On Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 10:54:09AM -0300, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> I'm still grappling with how a user would send a picture to Grandma or use
> it as the desktop background.
> How about:
> Keep the saved pictures and metadata where they are now, but put shortcuts
> in 'My Documents'/'My Pictures' (symlinks in Desktop/My Pictures) for each
> image. Then if someone renames an image or deletes it, they are only
> renaming the shortcut (symlink) so they don't break the relationship with
> the metadata.
I tried this (on XP-SP2) and it seems to work quite well. It shows up as
a thumbnail when the view is set to thumbnails, and opens/edits the image in
the default image editing program. It also works for setting the desktop
Unfortunately, when trying to email the image using the right-click
'Send To' menu, Outlook Express and Thunderbird both try and send the
shortcut itself! The same happens if the Attach button is used or the
shortcut is drag-n-dropped.
I don't know if there is a way round this, I'm struggling to think of a
way in which this behaviour is useful :-)
Alternatively, I've got some code (Python, but using ctypes) that will
send an email using the default email client on Windows. It pops up a
compose window with (optional) recipients, subject, body and attachments
and can either be sent or discarded
It works with Outlook Express, Outlook 97 and 2000, Eudora, Incredimail
and Mozilla Thunderbird (18.104.22.168).
> Of course, the user might reasonably expect that any image placed in this
> folder should be editable in Tux Paint, and would be surprised if it were
> not. So maybe some sort of auto-import could handle this (or maybe just
> a big question-mark icon in the open dialog to indicate something is there
> but Tux Paint doesn't know what to do with it?)
> Then we'd have to decide what to do if a user removes one of these links.
> Do we treat the image as deleted and remove the copy in the hidden dir too?
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