PhotoshopNews » Windows News The latest news about the top pixel wrangling application on the planet. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:19:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vista SP1 offers no new features, focuses on OS tweaks, security Mon, 01 Oct 2007 16:37:55 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Unlike XP’s SP2, this service pack offers mainly under-the-hood changes

Source: ComputerWorld
Written by Preston Gralla

October 01, 2007  (Computerworld) — Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), just delivered to a group of approximately 12,000 beta testers, offers no dramatic interface changes, nor does it add new features to the operating system. Instead SP1 focuses on improving performance, reliability and application compatibility, and it extends support to emerging hardware such as the exFAT file system that will be used by flash memory storage and consumer devices. However, SP1 does change the way Windows search works, allowing third-party programs such as Google Desktop Search to integrate more easily into the operating system. (See Computerworld review.)

Microsoft plans to release the final version of SP1 in the first quarter of 2008.

Those who hoped that SP1 would introduce new features or interface improvements, as was done with Windows XP SP2, will be disappointed. David Zipkin, product manager for Vista SP1, said that the company’s goal has been to focus on operating system improvements rather than on interface changes or new features.

He added that Windows XP SP2 was an anomaly in that it made some significant changes to the way that Windows XP looked and worked. Those changes were made in response to emerging Internet threats, he said. Vista SP1, he said, is a return to a more traditional Microsoft approach towards service packs — that they should focus on performance and reliability rather than on new features.

Many corporate customers appear to be waiting for SP1 to ship before they move to Vista, and when the service pack ships, it may boost Vista’s adoption rate, which many observers have called sluggish.

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EU ruling deals setback to Microsoft Mon, 17 Sep 2007 20:59:12 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: ZDNet
Written by Dawn Kawamoto

A European court dealt a severe blow to Microsoft’s competitive ambitions in Europe Monday by siding with regulators in an antitrust case against the company.

In its ruling, the Luxembourg-based Court of First Instance upheld European Commission claims that Microsoft abused its dominant position in the operating system market. Microsoft’s allies and competitors have been closely following the case since the Commission imposed antitrust sanctions against the company in early 2004.

The court’s decision is expected to have far-reaching implications for consumers, computer makers, Microsoft competitors and, perhaps most pointedly, the Commission’s ability to regulate technology companies on antitrust matters, legal experts and industry observers say.

“The court ruling is…welcome for its confirmation of the Commission’s decision and its underlying policy, but nevertheless, it is bittersweet,” Neelie Kroes, the Commission’s Competition Commissioner, said during a press conference Monday. “Bittersweet because the court has confirmed the Commission’s view that consumers are suffering at the hands of Microsoft.”

Kroes added that should Microsoft comply with the Commission’s order, she expects to see a “significant drop” in Microsoft’s overwhelming market share.

And while she gave no estimate of how steep she expects that drop to be, Kroes noted that it would likely be more than a few percentage points as more competitors enter the market. Microsoft’s Windows operating system runs on about 95 percent of the world’s personal computers.

“A market share less than 95 percent is a way to measure the success (of the order),” she added. A spokesman for Kroes later clarified that a fall in market share would be a logical consequence of fairer competition.

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Windows XP to be phased out by year’s end despite customer demand Thu, 12 Apr 2007 21:09:53 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: APC
Written by Angus Kidman

Computer makers have been told they’ll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite consumer resistance to Vista and its compatibility problems.

By early 2008, Microsoft’s contracts with computer makers will require companies to only sell Vista-loaded machines. “The OEM version of XP Professional goes next January,” said Frank Luburic, senior ThinkPad product manager for Lenovo. “At that point, they’ll have no choice.”

Despite Microsoft’s relentless promotion of Vista, manufacturers are still seeing plenty of demand from customers for systems preloaded with XP, especially in the finicky SOHO market.

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Adobe Has No Plans To Make Current Products Windows Vista Compatible Tue, 20 Mar 2007 15:55:46 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: InformationWeek
Written By Paul McDougall

Users of Adobe Systems’ digital publishing products, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver, will have to shell out for new versions of the software if they want to run them without glitches on Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system, Adobe says.

According to a statement posted on Adobe’s Web site, the company “does not plan to issue updates to current versions of those products for Windows Vista compatibility.”

That means users will have to pay hundreds of dollars to upgrade their Adobe software if they want trouble-free performance on Windows Vista, which is now preinstalled in virtually all new PCs shipping in the United States. That’s because the current versions of most of Adobe’s major products won’t work properly on the new operating system.

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Lab Tests: Vista’s Fast If You Have the Hardware Wed, 27 Dec 2006 20:40:13 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff You need at least 1GB of RAM, and you’ll go even faster with a dual-core processor, PC World’s lab testing shows.

Source: PC World
Written by Eric Dahl

With Microsoft’s Windows Vista finally released to manufacturers and on the verge of making its way to retail, we can at last get down to the business of examining precisely how well the new OS performs. In our first tests, we discovered that while Vista’s hardware requirements may be steep, it should run just fine–even with the Aero bells and whistles active–on machines that meet Microsoft’s Premium Ready specifications (1GB of RAM, and a DirectX 9-capable graphics board with at least 128MB of dedicated memory).
We installed the RTM (release to manufacturing) Vista Ultimate code on desktop and notebook systems of varying specs and ages, and then we ran a series of benchmarks to answer several key questions about Vista’s impact on performance. Our main findings:

  • Vista is generally slower than XP, but it’s better at multitasking on dual-core PCs.
  • Your PC should have 1GB of RAM at the bare minimum.
  • Aero won’t slow you down if you use a discrete graphics processor and enough memory.
  • Apps run slower on the 64-bit version of Vista, but adding RAM closes the gap.

Our conclusions here aren’t the last word on Vista performance, however: When we conducted our tests in November, graphics companies were still fine-tuning their drivers (for example, we decided to drop our Doom 3 gaming tests because ATI’s drivers didn’t yet support that game’s OpenGL graphics API).

Another note: Since we used updated, Vista-compatible versions of our Photoshop and multitasking tests from the beta of WorldBench 6, the results are not comparable with those for XP systems tested under WorldBench 5.
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Vista Lands in the U.S Thu, 30 Nov 2006 22:11:45 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff At a New York event, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer launches Vista, Office 2007 to businesses.

Source: PC World
Written by Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service

After five years and numerous delays, customers can now get their hands on the final version of the Windows Vista operating system.

Well, business customers can at least. Though Microsoft celebrated the launch of Vista–as well as Office 2007 and Exchange 2007–at events across the globe today, both Vista and Office 2007 won’t be generally available through retail in the U.S. until January 30, 2007. Today marked the day business customers could purchase those products through Microsoft’s volume licensing program.

And though business customers can begin ordering Exchange 2007 today, the new version of Microsoft’s messaging server software won’t be released to manufacturing until the end of December.

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It’s Time: Windows Vista Goes Gold Thu, 09 Nov 2006 15:34:47 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff vista-gold.jpg

Source: BetaNews
Written by Ed Oswald and Nate Mook

“It’s time!” And with that simple blog post, Windows head Jim Allchin has heralded the arrival of Windows Vista. Microsoft said Wednesday that it has released the next-generation operating system to manufacturing, capping a more than five-year development effort.

Volume license customers will get their hands on the final release -build number 6000- this month, while the public launch of Vista is scheduled for January 30, 2007. The release to manufacturing of Vista will allow PC and device makers as well as developers finalize work on hardware and software in preparation for its formal debut.

The release of Vista will initially come in five languages including French, Spanish and Japanese that have already received final approval. The English version was signed off Wednesday morning, Jim Allchin said in an afternoon conference call.

“Windows Vista is built to be our most reliable operating system yet,” release manager and director of program management Sven Hallauer said. “We used new development methodologies that helped us build more secure and reliable software.”

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Microsoft: Vista on track — for now Fri, 28 Jul 2006 16:26:32 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff The company leaves room for delay if the new OS isn’t ready

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano

July 27, 2006 — REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft Corp. continues to give itself room to further delay the release of Windows Vista.

At its annual financial analyst meeting today, Kevin Johnson, co-president of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services Division, said that while Vista development remains on track for now, the company won’t ship the new operating system until it believes the product is ready.

“There is no data that says we’re not going to make the November business availability,” Johnson said, speaking to analysts and the news media on Microsoft’s campus. However, he said the company continues to evaluate Vista “milestone by milestone” and will ship the product “when it’s ready” rather than according to a hard and fast schedule.

Microsoft has said Vista will be available to business customers through volume licensing in November, with consumers getting the operating system in January 2007. However, in reports after Microsoft’s fourth-quarter earnings call last week, some financial analysts wrote that they are already counting on Vista’s consumer release to slip further into 2007 and have adjusted their earnings projections to reflect this prediction.

That said, Johnson said the next milestone for Vista, Release Candidate 1, should be available before the end of September.

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Windows, Mac OS to run side-by-side Thu, 15 Jun 2006 14:44:40 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: CNET
Written by Ina Fried

Parallels, a start-up whose software enables Macs to run Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS at the same time, says it is ready with a final version of its product.

Apple Computer made headlines back in April when it said it would offer its own software–Boot Camp–for loading Windows onto Macs. However, Boot Camp permits people to run only one operating system at a time, meaning either Windows or the Mac OS can be in use, but not both at once.

Around the same time, Parallels started testing for its Parallels Desktop program, which uses virtualization technology to have Windows programs operate alongside Mac applications. The Windows programs open in a separate window within the Mac OS.

Unlike past software that allowed Windows programs to run on a Mac, Parallels Desktop does not need to emulate the hardware that’s inside a PC. That’s because Macs and PCs now use the same Intel-based chips. As a result, the speed of Parallels is far better than past efforts at bringing together the two operating systems, the software start-up said. In fact, Parallels says Windows programs can run nearly as fast through its virtualization as running natively on a Windows PC.

“The difference in performance between Parallels and Boot Camp is negligible,” said Parallels marketing manager Ben Rudolph. “Things move very, very fast.”

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Microsoft Taking On JPEG Thu, 25 May 2006 16:12:57 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: CNET
Written by Joris Evers

SEATTLE–If it is up to Microsoft, the omnipresent JPEG image format will be replaced by Windows Media Photo.

The software maker detailed the new image format Wednesday at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference here. Windows Media Photo will be supported in Windows Vista and also be made available for Windows XP, Bill Crow, program manager for Windows Media Photo said in a presentation.
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“One of the biggest reasons people upgrade their PCs is digital photos,” Crow said, noting that Microsoft has been in contact with printer makers, digital camera companies and other unnamed industry partners while working on Windows Media Photo. Microsoft touts managing “digital memories” as one of the key attributes of XP successor Vista.

In his presentation, Crow showed an image with 24:1 compression that visibly contained more detail in the Windows Media Photo format than the JPEG and JPEG 2000 formats compressed at the same level.

Still, the image in the Microsoft format was somewhat distorted because of the high compression level. Typically digital cameras today use 6:1 compression, Crow said. Windows Media Photo should offer better pictures at double that level, he said. “We can do it in half the size of a JPEG file.”

Not only does compression save storage space, which is especially important for devices such as cell phones and digital cameras, a smaller file can also print faster, transfer faster and help conserve battery life on devices, Crow said. “Making a file that is smaller has all kinds of benefits.”

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Perhaps hell has frozen over Thu, 06 Apr 2006 04:25:22 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Mac fans sign up for Boot Camp

Source: CNET
Written by Daniel Terdiman

That could explain the Macintosh community’s surprisingly upbeat reaction to Apple Computer’s announcement of software enabling the running of Windows on Macs.

Normally, of course, Mac addicts are as likely to sneer at anything having to do with Microsoft’s operating system as they are to breathe.

But on Wednesday, when Apple announced Boot Camp–software currently in beta that will make it possible to run Windows XP on Intel-based Macs and will be incorporated in the next major upgrade to Mac OS X–the Mac community went against type, filling Mac forums with optimistic praise for the new software.

“As a Macintosh user for more than two decades, (I find) the announcement about Boot Camp…reassuring,” Ishan Bhattacharya, a doctor in Timonium, Md., told CNET “I do not like the Windows (graphical user interface), but there are applications available on that platform I would like to use at home without (having) to buy a dull beige box. Now I can do that, and so (I) have ordered an (Intel-based) iMac.”

Others who already have Intel-based Macs want to wait no longer, particularly because they think that by bringing Windows video drivers to their Macs, they will be able to run graphics-intensive, Windows-only games on them.

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Macs do Windows, Too Wed, 05 Apr 2006 16:36:58 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Apple Introduces Boot Camp
Public Beta Software Enables Intel-based Macs
to Run Windows XP

Press Release: CUPERTINO, California—April 5, 2006—Apple® today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Available as a download beginning today, Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac®, and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS® X or Windows XP.

Boot Camp will be a feature in “Leopard,” Apple’s next major release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in August.

“Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple’s superior hardware now that we use Intel processors,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch.”

Boot Camp simplifies Windows installation on an Intel-based Mac by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

Pricing & Availability
The public beta of Boot Camp is available immediately as a download at , and is preview software licensed for use on a trial basis for a limited time. The final version of Boot Camp will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X version 10.5 “Leopard.” Apple does not provide support for installing or running Boot Camp and does not sell or support Microsoft Windows software. Apple welcomes user feedback on Boot Camp at

System Requirements
Boot Camp requires an Intel-based Mac with a USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and TrackPad; Mac OS X version 10.4.6 or later; the latest firmware update; at least 10GB of free space on the startup disk; a blank recordable CD or DVD; and single-disc version of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.

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Microsoft’s Adobe rivals due after Vista Tue, 28 Mar 2006 16:01:08 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: CNET
Written by Martin LaMonica

Microsoft will step up its assault on Adobe Systems’ customer base with the release early next year of its Expression line of design and development software.

The three-product Expression suite, aimed at graphics designers and illustrators, will be available early next year–about 60 to 90 days after Windows Vista ships, said Forest Key, director of product management for Microsoft Expression designer tools.

Key also said the first version, or community technology preview, of Expression Web Designer will be available in June. That product is for building Web sites with JavaScript and other Web technologies.

Adobe has long supplied its programs, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, to designers and graphic artists. Through its acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe gained Web-authoring software, notably the Flash product line.

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Windows Vista Delay: Good News for Apple? Wed, 22 Mar 2006 16:43:34 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Delay could prompt holiday shoppers to check out Apple’s wares–and it might force PC vendors to offer incentives to keep customers from straying.

Source: PC World
Written by Yardena Arar

Microsoft’s decision to delay the consumer versions of Windows Vista until early 2007 could encourage some holiday computer buyers to get Macs instead, industry analysts say.

“This gives Apple the biggest competitive advantage they’ve had in history from Microsoft,” veteran technology consultant Rob Enderle, founder of the Enderle Group, said of the delay announced earlier Tuesday by Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft’s Platform and Services Division.

Allchin told a hastily convened teleconference that Microsoft would release volume-licensed versions of Vista by year’s end, as previously announced, but that consumer versions–including those preloaded on new PCs–would not be available until January 2007.

Allchin said that Microsoft was not worried about competition from Apple, but Enderle said that Microsoft may be underestimating Apple’s potential, especially since the company is expected to introduce some appealing new products in time for the holiday season.

“I don’t think anybody over there is really taking the Apple stuff seriously,” Enderle said. “That’s a mistake.”

IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell agreed that a Vista-less holiday season would benefit Apple. But he added, “You have to keep it in perspective. Even if they [Apple] gain a full percentage point of market share because of this, that still only moves them to three-and-a-half, four-and-a-half percent market share.”

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Update: Microsoft Delays Consumer Release of Vista to January 2007 Wed, 22 Mar 2006 16:39:59 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Business customers will still get the OS late this year

Source: ComputerWorld
Written by Elizabeth Montalbano

MARCH 21, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) – The broad availability of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Vista client operating system has been pushed back to next year, Jim Allchin, co-president of the company’s platform and services division, announced today.

Microsoft, however, plans to release Vista to business customers through its volume licensing program in November 2006, he said in a conference call.

In an interview in January, Allchin had said he would delay releasing Vista if the operating system did not reach a standard of quality he was comfortable with.

“Product quality and a great out-of-box experience have been two of our key drivers for Windows Vista, and we are on track to deliver on both,” Allchin said in a statement. “But the industry requires greater lead time to deliver Windows Vista on new PCs during [the holiday season]. We must optimize for the industry, so we’ve decided to separate business and consumer availability.”

Microsoft still plans to release to manufacturing all of Vista’s six core editions at the same time in November, Allchin said. But PCs with the consumer versions preinstalled will not be for sale until January.

The consumer editions of Vista, which Allchin said have not changed, are Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate. The business editions are Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Enterprise, and they will be available through volume licensing in November.

Allchin said during today’s teleconference that Vista development has slipped by “a few weeks” because of quality issues, primarily involving security. “If I had to pick out one aspect here, we’re trying to crank up the security level higher than ever,” he said, adding that Microsoft is “continuing to try to hone” some of Vista’s security features.

Microsoft had originally targeted late November — the start of the holiday shopping season — for the broad shipment of Vista-based PCs. Some PC makers and retailers told Microsoft officials that they still could gear up to start selling machines with the new operating system during the holidays, Allchin said. But, he added, others told the software vendor that the development delay would prevent them from doing so.

“We needed just a few more weeks [on development], and that put us in what I would call a bubble where some partners would be affected more than others,” Allchin said. “The fact is, we want everybody in the industry to be ready for this.”

Microsoft said it isn’t concerned about rival Apple Computer Inc. capitalizing on Vista’s delay because the company thinks customers will still buy Vista simply because of the rich features it will provide.

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Yes, the iMac does Windows Mon, 20 Mar 2006 15:58:04 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Soucre: Macworld
Written by Jason Snell

Yesterday (March 16, 2006) was a milestone day for the Mac. A pair of enterprising hackers got Windows XP to boot on an Intel-based Mac, and won almost $14,000 for their troubles.

We at Macworld sacrificed one of our iMacs and joined forces with PC World to see this first-hand. And indeed, thanks to the hard work of PC World’s Danny Allen, we’ve got a working Windows iMac.

Let me be the first to say how creepy a phenomenon this is.

Anyway, now that the first attempts to get this working have succeeding, the community is buzzing. Because money was at stake before, many creative hackers were keeping their good ideas to themselves. Now that the check’s been written, it appears that everyone is joining together to figure out how to run Windows XP as efficiently as possible on Apple’s hardware.

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No Vista on Mac’s horizon Fri, 10 Mar 2006 03:55:34 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: CNET
Written by Ina Fried

SAN FRANCISCO–Hoping your Intel Mac will easily run Windows Vista?

Don’t bet on it, one Apple Computer engineer said Thursday.

One of the big obstacles is that although both the Macintosh OS and Windows now use Intel chips, the two operating systems have different ways of booting up.

Mac fans have held out considerable hope that the next version of Windows would be easier to load on Macs than Windows XP, because like Mac OS X, Vista will use Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) to aid the boot process. Older versions of Windows have used Basic Input Output System (BIOS).

However, Apple Senior Software Architect Cameron Esfahani said that his understanding is that only 64-bit versions of Vista will support EFI. To this point, all of the Intel Macs have used 32-bit chips.

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Who wants or needs 64 bits? Mon, 06 Mar 2006 16:16:15 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: CNET
Written by Michael Kanellos

It looks like the world isn’t clamoring for 64-bit desktops just yet.

Nearly two and a half years have passed since 64-bit processors started going into PCs. But the software to take full advantage of these chips remains scarce, and customers aren’t buying much of what’s out there. The 64-bit chips provide greater performance than their older 32-bit counterparts, but that’s because of speed upgrades and other architectural enhancements.

Except for a few workstation users, almost no one is getting much from the 64-bitness of these computers.

“Sixty-four bit is sellable as bigger, faster, but in terms of what it does for you, there is very little at the moment,” said Roger Kay, president of analyst firm Endpoint Technologies Associates.

The dearth can be seen in a lot of ways. Microsoft released a 64-bit version of Windows for desktops last May but has sold few copies, according to analysts. A site created by Advanced Micro Devices, the biggest proponent of 64-bit desktops, lists only six games tweaked for 64-bit computing and one partial upgrade.

Dell sells 64-bit Windows as an option on two workstations and on a corporate desktop, but not on notebooks or any consumer PCs. Hewlett-Packard sells it as an option on workstations only. Lenovo offers it if a customer requests it. Gateway doesn’t offer 64-bit software on its PCs with 64-bit chips at all.

Instead, most PC makers and software developers will wait until Vista, the next version of Windows

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Windows Vista: A Sneak Peek Thu, 02 Mar 2006 15:08:16 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: FoxNews
Written by Jason Cross

There’s a lot of confusion about Windows Vista these days. Many online discussion forums have a great number of users who express no desire to upgrade to Vista.

Sure, we’ve all seen the screenshots and maybe a video or two of Vista in action, but for many it only seems like new tricks for an old dog. Yeah, it’s got some fancy 3D effects in the interface, but [Apple's] OS X has been doing that for years now, and it’s still Windows underneath, right?

The sentiment seems to be that Vista is another Windows ME — an avoidable upgrade that isn’t really going to breathe new life into your computer.

Perhaps part of the problem is that people just don’t know what Vista has in store for them. Microsoft has gone big on the very high-level marketing with slogans like “Bringing Clarity to Your World” and has delivered detailed nitty-gritty explanations of the underpinnings to the enthusiast press, but it has done so in a slipshod fashion.

We’re here to pull it all together and tell you why we’re excited about Vista. Here’s a list of what’s new and improved in Microsoft’s next generation OS [operating system] and why you should care about it.

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Interview: A Look Inside Paint.NET Wed, 01 Mar 2006 17:49:28 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: BetaNews
Written by Nate Mook

In the two years since it began as a senior project, Paint.NET has surged in popularity around the world and its developers continue the open source work from their new jobs at Microsoft. BetaNews sat down with project lead Rick Brewster to gain insight into Paint.NET, which he calls “Photoshop for everyone.”

Microsoft may not be known for its support of open source, but the company mentored the software in its early stages and Paint.NET is used internally on the Redmond campus. For now, however, Paint.NET remains an “unofficial” project and Brewster says it — and the code inside — will remain free. Version 2.6 is now available for download.

BetaNews: Let’s start with a little background on Paint.NET. How did the project begin and what was Microsoft’s involvement?

Rick Brewster: The project started in January 2004 as a Senior Design project at Washington State University [WSU] (the class was Comp. Sci. 423). Kerry Hammil from Microsoft, who mentored the project that semester, had the idea of updating Paint to make use of the new features in GDI+ (antialiasing, etc).

I nominated myself to the project manager position and the four of us (Brandon Ortiz, Chris Trevino, Luke Walker, and myself) kicked out a v1.0 product in about 15 weeks. We didn’t start with the source code to Paint, but instead built Paint.NET from scratch — I was quite impressed with how easy it was to build an application in C# and to keep it organized.

Kerry’s role as mentor was to provide guidance and requirements. She made sure that we had certain design documents in place, that certain deliverables were accounted for (e.g. the help file), and she answered many questions we had about various things.

BetaNews: What are the goals of Paint.NET? It seems like you have built a very powerful image editor while retaining simplicity. Is Paint.NET a Photoshop or GIMP for novices?

Rick Brewster: The primary goal of Paint.NET is ease of use. One rule of ease of use is recognizing that “people don’t.” They don’t follow or even read directions (I certainly don’t), they don’t read dialog boxes (I hate dialog boxes), they don’t backup their files, etc. And many people aren’t interested in figuring out all sorts of complex or technical things. They just want it to work. We try to make things simple and discoverable enough so that you don’t have to hit F1 and read a page of text just to figure out how to get things done.

Right now I believe we have the subset of features [from Photoshop/GIMP] that most people want to use most of the time. Hopefully we’re also doing a good job of introducing more advanced functionality (e.g. layers) to people who would otherwise not have been able to use them (either because of cost or complexity). But if they don’t want to use that functionality, we don’t want it to get in their way.

I don’t believe that we should be aiming to replace Photoshop or The GIMP. Photoshop is an incredible piece of software that is used by serious professionals — $600 is not a lot of money when you’re running a business, and it ends up paying for itself. It also has a small army dedicated to its full-time development, whereas we have three people with spare time.

Right about the time of our v1.0 release, we had an open house at WSU where we had a lot of people come and look at all the senior design projects (not just Paint.NET). There was a young woman who bluntly asked, “I already have Photoshop, why in the world would I want this?” I responded by saying, quite simply, “You wouldn’t.” I then explained that while she wouldn’t have much use for it, other people she knew probably would. Her mom, for instance, might just have a need to resize, crop, or add a caption to an image — using Paint.NET in this case is much cheaper than Photoshop, and much simpler than The GIMP.

Saying that Paint.NET is “Photoshop for novices” might be slightly pejorative; a better description is probably “Photoshop for everyone.”

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