by: Lianne Reitter
by: SendPhotos, Inc.
98, Me, 2000, or XP; Internet Explorer 5.0 or above, 15MB
hard drive space required for installation
you have ever snapped a digital picture or scanned
into your computer an older 4” x 6” print
and then endured the arduous task of e-mailing
it to someone, SendPhotos is the program for you.
know what you're thinking - "arduous"?
Sending photos over the Internet isn't that difficult
and you're right of course. The usual process of
attaching a picture file to your e-mail is easy
enough, unless you want to send two, or a dozen,
or unless you want to add caption or descriptive
text. Then things get a little more complicated
(if not impossible). And what about being on the
receiving end of those e-mails? If I get one more
picture of my new niece's nostrils, I may cry.
After waiting three minutes for the photo to download
I then have to save the attachment and open it
in some other program just to see the whole of
And then came SendPhotos.
Without question this is the fastest, easiest and most pleasant
way to share your pictures. It's a three step process once
the software is installed. The installation is so quick and
painless it's not even worth mentioning, except to say that
installation is quick and painless.
Step one, choose your photos. On the left of the main screen
is your Windows Explorer hard drive tree. In Window's XP
it defaults to your My Pictures folder, but finding other
folders is just as easy as clicking through the Explorer
menu. Once the desired folder is found, thumbnails of the
pictures inside are shown on the main program screen, each
with its own select box in the upper left hand corner. Select
those you want to send (a Select All function is also offered)
and step one is complete.
Clicking the Next button brings us to step two which allows
you to create what I like to call my photo package. Your
first choice is to pick the stationery (aka background color
and style) for your pictures. There are several included
in the initial installation, with many more available for
fast download from the Novatix web site. A Get More Stationery
button at the top of the program window allows you to access
this feature without ever leaving the current activity. Choices
for your stationery can be as plain as a single colored background
or a theme such as Vacation or Hobbies.
Once you've made your stationery choice, move on to the
layout screen to choose the size and layout of your photos.
It is here that you also enter captions for each picture
if you like, place a drop shadow on them for a 3D effect
and type a message to the recipients. As soon as you are
satisfied with how your e-mail is going to look, a click
of the Finish button brings you to step three.
during the installation, SendPhotos determined your preferred
e-mail software. With that last click in step
two, SendPhotos launches your e-mail software and places
the photo selections and layout creation in the body of the
e-mail ready for you to make your usual choices of who the
lucky recipients will be. Send your creation off in the usual
fashion and wait for the applause. SendPhotos works with
Outlook, Outlook Express, AOL, Eudora, Netscape, Hotmail
and Yahoo Mail.
I promise you will ask yourself how you ever managed to
send photos before you bought SendPhotos. OK, it's an obvious
play on words but truly, sending pictures in e-mail really
was painfully unsatisfying until SendPhotos came along. Highly
to the Editor are welcome and occasionally abused in public.
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