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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org and describe the problem in as much concrete detail as possible.
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:
- Download the profile.
- 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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com if need the password. You must be a registered PWP 3.5 user to run the beta.)
New Features/Operating Changes:
Raw EXIF maker note support has been extended to additional cameras.
The Recent Folders display in browse has been improved. The display now shows the full pathname of recent folders regardless of the width of the
The root folder for browsing can now be set in File/Preferences. This folder is selected by clicking the Picture button
in the browse toolbar. Previously the button was hard-wired to select the My Pictures folder. This is now the default folder if no setting is made.
When opening raw images, you can now choose between AHD and VNG interpolation techniques. The choice is made in File/Raw Settings.
Separate settings can be made for each camera model you have. The default is AHD. The range of gamma settings has also been increased.
Adjusted the initial height of the lower pane in the workflow window to fully show the workflow.
Fixed problem in printing an index print which caused the progress display to remain open after the printing was completed.
Fixed a problem in the comments widget which prevented it from propagating the image along the workflow in design mode.
Fixed a problem that caused a background PW process to continue running after the main process terminated.
Fixed a bug that caused Comments in RAW files to not be read.
It was possible to set both OK and reject marks for the same image simultaneously. Now setting one type of mark clears the other.
Fixed a spurious error message that was issued when the File/Open dialog was cancelled.
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
New Features/Operating Changes:
RAW Support: Support has been extended to Adobe DNG, Nikon D1X, Sony R1 and several other cameras. We are still investigating
issues with Sigma Foveon-chip cameras.
More EXIF Comments: Interpretation of proprietary maker notes and raw EXIF formats has been extended to additional cameras
and should now be getting fairly complete. Please check the EXIF for your cameras and let us know if any information is missing. A sample image would be appreciated.
(To check EXIF information, right click on the thumbnail in the browser and select Properties.)
Browser Sort Order: Sort order is now toggled between ascending and descending order by a button in the browser tool bar.
In addition, the default sort order can be set in the Options menu. The default controls the initial sort order of new workflow and browser windows
as they are created. It has no affect on the currently chosen sort order.
Bold Labels Optional: Use of a bold font for browser labels is now user-controlled. It is controlled by a setting in the Browser options
Raw Initialization: Problems with raw intialization have been fixed. This problem caused RAW images to opened as black rectangles.
Jpeg and Tiff File Problems: Reading certain jpeg and tiff files caused errors. All such error files that were submitted can now be read
correctly. If you encounter any more such problems please send us a sample file.
Missing EXIF Data: Images processed through the workflow lost their EXIF data under certain conditions. This has been resolved.
Minimizing Workflow Window: The problem minimizing a workflow window during execution of the workflow has been resolved. A
related problem in closing a workflow or browser window while the Play window was active has also been resolved.
.ppm File Problem: The creation of an empty .ppm file by early versions of the PWRaw.dll has been fixed.
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.
RAW processing has been revised to increase the dynamic range of the images and give the user explicit
control over the gamma value used in conversion. As a result, the rendering of images now relies less on color profiles than in former betas,
so that profiles are now optional. The user interface for setting RAW parameters has been centralized. Raw parameters are now set on
their own dialog accessed via File/Raw Settings. Items for setting RAW parameters in the Browse property sheet and the Color Management dialog
have been removed. Please see the latest version of RAW File Handling for details.
As a result of these changes, the color profiles published previously are no longer valid and can be deleted. If you
want to use a profile, please use the appropriate new profile instead. Profiles for eleven cameras are available above.
Support for reading comments of additional camera manufacturers has been added.
Browser operation with tiff files has been made crisper. The browser now uses embedded thumbnails
Rotating tiff files is also much faster. You can also now select a group of files and rotate them in a single operation.
Bugs in renaming and saving files in the workflow have been fixed. A memory leak in the Play Window process has been fixed. This
should markedly improve play window performance.
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:
- A new Resize Widget resamples images in the workflow. It implements all supported resize methods and allows the degree of resizing
to be specified in a variety of ways. See Batch Workflow Processing in Picture Window: for a full description.
- In the workflow, the SaveFile widget now offers finer control over jpeg quality.
- In the browser Options menu a new item allows choosing ascending or descending sort order.
- Tiff files now include a thumbnail image.
This release also fixes nearly all the bugs reported by beta testers.
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.