Give it a Whirl By now you may have already heard of and played with Photosynth, a new Technology Preview from Microsoft Live Labs.  If you haven’t had a chance to try out Photosynth for yourself, trust me, you’ll be glad you spent the time to check it out.  So, rather than me give a…


Introducing HD Photo

A New Name and a New License No, it’s not another file format.  We have re-christened Windows Media Photo as HD Photo.  We’ve listened closely to the feedback from our partners and customers, and in response, we have made some important changes, including this new name. We have also made a substantial change to the licensing.  The…


MSU Evaluates Windows Media Photo vs. JPEG-2000

The fine folks at the Graphics and Media Lab at Moscow State University (MSU) have completed a comparison of Windows Media Photo and nine different implementations of JPEG-2000.  Their results are right in line with our own analysis; it confirms our message that Windows Media Photo delivers image quality comparable to JPEG-2000 and significantly better…


Managed Code Interfaces

Windows Vista and .NET Framework 3.0 programmers can access the HD Photo codec from managed code.  There are a few restrictions when using the managed code interfaces compared to the unmanaged WIC interfaces.  Most notably, not all the pixel formats are supported through managed code in this first release, so these pixel formats can’t be…


Future Imaging 6Sight Conference

The Future Imaging 6Sight Conference takes place in Monterey California next week – October 24th and 25th.  I’ll be there speaking (briefly) about Windows Media Photo.  I’m attending the entire conference so if you’re also planning on attending, grab me and say hello. If you’re not planning on being there, then change your plans!  It’s…


Get Your WIC On

Ok, so I’ve most definitely been neglecting this blog for way too long.  It’s the most common form of blogicide; you start out with the greatest of intentions and then, well, life happens. But fear not, I’m not going to let that happen.  My lame excuse:  We’re in the final big push on Windows Vista,…


Traveling Again

I’ll be traveling to the Pacific Rim next week (8/19-8/25), visiting several of our partners Taiwan and Japan.  I’ll also be presenting a paper on Windows Media Photo at the Society for Photographic Science and Technology of Japan at the Shonan Village Conference Center in Kanagawa on August 24th.  Note, the SPSTJ website linked here,…


WinHEC 2006 Slide Deck Posted

  The PowerPoint slide deck from my presentation on Windows Media Photo at WinHEC 2006 is now posted online here: or here:  This deck is a little out of date, and the link to the information on WIC has now changed.  See my previous blog entry for the correct link. I recently updated…


WIC Documentation

  Can you believe it?  A short blog entry! The original URL I provided (in my welcome blog post) for the WIC documentation has changed.  You can now find information about the WIC interfaces here:  


Encoding Windows Media Photo Files – Part 1: DPK Tools

  This is the first installment of a series of blogs on creating Windows Media Photo files.  This series will cover the tools that are currently available, an explanation of the various encoding options, and recommendations and guidelines on how to achieve the best results for a wide variety of different scenarios.    Part 1…