Please take a few minutes and watch this PhotoStory. I made this story when this baby was born at 26 weeks, weighing 1lb, 1oz. Medical science said that this baby could not be born alive. He is alive and weighs
1lb, 5oz as of March 25, 2008 4lb, 7oz as of June 28, 2008.
Pray for this baby. His name is Jack Otremba. His parents, Chris and Sharon, were my neighbors.
A fund has been set up. To contribute to the "Baby Jack Fund," checks can be made out to:
Family Bible Church
PO Box 840
Memo Field: Baby Jack Fund
Important: make the check out to Family Bible Church, but designate in the Memo Field: Baby Jack Fund
For information, call 352-516-9771.
Check out our review of the Nikon D40X digtal slr camera. This is a beastly 10.2MP digital camera in a perfect-sized package.
I recently got married (on September 30th) and our photographer is putting together an incredible wedding album for us. He really does incredible work,
but you also pay a pretty penny for it. It got me thinking, "are there any web sites that can produce photo books but without the price premium?" -- Christmas is coming
up and I would like to give these away as gifts.
One such web site is PhotoWorks'
. They have lots of ways to customize books, in an easy wizard interface. Check it out!
Recolored is a software application that helps you with the otherwise
difficult and time consuming task of colorizing black and white photos.
Based on the latest developments in computer assisted image
colorization, Recolored makes it possible for anyone to achieve
professional looking results.
Recolored can be found at the Official Recolored Web Site
"The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer enhances the Windows XP photos experience by providing thumbnails, previews, printing, and metadata display for RAW images from most Canon and Nikon digital cameras. This tool enables advanced digital photographers to organize and work with RAW files directly in Windows Explorer in much the same way as with JPEG images. No more "guessing" which image is which!"
You can download this program and the whitepaper on the RAW image format here.
Photo by Lee Gonzalez
for use by
I am beginning a Guide on Windows Digital Photos and Photography. This guide will help you find how to take the best shots for your Photo Stories, and explain how to achieve professional-style effects. I look forward to hearing feedback on this new section.
There is a nice article in the Windows XP Digital Photography section of Microsoft.com this week on saving Photo Story 3 projects for viewing on a portable device.
I'm compiling the recommendations in our forums for digital cameras. Please remember to visit the What Camera are You
Using? thread and leave your own recommendation. If you're looking to buy a camera, check out the Recommended Camera section on the left.
PapaJohn has created a new section on his website http://www.papajohn.org for Photo Story called "Do Amazing Things..."
where he is showcasing some really neat tricks that you can do with Photo Story 3. First up is an article about making Photo Story 3 templates. I recommend you check
out this new concept!
Do Amazing Things With Photo Story 3
Novato, California (February 16, 2005) —
Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC) the leader in digital media software, announced today that it is providing Photo Story 3 for Windows users with an effective, fast, and reliable burning solution. Sonic DVD for Photo Story 3 for Windows is the first DVD burning plug-in for Microsoft’s Photo Story 3 that enables users to record their photo stories to DVD from within Photo Story. Photo stories are compelling slide shows that combine personal photos with titles, captions, effects, narration, and background music. The resulting DVDs can be easily shared with friends and family, enjoyed in the comfort of a living room through a DVD player, viewed on a PC computer running Microsoft Windows XP, or stored for safekeeping.
“Photo Story 3 for Windows builds on the overwhelmingly popular experiences provided by past versions of Photo Story and remains one of the best ways for consumers to share their digital photos,” said Kevin Unangst, director of Windows consumer marketing for Microsoft Corp. “Sonic’s plug-in integrates seamlessly with Photo Story 3 for Windows and enables consumers to extend the reach of their Photo Stories to all devices that support the DVD format.”
The downloadable plug-in is fast and easy to install and automatically integrates with the existing Photo Story 3 wizard, appearing as one of the options in the Photo Story 3 Activities list box. A simple dialog box allows users to title their DVD and set record options. Within minutes users can create a polished DVD of their engaging photo stories, complete with an attractive DVD menu and copies of their original photos. In addition, Sonic DVD for Photo Story 3 for Windows is built on Sonic’s AuthorScript® engine, employed in the production of the majority of Hollywood DVDs, so users are assured a trouble-free playback experience whether it is through a set-top DVD player or on a PC.
“Sonic’s DVD plug-in completes the Photo Story 3 experience by enabling users to burn their slideshows on DVDs that can be played, shared, and preserved for years to come,” said Mark Ely, senior vice president of corporate strategy for Sonic. “We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Microsoft as we enable millions of photo enthusiasts who use Windows to create DVDs using Sonic’s industry-leading DVD technology.”
Photo Story 3 for Windows empowers users to breathe more life into their favorite memories by adding motion, effects, music, and more to their digital photos. Users can easily retouch their images, add dramatic pans and zooms, create a soundtrack, and even add narration. In addition to sharing projects on DVD using the Sonic plug-in, completed photo stories can be shared via e-mail, the Web, or enjoyed on the couch with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
Pricing and Availability
Sonic DVD for Photo Story 3 for Windows is now available from Sonic and will be available from Microsoft on February 20th for a limited, introductory price of $19.99 exclusively for users of Photo Story 3. More information is available on the Sonic Solutions site (www.sonic.com/go/photostory3) and will be available on the Activities page within Photo Story, as well as on the Photo Story home page (www.microsoft.com/photostory), on February 20th. Sonic DVD for Photo Story 3 for Windows customers are also eligible for special pricing on other Sonic software including award-winning MyDVD, which enables users to create customized Hollywood-style DVDs with motion menus and animated buttons.
