5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 22, 2014 12:56 PM by Zeph

    Fish Bowl, eh?

    Zeph

      I've had my Nooks for a while now, and loaded them up with hundreds of books, and been quite happy with most (except for the unreadable Nook/Google freebies -- about 92% of them, to date).

       

      Finding that, even with all these books, the 32Gb devices still have mondo memory available, I've been spending more time experimenting with putting photos and music files on the Nooks, with mixed results.

       

      The default "Gallery" app is pretty lame.  It finds an displays the photos just fine, but if you have more than a handful it becomes a real challenge for the user to find things.  As far as I can tell, there is absolutely no way to sort or organize photos of folders on the Nook using the Gallery software.  Sideloading photos in folders preserves the folders, but Gallery displays the folders in apparently random order, and again, they can't be alphabetized of otherwise sorted.

       

      So... I looked at what other people were using, and purchased Fish Bowl.  It is an improvement over Gallery, but it still doesn't seem to do certain very basic things, while providing a host of bells and whistles that I will never use.  The abreviated, somewhat cryptic, and unsearchable Help file has failed to reveal much in the way of useful information, and the designer ("Pixiereef.com") is not answering email inquiries.

       

      Specifically, I would like to be able to organize photos into a series of folders and sub-folders:  for example: a "People" folder, subdivided into "Family" and "Friends" subfolders, with Family further subdivided into "Adults" and "Kids" subfolders.

       

      I see much talk around the web, some of it in these very fora, concerning Fish Bowl and subfolders, but I've yet to be able to get the app to do the kind of organization I want.  The software creates "albums" just fine, and will let me "move" one album inside another album.  But once that's done the moved folders don't seem to be recognized any longer as folder, and their files just become part of the content of the folder they were moved into.

       

      When I tried this by moving the "adults" and "kids" folders into the "family" folder, they didn't get moved as folders with distinct colections; instead, all the photos just got jumbled together under a single "Families" folder.  Really, this is not very useful.  Without the ability to create, organize, and then recognize subfolders, the only advantage Fish Bowl would seem to offer over Gallery is that it allows the folder listing to be alphabetized.

       

      Does Fish Bowl, in fact, support subfolders (or subalbums") in the way I am seeking?  If so, anybody care to share how to do it?

       

      If not, then perhaps I got the wrong app for my application.  Any recommendations for an app that will do what I want?

       

      TIA.

        • Re: Fish Bowl, eh?
          Swamprat

          Have youlooked at the Image Gallery developed for the Nook Color by Tools4Movies, the developer of DvdCatalyst?  The developer used to be fairly active on these boards but haven't noticed him for a while - he was always very responsive to emails and I would recommend contacting him - you should be able to get his email from the Tools4Movies website or by searching for DvdCatalyst.

           

          Good Luck!

            • Re: Fish Bowl, eh?
              Zeph

              Thanks for the reply.  I've not tried that, but where would I get it?  Tried searching the Nook shop for "Image Gallery" and "tools4movies" and didn't turn up an app with either search.

            • Re: Fish Bowl, eh?
              NookGardener
              Could you live without the sub folders if you used a different folder naming structure? Something like, Pppl-Family, Pppl-Friends, Pvac-tripname, etc? For some reason, don't think sub-folders work.
                • Re: Fish Bowl, eh?
                  Zeph

                  NookGardener wrote:
                  Could you live without the sub folders if you used a different folder naming structure? Something like, Pppl-Family, Pppl-Friends, Pvac-tripname, etc? For some reason, don't think sub-folders work.

                  Well, that's kind of what I've been forced into right now, but it's klunky.  I'm probably going to check out the apps Dean and Bob recommended.

                   

                  Y'know, this photo organizational problem is the same problem as trying to organize books into shelves on the NOOK.  You can make shelves, but you can't make sub-shelves.

                   

                  Have the designers of reader and tablet apps never heard of hierarchical organization?

                   

                  Being a book seller, I would have figured B&N had at least some familiarity with the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress systems for organizing books.

                   

                   

                • Re: Fish Bowl, eh?
                  DeanGibson

                  Zeph wrote:

                  ...

                   

                  Finding that, even with all these books, the 32Gb devices still have mondo memory available, I've been spending more time experimenting with putting photos and music files on the Nooks, with mixed results.

                   

                  The default "Gallery" app is pretty lame.  It finds an displays the photos just fine, but if you have more than a handful it becomes a real challenge for the user to find things.  As far as I can tell, there is absolutely no way to sort or organize photos of folders on the Nook using the Gallery software.  Sideloading photos in folders preserves the folders, but Gallery displays the folders in apparently random order, and again, they can't be alphabetized of otherwise sorted.

                   

                  ...

                   

                  TIA.


                  Try "ES File Explorer' from Google Play.  It's a general-purpose file manager, but it allows you to create folders to your heart's content, AND shows thumbnails of images.  When you click on a file, you can choose which image displayer you wish to use.

                   

                  It just might be the most popular app on Google Play.  It certainly is the most useful.