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    Ft. Worth, Texas, USA
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    Engineering, Mathematics, Computers, Photography, Gardening, Grandkids, Music, Reading, Family, Pets, Good friends...and much more...some too personal to mention.
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    Silent Night

    Hello Everybody: My daughter recently sent me a link to a nice web-based Christmas slideshow. Thought I would share: http://www.asilentnightmovie.com/ Maybe an idea here for people to think about a Christmas PTE show. Hope everybody here has a nice Christmas season! ken
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    Problems with AVI-files and Pinnacle

    Hello: I've been making DVDs of my PTE slideshows for nearly three years. My method has been essentialy trouble free. I reported it in the following thread a couple of years ago: http://www.picturestoexe.com/forums/index....c=1796&hl=video PTE does not create a true video but sends video frames to a program that can process them and encoded them. I think this technique is refered to as "frameserving" and is a very common technique used by many video processing programs to minimize the amount of memory and disk space consumed by larg avi files. Some software such as Pinnacle do not always support this technology. I dropped using Pinnacle Studio several years ago for reasons of their lousy technical support and inability to fix major bugs. My method definitely works but it helps if you have a good understaning of the video processes outside of PTE's control. The problems are most often not created by PTE. Sincerely, Ken
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    first plane on desktop

    Hello Al, If Morasoft doesn't respond, I wonder how well an Altavista English to Spanish translation would work on your message? Just curious. Ken
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    first plane on desktop

    I don't have an answer for Morasoft, but I have found the following online translator to be reasonably good and simple to use: http://babelfish.altavista.com/ I pasted the above message into it and requested a Spanish to English translation and this is my results: "Hello, I am going to put my message in Spanish, since in ingles I do not find out to me. I am making a presentation with a called program "formulagraphic", of the sort of Neobook, Builder Multimedia... and a problem has arisen me when I want to connect it with a file exe done with Picture to exe. The problem is that if at certain moment that I want that the file of Picture is executed to exe from the FormulaGraphic, if I press the screen of FomulaGraphic with the mouse before exe of Picture is executed to exe, the presentation of picture to exe is behind FormulaGraphic in the screen of the computer and it is not possible to be seen. This would be solved if feasible of Picture to exe had the property to see itself on any thing that this then in the screen, is to say that it can happen to first plane when it is being executed. Thanks. I hope that somebody understands Spanish and it reads it." Ken
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    The Simple Life

    Hello Lin, I loved your story...and your last statement above sums it up...so I must now relate mine and what the images reminded me of.... In my highschool years in the very rurals of eastern Oklahoma, I made a little spending money in the hot summers by hauling hay and usually stacking it in the dark lofts of musty old rickety barns. I'll always remember one farm, in particular, that was several miles outside of the old abandoned coal mining town of Tahona, Oklahoma. The farm was owned by an elderly couple that I would guess were in their mid to late 80s. We were hauling a type of feed hay called millet, that had a very fine and bushy cat-tailish end whose fine seeds liked to float in the air and drift down your throat to snag because of there barb like ends....much like the seeds of dandelions that float in the fields. Not fun in a hot barn loft where you're gasping for air. The farm had no electricity and I didn't even see a a propane tank. A large water well set in front of the front porch with the accustomed draw rope with the attached well bucket sitting on top. The outhouse was way out back with a well worn trail leading to it from the back porch. There was a very old and dented up Ford pickup sitting near the house and I saw no tractors nor other farm machinery other than an old stone grinding wheel for grinding grains. There were a couple of mules and a couple of Guernsey dairy cows grazing in the nearby meadow. Close by the barn was a very well tended vegetable garden and an old singlepoint plow with wooden handles. Chickens roamed around everywhere with some entering and leaving the old wooden hen house. I also noticed three hogs in the pig pen. I tend to get long-winded but hope your getting the picture Lin...but I'm not through yet. Around lunch time the old woman came walking into the barn holding a heavy wooden tray covered with food...on it was a metal pitcher filled with moderately cool fresh milk, a piping hot loaf of fresh whole grain bread, two Mason jars filled with sweet home made preserves, and a very large mound of freshly churned butter. She says to us "I figured you boys was getting hungry"...and hungry we was... As I visited with her she told me that she had been born a few miles away. Shortly after her husband and brothers had built the place they got married and they had lived there right-on 60 years. They tried to get to town every 3 or 4 months. Now that's my memory from the images...I thought at first "wow" there still alive. What struck me most about that couple was how happy, friendly and pleasant they were to be around...and I will never forget them. I think they could probably teach us all a lesson. Sincerely, Ken
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    The Simple Life

