FotoVision: New End-to-End .NET Smart Client Sample Application

FotoVision has released to the web (thanks to Ed Kaim for drawing this to my attention). This is a fantastic new smart client application suite developed by Vertigo Software (some of the brightest developers I know, who were also responsible for the original release of IBuySpy, Quake II on .NET and many other Microsoft samples).

The application firstly allows you to organise and manipulate your photo collection using a Windows Forms application; it makes full use of the System.Drawing namespace and graphics support in the Base Class Libraries to allow photos to be resized, retinted and cropped - but it also extends these classes to provide advanced capabilities such as JPEG EXIF tag manipulation. The main feature is a web application that acts as a photo gallery along with a web service that allows the Windows Forms application to upload and synchronise photos with the gallery. This demonstrates many useful core concepts for web applications including secure secret storage and anti-spam devices. Lastly there's a Pocket PC application that provides an alternative way to manipulate the web service.

Not only is the application one of the sweetest looking that I've seen, the full source code is available for download, inspection and modification, along with three white papers (one for each application) - and of course it's all free.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who shares their family photos on the web. I've used the Rebex Image Gallery control until now, since it's a nice little ASP.NET control that pre-caches thumbnail images, but it's not perfect for my needs. I'll certainly be playing around with FotoVision and hope to have it up and running in the next couple of weeks for my own site. A great application - the Vertigo team have done it again!

Comments (8)

  1. Anonymous says:

    A new end-end .net smart client application, FotoVision, has been released to the web. [Tim Sheath] Also developed by Vertigo Software that developed the IssueVision and IBuySpy samples (and several other stuff like the ASP.NET starter kits) and I also learned today they were responsible for porting Quake II to .NET.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Woohoo, its great, got it working in minutes and uploaded to my photo site. This is going to be so much easier to manage than MSN groups for my photos, I never got round to writing my version which was going to be similar, perhaps I will use this as a base, once I’ve converted it to c# 😉

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been meaning to get around to learning some of that graphics manipulation stuff. Looks like prodding around this thing might be a good start. Unless somebody out there can recommend something else ( send any suggestions through )

  4. Anonymous says:

    There’s a bug in the desktop viewer when run under Windows 2000.

    The code attempts to use the window property DROP SHADOW, which doesn’t exist for 2000.

    Here’s the code fix:


    LINE 340

    ‘ use the XP drop shadow

    Protected Overrides ReadOnly Property CreateParams() As CreateParams

    <SecurityPermission(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Flags:=SecurityPermissionFlag.UnmanagedCode)> Get

    Dim cp As CreateParams = MyBase.CreateParams

    ‘ Check OS Before using XP drop shadow

    Dim OSVer As Version = System.Environment.OSVersion.Version()

    Select Case OSVer.Major

    Case Is <= 5

    Case 5

    If OSVer.Minor > 0 Then

    cp.ClassStyle = cp.ClassStyle Or Win32.CS_DROPSHADOW

    End If

    Case Is > 5

    cp.ClassStyle = cp.ClassStyle Or Win32.CS_DROPSHADOW

    Case Else

    End Select

    Return cp

    End Get

    End Property

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the note on DROP_SHADOW windows style when running on Win2000. The minimum requires was decided to be XP but that’s not mentioned or enforced. It would be nice to make it work on previous version of Windows also. We rebuilt the sample and a new version should be posted on the FotoVision site that checks for XP before using the DROP_SHADOW style. Thanks again,

    – ralph

  6. Anonymous says:

    C# version would be cool.


  7. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how this compares to SPGM?

  8. Anonymous says:

    From the capable group at Vertigo Software (the same folks who produced the venerable IBuySpy and Quake

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