Welcome to the PictureView 2 Beta Test

This Page last updated October 29, 2008

Welcome! If you are reading this page, you have been chosen to participate in the beta test of our exciting new Usenet news service, PictureView 2. PictureView 2 is a complete rewrite of the PictureView Usenet news reader. It retains all the useful features that make the original PictureView so wonderful, while at the same time giving it an entirely new engine under the hood.

Please check out the new Welcome Video (requires QuickTime)

If you encounter a problem accessing the above video, please use this alternate link. If you want to see an explanatory video of a certain subject or feature, please let us know.

How to Submit Comments & Suggestions

Please send your comments and suggestions to us at pv2beta@pictureview.com. Please include as much detail as possible when providing feedback. We encourage you to write to us about anything and everything related to the PictureView 2 Beta. Although we ask that you provide feedback via e-mail, please feel free to call us with questions at 800-824-8331, Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM California time.

Known Issues

Please see the Known Issues page for a continually updated list of issues we are working on based on your comments (currently a little light, but that will change with time). Please see Version History for a list of incremental updates.

Choose a Style to Enter PictureView 2

Below are different options for entering the beta test. PictureView 2 introduces the concept of styles which are just different ways that the files are presented. Currently, we have 3 styles, Slide Show, PV2, and Classic.

Please see the various notes at the bottom of this page regarding thumbnail dimensions, Multiple Windows versus One Window, and the Personal Group List.

Please also see Complete Index Explained and the PV3 Style Introduction Video (please use this Alternate Link if you experience difficulties using the other video link). Please note that QuickTime is required to play the video. Although the PV3 style has been replaced by the PV2 style, the features described in the video still apply.


New - PV2 Style
Classic Style

Complete Group Index - Multiple Windows
Large Thumbnails | Small Thumbnails

Complete Group Index - One Window
Large Thumbnails | Small Thumbnails

Personal Group List - Multiple Windows
Large Thumbnails | Small Thumbnails

Personal Group List - One Window
Large Thumbnails | Small Thumbnails

Category Index
Large Thumbnails | Small Thumbnails

Complete Group Index - Multiple Windows
Large Thumbnails | Small Thumbnails

Complete Group Index - One Window
Large Thumbnails | Small Thumbnails

Personal Group List - Multiple Windows
Large Thumbnails | Small Thumbnails

Personal Group List - One Window
Large Thumbnails | Small Thumbnails

Category Index
Large Thumbnails | Small Thumbnails


Slide Show
 

Complete Group Index - Multiple Windows
3x6 | 3x5 | 2x4

Complete Group Index - One Window
3x6 | 3x5 | 2x4

Personal Group Index: 3x6 | 3x5 | 2x4

Category Index: 3x6 | 3x5 | 2x4



Thumbnail Dimensions Note: You can now change the size of the thumbnail table to fit your monitor and window size.

To change the size of the table, you can either:

  1. Add or remove rows and columns manually, or
  2. Resize the thumbnail table to automatically fit your window

To add or remove rows and columns manually, use the Add Row, Remove Row, Add Column, and Remove Column options under the Resize menu (PV2 style) or the +Row, -Row, +Column, and -Column links (Classic style).

To have the table resized to fit your window automatically, use the Resize Table option under the Resize menu (PV2 style) or the Resize Table link (Classic style).

The grid dimensions for the Slide Show links above indicate the numer of rows and columns of thumbnail images.

PGL Note: Cookies must be enabled in order for the Personal Group List to function correctly.

To add a group to your Personal Group List, either click on the Plus icon adjacent to the desired group in the Complete Group Index or visit a group, using one of the Complete Group Index links, and then click on the Add this Group link located below the table of thumbnail images.

Multiple Windows Note: If you choose multiple windows, the thumbnail pages will appear in one window and the full-size pictures will appear in a separate window (saving you from having to reload the thumbnail page after viewing each picture).

One Window Note: Thumbnails and images appear in the same window. After clicking on a thumbnail to view the full-size image, you will need to use the back button to display the thumbnail page again.