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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Windows Live Photo Gallery Photo Print Ordering Fail

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 04:06 PM

I have this dream. My dream is to be able to set my parents and in-laws up with a photo program that will allow them, from within the application, to order physical prints of the photos they have in their collection with a few clicks. It seems like a small thing, but there's a serious psychological barrier to them opening a Web browser, selecting the images they want to print, uploading them, selecting the print size, and placing the order. Too many steps? Maybe. Intimidated by making a mistake? Perhaps. Regardless of the reason, I'm convinced that if it was done from within an application and streamlined, they'd order more physical prints. Picasa has this function, but they only offer one "choice" of providers: BonusPrint, a truly awful service provider that I don't recommend anyone use.

I was hoping that this new version of Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 would do the trick, but the screen shot above is what I see because I'm in Canada. I've been seeing this "Sorry, we don't care about you as a customer" screen since the first version of Windows Vista in November of 2006. That's damn near four years now, and Microsoft hasn't been able to line up a printing service for Canada? Really? I know we're only a country of 34 million people, but after four years I'd have hoped that someone on the Windows Live Photo Gallery team would have gotten around to arranging a partnership or two.

So, come on Microsoft: either get some partners set up for print ordering, or pull this feature based on geography and hide the button from us so we're not taunted into thinking that this feature actually works.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Windows Live Sync to be Re-Named Windows Live Mesh? Seriously?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:00 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_..._medium=twitter

From the very first day I discovered FolderShare, created by Byte Taxi and later purchased by Microsoft and re-named Live Sync, it's been a transformational technology for me - literally changing the way I'm able to work on multiple devices. Over the years, Live Sync has been ignored, improved, then ignored again - a clear sign that the leadership at Microsoft didn't know what to do with it. And the obvious overlap with Live Mesh didn't help its cause. Things seemed to be getting better about a year ago when Live Sync really started to get some effort put into it, but took a drastic turn for the worse when the Live Sync beta came out in June.

FolderShare was truly dead; the lightweight, super-fast client was replaced by the heavy and slow Live Mesh client. Worse, the performance issues - specifically, the hard drive access load - virtually lock up several of my computers when a sync is happening (and were talking about a Core i7 system with 6 GB of RAM in one instance). It wasn't all bad news though - the 20,000 file library limit was raised to 100,000, so I was finally able to re-unite my photo collection. All in all though, I've been very disappointed in the performance of the new Live Sync client. Read more...


Monday, June 28, 2010

Twitter Blocks New Windows Live Integration

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 03:30 PM

I just received this email from Microsoft a few minutes ago:

Given that this feature just launched with the Wave 4 Windows Live Essentials Beta last week, it's quite curious that two days from now, it will stop working. Sounds like Microsoft and Twitter weren't talking to each other much leading up to this - what I can't figure out is why wouldn't Twitter want this? Twitter feeds get pulled and posted in hundreds of different ways, so why would it be a problem for Microsoft to automatically import them and share them out via Windows Live?


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Windows Live Essential Beta Now Available for Download

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:30 PM

http://explore.live.com/windows-liv...essentials-beta

Ding ding ding! Come and get it! You can now download the new Windows Live Essentials Beta (a.k.a Wave 4), which includes a bunch of good stuff, including new versions of Live Messenger, Live Mail, Live Photo Gallery, Live Movie Maker, Live Sync, and more.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Windows Live Helps You Share Memories

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/wi...ion-photos.aspx

"These trends remind us that even with tens of billions of photos being stored on social networking and photo sharing sites, there are hundreds of billions more photos and videos sitting on hard drives around the world. Infotrends reports as many as 210 billion photos on PC hard drives in the US alone."

Digital media has helped everyone preserve their memories much more easily. From digital cameras to camcorders to camera phones, there is a lot of media out there. The folks at Windows Live realize this and have developed a lot of tools to help you tweak and share this media. With all the options available, it is good to see Microsoft keeping current with the competition. What I am impressed with is that, there is actually enough storage either at home, or in the cloud, to handle all of our memories and then some! It almost makes me think one would never have to do anything like cleaning up our computers.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Windows Live Movie Maker Walk Through

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.youtube.com/user/WindowsVideos

The first Windows Live Movie Maker beta that came out was so bad, I called it alpha software. It was so limited, it was useless for anything but making the most basic slide-shows. Fast forward a year, and the product is still in beta - Microsoft doesn't do anything fast it seems - but it has far more features, and is quite useful right now...especially if you're using it on a Windows 7-based system that has full codec support for MPEG4/h.264 video files. Unfortunately the program is still very Microsoft-centric in that it only outputs to WMV, but thankfully they've included HD WMV outputs, so even if you have to transcode it to another format later, at least you'll start with great quality.

The video above is a nice walk through of the product, so if you haven't used the new version of the software, watch the video and I bet you'll want to take it for a spin!


Monday, June 8, 2009

The Future of Windows Live Movie Maker

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 05:55 PM

http://windowslivewire.spaces.live....D59!41131.entry

"When we set out to build Windows Live Movie Maker, we heard loud and clear that people wanted their movies to simply look better with less effort. In order to meet customers' needs, we first looked at how people were using Windows Movie Maker in Vista. What we found was that most movies were quite simple - often just a set of pictures with captions and a soundtrack with occasional small clips of lightly edited video with transitions. We also discovered that many people found the approach of Microsoft Photo Story 3 to be a great solution and loved the ease of selecting pictures, a soundtrack, and adding a narration track over their photos with basic animations. Increasingly, we found people publishing movies to popular video sharing sites to share with friends and family (in addition to occasionally creating DVDs)."

Mike Torres, the Lead Program Manager on the Windows Live Movie Maker team, has posted a great blog entry about where the software is at, what they've learned from the initial beta they released a few months back, and what kinds of things (in general terms) users can expect to see from the software when Torres' team releases the next version. I just hope they don't name it Bing Movie Maker!


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