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I can't edit a picture any more. No way, nohow. My old PhotoSuite II from Win 95/XP was discontinued 8-10 years ago and there's nothing else with that wonderful interface. Now I have Windows 7 and I literally can't edit a picture any more. I've tried Win pix, Microsoft's pic editing, Paint, PhotoScape. Even the smallest PhotoShop is a mystery; I've tried it in past years.

You may note I don't use the correct names of those pic programs. I don't give the tiniest little s--t what their names are.

I've been manipulating pictures since 1997, and now I Cannot Edit a Jaypeg File.

Windows 7 is an abomination unto the universe, except for the snip function and (sort of) the search function and a few other things. I loathe it. I'm angry (and weeping, if the truth be known) and cannot remember the many horrors and few joys of the operating system that has been thrust upon me with my new PC. I'll think of them and add them to this diary.

[list of horrors and joys will go here]

Yesterday I had to ride the DC Metro. I've been using this system since it opened in the 1980s, but not much for the past few years. Parking building 2, my usual, has always had a space at midday, but yesterday, no, except in the bright sunlight, which I thought I could avoid. Silly me. When I drove around for five minutes and tried to exit and go to the other building, the machine took $4.75 from me. "Oh, you can call this number and they'll refund your money." The farecard machine looks like the dashboard of the space shuttle.  Am I wrong to get flustered when the attendant has to lead me through the transaction: "See there? [small LCD 6 inches above my head] Just pick a dollar amount and press this button twelve times..."

My old faithful scanner doesn't work with Win7, so I bought a new scan-print-copy machine. To be fair, it has some nifty features. But like everything else, I still haven't scaled the learning curve. Hell, some days I can hardly find the mountain, much less the path up the slope.

I hardly ever come here any more, for many reasons. A lot of comments I consider excellent only get a few recs (including a few of mine, if I do say so myself). I don't come across them until days later, when the diary is stale and I can't rec or reply. I don't see the people I know here often enough to learn the important things that happen to them. I have ADD, so I need to check in with friends often, but I can't find them any more unless I concentrate hard and take time to search in different ways. I'm too busy climbing learning curves to do this enough.

At least I've stopped crying. But I still can't make a JPG for lined paper print with pale blue lines on a full page without a border. Apparently that's too much to ask of Windows 7.

I publish only a few diaries a year. I try to think them out ahead of time, or at least run with an inspiration when I get one. I'm on too many learning curves already to attack another one.

—Jill

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

    by JG in MD on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 08:00:17 AM PDT

  •  Treat yourself to an ice cream and enjoy the (6+ / 0-)

    weekend.  Sounds like you need it.

  •  I'll be back in a little while (7+ / 0-)

    I'm going out to buy ice cream. See you in an hour or so.

    Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

    by JG in MD on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 08:03:46 AM PDT

  •  Glad I trusted gut and got Vista (5+ / 0-)
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    Mnemosyne, triciawyse, JG in MD, RiaD, DavidW

    New and improved always scares me.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 08:04:20 AM PDT

  •  A possible solution to your image editing issues (8+ / 0-)

    Check out Gimp.  It's the open source alternative to Photoshop, and has a relatively easy learning curve.  

    Re: Win7, imho it's a decent improvement over XP, and a vast improvement over the Vista disaster.  Compatibility with older software, though, can be problematic.

    Tea Party manifesto: We're resigned to our collective fate because we don't want no stinkin' collective future with the likes of you

    by Richard Cranium on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 08:10:27 AM PDT

    •  This^ (7+ / 0-)

      GIMP is an amazingly powerful piece of image editing software. It's also totally free. You may find it has a bit of a steep learning curve, and a slightly wonky interface, but once you get used to it you will find you can do nearly anything with it that you can do with a modern version of Photoshop. The only thing GIMP can't do is work directly with CMYK, which is only an issue if you are doing print work like pre-press stuff or color separations.

      •  Yeah, I forgot to mention free. :-) (3+ / 0-)
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        JG in MD, Amber6541, RiaD

        When I use the term "open source", I automatically think that everyone else knows what I'm talking about - that it's totally free.  That's the geek in me, I suppose.

        I also use Inkscape for any vector graphics work that I need (very, very seldom, but useful on occasion).

        Adobe's prices for their CS package (or individual components) for home / private use is outrageous.

        Tea Party manifesto: We're resigned to our collective fate because we don't want no stinkin' collective future with the likes of you

        by Richard Cranium on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 12:47:14 PM PDT

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    •  GIMP (5+ / 0-)

      I found it a bit difficult to earn, but  am getting the hang of it.

      There is a great FREE book that is distributed under the Open Publication License, you can access it on-line or download your very own copy via tarball. (If you really want to, you can buy a hard copy). I found it a great help.

      Grokking the GIMP
      by Carey Bunks
      ©2000 by New Riders Publishing
      ISBN 0-7357-0924-6.

      Check out http://gimp-savvy.com/...

      Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

      by DRo on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 09:37:11 AM PDT

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  •  have you considered (7+ / 0-)

    switching to Apple? Just as difficult in some respects, as are all computer thingies, but more intuitive in operation.

    IMHO.

    As for the general crankiness, I hear ya, sister. I am with you. Everything seems to be getting more complicated and less functional in this best of all possible worlds.

    I still think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were and are unnecessary, the whole "war on terror" is just a reaction to self-induced fear. I still think there is a war on women. -- from LaFeminista

    by Mnemosyne on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 08:12:44 AM PDT

  •  I use Windows 7 and am still not that wild about (5+ / 0-)

    it. That being said, as you point out, the Snip tool rocks. It has two obvious limitations. One is that it can't capture the focus so if you're trying to tell someone how to do something then you need another program.

