An Image and Video Browser for Windows

Tinta is a free app that can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

Tinta was designed to be an alternative to Picasa.

See all your images and videos

You can see all your images and videos in one windows. Scroll your way through all directories on all selected drives.

Find media files by name or tags

You can easily locate a media file name in any directory on any drive.

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Tinta is a free image and video organization tool.  It is inspired by Picasa.

You can view multiple hard drives, create albums,  tag files and much more.

Version 1.x of Tinta implements core browsing features.  More features will be added.





Thumbnail Browser

Selection View


Date Selector


Tags View




Adding A Drive



Importing Portable Devices

Drive Index File

Media Navigator

Video Player

File A Bug

Picasa Support

Frequently Asked Questions



Privacy Policy


Any image or video file that is supported by Tinta.


A small image that represents a media file.




The vault is a directory that is chosen by the user to store the files created by Tinta.  When Tinta is run the first time, you will be presented with this display.

Codec are used to read videos..To generate thumbnails for videos, up-to-date codecs are recommended.  The supplied codec has been verified to correctly produce thumbnails.  It is recommend that you install it before you proceed.

Select the ‘Browse’ button to select a location where Tinta will store media files and other data.  This may consume large amounts of disk space, so choose a disk that has a lot of free space.  You may accept the default location.

This location should not change and should always be available when Tinta runs.  It can be on a removable USB drive, but you must connect it again to run Tinta.

It is also recommended that a fast drive, like an SSD drive is used for the vault, so that thumbnail scrolling does not lag. The name ‘Roger’ will be replaced with your login name.

In the directory you specify, Tinta will create a subdirectory called ‘TintaVault’. 


When Tinta starts up, you will see the following dialog:

Support Tinta: Support the development of Tinta

Choose drives to View.  View a list of the drives on your stem to scan for media.

Maintenance:  Delete Tinta managed file

Help: Display this help file

Quit: Quit Tinta

Load Drives

 When you select “Choose Drives to view”, this dialog is displayed

This is a list of all the drives that are currently connected to your computer.  Select the drives you wish to scan for media files.

Full Scan: The first time a drive is scanned for images, it creates an index for that drive.  On subsequent scans, the drive index is loaded instead.  This option forces the drive to be rescanned instead of loading the drive index.

Select All: Select all drives

Clear All: Deselect all drives

Apply: Accept the drive selection and proceed to scan the drives.


The Taskbar is a series of controls that perform various functions.  These are described below.

Thumbnail Browser


The Thumbnail Browser displays thumbnails for the media files that Tinta supports. The Thumbnail Browser can be sorted by filename or file modification date.

Those modes are selected by the icons and , respectively.


You can interact with the Thumbnail Browser in several ways.

Scroll Bar

This in on the right wide scrolls the window up and down


Arrow Keys

Scroll up/down in small increments

Page Up/Page Down

Scrolls up/down in larger increments


There are multiple ways to select thumbnails;  single click or drag a selection rectangle.  The Windows selection options (Control and Shift Keys) are supported as well. 

Thumbnails that are selected will have the check icon beside them and icons will be displayed in the Current Selection


When you wish to remove directories from shown in the Thumbnail Browser, you can exclude it by right clicking on the directory panel and selecting exclude.

        You can also exclude by the Media Navigator

Large Image Viewer

When you double click on an image thumbnail, a full size image view will open.

Select to view the previous image listed in the thumbnail view.

Select to view the next image listed in the thumbnail view.

 Select   to open the directory that contains this image in File Explorer

Simple editing functions are planned for this window.


Thumbnails that represent videos have the icon in the upper right corner

Video Player

You can open the Video Player by selecting the icon in the Task Bar

Double clicking on a video thumbnail will play the video the Video Player.

For details about the controls,see the Video Player section

File Name

“Hover over” (place your mouse pointer on a thumbnail and don’t move it) to see the file name and directory on the harddisk.

