1. Double-click on the Solid Converter GX desktop shortcut.
2. Use the Start menu to launch the program.
You can also use SolidConverter GX from the Windows Explorer menu or from a command prompt. (See the sections at the end of this document for details.)
Selecting Program Options
To ensure that SolidConverter GX works to your specifications, click the Options button before using the program. Check the settings and make any changes necessary.
The options you can choose from are:
Language - The default is English, but you can choose another language. The language of the user interface will change to your new selection when you click OK (or the equivalent word in another language).
Target Path - This tells the application where to save the new files. You can choose to browse to a folder before saving, save to the same source folder as the original image(s), or save to the most recent folder.
Always show conversion progress - If you want the conversion dialog screen to display during the progress, select Yes.
Target Format - This changes the default in the wizard to the selected file format. (Note: you can always select a different format in the Wizard.)
Launch Files - This will cause the file viewer/editor to open and display new file(s) after conversion. You can choose no files, single files, or multiple files.
Image Editing Applications - You can select an image editing application to open for each different file format.
Use Wizard - If desired, you can turn the wizard on for assistance with converting images or off if you do not want to display the wizard.
Overview of Conversion Methods
SolidConverter GX gives you two ways to convert files from one format to another:
Convert Using Wizard - Walks you through the conversion process with a multi-step wizard. Use this option if you want assistance during the process.
Convert to a Selected Format - Lets you quickly save one or more files to a selected format.
Before starting your conversion process, select one or more files to use by clicking the filename. You can select multiple files by holding down the CTRL key before clicking. (Note: File formats you can convert from are BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, TIF, and PSD. However, you cannot convert other formats to PSD.)
Convert Using Wizard
To open the wizard, you can either click the Convert button or select Convert Using Wizard by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the Convert button then selecting from the list. The Wizard steps will then display.
1. Select Image Format and Output Path
You can select the same as source images, BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, or TIF. (Only one file format can be selected at a time.) After selecting the format, browse to the folder where you want your destination file to be saved. When finished, click Next.
2. Select Image Color Depth
Select your color depth preference. Depending on the file type you selected, different options may be available. (For example, if you selected GIF as your target format, the depth will be limited to 8 bpp or less.) You can also choose greyscale color.
3. Add Transparency
You can add a transparency to your converted images. The transparent alpha channel can be created when converting to PNG, GIF, and BMP formats. You can select any color in your graphics to make transparent. For images with a transparent alpha channel you can optionally replace the alpha channel with another color or remove the transparency.
4. Finish: Convert Document Check your output choices on this page. If they are correct, select Finish to convert your file(s). If they are incorrect, click the Previous button and adjust your setting selections.
Convert to a Selected Format
To quickly convert to a selected format, click the drop-down arrow on the right side of the Convert button and select the target format for the conversion. The converted file will be written to the source folder. The name of the converted file will be the source filename with the extension corresponding to the chosen target format. You can choose one of five formats: BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, or TIF.
Using Solid Converter GX from Windows Explorer
To convert one or more graphic files from Windows Explorer right-click on the file(s) and select the target format for the converted file. The target file will be located in the same folder.
Using SolidConverter GX from the Command Prompt
To use SolidConverter GX from the command prompt, use the cd command to navigate to the directory that contains the executable file for Solid Converter GX. (The default storage location is C:\Program Files\SolidDocuments\SolidConverterGX\SCGX.) Then type SolidConverterGX.exe /h in the command line to see the options list.
You can use the following options:
h - To view command line help.
i - To specify file or files to be converted. This parameter takes wildcards (*.*).
o - To specify the target file name or directory.
f - To specify the target format. You can select bmp, gif, jpg, png, or tif.