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 6.1 - December 2009

The third version this year and the second in only 2 months.

Where version 2.3 was called the cosmetic version, 6.1 is nothing less than a complete makeover. All 39 PictureGo! windows were adapted to meet the new standard. Even more important: quite a few windows have been completely redesigned. I must admit that I always have more been focused on features than on design. Working my way through all the different windows, I started to realize that quite a few of them must be overwhelming for the average user. Though I am a professional IT developer, I am not a designer. I myself am very pleased with the result, you on the other hand might think differently. In both cases please let me know and hand me your suggestions.

Some 5 years ago (or even more), a user reported a serious problem to me. After starting PictureGo!, the program would show the message 'Invalid drive ID' and terminated instantly. I had no idea what was going on and of course, since I had never encountered the problem myself, it was impossible to reproduce the problem. The only guess I could come up with was that this user probably had a computer with a file system that PictureGo! was unable to handle.

Little did I know. It was not until 2 months ago that I faced the problem myself. We had new computers at work and immediately after installing PictureGo! the dreaded message 'Invalid drive ID' was right in my face. The good thing was that I could start solving the problem. It turned out that the (My) Pictures folder was located on a network drive and that is the folder that PictureGo! will try to open the first time the program runs. Since PictureGo! is not designed to directly work with network drives (a network location has to be mapped first before you can access it with PictureGo!), the program threw the message and terminated.

So the problem is solved. In the odd chance the (My) Pictures folder is located on a network drive, PictureGo! will temporarily map the drive to be able to open the folder. Not the nicest solution but at least it works. The user that originally reported the problem has probably already forgotten about PctureGo! Nevertheless, I am happy that after all these years I was finally able to solve this problem.

I sincerely wish you happy holidays and a happy New Year. Certainly for those of you who lost their jobs because of the crisis, let's hope the economy speeds up to provide new opportunities.

Auke Nijholt, December 2009