Contents tagged with Digital Image Suite

  • HD Photo to become JPEG XR

    Posted by bink on November 6 2007, 12:53 AM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    A new attempt to provide a higher-end sequel to the ubiquitous JPEG image standard is officially under way.

    The multiple countries participating in the Joint Photographic Experts Group, which created the JPEG standard, have approved an effort to make Microsoft's HD Photo format a standard called JPEG XR, said Bill Crow, who has led Microsoft's HD Photo effort and who just took over the company's Microsoft Live Labs Seadragon imaging project. XR stands for "extended range," a reference to the format's ability to show a wider and finer range of tonal gradations and a richer color palette.

    "The country vote is done, and it passed," Crow said. "That means the International JPEG committee has decided to go ahead and create the standard. Now it's just a process of doing that work," a process that will begin later this month in a meeting in Kobe, Japan.

    The move is an important step in the transformation of the photo format from an in-house technology called Windows Media Photo to a neutral format more likely to be palatable to companies that don't want to be beholden to Microsoft.

    However, the move also means that Microsoft will have to be more patient with its hopes to get HD Photo to catch on more broadly. Standardization "typically takes around a year," Crow said.

    The wait is worth it, said Josh Weisberg, director of digital imaging evangelism for Microsoft's Rich Media Group.

    "As much as I would love to have more support for it, I think it's logical for people to wait for there to be a standardized version of it," he said. "If we weren't going through the standardization process, we'd be pushing much harder for people to support it."

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  • Microsoft and Phase One Form Strategic Alliance to Improve Digital Photography Solutions

    Posted by bink on October 26 2007, 8:22 PM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    Collaboration fosters innovation for professional photographers and enthusiasts.

    Microsoft Corp. and Phase One today announced a strategic alliance to explore ways to improve digital imaging solutions for professional photographers and enthusiasts. The companies will work together to develop solutions for the Microsoft Windows platform that further innovation in the digital photography space. The alliance combines Phase One’s industry expertise with Microsoft’s widely used platform technology and includes technology sharing and intellectual property assets as well as joint marketing.

    “Microsoft and Phase One are joining forces to develop solutions for the Windows platform that meet the sophisticated needs of professional and ‘prosumer’ photographers,” said Kostas Mallios, general manager of the Rich Media Group at Microsoft. “Today’s announcement is another example of Microsoft’s commitment to our customers and the digital imaging industry.”

    Microsoft has a strong record of making investments in digital imaging technology for Windows Vista, HD Photo, Photosynth, Digital Image Suite and other products that provide superior solutions for professional photographers and enthusiasts alike. The alliance builds on Microsoft’s focus in the digital imaging market by ensuring that professional-quality tools for the Windows platform are accessible enough for enthusiasts. Phase One has a deep knowledge of the industry, having built software that streamlines the image-capture and post-production process for 14 years.

    “Professional photographers are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of time they spend in front of the computer,” said Henrik Håkonsson, CEO of Phase One. “At the same time, enthusiasts want professional-quality tools but don’t want to be bogged down with features and functions they won’t use. We believe our combined expertise in digital imaging technology will help address these unmet needs to the benefit of our digital back customers and our digital SLR software customers.”

  • Microsoft Photo Info 1.0

    Posted by bink on January 23 2007, 2:22 PM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    Microsoft Photo Info allows photographers to add, change and delete common "metadata" properties for digital photographs from inside Windows Explorer.When installed, a new "Photo Info" item appears on the context menu for files selected in Windows Explorer. To use, simply select one or more image fiiles, right-click and choose "Photo Info" to open the Photo Info properties editor. You can edit metadata for files individually, or all together as a batch. Photo Info reads and writes metadata in IPTC and XMP formats (depending on file type). It also provides enhanced "hover tips" and additional sort properties for digital photographs in Windows Explorer.Microsoft Photo Info runs on 32-bit versions of Windows XP (with Service Pack 2 or later) and the Windows Vista operating systems. Download At Source
  • Microsoft Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition

    Posted by bink on December 8 2006, 7:02 PM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    Celebrating 10 years of creating digital imaging tools for everyday photographers at every skill level, Microsoft offers Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition, including the powerfully easy software that provides you with everything you need to effortlessly organize, enhance, share and preserve your family’s memories.
    Organize your images using keywords, ratings, dates, and more.
    Edit your photos using easy one-click auto-fixes.
    Share your memories via email, cell-phone, or the Web.
    To celebrate a decade of creating digital imaging products, in addition to the tools Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition offers you’ll receive a $198 value pack - included free* !
  • Free** 4×6 prints and Photo Notepad for new members from Snapfish
  • Free samples of Post-it® Picture Paper plus discounts on future purchases
  • One-year subscription to Popular Photography
  • One-year subscription to Good Housekeeping
  • $20, $30, or $50 off digital frames from Digital Spectrum
  • Microsoft Celebrates a Decade of Exposing Consumers to the Joys of Digital Photography

    Posted by bink on September 19 2006, 8:49 PM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    Microsoft Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition is the picture-perfect solution for organizing, enhancing and sharing digital memories.

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of Microsoft® Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition, which consists of Digital Image Suite 20061 along with a free value pack loaded with $198 worth of offers. 2 This comprehensive offering reflects 10 years of leadership in developing intuitive tools to help everyone from the novice picture-taker to the sophisticated photographer learn and grow in the art of digital photography.

    Whether snapping shots on the go with a camera phone or experimenting with a new single-lens reflex camera, today’s shutterbugs have made digital photography more popular than ever. In fact, IDC predicts that the number of digital images captured, shared and received will continue to grow at a rate of 24 percent per year through 2009.3 Microsoft Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition provides a range of tools to help photographers at every level preserve, organize and perfect these images.

    Imagine the Fun

    To celebrate a decade of creating digital imaging products, Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition includes a free value pack with $198 worth of offers to help consumers get even more out of their photographic memories:2

    Free4 4x6 prints from Snapfish for new members

    Free4 Photo Notepad for new Snapfish members

    Free sample pack of Post-it Picture Paper and discounts off the next purchase of paper

    Free one-year subscription to Popular Photography magazine

    Free one-year subscription to Good Housekeeping magazine

    $20, $30 or $50 off digital frames from Digital Spectrum

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  • Microsoft Codename Max Download 1.0.60831

    Posted by bink on September 10 2006, 1:28 PM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    Microsoft® Codename Max is your opportunity to try a new, exciting experience from Microsoft. Today Max lets you make beautiful photo slideshows to share with your family and friends. You can also use the newsreader to keep up with the latest news updates from around the world.
    Upgrading Max? If you are upgrading from a previous version of Max, your existing lists will no longer be accessible in the newest version. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to deliver smoother updates in the future.*Note: This is a Preview release. Therefore, do not install this on machines you depend on. Microsoft Codename Max requires the .NET Framework 3.0 Release Candidate in order to function properly. Max will install this for you. However, if you have a previous version of the .NET Framework 3.0, WinFX Runtime Components, Avalon ("Windows Presentation Foundation"), or Indigo ("Windows Communication Foundation") installed, please uninstall before installing Max. Download At Source
  • Microsoft's shutterbug contest

    Posted by bink on July 2 2006, 2:18 AM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    As part as an initiative to market itself to digital-photography enthusiasts, Microsoft hosted a <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = NEWS /?><news:link id="6089687">Pro Photo Summit</news:link> on June 28. At the event, the software maker awarded prizes in its inaugural <news:link url="">Future Pro Photographer Contest</news:link>. One overall winner and three runners-up in different categories were selected.

    The contest was judged by Patrick Donehue, vice president of photographer services for Corbis; Christopher Robinson, editor of Digital Photo Pro magazine; and George Lepp, photographer and founder of the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging.

    Here's the runner-up in the "Nature & Landscape" category of the Microsoft Future Pro Photography contest: "Cnidarian in the Clouds" by Yeang Ch'ng of Boston.

    Credit: Yeang Ch'ng/Microsoft

    Cnidarian in the Clouds

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  • Microsoft Launches Icons of Imaging Program at First Microsoft Pro Photo Summit, Recognizing Present and Future Leaders in Photography and Digital Ima

    Posted by bink on June 30 2006, 12:33 PM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    Icons of Imaging members join over 300 professional photographers and industry leaders from around the globe at the first Microsoft Pro Photo Summit to engage in dialogue about latest trends in and future direction of digital photography.

    Yesterday at the first Microsoft® Pro Photo Summit, Microsoft Corp. announced the launch of the Icons of Imaging program, designed to celebrate and showcase professional photographers who are recognized around the world as leaders in photography and digital imaging. By displaying a sample of their incredible imagery on the dedicated Icons of Imaging Web site (, initial program members Bambi Cantrell, Reed Hoffmann, Denis Reggie, John Shaw, Matthew Jordan Smith and Art Wolfe provide inspiration to other digital imaging photographers to create the best photographic images possible.

    “We are delighted to have such a world-renowned group of professional photographers join the Icons of Imaging program at the launch,” said David Vaskevitch, senior vice president and chief technical officer for Business Platform at Microsoft. “The incredible imagery of these professionals has touched many people and inspires the creativity of other enthusiast and professional digital photographers alike.”

    Cantrell, Hoffmann, Reggie, Shaw, Smith and Wolfe joined Microsoft executives and over 300 professional photographers and industry insiders from around the globe at the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit to engage in a dialogue about the latest trends in and future direction of digital photography at the professional level, network with key people in the industry, and see demonstrations of the latest technologies.

    In addition, Microsoft announced and recognized at the Pro Photo Summit the winners of the Microsoft Future Pro Photographer Contest. A panel including well-known industry insiders from Corbis Corp., Digital Photo Pro Magazine and the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging reviewed more than 13,000 submissions from 92 countries to choose the grand prize winner and the winners in Nature & Landscape, People & Portraits, and Fine Art categories. The winners are as follows:

    Grand prize: Alin Popescu, Slobozia, Romania

    Nature & Landscape: Yeang Ch’ng, Boston, Mass.

    People & Portraits: Ho Young Choi, Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Fine Art: Carly Short, Kettering, Ohio

    “I’m enthusiastic about the creativity and quality of the imagery displayed by many of the aspiring professional photographers participating in the contest,” said Patrick Donehue, vice president of Photographer Services at Corbis and a member of the judges panel. “Microsoft and the contest sponsors encouraged many talented student photographers to take their art to the next level, and I’m excited the contest winners receive a chance to showcase their work and receive worldwide exposure.”

  • Microsoft Helps Student Photographers Make the Jump From Student to Pro

    Posted by bink on May 11 2006, 9:27 PM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    Future Pro Photographer contest prize packages — together valued at over $60,000 — designed to help student photographers take their first steps in the photography business.

    Microsoft Corp. today announced it is now accepting submissions for the inaugural Future Pro Photographer photo contest. Students that are over 18 years old and enrolled at a two- or four-year degree-granting college or university are invited to enter this competition and to compete for a grand prize package valued at over $25,000 (U.S.) and three first-prize packages, one for each category, each valued at over $10,000.

    Submissions in the three categories Nature & Landscape, People & Portraits and Fine Art will be judged by a panel including well-known industry insiders from Corbis Corp. (Patrick Donehue, vice president of Photographer Services), Digital Photo Pro Magazine (Christopher Robinson, editor) and the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging (George Lepp, photographer and founder).

    “Microsoft has a long-standing commitment to professional photographers to deliver technology and services on the Microsoft® Windows® platform that help them succeed in their business and enable their passion,” said Kostas Mallios, senior director, Office Rich Media Group at Microsoft. “We are especially proud that through this contest we can help talented student photographers realize their potential and make the jump from student to pro.”

    “I’m excited that Microsoft and the contest sponsors are celebrating the hard work of the aspiring professional photographers with this competition,” said Douglas Ford Rea, professor and chairman of the photojournalism department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. “Professional photography is in a fast-paced period of evolution, and serious students want to be part of it.” Continue at source

  • Microsoft pauses work on Adobe rival

    Posted by spy on March 13 2006, 12:03 PM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    Microsoft has temporarily halted development work on some aspects of its upcoming professional graphics application as it tries to bring companion tools and its next-generation Windows Vista operating system to market. The application -- called Expression Graphic Designer -- was first released in test form in June last year, and is based on Expression, the tool Microsoft acquired with its 2003 purchase of Hong Kong company Creature House. But despite being widely seen as a rival for Adobe's Photoshop and Illustrator products, Microsoft does not see the product as a stand-alone offering."At the moment, there's no great reason for us to release it as a stand-alone product," the company's senior product manager for the for the Europe, Middle East and African professional designer markets, Wayne Smith, said last week during a trip down under.In an interview with ZDNet Australia, Smith explained that Microsoft was taking so long to bring Graphic Designer to market because the company had put "a lot" of the development work for the application "on pause", until sibling products and Vista could be finalised."It's not been that someone's been beavering for all these months and getting nowhere," he said.Continue At Source
  • Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer March 2006 Community Technology Preview (CTP) released

    Posted by bink on March 10 2006, 3:04 PM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    We are pleased to present a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Expression Interactive Designer that targets the February 2006 CTP of Microsoft WinFX® Runtime Components. We have also had an opportunity to make incremental improvements to various features of the product as well as incorporate some of your feedback.So that you can continue to influence the product early in our development cycle and help us make a better product, please send your feedback to us via our discussion forum or our product feedback center (click the Report a Bug link under CTP Resources near the bottom of this page) as you encounter bugs or usability issues or if you simply want to request a feature. Have fun designing, and we look forward to your continued feedback!Attention new users!If you are new to Expression Interactive Designer and are building user experience for WinFX applications on the Microsoft Windows® platform, this tool is a great start. Future versions of Expression Interactive Designer may be optimized for other platforms such as the Web and mobile devices.The CTP releases are a great way to experiment and begin familiarizing yourself with the tool, but we do not recommend using them for production work at this time. You will likely encounter bugs, incomplete features or limitations. Specifically, many of the user interface controls are not fully complete, making some of the functionality difficult to discover. We welcome you to try the innovative features in Expression Interactive Designer such as rich 2D & 3D graphics, animation, dynamic layout, data binding, style & template editing, and resource management.We recommend that you explore the included sample projects and read the documentation. And because this is an unfinished product, some knowledge of WinFX and .NET programming will help you when working with the CTPs. For more information about WinFX, see the Windows Software Development Kit. You can also get a free copy of a Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Express edition at the Visual Studio Express Web site. Important!To get hardware accelerated performance from WinFX and Expression Interactive Designer, you need to make sure you have a recent graphics driver installed. Check your display adapter for the following settings (Start | Control Panel | Display):
    1. Click the Settings tab and then under Color quality, make sure Highest (32 bit) is selected.
    2. Click the Advanced button, and then on the Adapter tab, click the Properties button.
    3. Click the Driver tab and look next to the Driver Date to see if the date is more recent than 11/1/2004. If it is not, then video and hardware acceleration will not work properly on your system unless you upgrade your video drivers. This will be fixed in future versions of WinFX.
  • Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer (Acrylic) beta March 2006 CTP released

    Posted by bink on March 10 2006, 3:03 PM. Posted in Digital Image Suite.

    Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer (formerly code named "Acrylic") is a professional illustration, painting, and graphic design product. Visit the Expression Graphic Designer Features page for an overview of the main features. For more detailed information please view the videos that are also available on the Expression Graphic Designer site.We would like to thank you for your enthusiastic support regarding our professional graphic design application, Expression Graphic Designer. In direct response to your feedback, we are pleased to present the latest CTP for download. We look forward to your continued feedback.