Dragging and Dropping

Thumbnails can be dragged and dropped in to the Album View to add members to a group.  

Directory Panels

When sorted by filenames, the grey panel displays the directory where the thumbnail files are located. 


When you single click a directory panel, all the thumbnails in that directory will be selected.

When you double click on a directory, File Explorer is will open to that directory.

Date Panels

When sorted by dates, the grey panel displays the date when the thumbnail was last modified. No actions are taken when clicking on date panels.

In Windows, the creation date is not when the file was first created, but the last time is was created. 

When you copy a file, the creation date will be the date when the file was copied.  Modification dates are used in Tinta

Context menu

When you right click on a thumbnail, you will get a list of options.

  • Open – opens the file to show the full size image or play the video file
  • Locate In Media Navigator – Show the location in the  Media Navigator
  • Locate On Disk – Opens Windows’ File Explorer to the files location on disk
  • Delete From Disk – Deletes the file from the drive.  This action cannot be undone.

When you right click on a member, you will get a list of options.

  • Open – opens the file to show the full size image or play the video file
  • Remove – Removes the file from a group.

Selection View


All items that are selected  will display the  icon on the upper-left corner of the thumbnail image.  All the selected thumbnails are displayed in the Selection View.  

Display the Selection View

Select the  icon to show and hide the Selection View

Current Selection

The currently selected files are displayed in the selection view.  The selection can be modified by the user in this window.

When a new selection is made, all previously selected, non-pinned, items are deselected and removed from this list.

Remove Member  

Select this to remove a member from the current selection .  You can also right-click to use the context menu.


To keep members in the current selection list when a new selection is made, pin the member

Pinned member will have this icon and will not be removed when a new selection has been made.


Remove all members, except pinned members


Remove all members, including  pinned members

The Navigator contains panels to select the content you wish to view.  In this section, you can select:

  • Media Navigator
  • Library
  • Date Selector
  • Calendar

Panels that are not relevant are not not show.  The Date Selector and Calendar are shown only when media files are sorted by date, for example.

The icon means that a panel is “collapsed”, it’s content not visible, as show with the Library below.

Select to collapse the contents of a panel

Date Selector


To sort the media file in the Thumbnail Browser by date , select the icon at the top of the main window. 

The oldest modified date is at the top, select the date icon again to view the newest modified date at the top.

In the Date View on the left panel, you see two methods to select dates.  When you navigate in the Thumbail View , the Date View is updated.

Date Selector

This is a wheel interface.  Hold the left mouse button down and move it vertically to select a date.   The Thumbnail Browser by



The Thumbnail Browser shows thumbnails of all the media files from the scanned drives.  Filtering allows you to choose which items to see in the Thumbnail Browser

You filter media files, so that only files that match a specific criteria are displayed.  Below are the current media file filters:

Filter by Filename

To filter by filename, use this panel in the top of the main window.

Enter text that filenames much match to be selected.  The search text may include wildcards as described below.


The most common wildcards are *?, and […].

WildcardDescriptionExampleMatchesDoes not match
*matches any number of any characters including noneLaw*LawLaws, or LawyerGrokLawLa, or aw
*Law*LawGrokLaw, or Lawyer.La, or aw
?matches any single character?atCatcatBat or batat
[abc]matches one character given in the bracket[CB]atCat or Batcatbat or CBat
[a-z]matches one character from the (locale-dependent) range given in the bracketLetter[0-9]Letter0Letter1Letter2 up to Letter9LettersLetter or Letter10
[!abc]matches one character that is not given in the bracket[!C]atBatbat, or catCat
[!a-z]matches one character that is not from the range given in the bracketLetter[!3-5]Letter1Letter2Letter6 up to Letter9 and Letterx etc.Letter3Letter4Letter5 or Letterxx

Select the magnifying glass icon  or hit <ENTER> to show the filtered the files.  

To clear the filter, select the  icon (or enter a blank string then select the magnifying glass icon).

