to specify if you want to see hidden files and directories within FileScout or not. By default this option is checked.

Checkbox 'Use the BlackBerry® default eMail composer'

While I was testing the FileScout functionality to send files as attachments I noticed, that some devices refuse to send attachments via the default BlackBerry® eMail composer. So FileScout have an own integrated eMail composer which allows to to send any file as eMail attachment directly from FileScout.
As long as you do not have any problems to send your attachments from FileScout via the default BlackBerry® eMail composer there is no need to turn off this option. Only disable this option when you have problems sending attachments. By default this option is checked.

Choice 'When destination exist'

Default action what should happen, when you are copying or moving files/directory and there exist already a file/directory with the same name at the destination.
  • do nothing [default value]
    The file/directory will not be copied/moved
  • rename file
    The copied/moved file/directory will auto renamed in the destination
  • overwrite destination
    The copied/moved file will overwrite the file in the destination
  • ask each time
    You will prompted each time what should be done. FileScout will remember the first made choice and for the next time the confirm dialog will be displayed the 'OK'-Button will be automatically focused.

Choice 'Directory Structure loading Thread'

The 'Search'- and the 'Goto Directory' function requires that the directory structure of your device gets pre-loaded once the application will be started - the two functions can be only used, once the pre-loading have been completed. With this option you can choose with which priority the directory loading should be performed.
  • Slow
  • Normal [default value]
  • Fast
Setting this option to 'Slow' will cause that you can use the Search & Goto Directory function after some delay once FileScout have started - selecting 'Fast' will make these functions quite instantly available but might slow down the general start up process of FileScout.

Choice 'Warn when number of files in one directory exceed'

When you open a directory with FileScout it takes some time to read the content - you can select at which content size a waring should be displayed in order to get already a feedback to your open action.
  • 500
  • 1000
  • 2000 [default value]
  • 4000
  • no warning

The 'Appearance' Section

Choice 'FontSize'

Select the font size of the FileScout application. Please note that the font size is relative to your selected device default font size.
  • small
  • medium
  • default [default value]
  • large
  • I am an old man [that's the setting I am using ;-)]

Checkbox 'Sort files & directories'

FileScout can sort the content of directories. This might cause some performance issues on certain devices [or on directories with a lot of files (500+)] - that's why it's possible to turn the sorting off. By default this option is checked.

Choice 'Sort order'

This Choice is only enabled, if you have checked 'Sort files & directories'.
  • Name
    This will sort the directory content by file name [case insensitive] and separate directories and files from each other
  • Size
    This will sort the directory content by file size (from small to large) [directories will be listed first]
  • Modification Date
    This will sort the directory content by file modification date (from old to new)
  • Type
    This will sort the directory content by file extensions [directories will be listed first]

Checkbox 'Show filenames in Menus'

Enables or disables the display of current selected file in the #Menu. By default this option is checked.

Choice 'Default/alternative Folder icons'

With FileScout 0.6.3 some alternative folder icons where introduced (that where removed again in 0.6.4). This option allows you to select the folder icons you like more (the classic ones [default value] or the once that where introduced with 0.6.3)
default:
Folder Icon

Up to Parent Icon
alternative:
Folder Icon

Up to Parent Icon

The 'Image Options' Section

Checkbox 'Allow image resizing'

Please note that all other options below are only active, if this 'Allow image resizing' is checked. By default this option is not checked.

Choice 'Image size'

  • Device resolution [default]
  • 640px
  • 800px
  • 1024px
  • 1200px
  • user defined
  • ask each time

User defined image size (in px)

This Text input field 'Thumbnail-Store Directory' is only enabled, if you have checked 'Show Thumbnails for Images'.

Checkbox 'Delete original image on resize'

By default this option is not checked.

Checkbox 'Add resolution information to filename'

This option is only active, if this 'Delete original image on resize' is checked. By default this option is not checked.

File format choice

You can select, if the resized images will be stored as PNG (default) or as JPG, once you select the JPG format you can additionally specify the quality (1=low | 100=best)

The 'Thumbnail Options' Section

Checkbox 'Show Thumbnails for Images'

FileScout is able to display a small (depending on the selected font site) preview of supported image files.Please note that this option could eat up a lot of performance of your device, if you open a directory that contain a large number of images that have a file size which is larger the 500KiB. In order to avoid serious performance problems the search result will not display thumbnails for images. By default this option is not checked.

Choice 'Thumbnail scale factor'

This Choice is only enabled, if you have checked 'Show Thumbnails for Images'.
  • 1x
    The thumbnails will have the same height as the selected font
  • 2x
    The thumbnails will have the double font height
  • 4x
    The thumbnails will have the 4 times font height

Thumbnail-Store Directory

You can configure FileScout that the calculated thumbnails will be stored permanently on your device (and does not need to be calculated each time you use FileScout). To enable this feature, you simply have to enter a valid path in which the thumbnail store should be created [the file is called BBFSThumbs.dat]. To disable this feature, simply leave this field empty which is the FileScout default setting.