Learn how to put your Photo Story 3 on DVD! This guide will help answer that question, "How do I put my Photo Stories on DVD to give as gifts or to keep as an archive?"
Download the Winter Fun Pack 2004 now! Spice up your music, photos and more with amazing holiday visualizations, skins, powertoys and other fun add-ons. There’s something for the whole family!
The Winter Fun Pack 2004 includes:
Stunning Holiday Vizualizations for Windows Media Player 10
Ring in the holiday cheer! Give your desktop the Holiday touch with three cool seasonal Player Visualizations. Enjoy the HOT new WhiteCap Holiday Viz with nearly 20 holiday images that explode in vivid color including a snowman, candy cane, shooting star and more. Cool down with the chilling Ice Storm Viz, then warm up next to the fire place with the Yule Log Viz.
Amazing Holiday-Themed Skins for Windows Media Player 10
Give your Media Player a wintry makeover with 5 skins for Windows Media Player 10 including Frostbite, Ice, and Ginger man and Ginger woman skins. Also, take Windows Media Player 10 to the next level with the hot new Halo 2 skin, which is sure to be one of the hottest selling games this Holiday season.
PowerToys for Windows Media Player 10
Let Windows Media Player 10 take the pain out of your holiday parties with Holiday Auto Playlists (including Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas). Personalize your email or blog by showing the song that’s playing on your desktop. And for power users, easily export your media library information into Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and others.
Photos, Media Center and More!
Get into the holiday spirit and transform your desktop into a winter wonderland with new captivating desktop wallpaper images from Corbis. Get more out of Media Center 2005 with the new TweakMCE 2005 powertoy. Download Kris the Holiday Dancing Elf, Photo Story 3 for Windows, and more!
Did you know that Photo Story can create a mood for you? All you have to do is explore its ability to Create Custom Music. The music is dynamically generated to have transitions between music clips.
Setting the Mood with Music
This guide will show you how to modify your Photo Stories by extracting and changing the underlying XML project file. While not for beginners, this will help you get down and dirty when you need to get something "just right."
Photo Story wp3 Format
Now that the door to Photo Story is unlocked, many more articles will follow. I've seen requests like "how do I create motionless stories easily?" from our forum members. This article is a first step in that direction.
The second in a two-part guide showing how to leverage Photo Story with Windows Movie Maker to create fantastic and professsional effects!
Read about Making SportsCenter-style Text Effects (Part 2).
The first in a two-part guide showing how to leverage Photo Story with Windows Movie Maker to create fantastic and professsional effects!
Read about Making SportsCenter-style Text Effects (Part 1).
The Channel9 website has an
interview with the Photo Story 3 Team.
"We sat down with the team who wrote the product so you could get an idea of how a software-development team at Microsoft works.
Vladmir Rovinsky, Lead Program Manager
Mehul Shah, Development Lead.
James Yuan, Software Test Engineer
Dongmei Zhang, Researcher (Developer).
Video length: 00:28:44 "
Making Show-N-Tell Cool Again
I’m excited to announce that one of the coolest new technologies for sharing
life’s memorable moments through digital photography is now available and just
in time for the holidays – Photo Story 3 for Windows!
What is Photo Story 3 for Windows? How do I get it?
Photo Story 3 for Windows makes it easier than ever to share life’s memorable
moments in new ways by adding motion, effects, music and more to your digital
Download today at http://www.microsoft.com/photostory.
Read our Beginner's Guide to Photo Story 3. It will get your first photo story up and running and explain some of the details that may be confusing at first. There are also several goodies tucked away in Photo Story 3 and this guide will make sure you know where to find them!
Smart enhancements and image correction
Bring Photos to Life
Share Stories in a Whole New Way
- Automatically add Pan and Zoom effects or create your own effects without
- Add your own original music you create with just a few clicks or choose from
multiple songs in your music library to create a mood.
- Built-in support for panoramic images creates a stunning effect
Add and control more than 40 transitions like Diagonal Wipes, Flips, and Page
Curls and effects like Black and White Chalk or Sepia
How to get Photo Story 3?
Easily share via email using your favorite email client – attach your photo
story with just a click!
- Burn to CD using Windows XP built-in CD burning
- Experience even more on Media Center 2005 PCs – enjoy your Photo Stories
again and again on your home TV or burn to DVD using built-in DVD burning.
- Enjoy your photos on the hottest new Windows Mobile portable devices with
Windows Media Player 10 Mobile including the new AT&T Wireless Smartphone,
Dell Axim X50, and Portable Media Center devices.
Photo Story 3 is available today and consumers can freely download Photo Story
from the Microsoft Download Center.
Photo Story 3 is part of the suite of genuine Windows products in the Windows
Genuine Advantage program.
A great value for consumers to get Genuine, also
Microsoft is also distributing Photo Story 3 on CD at WalMart and Best Buy with
every new digital camera sold (starting Nov 15th). Atari’s Roller Coaster
Tycoon 3 game will also install Photo Story 3 with their upcoming release in
Nov. And that is just the beginning!
What is the Windows Genuine Advantage Program?
WGA is the first of a multi-pronged effort to reduce the prevalence of
unlicensed PC’s. Microsoft will enhance the value of Windows XP by providing
free application like Photo Story 3 to genuine Windows customers.
Learn more about WGA