Filter by Media Type

To set a filter to display only images or videos, use the pull down menu at the top of the main window.

Filter by Tags

To filter by tags, refer to that section

Tags View


Tags are labels attached to a file that represent information about the file.  There can be any number of tags for a file.

Tags are text strings that are user created.  These lists are to assist in assigning, managing and searching for tags.

 Tags in these lists can be added, removed and dragged, with some limitations. Click on the tag list area to edit the tags. 

Right click to show options, such as remove tags.

Show Tags

If the tags window is not visible, select the


Tags on Current Selection

This section lists tags that attached to the files in the Current Selection

You can list all the tags on all the files or just the tags that are shared by the files.

Removing tags from this list removes the tags assigned to the file in the Current Selection .

Tags to Assign

This is a working list of tags that you collect, then assign to the files in the Current Selection .

Select this icon to attach the tags to the files.

Filter by Tags

This creates a view filter.  Files that have these tags will be displayed.   You may opt to display files that have all the tags attached, or files that have any of the tags attached.

Hit the icon to filter the results in the Thumbnail Browser

Global Tags

                            This is a working list of tags that are in all the files when loaded.   You can add more tags to this list using the line edit.

        Example for finding a tag

Example of assigning a tag to a file



Albums are a collection of media files.  It is analogous to a real world photo album.

Albums can be created by the user or created automatically by Tinta.


The title is the name of the album. 

Albums titles are listed in the Library

Select an album from Library to view its contents.


A page is named part of an album.  A page has a title and members.  These are the pages in a real photo album.


Members are the media files that are in an album or page.  These are photos in a real photo album.

Members are not required in albums or pages

Create Album

At the top of the main window, select this icon to create a new, empty album.  You will be prompted for a title

View Contents

Select an album in the Media Navigator , in the “Albums” section. The members of an album are viewed in the Group View.


 Members are added to albums via dragging and dropping from the Thumbnail Browser



The library contains a list of your albums. 


Select the ‘Library’ panel to view the current list of albums.

When the desired album is double-clicked, the Thumbnail Browser is scrolled to to make the album visible and the contents are displayed in the album view.

You can right click on Albums to see options



 The Album  View displays the contents of the currently selected album or page in the Library

Display the Album View

Select the icon to show and the Album View. 

Drag And Drop

To add members to the selected album or page, you can select files from the Thumbnail Browser , then drag-and-drop them into the Album View.

Remove Selected Members

To remove members from the album or page, select files, then select the icon .

Remove All Members

To remove all members from the album or page, select the icon.

Delete Album or Page

To delete the entire album or page , select the icon



The toolbox currently only contains one tool, the Tags View.  To open the toolbox,  you select the icon .

More tools will be added in future releases.

Adding a Drive


You may add a drive to view or copy the contents of the drive to an album

There are two methods to adding a drive; scanning and importing.  See the corresponding sections for how they function.

 Select the icon to begin the process of adding a drive. 

Choose between scanning and importing.



The drive is scanned for all media files.  After scanning, the file names are stored in a drive index file, so when the drive is scanned again, the index can be used instead. 


Scanning the drives is performed to create thumbnail images and display them in the Thumbnail Browser.  

Scanning does not copy media files to the vault, it only creates a drive index file.



Importing creates an album, then copies media files to it.  The media files are stored in the library with is in the vault.  Since a very large number of media files may be copied to the vault, importing may take an extended period of time and consume a lot of disk space.

After selecting import, this dialog is displayed:


First, select the location where you wish to import your media files from.  This is called import source.

Import Source

The drive or directory from which media files are copied.

Select a title for the album.  Create a new album or add to an existing one.

You have two options during the importing process.

1. Create pages for directories. This option will create a page in the album or each directory name that contains media files. The title of the page will be the directory name. 

This is recommended for drives with media files contained in a lot of directories.

2. Do not create pages. The import locates all image files and copies them to a single directory.

During the copying process, files share the same name, but are not duplicates, one file is renamed.

