Picture Attachments Wizard (Beta) for Microsoft Outlook


UPDATE:
The commercial version of Picture Attachments Wizard (v. 1.1) has been released.  See this posting for more details.

NOTE:
Due to data loss with OfficeZealot’s blog server, all comments posted between April 28 and June 8 , 2005 to any of my blog entries were inadvertently deleted.  The end of this blog entry contains the text of the comments applicable to this posting that I was able to recover.

After first blogging about a new way to handle viewing multiple picture attachments with Outlook, and then expanding on that idea in my MSDN article, I have now taken it even further by developing a COM Add-In called Picture Attachments Wizard for Microsoft Outlook.  This Beta version (0.9) is a free 45-day trial that can be downloaded here.  Give it a try and let me know what you think – all feedback (constructive, I hope!) is welcome.

Here’s a screen shot of the main Wizard screen:

More screenshots:

Requirements:  Windows XP, Outlook 2000/XP/2003.

Features:

  • Thumbnail view of attached photos in a separate screen
    • from Inbox, select message and view thumbnail screen
    • from e-mail, can tile thumbnail screen horizontally or vertically with the e-mail message
    • Auto-display thumbnails when e-mail opens
  • Run slideshow of attached photos
    • Launch from Inbox or e-mail
    • Can control slide transition timing
    • Navigation buttons for pausing or cycling through the pictures
  • Wizard form
    • View EXIF (Extensible Image File Format, soon to be known as the DCF – Digital Camera File format) details of photos; this is photographic information that is stored in the picture files from most digital cameras (camera model, date picture taken, shutter speed, flash mode, F-number, exposure time, etc.)
    • Open all or selected pictures with a choice of any installed image viewer application
    • Quick save all or selected pictures to default folder (no browsing to save)
    • Expand thumbnail view to full screen
    • Collapse/expand Picture Tasks and Picture Info explorer bars
  • Toolbar on main Outlook window and e-mail window to launch Wizard form, Thumbnails screen, slideshow, quick save attachments and change wizard settings
  • Ability to save all picture attachments in all e-mail messages in your Inbox to a location you choose in one shot
  • Program settings:
    • Change default attachment save directory
    • Auto display Wizard, thumbnails or slideshow when opening an e-mail message
      • Only auto display above when all attachments are pictures or at least one is a picture
      • Auto display thumbnails screen with e-mail message tiled vertically or horizontally
    • Hide extra text on slideshow screen
    • Hide main Outlook Picture Attachments Wizard toolbar on startup

An extra-special thanks to VBAccelerator.com for some great resources, libraries and controls.

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 COMMENTS RESTORED FROM BACKUP:

Thu 5/19/2005 9:56 AM Jon Hewitt

“Absolutlely brilliant. All works OK, but when I start Outlook I get the fllowing error:

Error 5 (Invalid procedure call or argument) in procedure RetrieveInstalledBrowsers of Module basPictureAttachments)”

Thu 5/19/2005 10:13 AM Eric Legault http://blogs.officezealot.com/legault

“Thanks Jon! As for your error – what browsers do you have installed? What version of XP – SP1 or SP2 (or none?)

If you are comfortable working with the registry editor, it would be really helpful if you could export the contents of this key to a file and e-mail it to me (rename the .reg file to .txt so it doesn’t get trashed):

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMen
uInternet

You can e-mail me by clicking Contact in the My Links section of this page at the top left.”

Sat 5/28/2005 3:35 PM William Dowell

Love it! thank you! I have no errors my end, (running XP SP2) and all has been brilliant. I look forward to the final version :-)

Fri 6/3/2005 1:52 PM  Chris Manning

I just tried this out and it seems to work great. I think that the options that you added hit the nail on the head. However, what can be done at the end of the trial period with this free version?

Fri 6/3/2005 2:37 PM Eric Legault http://blogs.officezealot.com/legault

Chris: At the end of the trial, the add-in will load but none of the functionality will work, and you’ll have to uninstall it.

Mon 6/6/2005 9:29 AM Chris Manning

When/where will this item be released? How can I continue to use this past the trial period? This application seems to be very stable. Do you have plans to extend the functionality more than what has been developed? Thanks!

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Eric Legault

Microsoft Outlook MVP (15 yrs). Author: Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Step By Step. Consultant/speaker/Outlook add-in builder/SharePoint pioneer. Guitarist: Maiden Canada (Iron Maiden tribute band)

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