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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.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Why Would you not Want to Share Your Vacation Photos?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://arstechnica.com/web/news/201...is-the-kind.ars

"There are several great options that cost money—like SmugMug, for instance—but unless you're a major shutterbug, a free service might fit your modest needs and usage pattern better. Here we round up three of the top options for free image hosting around the Web—Flickr, Picasa, and Photobucket."

There are a lot of services that can be had online for free. From email to webhosting to videos, the quality of free hosting services can vary greatly from one to another. And while a lot of us are on a budget, we want to make sure we get the most out of our dollar freebies. Image hosting is no stranger to free services and the industry has had quite a while to mature. Each of the three featured by Ars Technica have their strengths and weakness, but if you find yourself becoming a serious photog, consider a paid service but whatever you do, do NOT rely on any image hosting service as an archive for your photos. As numerous people have learned, even large companies can change their mind and start charging for hosting images, or shut down their service altogether.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Come on Picasa, Kick Your Quicktime Addiction!

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

Picasa is a truly superb program for digital photo management, and the fact that it's free makes it even better. I'm using it more and more now that I've added Facebook and Smugmug functionality into the program, but I noticed something odd when I installed it on a Windows 7 system: it refuses to recognize any sort of MPEG4/h.264 videos unless Quicktime is installed. This made sense on a Windows Vista computer, where native support for those file types was lacking, but Windows 7 has superb support for MPEG, h.264, Divx, and Xvid video files. So why would Picasa require Quicktime to be installed in order to support playback of these files? I don't know enough about how the MPEG4 codecs are implemented in Windows 7, but I'd be very surprised if there was no way for third-party applications to take advantage of them. So come on Picasa, make the most of what Windows 7 has to offer and free users from having to install the always-in-need-of-an-update Quicktime. Please?


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Picasa 3.5 Adds Face Recognition

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:40 PM

http://picasa-readme.blogspot.com/

"We're happy to announce the launch of Picasa 3.5, the latest release of Picasa photo management software. If you don't want to wait until we autoupdate everyone to Picasa 3.5, you can download it at picasa.google.com. This ReadMe page appears when a new version of Picasa software is available, and tells you what changes and improvements are in each release."

Picasa is, bar none, the best free photo organizer tool there is on the market today - it rivals and surpasses some of the $100+ software I've seen. Google continues to invest in improving the program, which is great to see. I was worried for a while there, but Google evidently sees value in having such a great piece of software in their portfolio. If you haven't checked Picasa out, you really should!


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