    I use Irfanview for that purpose. I use many of its other functions as well. It's getting better at supporting manipulation of RAW files.

    The other is that you can't screencap something offscreen. The mos't common time I need help is capping a webpage. Screengrab is my friend in Firefox.

    For basic image manipulation I use MS Paint. You'll figure it out. One of it's best features is that it understands printers. When I want to print a multi page item it's my goto program.

    For more complex image manipulation I use The GIMP. If I'm starting with a RAW file that Irfanview couldn't handle to my satisfaction then I start with UFRAW.

    The learning curve never stops.

  •  Try Running the Software In Earlier Windows Mode: (5+ / 0-)
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    triciawyse, JG in MD, RiaD, DavidW, Amber6541

    Right click on the software shortcut icon and under properties there is a "compatibility" box. Up near the top is a box letting you choose to run the software under an earlier version of windows.

    After you click the box, a list will open up letting you choose from a sizeable list of windows versions from XP all the way back to win 2000 and even win 95.

    There's a fair chance this will let your software work.

    I understand your pain about printers and scanners. We added a Win 7 computer and it's got just no ability to use 2 of our 3 functions. Very infuriating.  

    Plus, no matter what permissions I set on the Win 7 machine, my XP Home machine cannot gain access across the home LAN to any Win 7 folders or files.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 08:23:19 AM PDT

  •  Also in MD (7+ / 0-)

    I feel your pain, JG.  I tried to take Metro to the Nationals game the other evening and my Smartcard wouldn't work.  I had about $20 on it and it is dead.  My HP printer insists my ink cartridges have expired and I have to take each one out and put them back in before printing anything.  The screen on my HP laptop died and I sent it in to be fixed and it worked just long enough to get past warranty and died again.  I had to buy an external monitor to use with it which kinda' makes the laptop very unportable.

    But you know, I could handle all this with a smile if the Democrats would just stuff Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge up the Republican's anal orifices and put people back to work again.

  •  Sweetie, may I make a suggestion? (3+ / 0-)
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    JG in MD, RiaD, DavidW

    IrfranView. Aside from that, relax and take the weekend off and know that we love you and adore you.

    Economic Left/Right: -7.12 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.31 Normal ain't anything but a setting on a washing machine. It isn't for humans by any stretch of the imagination

    by triciawyse on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 09:25:37 AM PDT

  •  I have an idea (3+ / 0-)
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    RiaD, DavidW, Amber6541

    A friend of mine has an old XP laptop. It's pretty clunky, but it will take my software, and I don't need Internet access. All I really need is Photosuite and MS Word 2003, maybe Familytreemaker 16.

    I'm going to ask for it if she hasn't given it to anyone else yet. It would be really cool to be able to work somewhere besides my desk and have my old functionality.

    Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

    by JG in MD on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 10:28:05 AM PDT

    •  I've got the clunky laptop! (2+ / 0-)
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      RiaD, DavidW

      I haven't tried to set it up yet, and probably won't for a while because I have a report to write. TTYL.

      Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

      by JG in MD on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 10:41:32 AM PDT

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      •  YaY! (1+ / 0-)
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        JG in MD

        i do so hope it works &gives you much better functionality.
        hugs!

        •  Setting it up now. (1+ / 0-)
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          RiaD

          I'll keep you posted, though I don't know how, with diaries aging out. Come to think of it, how do you keep up with a story here anyway, one's own or someone else's? Wait, I know.

          The stream is like a school of fish, follow it and you will all be together. —Kos

          Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

          by JG in MD on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:33:08 AM PDT

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          •  No joy. RIP, antique laptop. (1+ / 0-)
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            RiaD

            The patient gamely keeps trying to survive, rediagnosing, repairing, and re-defragging. It tidies up and restarts, but all the mess is there again. The brooms in Fantasia have nothing on this valiant Dell Inspiron. I'm going to pull the plug now.

            The stream is like a school of fish; follow it and you will all be together. —Kos

            by JG in MD on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 09:10:08 AM PDT

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  •  DRINK (2+ / 0-)
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    JG in MD, RiaD

    I can barely deal with the day to day complexities of life. The news is disastrous on a daily basis. Michelle Bachman and Rick Perry are actually being considered as serious candidate? Really? SHEEEEESH.

    Half the damned country thinks that global warming is a hoax and that dinosaurs played kick ball with Noah. They also think man was mad from mudpies 6000 years ago. I can't fucking take it anymore.

    My remote will only sort of work with my TV and my cable box. I don't even think I can select a movie anymore. My wife, who I love, has turned into a daily soap opera in which I am not only a prominent cast member but an unwilling one as well. I don't speak to anyone in my family anymore. . .they have been infected with some mysterious bug that has rendered them all crazy & irrational.

    I DRINK. I make no fucking apology for it either. I recommend it!

    •  Excellent Recent Drinking (1+ / 0-)
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      RiaD

      Bourbon: From a friend who shared a little from a bottle of blended whose name I forget. Always with a couple of splashes of soda, not water.

      Beer: Sam Adams, a six-pack from the same friend a couple of months ago and saved for special evenings. There's one bottle left.

      Past Preferences: Lovely amber Jack Daniels or the nightly tipple of my youth, Jim Beam.

      I come from a long line of unashamed drinkers who were fortunate to be nonaddictive personalities.

      Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

      by JG in MD on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 12:53:42 PM PDT

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      •  That describes me too (2+ / 0-)
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        JG in MD, RiaD

        But now I find myself surrounded by family teetotallers. What has happened to my country? My dad used to toss back 3 or 4 martinis at lunch and go back to work, where he did a hell of a job. The society chorus of condemnation of drinking seems overwhelming these days.

        Remember when every reporter had a flask in his upper right hand drawer?

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