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 6.4 - February 2011

When you play a slide show in full screen, you have a lot of options available to you on how to control the slideshow, using crop, using zoom etc. The only thing though is, you have to know that those options exist. The way I tried to make users aware of it was by means of a mile long hints, also called tooltips. There were several disadvantages: like I said, the hints were way to long, allways in your way and I still couldn't get all the neccesary information in. The hints are replaced now by a panel on the left of the screen. You make the panel appear by pressing F1 or clicking the I-button on the toolbar. My advice would be to browse through the several tab pages of this new panel and find out things you never knew about. Do you know, for instance, that you can advance the slide show picture by picture just by scrolling the mouse wheel?

PictureGo! 1.0 would easely fit on a screen size of 640x480 pixels, in fact it was developed on a computer with a monitor of that size. As monitors were getting bigger, also PictureGo! started to consume more space. I never had given this much thought until I recently purchased a mini note book with a monitor of the size of 1024x600 pixels. Some PictureGo! windows simply wouldn't fit on it. I had to reconstruct some windows (especially the Search window needed modification) but the result is that now it also runs nice on mini notebooks/laptops.

The last thing to mention is the growing number of transition effects. The first effect was implemented in 6.3. Now there is a list from 8 effects to choose from. My favorite effect is Porthole. It looks good and I had to apply a little math (such a long time ago) to make it work.

Until version 6.5!

Auke Nijholt