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Really cool new app just released

Really cool new app just released

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I just learned that the PhotoStory 3 team finally released their app today.

I’ve seen demos of this puppy, and it is pretty darned amazing.

Basically it takes your photos and turns them into a WMV video slideshow. 

Scoble’s promised to have a post up on PS3 on Channel9 by 3PM today.

I can’t wait to download it, I’ve been asked to do a slideshow of all the photos that Valorie took at Daniel’s soccer games over the year, this looks to be perfect for it.

 

  • That's what powerpoint is designed for, multimedia greeting cards and silly games. If the music thing is still available (once was known as MS Music Composer when in beta - never left beta, but became an downloadable addin for powerpoint).

    In 1998 (was being forced to use Outlook98 so must have been 98) - and I'll avoid an anti exchange rant here - a coworker had a cat in a cat hospital - and one of her friends sent her a several meg powerpoint presentation (that took hours to get from exchange on the floor above to outlook over ethernet) with a picture of a cat.

    4 years ago, on my first day at a job as a network administration, the director's kid (who I knew) got killed crossing the road. So I did a lovely powerpoint presentation with Music Composer composed music (copyright free), quotes from MS Bookshelf, graphics I made with MS Draw. But of course noone could read it. I did one for my mum's birthday but I doubt she could read it then (though she has a collection of stupid powerpoint games now).

    So I suggest you look at powerpoint (as speeds are up and no longer limited in size by what fits on a floppy). You can embed a player with the presentation (not practable in floppy days).

    BTW I only use overheads made in Word (and wierd machines) for presentations. Powerpoint is a multimedia package not a presentation package.
  • Actually I believe that PS3 uses DirectMusic to generate it's audio.

    The cool thing that PS3 brings to the table is that its content is TINY relative to PPTs. Which means you can realistically send it in a piece of email.

    The downside (and it's a HUGE downside) is that the codec that gets such nice tiny files isn't available for the Mac.
  • There's always a catch isn't there. Just like apriciots. Maybe the biggest software manufacturer for the Mac (and part owner) - umm - can't recall their name - microsomething - may come to the rescue.
  • You didn't say it is FREE.
  • Ok, it works and is good. In 5 mins I made a 200K thing of Brie (my niece) in and after intensive care. So I sent the link to my mum and other sister.

    And I've got MS Music Producer again (although sticking in other programs makes it hard to use).
  • Seems like you have to be running IE as Administrator just to validate you have a Genuine copy of Windows XP before you can download it.
    Frankly I can't be bothered to get under the desk to read the product key off the case either.

    Why do you have to make things so difficult?

    ;-(
  • The validation is automatic (at least on genuine MS install disks), it doesn't ask you anything. Doesn't even show a message - it downloads (once) and it doesn't get in your way. I looked at a few other things and it no longer wanted to validate.

    It's just that the security stops it from working 100% seemlessly.
  • Edward, I felt the same thing when I got home, so I checked the "use alternate validation method". I typed in my manufacturers name, and that was all I needed to do (no, I don't know how that magic worked).

    David, Yup, you're right, I did forget to mention that it was free :)

    Btw, as far as being an admin to download, that's because you need to be an admin to install it. It's a pain, but that's true of most software still.
  • I don't understand why software needs to be installed only by an admin. Especially software by microsoft (I was pondering the freudian meaning of this the other day).

    Looking at installer, especially some docs that have disappeared from the msdn, per user installs are only allowed for users (and likewise admins DEFAULT to per machine - but not the new international toys http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/outreach/dnloads/downloads.mspx). So the reason why users can't install is security on HKLM and Prog Files (and similar). But application compatability allows automatic remappping of locations to the user profile.

    Like
    pplications may incorrectly attempt to write to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE portion of the registry. This compatibility fix redirects the registry keys to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive when the application doesn't have the necessary permissions.

    This compatibility fix redirects files to %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\username\LocalAppData\Redirected\drive\filepath when the application needs to write to them but doesn't have the appropriate access rights.

    This compatibility fix populates HKEY_CURRENT_USER with the necessary default registry settings for the application. This will enable various applications that write these keys at install time to run for other users.

    Some applications may have difficulty adjusting to the differences in folder structure between Windows 9x and Windows XP. For applications that use the GetWindowsDirectory API call, this compatibility fix will intercept those calls and redirect them through the GetSystemDirectory API instead.

    are three. So it appears all the hooks and such are there (and a few sndplaysound and mci ones too).
  • Actually there ARE some good reasons for software having to be installed as an admin.

    For instance ActiveX controls can only be installed by an admin because ActiveX controls are potentially malicious web-authored content.

    Similarly, if an application wants to install for all users (instead of just the current user), they need to write to the system hive, and only administrators can do that.

    There IS a logo requirement that apps be able to install as a non admin, Office is a good example of such an app. But other apps don't follow this rule.
  • Maybe that's why I couldn't find the docs again in the Installer docs. It could be in the logo docs.

    I thought you meant the setup.exe couldn't install per user.

    Maybe there should be a new user group of self admin users. Admins for their own profile only (with network admin hat on I don't want most apps installed by users at all). And with the compat options to force redirection from machine directories to profile directories.
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