Importing Portable Devices

To import a portable device, like a smart phone, plug the device into a USB port on the computer, then select this icon

Enter the name of the album for the content of the device.  All contents of the device are imported.

Drive Index File


During scanning, Tinta makes an index of the drive.  Tinta will use the index file instead of scanning after that.

TintaService is used to keep the index file the up-to-date

You can force a rescan to regenerate the index file.

Media Navigator


The Media Navigator is used to scroll the Thumbnail Browser to a desired directory in the drives that ere scanned.


The directory selection represents the directories on the drives that are being displayed.  When a directory contains media, it will be highlighted in green.

The is a ‘tree’ structure.

Entries that can be expanded have the icon.  Click on this icon to expand it.

Entries that are expanded have the icon.  Click on this icon to collapse it.

Entries that are green contain media files

Single click on an entry to scroll the Thumbnail Browser to this location.

Video Player

When a video thumbnail is double click, the video player is show.

The full path to the video is displayed in the title of the window


Select to play the video

Select to pause

Select to play in slow motion

Select to play fast forward

Select to play in reverse

Select to skip forward 10 seconds

Select to skip backwards 10 seconds

Select to stop the video.  If the cropping sliders have been set, it will crop the video at that point

Select to mute and un-mute.  Set the slider for volume level

Select to frame capture.  If ‘View’ is checked, a window will pop-up to display the captures image.

When a frame is captured, it will be stored in your “Pictures” directory.  The filename will encode the position in the video.

Select to step back one frame

Select to step forward one frame

Time Line

The time displays the current position in the video.  When the video play, the first number on the right will increment.  The second number is the video length in seconds.

When the video is playing, you can select anywhere in the time to jump to that position and and video will play from there.

You can also select the red square to “scrub”. When you drag the control, the video will be positioned based on the control’s postion.  Note that play sill be paused when scrubbibg.

Cropping and Saving a Cropped Video (Coming Soon!)

Cropping changes the start and stop time of a video

Setting the crop positions from the current position

You can set the crop positions from the current time of the playing video

To set the crop start time, position the video to the location you wish to start, then hit the green button.

To set the crop stop time, position the video to the location you wish to stop, then hit the red button.

Setting the crop positions using the slider

You can set the start time with the red slider.  Select an end point to set the start/end time.

You can select the middle part of the red slider to shift the crop start and stop times together.

To accept the new cropping positions when you play the video, select the stop icon


After cropping, the current cropping positions are show with the mark.

Select the to save the video with the new start and stop times.

Picasa Support

If Picasa created albums or face data, you can import those into Tinta.  Select the to those into Tinta.

Exclude List

The exclude list contains all the directories that you do not want to include when searching for media files.

File a Bug

Select to file a bug or request new features

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is developing Tinta?

A small, self-funded team is developing Tinta.  Any support is used to provide more features. You can support us here.

What about other features, for example face detection/recognition and meta data?

Our plan is to add new features in the near future.  You can request features by making a new issue here

Is there a support site or place to report issues?

You can report issues here.

What happens when Tinta crashes?

If you consent, crash data is sent to our servers to be analyzed and fixed in a future release

Why does Tinta require administrator access? 

To scan drives as quickly as possible, Tinta uses low-level access to drive data that requires administrator privilege.



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Privacy Policy

We respect the privacy of our users and are committed to protecting their personal information.

Personal information, such as your name and email address, are not collected.

When you use Tinta, we may collect the following types of non-personal information:

  • Data extracted from media files, such as, but not limited to:
    • Image information
    • Camera and lens information
    • GPS location data
    • Thumbnails
    • Drive file system data
  • Crash report data
    • If Tinta crashes, a snapshot of the program state, called a ‘crash dump’ may be captured.  If the user accepts, this data will be sent to Lightpoint Software as a crash report.
    • Crash reports help us improve Tinta.

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