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Meade Pictor XT-Series CCD Autoguider/Imagers
 Section 3: File Menu
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Displays the dialog to open an existing image:


Closes the active image; prompts to save first if it has been changed.

Close All

This option closes all open windows. Period.

Create Directory

This option allows the user to create a new directory and optionally make it the default image directory.


Saves the current image.

Save As

Saves the current image as a new file name or new file type, or both. This function is used to rename modified files or convert file types; for example .BMP to .FTS. Note that certain conversions may not be possible depending upon the detail available in the source image, and the detail required be the new format. If this happens, you will receive a message stating so, and the new file will not be created. The window has the same appearance as the Open dialog above.

Set User Preferences

This displays a window that the user can use to set default settings for a variety of options:

The Image Information defaults will be added to the Image Info automatically for each exposure.

The Camera Settings define the comm port, baud rate, and SCSI ID (416/1616only). To disable the SCSI connection, select "serial" from the SCSI list box. Note that 115k baud is only available on the 416XT and 1616XT.

The System settings control the default behavior of PictorView XT. The default temperature is what will always be set unless overridden in the Set Temperature dialog described below.
  • The Minimize Open Images on Download option will iconize any open images before taking an exposure. This may be useful when you are taking repeated images, and want to tell at a glance which one is the current exposure, without having to read all the image window titles.

  • The Copy New to Clipboard option will automatically copy the raw image to the clipboard as a bitmap. This way, if something should happen (i.e. subtracting the wrong calibration file, unexpected hangup, etc.), the image can be pasted into another application and saved to be re-opened by PictorView.

  • The Close Image on Save will close the image window as the image is saved. This can be useful to prevent having 20 or more images open at once, and saves having to close them manually. Note that this is not the same as the Close All feature described below.

  • The Keep Image Info w/ Non FITS is an option that will allow the Image Info created with an exposure to be saved along with image formats that do not support image information directly. This is done by creating a text file with the same name as the image file. The drawback is that there are two files for each image that is not FITS type, however, the text files are small; around 1k, so this may not be important. Note that Image Information is saved within the FITS file, so there will not be a text file to accompany these files. FITS files are also the astronomical standard for black and white images.

  • The Make Night Vision Red Option will make the images red when in Night Vision, or blue when in CCD Vision. If this option is turned off, images will always be displayed as grayscale.

  • The Auto Zoom option will provide an on-the-fly scale-to-fit feature. This is especially useful for small screens or large image files.
The Default Image Directories section allows you to tell PictorView XT whereto automatically put calibration files and image files. This example show the image directory set to c:\pview\images, and the calibration directory set to c:\pview\calibrat. Pressing the Path button brings up a directory and drive browser to eliminate the need to enter the paths manually (though you can do so). These settings are permanently saved between PictorView XT sessions, and you can change them as often as you like. Changes made take effect immediately; there is no need to restart the software.


This displays a window for setting printing options and printing the active image:

Print Preview

Displays a full screenshot of the image as it will be printed. Allows you to print the image or cancel:

Print Setup

Displays the window to set the printer options; active printer, paper tray, etc. The appearance of this window may vary from printer to printer.

MRU Files

Shows a list of the last 4 (default) most recently opened files. You may re-open these by clicking on them.


Exits the application. Prompts the user to confirm that they wish to exit and if online, also reminds the user so and prompts whether or not to completely reboot the Pictor on exit. See the Connection Menu for more details.

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