    If you ever longed for a simpler life...you might enjoy this gallery http://www.pbase.com/peterfree/lies__martin_vranken ken
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    Aspect Ratios

    Thank you for your consideration of these questions and I feel that I understand all your answers. The panning while zooming provides lot's of complexities for your developments...that we the users don't see. Continue on...I'm laying this subject aside...you are the expert! Very Sincerely, Ken
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    Aspect Ratios

    I couldn't get it to work from the command line either...I must be entering sumpin' wrong?
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    Image Resolution...

    Lumenlux, Could I borrow that book when you're through with it? Ken
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    Aspect Ratios

    Hello Al, Sorry, in my excitement that Igor joined us, I missed your suggestion. I second your suggestion. Sincerely, ken Al & Igor, Y'all will probablly think "what an idiot" but from Start/Run can you do the following or must it be command line? ken
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    Aspect Ratios

    Hello Al and Igor, Unfortunately, I've been working on other matters and missed your important posts. Hey Igor! It's nice to see your face pop up in this thread. A few of questions for you. 1.) Not being a software guru like yourself self your staff, Is there an internal requirement within the video card that requires an input to it of the screen aspect ratio? I was hoping ultimately that the slideshow designer would not need to enter it. Much like PTE 4 operates. 2.) If we must enter a screen aspect ratio...would it be possible...maybe in the Object&Animation window...to be able to view your slideshow as it will appear on another screens aspect ratio other than the one you are required to select? With the present beta, I have found that if I produce a slideshow for a selected 5:4 screen aspect I must go find a computer with a different screen aspect to be sure how it will appear on that aspect. I think most designers may not have access to other screen aspects than the one they are designing on. 3.) Would it be possible or feasible for "cover screen" to be activated during the running of a slide show through the use of a function key? Much like todays DVD players and Wide Screen TVs operate through there remotes. Sincerely, Ken
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    Image Resolution...

    Hello Lin, I was very fascinated with your response. Much insight on your part. I think I learned quite a bit from your narrative....it does get a litlle more complicated when you view from the technical vantage point...especially from the perspective of optical resolution. Thanks for sharing. I also found Dave's explaination with regards to zooming and required image sizing very insightful and well composed also. Thank you also for sharing, Dave. Barry, I also appreciate and understand where your statement is coming from. Sometimes we tend to make things much more complicated than they ought to be. But, I do think people need to be aware that if they over-zoom that they can cause a good image to appear as a lousy image. Sincerely, ken
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    Rectangle ? What for ?

    hmmm. the only thing I can say is I LIKE IT! Definitely, a new technique to be used with PTE 5...it's now in my growing list of the many things that people are sharing. Thanks to you for sharing this excellent idea. nickles
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    Aspect Ratios

    I think it all made perfect sense to me and I have no disagreement....infact I think you have provided excellent thinking for constructing additional points...but let's first see if Dave agrees with the first two points. I desire that between us, we come up with a list of very coherent points that offer constructive suggestions to Igor and gang. I think we'll be better off if we develop one or two well defined points at a time. I'm now trimming low hanging limbs of trees....which I should have done in the fall when it was much....cooler. Sincerely, ken
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    Aspect Ratios

    Hello Al, I gather you must be in disagreement with the two points that I made? I'm at a loss as to your description of DVD 16:9 format as related to 5:4 screen format as related to "the intention of Igor's development" as related to "full screen" as related to my two points. If I had only read your last paragraph, I would have thought that you agreed. ken