Importing Photos in Windows 10
The latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, Build 10041, already looks much more professional than the “for toddlers only” feel of Windows 8 and 8.1. The full screen Start page is gone as is the full screen “All apps” page in the default installation.
Clicking All apps in the Start menu now brings up an alphabetical listing (see yellow arrow in illustration) so you can scroll down to what you are looking for. The full screen Start page can still be the better choice, especially on small hand-held devices. The default properties settings are shown in the illustration here. On my version of Windows 10 TP, running in a virtual machine, checking the “Show Start …” box did not do so.
For me and my fellow photo-enthusiasts there are some more important things, however. Importing , managing, enhancing and sharing photos is high on our list.
One of the faults in Windows 8.1 is the malfunctioning AutoPlay feature. That, sadly, has not yet been fixed in the Technical Preview.
In the AutoPlay setup menu the choices for Pictures media type or Camera storage show View pictures (Photo Gallery) but not an import option. When set to Ask me every time, the only options are Open device to view files File Explorer, or Take no action.
Hey Microsoft! TAKE ACTION! Fix this!
It is understandable that in a Technical Preview codecs for photo files might not yet be supplied. Back in Windows XP a missing codec would not only be detected, the system would go out and find the file and install it with just a few clicks. Not so in Windows 10 TP. Installing the Nikon codec for my Nikon camera (see Resource page) worked without any problem or complaint.
Photo Gallery has a manual import option which works fine. It detects the camera and goes out to find the photos. Importing works smoothly as it has in Photo Gallery for many years.
Using the Resize option for bulk conversion to JPG format also works as expected. Photo Gallery adds the new picture size to the end of the file name. To clean up my file names I have used a BAT, batch file, for many years. I am delighted to report that BAT files work as nicely in Windows 10 as the have worked in earlier Windows versions, indeed, in PCs since before Windows.
To sum up, Windows 10 Technical Preview is a useful platform for photographers. The tools, especially Photo Gallery, work well. Codecs have to be installed manually, however.
And AutoPlay, well, it ought to play but doesn’t. So Windows 10 Technical Preview is on its way, it isn’t soup yet, but the water is getting warm.
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