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Encyclopedia > Microsoft PhotoDraw
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Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 is a vector graphics and raster imaging software package developed by Microsoft. PhotoDraw fills a hole in the Office productivity suite, which includes software programs for word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and alike, but lacks a capable image creation and editing program. Office typically includes Microsoft Photo Editor, a lightweight bitmap editor. Image File history File links MSPhotoDraw2boxshot. ... Image File history File links MSPhotoDraw2boxshot. ... Example showing effect of vector graphics versus raster graphics. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Microsoft Photo Editor was an image-editing application found in some versions of the Microsoft Office suite. ... For the use of the term raster in radio regulation, see frequency raster. ...

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History

PhotoDraw was released in 1999 along with Microsoft Office 2000 Premium Edition, but it came separately on 2 CDs. It was born from the Picture It! 2.0 engine's .MIX format and expanded further into vector imaging technolgy. It had to be installed separately since it is not available from the main installer for the core Office programs. It was also released as a stand-alone product. A later version called Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 was released around 2000, featuring 3 CDs. Both versions are branded as "Microsoft Office Application," though both versions were bundled only with the then-largest Office suite, Premium Edition (Version 2 was included with the SR-1 release). It was nevertheless indeed a "member of the family," as were other Microsoft business applications (most notably Publisher) of that time. Microsoft Office is a suite of productivity programs created or purchased by Microsoft and developed for Microsoft Windows, and Apples Mac OS and Mac OS X operating systems. ... Microsoft Picture It! is a photo editing application created by Microsoft. ...


Version 2 was released as a standalone product with a larger collection of clip-art pictures and fonts, and with Windows XP compatibility. This version was widely localized too. Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


After Version 2 was released, Microsoft decided to discontinue PhotoDraw. This measure was based on the popularity of the product, though later it became obvious that its satisfied users retained to it and continued using PhotoDraw along with even the newest Office versions. This was supported by the fact that Microsoft did not release any substituting graphic solutions till 2007, thus most Office users could solve their graphical needs via the now-discontinued PhotoDraw.


Purpose and features

PhotoDraw is a full-featured dual-type (vector and bitmap) graphics software like Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW or Macromedia Freehand, developed for semiprofessional business use. It includes a vast library of clip-art, and a good collection of additional fonts. Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based drawing program developed and marketed by Adobe Systems. ... CorelDRAW is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Corel Corporation of Ottawa, Canada. ... Macromedia FreeHand is a computer application for creating two-dimensional vector graphics (use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and polygons to represent images, also known as geometric modeling), oriented to the professional desktop publishing market. ...


The proprietary PhotoDraw file format has the extension ".mix". This type of file can be imported by Microsoft Office 2000 and later, as well as Adobe Illustrator. PhotoDraw can also open and save in various file formats, including PNG. PNG (Portable Network Graphics) is a bitmapped image format that employs lossless data compression. ...


As positioned mainly as a MS Office family companion and a business graphical solution suite, it was not useful enough for home users, who are more interested in manipulating digital pictures - which are bitmaps - than creating vector graphics. Microsoft has responded by bundling Windows Picture and Fax Viewer with Windows XP, developing Microsoft Picture It!, as well as creating Microsoft Office Picture Manager for Microsoft Office 2003 to expand on Microsoft Photo Editor. Furthermore, PhotoDraw was also not good enough to challenge Illustrator, the de facto standard for graphics professionals. In spite of its commercial mediocrity, PhotoDraw Version 2 regularly sells on eBay for U.S. $50–$100. Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is an image viewer. ... Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Microsoft Picture It! was a photo editing program created by Microsoft. ... Microsoft Office Picture Manager is a software program included with Microsoft Office suite for Windows 2003 and later. ...


Compatibility, Office 2007 issues (solved?)

Despite its age, PhotoDraw works fine with later versions of Microsoft Office, up to version 2003. The early beta (and Beta2 Tech Refresh) versions of the Microsoft Office 2007 suite, proved to compromise the file handling and bitmap import/export filters of PhotoDraw, rendering it incapable to normally open or save any other file formats than its native .mix and the standard .bmp types. Other attempts resulted in either distorted aspect ratio, or unsuccessful saving procedures. The formerly working copy/paste image transfer between PowerPoint and PhotoDraw also got corrupted. These problems were intensively reported to Microsoft. The 2007 Microsoft Office System, also known as Microsoft Office 2007, is the most recent version of Microsofts productivity suite. ... The aspect ratio of a two-dimensional shape is the ratio of its longer dimension to its shorter dimension. ...


As of February 2007, the RTM version of Office 2007 seems to solve the problems. PhotoDraw once again works seamlessly with this build of Office, without the issues described above, apart from that objects copied from PowerPoint must be pasted as special EMF (enhanced metafile) in PhotoDraw, otherwise the latter won't recognize the content of the Clipboard. This fuels a new hope that PhotoDraw can be used with the final release of Office 2007. RTM may stand for: Read the manual, as a variant of RTFM. Release to manufacturing, a synonym of Gone gold. ... Windows Metafile (WMF) is a graphics file format on Microsoft Windows systems, originally designed in the early 1990s and not commonly used after the rise of the Internet and the widely used graphics formats such as GIF and JPEG. It is a vector graphics format which also allows the inclusion...


Resurrection demands and Expression

Since it was very easy-to-use for and thus popular among the untrained, unprofessional office workers, as of 2 February 2007, Microsoft is still being petitioned by at least 568 satisfied users to bring it back. The actual number of users and possible future consumers of PhotoDraw are presumably larger, but chances for such a software resurrection are low, as it never happened yet in Microsoft's history.


As of February 2007, the upcoming Microsoft Office 2007 still lacks a graphic solution of the power and ease of PhotoDraw. Instead, another future product of the company, Microsoft Expression Design, which is a part of the new Expression suite is told to be filling the gap, but compared with PhotoDraw, it still is somewhat controversial. Microsoft Expression Design is an upcoming commercial vector and bitmap graphics editor based on Creature House Expression, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2003. ... Microsoft Expression is a suite of graphics programs from Microsoft aimed at developers and designers. ...


External links

  • Microsoft PhotoDraw Homepage


Additional information: http://alvyray.com/Altamira/AltamiraProduct.htm Altamira Composer, the first image-composition application, entered the market in November 1993. It featured the first-time use of shaped, floating image objects, called sprites. It borrowed its user interface paradigm from the geometry-based illustration market and 3D market. Most other imaging applications have since adjusted for the new concepts introduced in the product - for example, "layers" in Photoshop. Microsoft ceased production of the product when Altamira merged with it in 1994. Microsoft released, however, the immediate successor to Altamira Composer, called Microsoft Image Composer, bundled with the Microsoft FrontPage 97 product, and a later successor, Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000, part of Microsoft Office 2000 Premium. The latest incarnation is Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10. 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