Digital Foci - FAQ: Pocket Album OLED 2.8

Frequently Asked Questions - Pocket Album OLED 2.8

Viewing photos on Pocket Album Deluxe OLED 2.8:

Q1. What is OLED? How is the OLED display better than conventional LCDs?
Q2. How many photos can I store on Pocket Album OLED 2.8?
Q3. What is the size and resolution of the screen?
Q4. Can I run a photo slideshow? Can I adjust slideshow intervals?
Q5. Is there any sort of "shuffle mode" to randomize the order of photo playback?
Q6. How do I delete photos on my Pocket Album OLED 2.8?
Q7. What are the different view modes on Pocket Album OLED 2.8?
Q8. Can I choose to view a specific set of pictures on the device?

Picture download, format support, Photo Manager Software: 

Q9. How do I add photos to Pocket Album OLED 2.8?
Q10. Can I download image directly from a camera or memory card to Pocket Album OLED 2.8?
Q11. Can I transfer photos from my computer directly onto Pocket Album OLED 2.8 by click-and-drag?
Q12. Does Pocket Album Deluxe OLED software support both Windows and Mac OS?
Q13. Which image formats are supported?
Q14. How do I arrange the order of the photos on by Pocket Album OLED 2.8?

Battery life, recharging battery: 

Q15. How long is the battery life of Pocket Album OLED 2.8?
Q16. How do I recharge the battery? How long does it take to recharge an empty battery?

Additional tips & troubleshooting: 

Q17. I am having trouble running the Photo Manager Software.
Q18. How can I reset my Pocket Album OLED if it freezes?
Q19. I changed the settings under SETUP, but the settings do not seem to be saved the next time I turn the device on.
Q20. I’m using Windows OS, I can start the Photo Viewer Software, but I am having trouble locating my photos that are stored in the “My Pictures” folder on my computer.
Q21. I’m using Mac OS, I can start the Photo Viewer Software, but I am having trouble locating my photos in iPhoto on my computer.

 

Q1. What is OLED? How is the OLED display better than conventional LCDs? 

OLED stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. This technology provides excellent display of images with more accurate colors, higher contrast, higher brightness, and wider viewing angle.


Advantages of OLED technology

OLED stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. The "organic" in OLED refers to organic material, with carbon being the basis of all organic matter. The "LED" stands for "Light Emitting Diode" and describes the process of converting electric energy into light. In other words, OLEDs are composed of thin films of organic compounds that emits light with the application of electricity.

Unlike conventional LCDs (Liquid Crystal Displays), OLEDs generate light and do not require backlighting. OLED displays have these main advantages:

  • More accurate colors: LCD TVs reproduce colors by manipulating light waves and subtracting colors from white light. OLED has more control over color expression because it only expresses pure colors when an electric current stimulates the relevant pixels. In OLED displays, each pixel contains red, green, and blue elements, which work in conjunction to create the millions of colors. The three colors are further refined by a color filter, which purifies each color without the need for a polarizer, rendering outstanding color purity.
  • Higher contrast: Unlike LCDs which use a backlight and cannot show true black, OLED technology can completely turn off pixels when reproducing black. The result is deep black levels and high contrast ratio.

  • Higher brightness: Because OLED elements individually emit light that are directly displayed on the screen, high brightness levels can be achieved.

  • Wider viewing angle: OLED displays have close to a 180 degree viewing angle. Because LCDs work by blocking light, they have an inherent viewing obstacle from certain angles. OLEDs emit light and every pixel is lit independently and that light will be seen from extreme viewing angles easily and accurately.




Q2. How many photos can I store on Pocket Album OLED 2.8?

You can hold more than 4,000 images on Pocket Album OLED 2.8.


Q3. What is the size and resolution of the screen?

Pocket Album has a 2.8" Active Matrix OLED screen with resolution of 320x 240 pixels.


Q4. Can I run a photo slideshow? Can I adjust slideshow intervals?

Yes, you can choose to manually scroll through the photos or run an automatic photo slideshow. You can adjust the slideshow interval among: 5, 10, 30 seconds; and 1, 5, 10, 15 minutes.


Q5. Is there any sort of "shuffle mode" to randomize the order of photo playback? 

Yes, you can choose to play the photos in random. The other options are (1) Repeat - Play photos in sequential order and repeat in a continuous loop, and (2) Once - Play photos in sequential order once. Slideshow will stop at the end of the last photo.


Q6. How do I delete photos on my Pocket Album OLED 2.8? 

While viewing a particular photo on Pocket Album OLED 1.5, you can press MENU and select DELETE to delete that photo. Or, use the Photo Manager Software to delete the photo(s).   


Q7. What are the different view modes on Pocket Album OLED 2.8? 

You can choose to view the photos full screen or 2 x 2. You can browse through the photos in a 3 x 3 photo thumbnails view. You can also view the calendar with your photos running in a slideshow in the background. 


Q8. Can I choose to view a specific set of pictures on the device? 

Yes, you can organize your photos into 5 different folders and select a specific folder to view. 


Q9. How do I add photos to Pocket Album OLED 2.8?

Transfer your photos from your computer to Pocket Album OLED via the included Photo Manager Software. Select the photos that are stored on your computer. The Photo Manager Software lets you crop and rotate photos you wish to transfer, before automatically resizing them for optimal storage and display on the device. 


Q10. Can I download image directly from a camera or memory card to Pocket Album OLED 2.8? 

