History of PictureGo!

The development of PictureGo! started in 1999. After I had bought my first digital camera, I wrote a program to watch my pictures in a slide show. Being an enthusiastic programmer, I continued to develop the program and version 8.2 is the thirtyninth release, so far....

Version 2.3 - December 2003

Now, it is December 24, the day before Christmas. Already in November I wrote these Author,s notes, but somewhere between a month ago and December 8 (the release date of 2.3), they simply walked away to whereever.... Hmmm.....so now I am trying to think of what I wrote before..

Okay, starting with some real good news, there are over a 1500 registered users now, so the figure more than doubled since the last release.

This mainly happened because PictureGo! was declared a so called ,web-site of the week, in at least 10 Dutch local newspapers this summer. This caused joy as well as trouble. Joy because it gave me at least 400 new users, trouble because the provider (Wanadoo.nl) blocked the web-site 2 days in a row for exceeding the maximum traffic regulations....well at least this was a new and exciting experience!

This weeks website!

PictureGo! 2.3 might be titled the cosmetic version. Have a look at the image below and compare it to the one shown in the previous release notes and you will know what I mean. Similar changes have been carried out throughout the program.

Cosmetic changes

But there is more to this new version than only cosmetics. A nice new feature is the ability to put the displayed picture on your desktop. Furthermore, the use of toolbar icons has changed to make life easier, especially regarding MyShow features. And last but not least : a whole list of (minor) bugs have been solved to make this version of PictureGo! probably the most stable one since the beginning.

I have some plans for the next version but haven,t decided on anything yet. First of all, I would like to exclude chosen folders to be selected as a subfolder. And on top of that, also to be able to exclude chosen folders from being shown in the browser window at all. This is a real personal wish, since after I installed some Oracle products, I am stuck with folders contaning over 80.000 files. It would save a lot of time to simply skip these folders when searching the whole C-drive for a specific picture. And maybe I will include the ability to play videos; since most modern digital cameras offer the recording of (small) videos, it might come in handy to have it all together in one tool.

In the mean time, please keep sending in remarks and suggestions; and even more important : bug reports.

Credits for testing again go to Tom McCuen(Long Island, NY, USA) and Ian Wright (Greenwood Lake, NY, USA). Thanks a lot guys!

Auke Nijholt, the Netherlands, December 2003