Friday, July 16, 2004
Posted by Gary Sheynkman in "SOFTWARE" @ 11:00 AM
For those of us with Picasa, there will be a Hello folder created to store all those family pictures you received through Hello. Once the filmstrip begins to take shape and you start to venture through the photographs, you will notice a small window that shows what the other person is looking at now. You can then choose to have one person lead the way (much like having one person flip the pages in a photo album I suppose) while you are left to comment on the scenes. Another pleasant feature is that if you start talking about another photograph, Hello will make sure to note that. It would be quite embarrassing to say that “That thing is ugly” if you are looking at some horrid piece of art while your friend is still talking about that picture of his mom!
Figure 7: As you can see, Hello will tell the other person which picture you are talking about (120KB)
For those of us with slow connections Hello will resize the photograph that you are sent and give you the option to save the new smaller version or to acquire the original.
Figure 8: Hello offers a wide range of option to serve those users with slower connections (127KB)
If your friend or relative forgot how you look and don’t believe the photos you can even do a live capture of an image with any webcam or camcorder connected to your computer. All you have to do is to select the device you would like to use to capture you image and then click on the “Freeze” button. It will then take that image and put it on your filmstrip if you are satisfied with the results.
Very recently though, Hello shifted from being just a photo sharing app, to being a blog posting app as well. The ever popular Blogger which was developed by Goggle has taken the world by storm. The implementation is extremely easy. BloggerBot is a “friend” who you can initiate chats with. Every message that you type to it is posted on your Blogger account (whether it is on Blogger’s own site or your own domain makes no difference) and every photo that you share is posted as well. BloggerBot will “share” the a picture which has all the directions written on it. There is also an extra button that takes you directly to your Blogger account set up. There you can choose what size you want your images to be on your blog as well as borders, captions, archive sizes. If you have a Blogger blog there should be absolutely no reason why you don’t have Hello installed on you PC.
So what’s the catch?
Call me old fashioned, but I just can’s see myself having happy “together moments” with my family while sitting by my monitor and reading their captions for photos from their recent family vacation…
Did I mention it is a breeze to use yet?
As with Picasa this piece of software comes with amazing support. www.hello.com provides answers every singly question one might have. There is a direct link to the support page within the program. The font is nice and big and all directions are written out using short simple sentences. That my friends, is tech-support.
Figure 9: Even Saddam is happy when he hears about Hello! (130KB)
So is this worth 6.36MB on my HD?
Well of course it is! This application is the best free app since Napster! You can share your photos with people around the world. Your grandma can do it. It takes up no space. It eliminates going to the slow Blogger site to update you blog. Did I mention it’s FREE? Go download it right now!