Windows XP -- digital camera/photo features

Started Apr 23, 2001 | Discussions thread
Chris Butler
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Re: Windows XP -- digital camera/photo features
In reply to Rick Turner [MS], Apr 27, 2001

Rick...

I'm currently using ULead's Photo Impact Album, which lets me add any fields I need. My description fields often include historical notes, names of people in the shots, etc. At some point, I expect to add fields to track photo sales -- very handy to have all this in a single "album", but Ulead doesn't give me access to the internal database. I have to export the records as tab-delimited text and then add them to a real database, to get SQL control. I just thought you folks might want to add some Jet database capabilities to the thumbnail view, and possibly a COM interface for programmers.

As to the auto-layout feature, a lot of RIP engines (raster image processors) for large format printers allow multiple images to be gang-printed on a single large sheet of paper for economy. Many RIP's are smart enough to determine an optimal orientation, and the individual prints are then cut from the page by hand with an Exacto knife or whatever.

Thanks for the response,

Chris

Rick Turner wrote:
Chris -- good feedback. Some comments below.

Chris Butler wrote:

) The thumbnail view is about half way to being an album, which
is what most folks really needd. The difference is the inclusion
of a database like your Jet engine, allowing users to add a title,
description, date, etc.

You can actually get a poor man's implementation of this by doing
the following. Put your folder in "View by details". Then right
click on the heading bar, that will give you a list of all the
fields you can put into the view. In this list are comments,
title, author, date created, camera model, etc. Then turn on "show
in groups" in the "Arrange icons by" menu, and then select which
field you want to group by. The drawback here is that, of course,
thumbnail viewing is not supported in details view.

) An "auto layout" option would be nice when sending multiple
odd-sized prints to an attached printer. That way, a user could
just say "print this directory" or "print this album".

What would you expect the printout to be with these odd sizes?
Also, what is your definition of an odd-sized print?

-Rick

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