A picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures have a great mnemonic power and should be used profusely to illustrate your learning material. SuperMemo 2008 introduces new picture operations that should make your work with pictures yet easier and their use more efficient in learning.
To add pictures to SuperMemo, paste them from the clipboard, import them from your hard disk, or import them directly from the Internet. There is no upper limit on the size of a collection in SuperMemo. If your disk is large enough and if you know how to backup collections greater than the size of a DVD, there is no need to worry about sizes when importing numerous pictures.
To paste a picture to SuperMemo, copy it first to the clipboard. In SuperMemo, go to the element that you want illustrated with the picture. Make sure you are in the presentation mode (e.g. press Esc a few times if you are not sure). Press Shift+Insert or Ctrl+V. All components of the current element will be shifted to the left to make space for the picture. A new image component will be created. Your picture will be added to the image registry and connected with the image component.
If your template has a picture equivalent, you will be asked if the picture template should be used. The picture template should have the same name as the currently applied template with the suffix Picture or P. For example, if the applied template is called Physics, and you want picture templates to be suggested automatically for elements with the Physics template, name the picture template Physics Picture or PhysicsP.
In this example, several pictures of a naked mole rat have been pasted to the presented element. After economizing space for the first picture, SuperMemo will tile the remaining pictures in the available area on the right of the element window (or in the relevant picture area if a custom-made picture template is applied when pasting). Note that you can accomplish the same effect with Import web pages if you select Page of images.
In the picture above, 17 Halle Berry's pictures are found in opened Internet Explorer tabs/windows and selected for import as Page of images. Note that when pictures are imported from the web in this mode they get automatically tiled.
In the picture above, three images from the article The year 2008 in photographs (part 1 of 3) (previously imported to SuperMemo) are selected for import (i.e. localizing into the image registry and illustrating the article). The currently selected picture on the list is called "floods caused by Tropical Storm Hanna in Gonaives, Haiti on September 3, 2008". This picture is previewed on the right. SuperMemo displays its original name, size and the original web addres. Note that you can change the name of the picture. The new name will be used to locate the picture in the image registry. Once the selected pictures get inserted in the element, they will be used to illustrate all extracts and cloze deletions produced from this article in the process of incremental reading.
If you want your picture to be part of the answer (i.e. not visible at the question time), mark it with Answer on the image component menu.
If you are not happy with the way your pictures are tiled, you can rearrange the components and re-tile your pictures. To rearrange components, set them in the dragging mode first. You can switch a component to the dragging mode with Alt+click (click twice until the component becomes gray and draggable). You can switch all the components to the dragging mode with Alt+click over an empty element area, over the navigation toolbar, or over the bottom bar of the Element window. Once in the dragging mode, components can be moved around with the mouse.
To tile components, set the to-be-tiled components in the dragging mode, and choose Components : Tile components on the Element menu. Component tiling assistance will help you arrange the components into the optimum set of rows and columns. Components will be tiled into the rectangle determined by the topmost, bottommost, rightmost and leftmost edges of all the components selected for tiling. Positions of all other components are not taken into consideration. Note that once you change either Rows or Columns you need to press Enter in order to recalculate the other parameter and to update the preview grid.
To choose components to tile, you can also press Ctrl+E to set all components in the editing mode, and return non-tile components to the presentation mode with double or triple Alt+click. Finally, you can just check or uncheck the components on the list displayed right before they are to be tiled.
In the picture above, 17 Didier Drogba's pictures are being tiled with the assistance of the Tile arrangement tool available in SuperMemo 2008. You can use this tool to easily determine in how many rows and columns you want to arrange the pictures available in the current element.
Very often, you only need a small portion of a picture to take part in learning. For example, when learning political geography, you might import a huge map of Africa to SuperMemo. However, for individual items, you might want to limit the displayed portion of the picture to a single country with its direct neighbors.
In the picture above, you can see an element related to the assassination of the President Habyarimana extracted from the article about the history of Rwanda originally imported from Wikipedia. The element is illustrated with the political map of Africa on the right (the map is neither zoomed nor trimmed; just stretched proportionally within the image component).
In the picture above, you can see a cloze deletion produced from the History of Rwanda article. In this element, however, the African political map is zoomed in on Rwanda (and the neighboring nations). The original picture is zoomed in without cropping the original picture file. Zoomed pictures are marked with a border, which is colored bright lime in zoom&trim mode and red in the display mode. If you do not crop the picture, it will remain unchanged (whether zoomed or unzoomed) in all elements that use it (including other extracts from the History of Rwanda article).
To display only a small portion of a picture in a given element, enter the zoom&trim mode by Alt+clicking the picture. You can now use several operations to zoom in onto the interesting portion of the picture:
Once you zoom in onto the interesting area, press Esc to quit the zoom&trim mode. You will be given the following options:
If you leave the element without terminating the zoom&trim mode, the picture will remained zoomed, and the original picture file will remain unchanged (i.e. as if you chose the default option when terminating the zoom&trim mode with Esc).
You can quickly access picture processing options with Shift+Ctrl+F8. With this keyboard shortcut you will be able to quickly choose one of the following:
Picture extracts are analogous to text extracts in Incremental reading. They can also be executed with the same shortcut Alt+X. Note that Alt+X will work as a picture extract if (1) no text is selected, and (2) there is a picture available in the element.
When you press Alt+X on a picture, the element will be duplicated (as is the case with text extracts), the picture will be cloned (i.e. a duplicate of its original will be created), and you will enter the zoom&trim mode described above. Once you zoom onto a portion of the picture, press Esc to crop the extract and return to the original element (from which the extract has been made). SuperMemo will ask you: Replace picture with a JPG image?
If you choose Yes, the original big picture will be marked with a bright yellow-red extract rectangle (marking the area that has been extracted). If extract rectangles overlap, you may wish to answer No to make sure the extracts themselves do not get obscured by previous extract borders; however, in such cases you will need to remember which portions of the picture have already been extracted. This means that you will rather need to do all your extracts one after another (i.e. while you keep your progress fresh in memory).
This large picture of Freiburg panorama is too large to view details in SuperMemo. You can therefore extract all interesting portions for independent review. After producing an extract, yellow-red border can indicate which portions of the picture have already been processed:
Individual extracts are small enough to view details without zooming:
Instead of extracting portions of the panorama, you might as well zoom in. However, if you extract only a tiny portion of pictures from a very large image, extracts will consume less disk space (portions of the picture you are not interested in, will be discarded).
Sent: Sat, Apr 04, 2009, 06:32:05
Subject: Middle button does not zoom
This help topic says that if I middle-click a picture I will be able to zoom in on its parts. My mouse is Logitech MX-1000 Cordless Laser Mouse that features the middle button yet it does not seem to work as described.
Please check your mouse settings and reconfigure them if necessary. It often happens, especially with more advanced mouse models, that manufacturers assign various non-standard tasks to extra buttons of their pointing devices.
In this particular example, in order to reconfigure the middle button do the following: