Picture Window Pro 4.0 Beta  


The Picture Window Pro 4.0 beta I is now available for testing and comment to registered Picture Window users. Details on the becoming a beta tester and downloading the new version are below.

Beta Page Last Updated: April 5, 2006. See Change Log and Support

 

PWP 4.0 Beta — New Features

 

RAW File Processing

PWP 4.0 can now open RAW files from nearly all major cameras that produce RAW output. RAW is completely integrated into PWP. RAW thumbnails are displayed by the browser, the images can be opened just like any others and can then be operated on by all transformations and tools.

PWP allows you to set individual RAW ICC profiles for each camera model you use. Profiles for about 10 DSLR models are available for downloading. Others will be added over time. You can also create your own profiles. If interest warrants, we will set up a profile swap on our web site.

RAW files are opened as 48 bit images preserving all the information in the original image. This means there is no need for a pre-conversion scaling step. (Programs which translate images to 24 bits necessarily must throw away some data and thus usually have pre-conversion workflows so the user can best position the image within the available 24 bit range.) In addition, you can archive the images as 48 bit tiffs rather than in their original RAW form. Of current formats, tiff is probably the most durable and is likely to be supported and readable farther into the future than proprietary camera model-specific RAW formats.

 

Batch Workflows

PWP 4.0 introduces a new batch workflow feature which allows you to specify a series of operations and apply them to a batch of images. The workflow is executed in the background, allowing you to continue to use PWP for other work or to leave it unattended until it completes. [Yep, Picture Window now has background processing.] Workflows can be saved, so that you can develop a set of standard workflows for common tasks.

Workflows can be used to adjust color, brightness, sharpness and other parameters on a group of images that require the same treatment. They can also be used to for housekeeping tasks like moving, renaming, and resizing images, changing their file format, and adding EXIF descriptions and copyrights.

 

Autoplay Support

Autoplay is the Windows function which senses when you insert a memory card into your system and let's you choose the application to handle the card. Choosing Picture Window displays all images on your card in a Workflow window. You can then apply a standard workflow to transfer the images to your system, optionally editing, renaming, and adding EXIF remarks in the process.

 

 

Image Review

You can now preview your images in slide-show fashion using the new Play window. It displays large size images from the browser or workflow window. Images can be advanced manually or automatically. The Play window also has a triage function. It lets you mark images as keepers or rejects (or unmarked) and then apply various operations to these categories. For instance you can delete rejects and apply a workflow to keepers.

 

 

New Browser Features

The browser now displays folders and lets you navigate folder hierarchies. Thumbnail generation has been sped up and moved to the background, so you no longer have to wait for it to complete before doing other work. Album and workflow files are now displayed and may be opened from the browser. The browser allows you to rotate tiff and jpeg files and view and edit EXIF properties.

You can also create new folders directly in the browser and then drag thumbnails into them. This allows you to perform many organizing tasks without leaving Picture Window.

The Search function has been removed from the Browser. It will make its reappearance as a function of the Workflow window.

Infrastructure Enhancement

Many of the features outlined above depend on a major enhancement to Picture Window's unseen infrastructure. Picture Window now can now process many functions in the background, concurrently with foreground processing. Future improvement will take further advantage of this feature.

OS Requirements Changes

Picture Window 4.0 runs requires an NT-derived system such as NT 4.0, Win 2000, Win 2003, and Win XP. Users of Win 95/98/ME should continue to use version 3.5. The older operating systems do not support some of the functions that were required to create background mode.

The Beta Process

The goals of the beta process are two-fold -- to shake down the new program and discover and fix bugs and to benefit from the experience of wider use and get suggestions for improvements and additional features.

Becoming a Beta Tester: If you are a current user and are interested in participating in the beta test, please send e-mail to beta@dl-c.com to receive your password. Then download and install Picture Window Pro 4.0. The installation will not overwrite your current Picture Window installation, so you will be able to revert to your current installation at any time.

Reporting Bugs: Beta users should report bugs and make suggestions by sending e-mail to beta@dl-c.com.

New licenses: In keeping with our long time policy of protecting new purchasers of Picture Window after the start of the beta period will be eligible for no-charge upgrade to version 4.0.

Downloads

Picture Window Pro 4.0 Beta (5 April 2006)

This is the installation download for the beta. A password is required. Please send email to beta@dl-c.com to get the password. This version expires on 30 April 2006.

If you have a problem installing or running the program, please see the Support section below. If that does not solve the problem, please send e-mail to beta@dl-c.com and describe the problem in as much concrete detail as possible.

White Papers

Camera Profiles

Profiles for the following cameras are available. (A profile is not required to be able to open a camera's raw files. Please see the RAW Processing white paper for more information.)

Installing the profile:

  1. Download the profile.
  2. Copy the profile to your Color folder. On Windows XP this folder is under Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\Color. On Windows 2000 the folder is under WINNT\System32\Spool\Drivers\Color.
  3. Right click on the profile file and select Install Profile. The profile is installed.

Installation enters the profile into the registry so that it can be found by application programs.

Change Log

5 Apr 2006

To install the latest version, download the setup.zip file. You do not need to uninstall Picture Window first. The beta can co-exist with PWP 3.5. If you have an earlier beta, it will over-install. The password is the same as before. (Send e-mail to beta@dl-c.com if need the password. You must be a registered PWP 3.5 user to run the beta.)

New Features/Operating Changes:

Bug Fixes:

24 Mar 2006

This update includes numerous fixes to bugs reported by tester. It also includes several small enhancements suggested by testers. Thanks to all who made suggestions snd sent in problem reports. Please download the new version. Please do not report any further bugs against the previous version.

New Features/Operating Changes:

Bug Fixes:

This is not an exhaustive lists. A number of smaller problems have been fixed as well.

18 Mar 2006

This update includes changes to RAW file processing and fixes for bugs reported by testers.

25 Feb 2006

Posted new beta version dated 24 Feb 2006.

This update fixes a bug in the Resize widget which caused files in the workflow to have their filenames omitted and be saved simply using their extensions.

16 Feb 2006

Posted new beta version dated 14 Feb 2006.

New features in this update include:

This release also fixes nearly all the bugs reported by beta testers.

Support Issues

GDIPlus.dll File Is Missing (19 Mar 06)

Some Windows 2000 systems may not have a copy of gdiplus.dll which is required by Picture Window. (The DLL has not been included in the installation because the majority of Windows systems already have a copy.)

To correct this problem, please download gdiplus.zip file. After downloading it, extract the gdiplus.dll and copy it to your WINNT\System32 folder. Picture Window should now start normally.