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 5.4 - February 2009

A South-American revolution!

For quite a while, reaching the threshold of 10.000 users (Champagne!), seemed quite impossible. Now, it is safe to say that this number will be reached in less than 2 months.

Like cautiously announced in the previous 'in between' notes, 2008 easily turned out to be indeed PictureGo!'s best year with a total of 4,422 new users.

And this is all because PictureGo! was 'discovered' in South-America. Uruguay took over the lead position that Italy had just taken in only a couple of months, Mexico will just need a week or three to exchange positions with Italy to be the new runner-up. The contrast with the home country of PictureGo!, the Netherlands, with 21 new users in the last 6 months could not be bigger!

Pictures on TV

Though I often think I have finished programming on PictureGo!, every now and then a new idea comes up. This time it was about showing pictures on the television set. I have my computer hooked up to the tv. In general, it is much more comfortable to watch internet content (mostly programs I missed watching on the regular networks), on the tv.

Watching a slide show is a completely different story. Where movies etc. are perfectly converted to match the tv resolution, this is not the case with images. Even Windows Photo Gallery and Google's Picasa don't do the job.

PictureGo!, with this new version, does! You are able to define a second monitor and adapt the output of the slide show to perfectly match the specifications of your television set.

More than one camera?

Nowadays, many people own more that one digital camera. My wife and I, for instance, use 2 digital camera's simultaneously. Often, when watching pictures we argue about who took which picture. Not difficult to find out but annoying to have to stop the slide show for. In this new version, you can have the camera brand and model displayed in the picture title. Quite convenient is my experience.

Apart from this there are a couple of improvements regarding 'SmallPics', please read the 'What's new?' page in PictureGo!'s Help for more details.

I am pretty sure (no current new ideas) there will be no new version before the summer holidays. So have a good year, despite of the financial crisis. No matter what, as long as you can afford to have a computer, you will always be able to afford PictureGo!:)

Auke Nijholt, the Netherlands, February 2009