How can I exclude locations from the Image Gallery?Support


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  1. lemonsquash

    lemonsquash Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hello,

    I'm a brand new Android user, just got my Epic 4G. I check out the Gallery - wow, how cool! It displays my camera images and Picasa albums all on one nifty tilty display!

    Last night I loaded 9Gb of music, and this morning when I went to my Gallery all I see are album covers for the first several screens. Bleh.
    I also see the stupid Qik videos in there - not sure I want them in my Gallery either.

    Can you tell me how to exclude locations from the image gallery?

    Thanks!

    Lori
    Lake Mary, FL
     

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  2. Cagsec

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    Most people set up seperate directories on their SD card for pictures such as a directory for Family, one for Friends, etc. etc. If you had a directory you did not wish to be indexed in the gallery, you could use a program like Astro to create a folder within that directory called [ .nomedia ] - this causes it to not be indexed and visibile in apps like Gallery, etc. It would really depend on what kind of organization/directory structure you use or don't use as to whether to use this method or not, but works well with me, and also lets me use it on some of those apps that include an image icon, etc. that I do not want to appear in my gallery.

    Hope that helps..
     
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  3. lemonsquash

    lemonsquash Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks, Cag.

    That sounds like a good solution. Will my music player still display the album covers, though? I don't want them hidden from all apps, just from the Gallery.

    Thanks,
    L
     
  4. Cagsec

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    Can you give me your file structure on the SD card?

    Such as: folder for MUSIC
    subfolders for ARTIST
    files for each song (.mp3, etc)

    Also, do you have album art images within these folders? And are you using stock music player or aftermarket app?

    If the Id3 tags on the songs are correct, you don't need subdirectories for each album. The music player(s) will sort anyway by the tag. Most cache the album art in a directory of its own, of which I found i did not need the .nomedia solution at all, they do not show in my gallery.
     
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    lemonsquash Member This Topic's Starter

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    I have the .mp3s in folders with the artist's name, album names are just in the metadata. I'm using the built-in 'music' app, though it seems kind of frumpy so I might try something third-party soon (any suggestions?).

    Also, I think I figured out the album art thing. Some of the art had something that looks like a GUID in the filename like this:
    AlbumArt_{931403FA-6CBE-425C-A770-9D3F8AD8BDB2}.jpg
    ...and others didn't. I deleted all the art that didn't have the long alphanumeric string and VOILA~ this fixed the problem. Music player sees the art, but Gallery doesn't. :)

    Thanks for your help!!

    -Noob in FL
     
  6. Cagsec

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    Great! I wondered why my art did not show in gallery - without utilizing the .nomedia fix. The .nomedia does come in handy though for various actual images you don't want in the gallery though. For these, they are still viewable with something like ASTRO image viewer, etc.

    For music, I haven't played much with the stock player, because I am already used to Mixzing (paid version). I would definately recommend it, but there are several good players on the market.
     
  7. Waxy

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    Great info. I don't like "all" of my videos/photos being shon when I open my gallery. I want to pull up my pics for people without having to worry about the inappropriate ones popping up too...
     
  8. onboard

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    I am having this problem on my Samsung Vibrant.

    I have a directory with lots of music, and album art is downloaded to these folders. I want album art for my music collection.

    Unfortunately the .nomedia file creation will render the directory of all my music invisible to the media player.

    Since it seems as though the .nomedia file creation is the only workaround solution, I would now start to look for a "Gallery" program that allows me to specify which locations to monitor.

    It seems incredible to me that this problem has not been resolved by adding a setting to "Gallery" that allows the user to specify which directory to display images from.
     
  9. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Well-Known Member

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    I have a program called HideNSeek. It gives files a ".hide" at the end of the file name so they can't be seen when trying to open movies, images and such. Unless someone is rooting through your file manager, the files won't be seen. To access them it puts an app called flashlight in your app list. It actually works like a flashlight, but you hit the menu button four times and it gives you a password to enter. Then it takes you into a file manager where you can see the hidden files or hide others and so forth. Just press and hold on the file you want to view, watch and it opens.
     
  10. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra= VIP Member

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    You're looking for advice/support rather than offering a Tip or Trick, so I moved your question to the Support and Troubleshooting area for you. ;)
     

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