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How to Use the Hide/Unhide Image Controls in BiteFX for Windows

Posted by Stuart Harman on Wed, Mar 05, 2014 @ 17:03 PM

From the desk of Stu Harman, our support and coaching expert. In this article Stu explains how to hide and unhide images in imported albums to enable compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations.

A very powerful way of using BiteFX is to use animations that show the mechanics of normal and malocclusion in combination with photographs that exhibit the clinical effects.  To  achieve maximum impact on the patient, many BiteFX users prefer to use photographs of the patient's own teeth, which also serves to help transfer ownership of the problem to that patient.

In order to display patient's photographs from BiteFX, the photographs must first be imported into the BiteFX software (see How to Import Images Into BiteFX for Windows in the BiteFX Blog). There may be times when there are multiple folders, (albums) imported into the software. If so, whenever the Picture panel is open, it may be possible for an individual to see images of another patient or patients that could result in a medical records privacy law violations (for example, a HIPAA violation in the US). To avoid this, the BiteFX software enables you to hide the pictures in any or all imported folders, so only the pictures you want the patient to see are visible.

There are two ways to Hide/Unhide pictures in BiteFX. The first way is to hide/unhide each imported folder individually and the second is to globally hide/unhide the pictures for all imported folders. Here's how it's done:

Hide/Unhide Individual Imported Folders (Albums)

This function allows you to make the pictures in individual imported folders visible or hidden.

  1. Open the Picture panel
  2. Because the hide/unhide function only applies to imported folders, the "Hide/unhide these pictures" button will only be displayed with imported folder names, as shown on the folder "Adams, P" in the blue circle. Note that the folder "Hygienist Presentation Pictures" does not display the button.

    Hide Button Highlighted

  1. You can also see that the "Hide/unhide these pictures" button icon changes in appearance, depending on whether the imported folder is in the unhidden or hidden mode:

Button In Unhidden Mode       Unhidden        

Hide Button In Hidden Mode_2



  1. To hide pictures in a specific imported folder, click on the "Hide/unhide these pictures" button in the upper right corner of the folder name:

Click on Hide Button


  1. This will cause the following to happen;  1) the folder name will change to "Folder Hidden", 2) all of the thumbnails in that row will only display "Hidden Picture", and 3) when a hidden image is selected, the screen image will only show "Hidden Picture" as well.

Folder Hidden Album Name

1. Imported Folder Name Appearance In Hidden Mode


Folder Hidden Mode

2. All Picture Thumbnails Are Hidden In that Folder


Full Screen Hidden Picture-1

3.  Main Screen Image When Picture Selected While In Hidden Mode

  1. To hide additional imported folders, repeat steps 1-5 as described in Hide/Unhide Individual Imported Folders.

  2. To unhide individual folders, simple click on the "Hide/unhide these pictures" button again to restore the images for viewing:

Click On Hide Again to Unhide


Hide/Unhide All Imported Pictures At One Time

This function allows you to globally hide or unhide the images in all the imported folders at one time. To perform this function, a "Hide/unhide pictures" button is located at the lower right corner of the main screen whenever the Animation, Picture or Presentation Template panel is selected.

Hide-Unhide Globally


Global Hide Unhide Button with Box

"Hide/unhide images" Button


Hide All Imported Pictures

  1. To hide pictures in all the imported folders at one time, simply click on the "Hide/unhide pictures" button, or press Ctrl + H on your keyboard.

Hide-Unhide Button Image

"Hide/unhide pictures" Button Before Hiding All Pictures

  1. The following three pictures show; 1) the Picture panel with no imported albums hidden, 2) the Picture panel with one album individually hidden, and 3) the resulting effect when clicking on the Hide/unhide images button.

Albums with None Hidden

1. Before Hiding All Imported Pictures - No Individual Imported Folders Hidden


Albums with One Hidden Folder

2. Before Hiding All Imported Pictures - One Imported Folder Individually Hidden


Albums with All Hidden Folders

3. After Hiding All Imported Pictures - No Images in Imported Folders Visible

Unhide All Imported Pictures At One Time

This is a useful function when creating or editing your own presentations and you want to be able to see all the pictures in your imported folders.

  1. To unhide the pictures in all your imported folders at one time, simply click on the "Hide/unhide pictures" button, or press Ctrl + H on your keyboard. 

Click on Globally Unhide Button

"Hide/unhide images" Button Before Unhiding All Pictures


Albums with None Hidden

All Images in Imported Albums Now Visible


If you need further assistance learning how hide and unhide picture in your imported folders (albums), please contact us by email at your convenience, or by telephone Mon-Fri  8am–5pm Pacific Time:

1-877-2BiteFX (1-877-224-8339)
International (+1) 530-582-1189


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