The Photographer’s Screen Saver, free of charge

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fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
The Photographer’s Screen Saver, free of charge

I offer free for the asking a powerful Windows screensaver designed for photographers to view and organize their images. Hundreds of people are currently using various versions and have been for a couple years. I have received many testimonies from people who are delighted with how it works and its feature set.

A description of the screensaver with screenshots can be found here:
http://www.pbase.com/fjp/screen_saver_2005_04_apr_11

You can ask for it simply by sending me email:

frankparis@comcast.net

If you read about it at the above pbase link, you will quickly understand that this is much more and is far more powerful than a traditional screensaver. I can’t begin to go into all of its capabilities in this email, but here are a few highlights:

You install it by executing a single Installation program which I will tell you how to obtain from the Internet. I only ask that you do not pass this information on to others. If you’d like others to obtain the screensaver, give them my email address and I’ll tell them how to get it. That way, I can keep track of who has it.

The screensaver lets you specify a set of folders and/or individual image files scattered all over your hard disk, and you can enable and disable individual entries in your list. There is no limit to the number of images it can display from your collection. You can maintain different lists, which you can activate and deactivate depending on your mood.

It lets you select from a list of file formats to display (jpg, bmp, gif, tif, etc, but not camera raw).

It lets you specify the order the images are shown (by name, size, file date, and various weightings of random order, based on file date).

It lets you specify the types of folders it looks into.

It supports multiple monitors.

It supports several batch operations: copying and moving files, scaling images, copying time stamps internal to image files from one set of files to another.

It has exhaustive context-sensitive help and/or intelligent tooltips that change depending what your various controls are set to.

Its installation program lets you associate different file extensions with the screensaver, so that when you double-click on an image file in the Windows Explorer or attached to email, the image will instantly display full screen on your main monitor: no waiting for a sluggish program to load before the image is displayed. While the image is displayed, you can either type the letter W to establish that image as your wallpaper, or P, to print the file, with full access to printer and page configuration parameters.

It was entirely written by a professional programmer (me) who has specialized in user-interface design, so it has a very clear and well organized control layout with documentation that matches this quality.

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darkgenius Senior Member • Posts: 1,759
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Hi Frank, your screen saver looks interesting. I've sent you an email. Thanks for offering it to us.
Dave B.

OP fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
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darkgenius wrote:

Hi Frank, your screen saver looks interesting. I've sent you an
email. Thanks for offering it to us.
Dave B.

I've sent it off to you. Let people know what you think.

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wjwncpro_Ds Veteran Member • Posts: 3,984
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fjp wrote:

Let people know what you think.

http://www.pbase.com/fjp
FJP, Software Developer

Frank, your software works very well, it has a good user interface and is very easy to get around the settings. I will work with it more over the weekend when I have time to explore all the settings and uses.
Thanks for providing this great program for evaluation...

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OP fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
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wjwncpro_Ds wrote:

fjp wrote:

Let people know what you think.

http://www.pbase.com/fjp
FJP, Software Developer

Frank, your software works very well, it has a good user interface
and is very easy to get around the settings. I will work with it
more over the weekend when I have time to explore all the settings
and uses.
Thanks for providing this great program for evaluation...

I'm glad you like it. It's provided more than for just evaluation. I would hope users would keep it forever on their system as a valuable tool.

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35mmfilm_user Senior Member • Posts: 1,652
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I too sent you and e-mail - thanks for sharing with us!

OP fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
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35mmfilm_user wrote:

I too sent you and e-mail - thanks for sharing with us!

Since you don't disclose your email address, I don't know whether I sent it to you or not, but no one else is on my list to send to right now so hopefully you got it by now.

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35mmfilm_user Senior Member • Posts: 1,652
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I did and thank you...

early_bird Forum Member • Posts: 57
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Hi Frank,

Thankyou for sending me the screen saver software. It works really well and offers quite alot of control over what is included. I have been using it with music playing to give a slideshow effect.

Now everytime I walk past my PC I stand and watch for a while. Very hard to get anything else done actually.

Cheers,
Luke.

