Windows 7 compatibility with our Apps + opinion

As everybody knows Windows 7 has arrived, this brings some problems for certain applications. But luckily most of our apps aren’t experiencing issues.

Here’s a list :

  • 36-image converter 4.7a : Not fully compatible – issues with filters. Conversion + other features work. Issues will be fixed in the Beta version of v4.7.
  • 36-image express 1.0 : Compatible
  • ROC 1.0 : Compatible
  • Duelpro 2009 : Compatible
  • SpeedShut 4.x : Compatible
  • FileTorment 4.x : Compatible (further testing required)
  • CachePhix 1.x : incompatible (Possible update coming next year)
  • LoadDown 2.0 : Compatible
  • LockPhix 1.x : incompatible (further testing required) (No intention to update – end of support coming in 2010)
  • FileTorment Suite 2006/2007 : incompatible – end of support (since 2009)
  • infoBlaster IN4 : incompatible – end of support (since 2008)
  • Mphix 1.0 : incompatible – end of support (since 2007)
  • PhBrowser 1.0 : incompatible – end of support (since 2006)

 

So most apps are compatible, the few apps which were incompatible with vista are still incompatible with windows 7 and 36-image converter will be fixed in an update.

And of course I have to add my opinion about Windows 7. I have only one sentence for Windows 7 : “Microsoft is back!”. Enthusiasts of other operating systems have been claiming that people just use windows because it’s on their PC, with Windows 7 they are proven wrong. People are actually looking for Windows 7. Users of other operating systems are cheering for Windows 7, about 90% of all Mac Fans (including me) thinks Windows 7 is great and will run it as a second OS without whining. The same with half the Linux population. So is Windows 7 a success? It’s probably the most wanted operating system of the decade.

Microsoft has finally delivered a product which is fun to use and can compare to Mac OSX. Microsoft increased the productivity with a set of new features which can compare to Mac OSX exposé (although I still prefer exposé, because I’m used to it) and they brought small changes which are enjoyable. They put a great deal of care and effort in this operating system contacting all developers for a compatibility check of their apps, gathering all drivers and testing your configuration for compatibility. They actually did something with the Windows Vista complaints.

So I don’t think alternative operating system’s usage will grow now. It grew thanks to Windows Vista, but with Windows 7 everyone is happy again and the need for an alternative is gone. So I expect a drop in the Linux marketshare and a growth stop of Mac OSX and in long term a minor decrease in marketshare.

I also expect Chrome OS to be born dead, people don’t need another OS. If google released it a few months after the Vista release they would’ve scored a big hit, but the normal people have a working Windows install, Mac people have Mac OSX and the mac people that are interested in Windows 7 will not be interested in Chrome OS, the ones which aren’t interested in Win7 aren’t interested in anything other than Mac OSX so there goes another fail for Google. And the last one the opensource advocates and the common linux users don’t want a semi-opensource OS which sends data to an evil corporation, so they will stick with the normal Linux distros. So I think the fear which microsoft had to endure for a few years about other treding operating systems is gone now.

Anyway, brilliant move, brilliant OS.

“Down with Opera”, we agree!

Everybody has obviously heard of the hassle about the EC anti-trust suit of the European Commission against Microsoft for adding Internet Explorer (their own browser) with Windows. Therefore all European versions of Windows will come without browser, all thanks to a browser which has almost no marketshare and has no special features or advantages to other browsers. Well did you also know that it was Opera who started this mess in the first place?

Therefore an action group was started to boycot Opera and we fully support this action group. Internet Explorer isn’t the best browser, but it is idiotic to make Microsoft ban it from their own products. Therefore we have placed 2 banners on our homepage, one against Opera with a link to the action group and one to download Safari, at the moment in our opinion the best browser around. We will also remove Opera from our testing machines and no longer test our site in Opera.

Spread the word and remove Opera Browser from your PC!

36-image converter “Ninja” approaching completion!

The new 36-image converter is approaching its completion, the interface is now up and running. So the framework to insert the new functions is completed, now we can insert the new tools and filetypes. What we are going to do now is insert the new convert engines into the old conversion system and testing this. Then we will probably release a milestone to a limited public for testing and reviewing, mainly to test the interface and the convert functions. In the meanwhile we will insert the new functions like the paint tools for drawing, the erase selection function to erase a specific part of the image, the optional auto-resize function and many more. Then we will release another milestone and create the configuration panel, prepare Dashboard 1.3 for 36-image converter and create an extension manager for the more than 30 input extensions. The final help file will be the last thing that will be added, together with new extension icons. We hope that 36-image converter 4.4 will be completed at the end of August or at the beginning of September. 

Here is once again a list of the most important features of version 4.4 (Ninja) :

  • More than 20 stable output extensions, including : tif, png, cur, tga, ico, …
  • A new HD interface adapted to the touch interface of Windows 7
  • A more stable and bug-free engine
  • A separate extension manager for the more than 30 input filetypes
  • A unique help system with an automatic request and reply function
  • The use of Dashboard 1.3 that uses channels to deliver 8 online and support functions
  • The PII image extension with built-in password protection
  • New editing functions such as undo/redo, remove selection and paint
  • More than 20 merge images and new filters/frames
  • A tool to automatically resize hundreds of images at once to certain photo standards
36IC 4.4 users will also be the first to test 36-image explorer 1.0 BETA and ImageVault 2.0 BETA which were developed for 36IC 5.0  hummingbird.