Kindle Chronicles listener Tom Semple has forwarded the following helpful details on how to use the Kindle Touch’s “image viewer:”
If you are familiar with the image viewer that has existed on all Kindles prior to Kindle Touch, then you’ll appreciate how this works, though it is different, as with many things ‘Kindle Touch’. It’s not clear if this was added as part of the 5.1 update or was always there, but at any rate, you can indeed view jpg/png/gif files directly on Kindle Touch:
1. Connect via USB.
2. Using explorer/finder, create a folder named ‘Images’ at the ‘top’ or ‘root’ of the Kindle drive.
3. Add images to the folder in one of 3 ways:
- Drag images directly to Images folder. These will appear as individual items in the Images list with display name the same as the file name.
- Create a subfolder of Images and add images to that folder to be treated as a ‘gallery’. This will appear as an item whose display name is the same as the folder name.
- Package the image files in a .zip file and place this in the Images folder to be treated as a ‘gallery’. The display name will be the name of the .zip file.
(Note: ‘large’ images may not appear in the Images item list or display as part of a collection. I don’t know if the limit is one of resolution or of file size, or a combination of both. Empirically, I was able to display a 2500×2500 pixel image, but not one that was 5000×5000.)
4. ‘Eject’ Kindle from computer.
5, Make sure the ‘Filter By’ option is set to ‘All Items’ (should say ‘My Items (n of n)’ in header bar.)
6. Jump to last page by tapping ’1 of n’ label in header bar and entering ’99′ (or any number greater than or equal to number of pages.)
7. On this page (or the previous page, depending on how items are paginated) there should be an item named ‘Images’ (along with ‘Dictionaries’, ‘Periodicals: Back Issues’, and ‘Archived Items’).
8. Tap on this item to view a list of image collection items.
9. Tap on an item to view.
10. Use page turn gestures to cycle through images in a ‘gallery.’
11. When done viewing, use Home button or tap at top of screen to reveal Back button to go back to Images list.
Images are viewed scaled to fit the screen in their original orientation, anchored in the upper left corner of the screen. Unlike the image viewers of previous Kindles, there’s no pan/zoom or ability to rotate, so ideally you’d use an image manipulation program to make everything have a resolution of 600×800 in the desired orientation, for maximum efficiency and ‘prettiness’. Also there is no way to delete images from Kindle Touch short of hooking up the USB cable and using the computer’s file manager. Previous Kindles also save ‘reading position’ within a series of images, but Kindle Touch does not. So it is rather limited and I would say more of a curiosity than something useful (as the previous Kindle image viewer was).
I suspect this is part of an unfinished screen saver feature, where it would actually make sense to display only 600×800 images without any other frills. For example, if they just added a ‘Set as screensaver?’ option that appears when you tap and hold one of the ‘Images’ items, it would make some people (at least the ones with non-Special Offer Kindles) very happy (unfortunately I tried this and it doesn’t work…). I’m really curious to know if this was there all along, or whether it got added by 5.1. I suspect it has been there all along: the procedure for ‘activating’ it is rather different than that for previous Kindles, which is why I didn’t discover it initially and assumed it was not there at all.