Gallery concerns

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  1. 511

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    Hey gang,

    1. Is there a way to prevent Gallery from automatically importing any photos transferred to the Droid? Initially I was excited to discover ASTRO, and I quickly organized many of my folders to mirror how I stored information on my old smart phone. To my displeasure, Gallery automatically imported all of the photos I placed into folders.

    2. Can the program be shut off and or deleted?

    3. What if any alternate applications are out there?


    Thanks,
    511
     
  2. Martin030908

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    You can hide folders and their contents from the Media app. Just add a "." (period) to the beginning of the folder. Example = ".hidden files" will not show up in Gallery, but "hidden files" would. The period hides folders :)
     
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    I don't believe you can just delete the Gallery. It's probably something you'll have to live with and just manage your files with Astro.

    Edit: Martin gave a great answer. Seems like there should be something simpler though.
     
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    Thanks Martin! I will try that asap!
     
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    PhotoSafe is an app that will allow you to hide photos. It's costs a dollar I believe.... just another option :)
     
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    I attempted to put a period in front of the folders in question but in each attempt I get an error message that says; "You must type a file name"

    The folder name is ".wpd511"

    What am I missing?
     
  7. Martin030908

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    Try mounting your Droid to your computer and changing the folder name from your PC.
    Also there is another option.... you can create a blank file named ".nomedia" and drop that into the folder in question. It's supposed to hide the entire folder :)

    Here's a couple threads to help out -
    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-audio-video/1061-hiding-pics.html
    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-general-discussions/13953-how-can-you-hide-pictures.html
     
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    I was attempting to do this from my pc. I'm on a wimdows XP Operating system. From what I just read in another forum Windows XP place restrictions on which characters are allowed to be used in file/folder names. i.e. no "." in front of folders Dang it!!!
    http://http://www.xvsxp.com/files/forbidden.php
     
  9. Martin030908

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    Download EStrongs File Explorer from the Market. It will allow you to add periods to the folders on your SD card. :) I can confirm it works.
     
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    Sure appreciate your help Martin!
     
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    Let me know if it works for ya.... just wanna make sure you got it resolved :)
     
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    Prior to reading your “Estrongs” tip, I returned to the droid and successfully renamed the folders in question. It worked perfectly <almost> lol…….. I checked in the Gallery and I was very pleased to see everything cleaned up perfectly!
    I then returned to my newly “hidden” folders only to discover I can’t see them (obviously) but cannot figure out how to make them viewable to me again…This is frickin hilarious.
    My immediate after thought was: damn, I should have asked Martin how to make folders viewable again

    I'm currently using ASTRO file manager