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Initial post: 10 Apr 2012, 11:19:08 BST
Hieronimous says:
Sorry, not an instruction - more a "how do?"
I have read several answers to getting photographs onto a Kindle but they suggest creating a root directory and pressing Alt-Z to force a re-read. The first question that springs to mind is, if you have the basic Kindle (i.e. no keyboard), how do you force a rescan as there is no obvious way of selecting Alt on the screen keyboard.
Also I read that the shading is 16 levels but can anybody tell me the screen resolution of the Kindle. It's just that with limited memory it would be a waste to send a large picture to it when they could be tailored to fit.
As to why I would want to store pictures on the Kindle, it's for using as a guide when on holiday, preloading places to see etc.

Posted on 10 Apr 2012, 11:47:18 BST
J. H says:
If you mean the "hack" to add photos, I thought it was a hack for the Keyboard kindle, not the one without a keyboard. Also, as its altering the software, Amazon usually remove it when it is posted on here, it can be found on Google.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 11:53:53 BST
Willber G says:
Adding photos does not require a hack or jailbreak as is required for customising sleep screen images, but I don't know how it would be implemented on the K4.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 11:59:15 BST
J. H says:
But the screen savers are not officially able to be customised, Willber.

Posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:02:27 BST
Willber G says:
This post on the US forum may help:
http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle/ref=cm_cd_et_md_pl?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdMsgNo=4&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx2CFBV9RVJQ81F&cdMsgID=Mx2B6M9RKCUM9WT#Mx2B6M9RKCUM9WT

Posted on 10 Apr 2012, 12:04:06 BST
Brian says:
You can put your own photos on k3 , and use them as screensavers- no jailbreak involved.They are of course in b&w only.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 12:05:00 BST
Willber G says:
No, but the OP is not talking about customising them, just allowing pictures to be transferred and viewed. I have quite a few on my K3 - moonscapes look great.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 12:06:09 BST
Damaskcat says:
You can send pictures in a document to the Kindle via e-mail or USB and then 'read' them just as you do a book by turning the pages.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 12:06:34 BST
Willber G says:
Brian, I don't think you can change the sleep screens without a jailbreak, although you can indeed view pictures.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 12:09:54 BST
J. H says:
That's why I asked if they meant the hack! I was asking for clarification of what they wanted to do!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 12:14:24 BST
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2012, 12:15:29 BST
It is 16 levels of greyscale and the resolution is 600 x 800.

I simply create a greyscale image on my PC from my photograph using Paintshop Pro, resize it to 600 x 800 or thereabouts and save it as a .jpg

Then connect the Kindle to your PC with the USB lead so that it shows up as a drive in Windows Explorer. Now copy and paste (drag & drop) the image from your hard drive to the Documents Folder on your Kindle.

On the Home Page it will show up just like a book but still with the .jpg format. I then add it to a Collection on the Kindle called inspiringly 'Photos'. You can then open each photo for viewing just as you would a book. Hope that helps.

Dave.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 12:15:38 BST
Brian says:
That's right Will - I put a photo on in the way Damaskcat has described , but I wasn't prepared to jailbreak to get it as a screensaver .It's a long time since I did it , and I'd forgotten that , so thanks for reminding us. I was only experimenting at the time, but the photos are ok to view- you could put them in a collection.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 12:18:44 BST
Damaskcat says:
I think Denis has done this - sent a collection of photos in a document to his Kindle so that he can view it like a book :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 12:18:45 BST
Brian says:
That's very helpful , thanks, David

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 12:20:38 BST
Brian says:
Yes that's right :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 13:39:51 BST
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2012, 13:40:18 BST
Denis Powell says:
I've created several photo documents using word but saving as pdfs for the Kindle. I don't convert pictures to greyscale, however, as they can be viewed in colour on my Tablet, and should a Colour Kindle appear I'll have my colour documents ready to go.

I've frequently made location specific photo documents for holidays etc., which have included maps and walking directions etc. I would never rely on a Kindle 100% but so far mine haven't let me down.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 14:24:32 BST
Damaskcat says:
I knew you'd done something ike that, Denis - thanks for clarifying :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 15:34:49 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 15:36:17 BST
The mention of creating a root directory for the pictures and alt+Z to force a re-read is by its nature a question about the inbuilt ability to have photos on the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 15:44:13 BST
Damaskcat says:
Several people have pointed out that if you want to view photos on Kindle there are easier ways of doing it. I didn't read this as being a question about screensavers - more someone over thinking something which is very easy to do without having to find a means of refreshing the page.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 15:46:31 BST
Lucy Lou says:
David there is no need whatsoever to mess around with photoshop to greyscale, resize, or anything. The kindle will do all that for you with no loss in the quality of the photo.

It simply displays whatever image you choose in black and white. Keeping it simple is always best, I find.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 16:02:48 BST
Yes, I'm totally aware of that Clagg ... the whole point of editing your photo to the smaller limitations of the Kindle display is to create the smallest file size possible and so not use up unnecessary memory space on the Kindle. Simples ;o)

Dave.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012, 16:15:06 BST
Denis Powell says:
David is correct that photographs can take up quite a lot of space on the Kindle, but most of my Photo Documents are also viewed on my Tablet where the ability to zoom a high quality picture without noticeable deterioration is an advantage. Most of mine aren't kept on the Kindle permanently so the amount of space they take up isn't an issue for me.

My only adjustments are to crop some photographs to the 6x8 format of the Kindle as I prefer "full screen" if possible.

Posted on 12 Apr 2012, 09:21:47 BST
Hieronimous says:
Thank you for all the contributions and David's information about the screen definition, I'll try the suggestion of grouping all the pictures in one catagory though I'm fairly sure they didn't show on the list of items when I tried it before. If all else fails I'll try putting them in a Word document and post it to the Kindle. Thanks again, I'll get the hang of this thing yet!
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