SplashPhoto for BlackBerry User Guide


Table of Contents

Quick Start
SplashPhoto Desktop
 • Installing Images
 • Edit Dialog
 • Browsing the Desktop Catalog
 • Desktop Preferences
 • Editing Multiple Images
Browsing the Handheld Catalog
 • Views
 • Categories
 • Options
 • Preferences
 • Security
Image View
 • Full Screen View
 • Image View Options Menu
 • Image Details
 • Slideshow Preferences

BlackBerry Pearl




SplashPhoto is a fast, easy to use image viewer for the BlackBerry. SplashPhoto allows users to organize images on their handhelds for individual or slideshow viewing. It is designed to provide optimal image viewing within the confines of a handheld's reduced display size and limited memory. In addition, SplashPhoto includes desktop software that synchronizes with the handheld, for editing, optimizing, installing, organizing and cataloging images.


Connect your BlackBerry to your desktop computer. Run the Installer and follow the on screen instructions. The installer installs the following files:

  • SplashPhoto.alx and SplashPhoto.cod -- The application used to view and edit information on the BlackBerry.
  • SplashPhoto Desktop -- A desktop application used to view and edit information on the desktop.
  • SPPlatformMgr.dll and SP_BB_SyncProvider.dll -- Extensions for the Desktop application.
  • SplashPhoto User Guide -- This User Guide.

To complete installation, connect your BlackBerry to your desktop as you normally do to sync.

  1. Launch the BlackBerry Desktop and double-click the Application Loader.
  2. Click the Add button and browse to select this file:
    c:\Program Files\SplashData\SplashPhoto for BlackBerry\SplashPhoto.alx
  3. Scroll down through the list of programs and check the box at the bottom for SplashPhoto to be installed.
  4. Click Next and SplashPhoto will be installed on the device.
  5. On your handheld, find the SplashPhoto application and launch. It may be found in the Applications folder.

To enable synchronization, double-click the Intellisync icon in the BlackBerry Desktop:

  1. In the top section of the Intellisync window, check the box that reads "Execute Add-in actions."
  2. In the bottom section, click the button that reads "Configure Add-ins."
  3. Check the box that reads "SplashPhoto Intellisync Add-ins" then click OK.
  4. Click the Synchronize now button to perform a first sync.


When you launch SplashPhoto you will be prompted to enter a registration code or to run in Trial mode. You may run the software for 30-days in full-functioning Trial mode. The Trial software and Registered software are identical. Once the trial period ends you must purchase and enter a registration code to continue using the software. You do not need to re-install the software. Simply enter a registration code and your Trial version will be converted into a Registered version and all images will remain intact.

Quick Start

  1. Connect your device to your desktop.
  2. Launch the SplashPhoto Desktop application.
  3. Drag images into the SplashPhoto application window to add them to your catalog. Or click the Add button in SplashPhoto to browse for images.
  4. The Edit dialog will automatically open for each image you have added. You may edit the Name, Category, Zoom, Contrast, Brightness and cropping of each image. Click Next to page through the series of images you just added. Click Done when your changes are complete. The catalog displays the images you have added.
  5. Close SplashPhoto and open the BlackBerry Desktop manager.
  6. Double click the Intellisync icon, and then click the Synchronize Now button.
  7. Launch SplashPhoto on the handheld and view the images!

SplashPhoto Desktop

The SplashPhoto desktop application allows you to add or remove images from your SplashPhoto catalog, categorize and add notes to images, crop and edit those images, and then synchronize the changes with your handheld.

Launch SplashPhoto Desktop to access your image catalog.

Installing Images

To add an image to your catalog, either click the Add button or drag an image file into the application window from somewhere on your computer. Supported image types include JPG, GIF, and BMP. SplashPhoto will convert all images to JPG format.

When you add an image to the catalog, the Edit Dialog opens so you can adjust the Image Details of each image added.

Once you have finished editing the Image Details, click Sync and the images in your catalog will be synchronized to the handheld.

Edit Dialog

  • Name: Change the name of the image.
  • Category: Assign the image to a category.
  • Notes: Add any additional information.
  • Crop: Check this box to automatically crop the image and resize it to fit your device’s screen. Leave this unchecked to install the full size image.
  • Zoom/Crop: Use the slider to adjust the size and cropping of the image. Then click and drag on the image preview to adjust the crop.
  • Contrast: Use the slider to adjust how sharp the image is.
  • Brightness: Use the slider to adjust how bright the image is.
  • Rotate: Click the buttons to rotate 90 degrees in either direction.
  • Landscape Orientation: You have the option of changing the orientation from Portrait to Landscape.
  • Previous/Next: If you have selected multiple images, these buttons will move forward or back through the series of images.
  • Done: Click Done if you have made all of the edits you wish to make for the entire series.
  • Cancel: This clears any edits you have made to the current image and returns to the image catalog.

Browsing the Desktop Catalog

When you open SplashPhoto Desktop, your handheld user name will appear at the top of the window. If you sync with more than one handheld, you may change users by clicking on the User menu and selecting a different user name.

You can view your images on the desktop a number of different ways. At the top left of the SplashPhoto Desktop window, there are 4 view buttons available:

  • List View: Displays all of the details of the images in a list. The columns displayed can be changed by choosing Show Columns from the Edit menu.
  • Detail View: Displays Thumbnail, Name, Category, Dimensions, Size, and Notes. Note: The Detail View is particularly useful for changing an image's category.
  • Thumbnail View: Displays large thumbnails and the image Name.
  • Gallery View: Displays small thumbnails only.