You can either manually type the path of your thumbnail store directory or you move the cursor into the text input field and press the #Menu Button of your device and select the menu item:  Browse for 'Thubnail-Store Directory' . Now you can browse over your device filesystem (only directories will be displayed) and go to your wanted thumbnail store directory. Please note, you have to go into the directory you would like to have as thumbnail store directory. Once you have reached the directory of your choice select from the menu the item  Select directory . This will close the directory browser and brings you back to the options dialog with the selected directory path in the 'Thumbnail-Store Directory' text input field.

Please note, that the Menu Item  Browse for 'Thubnail-Store Directory'  is only visible once the cursor is in the 'Thumbnail-Store Directory' text input field.

This Text input field 'Thumbnail-Store Directory' is only enabled, if you have checked 'Show Thumbnails for Images'.

Checkbox 'Do not try to reload broken images'

When you have specified a 'Thumbnail-Store Directory' FileScout can also store the information about broken images - so the next time folders with broken images are opened there will be no warning message for the same files again.

The 'Media Player Option' Section

Playlist Directory

In order to be able to create playlists with FileScout you need to specify a directory in which the created playlists can be stored (before the media played will be launched). So all playlist related features of FileScout are only enabled, if you have specified a valid 'Playlist Directory' in which the device is able to create new files. By default this field is empty.

You can either manually type the path of your playlist directory or you move the cursor into the text input field and press the #Menu Button of your device and select the menu item:  Browse for 'Playlist directory' . Now you can browse over your device filesystem (only directories will be displayed) and go to your wanted playlist directory. Please note, you have to go into the directory you would like to have as playlist directory. Once you have reached the directory of your choice select from the menu the item  Select directory . This will close the directory browser and brings you back to the options dialog with the selected directory path in the 'Playlist Directory' text input field.

Please note, that the Menu Item  Browse for 'Playlist directory'  is only visible once the cursor is in the 'Playlist Directory' text input field.

Checkbox 'Clear selection after Playlist creation'

FileScout allows to create Playlists across multiple directories. FileScout keeps track of the selected files in each directory and store this selection till FileScout is ended. It can be quite difficult for a user to keep track which files are selected in which directory. When this option is enabled then FileScout will remove all information about which file is selected in which directory once the playlist is created based on the current stored selection. By default this option is checked.

The 'Simple TextViewer/Editor' Section

Checkbox 'Allow editing in SimpleTextViewer'

Allow editing in SimpleTextViewer (default OFF)
Once it's enabled in the options you can edit the text files that you have opened in the SimpleTextEditor. But FileScout is still far away from becoming a fully functional text editor (that might change in further releases).

Checkbox 'Start Editor in ReadOnlyMode'

When editing is enabled, then you can chose if the Editor open the file in the 'ReadOnlyMode' - the read only mode allows you to navigate quickly with various key shortcuts in the text. (default OFF)

Choice 'FontSize'

Select the font size of the TextVierwer/Editor. Please note that the font size is relative to your selected device default font size.
  • small
  • medium
  • default [default value]
  • large
  • I am an old man

Checkbox 'Auto WordWrap' (not available on Storm)

You can specify if the WordWrap should be turned ON or OFF when opening a file in the TextViewer/Editor (default ON). The WordWrap can be toggled in the Viewer/Editor at any time.

Choice 'Maximal text file size'

  • 128 KiB
  • 256 KiB [default]
  • 512 KiB
  • 1 MiB
  • any size

The 'File associations' Section

Checkbox 'Use the FileScout build-in text viewer/editor'

Use the FileScout build-in text viewer/editor (default ON)
You can open small files (smaller then 250KiB) in plain text mode - This enables you to open XML's, INI's or any kind of script files (or any other files) in your BlackBerry?

Checkbox 'Use the FileScout build-in ZIP handler'

Use the FileScout build-in ZIP handler (default ON) "". In previous versions of FileScout HTML files where always opened with the Media application. With .

Checkbox 'Use the BlackBerry default Browser to open HTML files'

This option allows you to open any HTML files (e.g. from your SDCard) with the default BlackBerry® browser application instead of the default content handler the media application (default OFF).

Checkbox 'Force BlackBerry® mdedia content handler for images, audio & video files'

Force BlackBerry® media content handler for images, audio & video files (default OFF)

The 'Custom file associations' Section

FileScout allows you to associate own file extensions with custom applications (like you might know it from other OS). Once such an associations is configured you could open any file type with any application that you have registered.
Please Note that the 3'rd party application itself have to support to be started with an file as additional command line parameter (this is quite usual in other OS's but I do not know much about 3'rd party BlackBerry? applications right now)

To create such a custom file association you have to:

  1. In the text input field called 'File extension' type the file extension [without '.' (dot)]
  2. Select from the choice called 'Application' the application you would like to associate with this extension
  3. Press the 'Add association' Button to save this file extension in FileScout
To delete a previous made association simple scroll down to the specific 'File Extension' Section and press the 'Delete association' Button.

To Edit a existing association I recommend to delete the existing association and create a new one.

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