You cannot download images directly from a camera to the Pocket Album OLED 2.8. Your photos must be transferred from your computer and via the included Photo Viewer Software.


Q11. Can I transfer photos from my computer directly onto Pocket Album OLED 2.8 by click-and-drag?

Pocket Album Deluxe OLED can be accessed on the computer directly as a removable drive. However, photos will display properly on the Pocket Album OLED 2.8 ONLY IF they are transferred via the Photo Manager Software. In other words, you cannot copy your photos directly from your computer to the Pocket Album OLED 2.8 Internal Memory bypassing the software.

After the images are properly processed by the software and transferred to the Pocket Album Deluxe OLED, you will be able move them to different folders or to a different Pocket Album Deluxe OLED via the computer.

Also, make sure not to alter the names of the default folders labeled FOLDER1 through FOLDER5. These folders contain the photos that will display on your device. 



Q12.  Does Pocket Album Deluxe OLED software support both Windows and Mac OS?

Yes, Pocket Album OLED 2.8 supports all Windows systems and Mac 10.5& 10.4. Note: Pocket Album OLED 2.8 is not compatible with Mac 10.6 or higher.

To download Photo Viewer Software:

  • For Windows, click here [4.9 MB]

  • For Mac 10.5 & 10.4, click here  [2.5 MB]

 

Q13. Which image formats are supported?

You can transfer JPG, TIF, GIF, PNG, and BMP images from your computer to Pocket Album Deluxe OLED via the Photo Manager Software.


Q14. How do I arrange the order of the photos on by Pocket Album OLED 2.8?

The photos on your device will be displayed (1) first in the order of each folder (Folder1, Folder2, …and Folder5), and (2) within each folder, in the order that they were transferred to the device.

Every time you transfer the photos, they will be named in sequence starting from 0001, 0002, 0003, …etc.. If you deleted 001, 002, 005-008, (so you only have 003,004, 009), then the next time you transfer photos to the same folder, the new photos be named 001, 002, 005-008 (taking the open numbers available). On the Photo Viewer device window you'll see that the old and new photos are mixed in order (they're in alphabetical order), but when you display the images on the device they'll be in the order in which they were added to the device. In this example, it'd be 003, 004, 009, 001, 002, 005-008.

To re-arrange the order, you can save a copy of the converted images, and transfer them again to the device in the order you want. 


Q15. How long is the battery life of Pocket Album OLED 2.8?

Pocket Album Deluxe OLED runs on Lithium-Polymer battery with up to approximately 5 hours of battery life on a full charge.


Q16. How do I recharge the battery? How long does it take to recharge an empty battery?

You can charge the battery either by the included USB-AC power adapter or by USB power from your computer.
It takes approximately 5 hours to fully charge Pocket Album OLED when the battery is completely empty.

The recommended way to charge the battery is by AC power adapter with the device off. Charging the Pocket Album OLED battery by connecting it to the AC power adapter will be faster than charging it by connecting to your computer USB port. Also, turn off the device to shorten the charging time. For best battery life, make sure to periodically recharge your Pocket Album Deluxe OLED to prevent the battery from becoming completely depleted.



Q17. I am having trouble running the Photo Manager Software.

Your Pocket Album OLED 2.8 must be connected to your computer before you run the Photo Manager Software. The device will turn on automatically and display a “USB Connected” message on the screen.

For Windows:
Double-click the “PAD-280 Photo Viewer” icon on the desktop; or go to Programs from the Start Menu, and click on Pocket Album OLED 2.8 > PAD-280 Photo Viewer.

For Mac: (only supports Mac 10.5 and 10.4)
Double-click the “PhotoViewer” icon on the desktop; or go to Applications from Finder, and click on PhotoViewer.

The Photo Manager Software screen will open up. You can start loading pictures onto your device.

If you are not able to see the PAD-280 drive under My Computer or on your Desktop when you connect the device to your computer, please try the following:
1. Restart your computer
2. Do not open any programs
3. Connect Pocket Album OLED 2.8 to your computer
Please try the above and see if you are able to connect Pocket Album Deluxe OLED 2.8.

If it is still not showing up, here are some suggestions to try:
4. Try different USB ports. If you are using a desktop computer, we recommend the USB ports on the back of the computer as they are more stable.
5. Try a different USB cable. The USB cable might have malfunctioned.
6. Charge your Pocket Album OLED 2.8 for a few hours with the AC power adapter and try again.

If the above does not help resolve the issue, please contact Tech Support for further information.


Q18. How can I reset my Pocket Album OLED if it freezes?

In the case that Pocket Album OLED encounters an error and freezes, you can reset it by connecting it to the computer or AC power adapter via USB. You will not lose any photos saved on your Pocket Album OLED.


Q19. I changed the settings under SETUP, but the settings do not seem to be saved the next time I turn the device on. 

It might be the case that the device ran out of battery before the settings were saved. Settings are saved only when the device is turned off. To make sure the settings are saved, turn the device off after you changed the settings.


Q20. I’m using Windows OS, I can start the Photo Viewer Software, but I am having trouble locating my photos that are stored in the “My Pictures” folder on my computer.

For Windows XP users:
Please browse to C:/Documents and settings/(Username)/My documents/My Pictures.
For Windows Vista users:
Please browse to C:/(Username)/Pictures


Q21. I’m using Mac OS, I can start the Photo Viewer Software, but I am having trouble locating my photos in iPhoto on my computer. 

On Mac, please browse to /Users/(Username)/Pictures/iPhoto Library to locate your photos.