Improving a Graphics Application with Tablet APIs

In May 2006, I wrote a small digital imaging application to produce what I like to call the “Pleasantville” effect.  If you’ve seen the movie, you can probably guess what I mean.  An image will be mostly grayscale, but certain aspects of the image, either certain colors or certain regions, will remain in vibrant color. …


Update to PreviewHandlerAssociationEditor for Vista x64

John Robbins emailed me tonight to let me know that he found a bug with my PreviewHandlerAssociatedEditor tool with Vista running on x64.  The tool first looks in the registry to see what handlers are available, and then it looks at all classes/extensions to see which have handlers registered with them.  I made the (faulty)…


Code for PreviewHandlerAssociationEditor

I’ve had several requests for the code for the PreviewHandlerAssociationEditor tool I put up a few weeks back to accompany my MSDN Magazine article on preview handlers.  I’ve updated the download to include the source for the project.  Enjoy!


Position Changer Add-In updated for Media Center in Windows Vista

Back in early 2005, I wrote an article for MSDN on implementing add-ins for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.  As part of that article, I implemented an add-in that made it easy to jump around in a recorded TV show, video, or music file using the remote control, simply by entering a time code using the…


Error 2869 when installing preview handlers MSI

If you’re getting an error with error code 2869 when installing the sample preview handlers associated with my preview handler article from the January 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine, make sure you’re following the directions in the README file.  Open a new console window with “Run as administrator”.  From the console window, change to the…


UnauthorizedAccessException in PDF Preview Handler

For my article on preview handlers in the January 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine, I wrote a sample preview handler for previewing PDF files.  This allows you to view PDF files in Outlook and in the Vista shell just as you would other document types for which there are built-in preview handlers, like for Word…


Preview Handler Association Editor

I received an email from MSDN Magazine subscriber Oren Novotny thanking me for my preview handler article in the January 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine.  Oren also wondered whether a tool could be written to make it easy to edit preview handler registrations for particular extensions.  For example, what if you wanted to associate the…

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Update to Outlook Calendar Provider framework for Outlook 2007

I’ve received several emails from folks who have been successfully using my Outlook Calendar Provider and Outlook Contact Provider with Outlook 2003.  Unfortunately, they upgrade to Outlook 2007, and their solutions break.  This appears to be due to Outlook 2007 being more strict about the response it gets back from the Web service than was…


Slides and code from DevConnections talks

Several folks have asked me for my slides and code samples from both talks I gave at Visual Studio Connections last week.  You can find them here:http://www.devconnections.com/updates/LasVegasFall_06/VS_Connections/Toub_VGN305_VSConnections_Fall2006.ziphttp://www.devconnections.com/updates/LasVegasFall_06/VS_Connections/Toub_VMU302_VSConnections_Fall2006.zip


November 2006 MSDN Magazine now online

The November 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/11. This includes the November installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters, available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/11/NETMatters.