David Holahan Contributing Member • Posts: 727
Just sent you an e-mail

Hi Frank:

I just sent you an e-mail. this looks like a program I've been looking for for a long time.
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CharlieDIY
CharlieDIY Veteran Member • Posts: 7,120
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Please send me an email.
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Charlie Self
http://www.charlieselfonline.com

OP fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
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CharlieDIY wrote:

Please send me an email.
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Charlie Self
http://www.charlieselfonline.com

Actually, you should send me one if you have questions or comments you don't want to post up here. My email address:

frankparis@comcast.net

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OP fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
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early_bird wrote:

Hi Frank,

Thankyou for sending me the screen saver software. It works really
well and offers quite alot of control over what is included. I have
been using it with music playing to give a slideshow effect.

Now everytime I walk past my PC I stand and watch for a while. Very
hard to get anything else done actually.

It the screensaver succeeds in completely disrupting your normal life, it has succeeded admirably

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OP fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
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David Holahan wrote:

Hi Frank:
I just sent you an e-mail. this looks like a program I've been
looking for for a long time.
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Photography now is a footprint for the future.

It's gratifying to me that I get that from a lot of people. That's probably because I've been very responsive to requests for new features, so long as they contribute to the central idea of providing convenient access to viewing your collection of images and attachments to email.

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David Holahan Contributing Member • Posts: 727
Frank this is a great program

Thank you again for this program I am enjoying it greatly and so is my Wife. Just wanted you to know that your indevors have reaped a great program. I am proud to tell people who have seen this Who wrote it and how to get a copy for them selves.
again many thanks Dave.
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OP fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
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David Holahan wrote:

Thank you again for this program I am enjoying it greatly and so is
my Wife. Just wanted you to know that your indevors have reaped a
great program. I am proud to tell people who have seen this Who
wrote it and how to get a copy for them selves.
again many thanks Dave.

Thanks for the testimony.

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egarrard Senior Member • Posts: 1,644
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I've been using this for a day or so. It is exactly what I was looking for. It is easy to use and does a masterful job. Unlike a lot of free programs, this one does nothing to mess with your computer. I have it randomly sorting from 5 different folders on 3 different drives. Good deal!

The only "problem" I had with it is understanding how to set which folders it picked from. The Root Folder concept is a little unintuitive. Add Folder really ought to work like Windows Explorer and allow you to back out all the way to the desktop if you need to. Having to go to the dialog box above to go to a higher level folder isn't very user friendly. Considering how good the program is otherwise, this could have been done better.

This is a great program that everybody ought to try!

OP fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
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egarrard wrote:

I've been using this for a day or so. It is exactly what I was
looking for. It is easy to use and does a masterful job. Unlike a
lot of free programs, this one does nothing to mess with your
computer. I have it randomly sorting from 5 different folders on 3
different drives. Good deal!

The only "problem" I had with it is understanding how to set which
folders it picked from. The Root Folder concept is a little
unintuitive. Add Folder really ought to work like Windows Explorer
and allow you to back out all the way to the desktop if you need
to. Having to go to the dialog box above to go to a higher level
folder isn't very user friendly. Considering how good the program
is otherwise, this could have been done better.

That has actually bothered me for a long time and I know it's solvable because I've seen other programs doing it. But I haven't personally been able to figure it out yet. It isn't obvious. I'm still working on a few nits associated with the new print facility. Once that is out of my hair I'll look into this again and see if I can figure out what I'm missing.

This is a great program that everybody ought to try!

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OP fjp Veteran Member • Posts: 5,145
Re: The Photographer’s Screen Saver, free of charge

egarrard wrote:

I've been using this for a day or so. It is exactly what I was
looking for. It is easy to use and does a masterful job. Unlike a
lot of free programs, this one does nothing to mess with your
computer. I have it randomly sorting from 5 different folders on 3
different drives. Good deal!

The only "problem" I had with it is understanding how to set which
folders it picked from. The Root Folder concept is a little
unintuitive. Add Folder really ought to work like Windows Explorer
and allow you to back out all the way to the desktop if you need
to. Having to go to the dialog box above to go to a higher level
folder isn't very user friendly. Considering how good the program
is otherwise, this could have been done better.

This issue finally rose to the top of my queue and I've resolved it. All folder browsers now start at My Computer but show the folder displayed in the corresponding edit box, just like the Windows file browser dialog. I recommend that you retrieve the latest version (1.0.6.4), using the instructions I've already emailed to you. You will never lose any of your settings when you install a later version.

This is a great program that everybody ought to try!

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egarrard Senior Member • Posts: 1,644
Re: The Photographer’s Screen Saver, free of charge

It works exactly like Windows now. Thanks for fixing that. It should help head off any confusion with the program.

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