These view options are also available from the View Menu.

The pull-down menu in the top right allows you to filter by the Category of the images. You can also select Edit Categories from the pull-down list and add, delete, or change the categories you can select from.

Desktop Preferences

The Preferences for the SplashPhoto Desktop allow you to set a default action for adding images to the catalog. Access the Preferences from the Edit menu.

Set the Category for new images added to the catalog.

Note: The default category are applied to new images when viewing All images. If you are filtering the catalog by a specific category when you add images to the catalog, that category will be applied to the new images.

Set the Orientation for new images. Auto orientation will automatically select the appropriate orientation to match the aspect ratio of the image.

The check box for Resize to fit screen is the same option as in the Edit Dialog. It automatically crops the picture to best fit the handheld screen. Unchecking this will install the full size image.

The check box for Automatically open Edit Images dialog allows you to bypass the Edit Dialog. This is especially useful if you have set a default action for all images and want to have these settings automatically applied to each image without having to preview each image.

Finally, there is a slider to adjust the quality/compression of the JPGs that will be installed on your device. Higher quality means larger image files, requiring more memory on the device which may take longer to display.

Editing Multiple Images

You can select multiple images by shift-clicking or control-clicking them in the catalog, and select Assign Category from the File menu to apply the same category to all of the images. And you can delete a group of images by clicking the Delete button.

Browsing the Handheld Catalog

On the handheld, launch SplashPhoto from the Applications Screen.

Browser Views

You can view your images on the handheld a number of different ways. There are 4 Browser View modes you can switch between by selecting the View line and pressing the Click Wheel, and selecting Change Option:

• List View: Displays the Name and Category of each image in a list format. The columns displayed can be changed in Preferences.

• Detail List View: Displays Thumbnail, Name, Category, Dimensions, Size, Date and Notes.

• Large Thumbnail View: Displays large thumbnails and the image Name.

• Small Thumbnail View: Displays small thumbnails only.

List View

Detail View

Large Thumbnail View

Small Thumbnail View


Options Menu

The following commands are available from the Options Menu.

list menu

View -- Opens the image in Full Screen View.
View/Edit Details
-- Opens the Image Details dialog for the selected image.
Run Slideshow
-- Begins a slideshow with the selected image.
Slideshow Options
-- Used to alter Slideshow Options.
Categorize/Categorize All -- Assigns the selected image/all images to a Category.
Edit Categories -- Opens the Edit Categories dialog.
Delete/Delete All -- Deletes the selected image / Deletes all displayed images.
Send Via Email
-- Opens a new email with the selected image attached. (Existing email account setup required).
Preferences -- Opens the Preferences dialog.
-- Opens the Security dialog where you can hide or show images marked Private.
About SplashPhoto -- Information about SplashPhoto including the version number.
-- Exits SplashPhoto.


You can access Preferences on the phone by selecting it from the Options Menu in the Browser View.

preferencesSort By: Select an attribute to sort by.
Sort Direction : Select to sort Ascending or Descending.
Show columns: Select which attribute to display in the extra column in list view (Category, Size, Dimensions, Date, or Note)



You can mark an image as Private to hide that image from view. Mark an image private either in the SplashPhoto Desktop or in the Image Details on the handheld.

To hide images marked Private:

  1. Open SplashPhoto and choose Security from the Options Menu in any of the browser views.
  2. Change the option for Show Private Images.

You can also set a password that will be required to unhide private images once you have set it.

Note: All images marked Private will remain hidden until you change the Security setting back to Show Private Images.


By selecting the Category line and pressing the Click Wheel, then Change Option, you can change the Category by which you are filtering.

You can also select Edit Categories from the menu to add, delete, or rename categories.


Image View

Full Screen View

To view a full screen image, select an image and press the Click Wheel, and select View. Page through the images by scrolling with the Click Wheel.

Press the Escape key to exit back to one of the Browser views.

Press the click wheel to open the Options Menu.

Image View Options Menu

There is a different menu available from Image View mode which looks like this:

Browser View: Exits full screen view.
View/Edit Details
: Displays the Image Details dialog.
: Enters Zoom Mode. (only available on images that are larger than the screen)
100%: Displays the image at its full resolution. (only available on images that are larger than the screen)
: Displays a list of categories to assign the image to.
Edit Categories: Opens the Edit Categories dialog.
Delete: Deletes the image.
Exit: Closes the SplashPhoto application.

Image Details

In the Image Details dialog you can review and modify the image attributes.

Category -- You can assign each image to one of the user-definable categories.
Private -- Change this option to mark the image private. It will be hidden if Security settings are correctly set.
Name -- Use this field to rename the image.
Note -- Enter any additional details about the image.
Resolution -- Displays the resolution of the image.
Size -- Displays the file size of the image.
Date -- Displays the date the image was created.



Select Run Slideshow from the Options Menu to start a slideshow. All of the images currently in view will be displayed in the slideshow and the slideshow will start from the currently selected image. Images will be displayed according to your Slideshow Preferences.

Stop the slideshow by pressing the Escape key.

Slideshow Preferences

Access the Slideshow Preferences on the handheld by choosing Slideshow Preferences from the Options Menu in the browser.

Frame Duration: Select the length of time you would like each image to display during a Slideshow. You can set the duration to Manual as well, and use the Click Wheel to page through the images at your own pace.
Image order: Select whether you would like the images displayed in Sequential order or Random.
Keep Backlight ON: The phone will turn off the backlight after a given period of time, but SplashPhoto keeps it on during Slideshows by default.