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Graham
As a long time user of PMView I now find it doesn't work well with a recently purchased camera. This camera does not appear as a drive letter, instead it shows in "My Computer" as a specific camera device.

This provides a significantly reduced menu of options for each image, none of which can involve PMView. There is a Preview option, which opens Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, a decidely poor piece of software. I would very much like to have PMView to take over the Preview option.

Further, PMView's Open dialog doesn't show this camera device, so I can't get pictures into PMView that way. I actually have to use something other than PMView to put the images on my hard drive, and then open PMView on them, which is quite inconvenient.

From the reading I've done, it doesn't look as though it would be very difficult to have PMView take over the Preview option, but I've no idea how difficult it would be to have the camera usable in the Open dialog. Either would be a big improvement though.

FWIW, my wife connected my camera to her computer, she opened Photoshop Elements 4 to see if it could access the camera and it immediately provided a dialog with thumbnails and the abilty to process the pictures. (BTW, she uses PMView too.)

Basic manipulations of camera images seems such a natural thing for PMView to do, and I'm disappointed I can't do it with this camera. Any chance this capability will be added any time soon?
Peter
Are you using PMView v3.50? Older versions have a bug that possibly has an impact on the drive not showing up in the File Open dialog.
Graham
QUOTE (Peter @ Jul 8 2007, 08:02 AM) *
Are you using PMView v3.50? Older versions have a bug that possibly has an impact on the drive not showing up in the File Open dialog.

Yes.
Graham
Still the same in 3.51.
Peter
QUOTE (Graham @ Aug 5 2007, 08:29 PM) *
Still the same in 3.51.


I could not find a problem with PMView. Have you checked if there is a newer driver for your camera that might possibly fix the problem?

Is it possible to assign a drive letter for the camera? If it is, try that and see if it works better.

Thanks,
Peter
ronlaw
Hello Peter (and all)

Perhaps you didn't realise, but many new cameras don't use drive letters. Instead they use PTP protocol, a new standard support by XP onwards.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picture_Transfer_Protocol

To be clear, I think PTP sucks and much prefer USB mass storage. But it's common now.

There are other protocols as well that don't use drive letters.

If PMView is serious about importing pictures from cameras, drive letters is the tip of the iceberg, a lot more work is required.
asavage
I'm guessing that this is the reason that, on WinXP SP3, my iPhone 4 cannot be accessed by PMView 3.64, whilst Photoshop 7.01 (released in 2002) can. Screenshot comparison:

http://asavage.dyndns.org/ftp/hosting/PMView/iPhone_01b.png
Peter
[quote name='asavage' post='1367' date='Oct 12 2011, 10:12 PM']I'm guessing that this is the reason that, on WinXP SP3, my iPhone 4 cannot be accessed by PMView 3.64, whilst Photoshop 7.01 (released in 2002) can. Screenshot comparison:

Certain devices are filtered out depending on file system flags. Looks like the iPhone has the flags set in a way such that PMView thinks it's not a normal file system.

UPDATE: I can actually repeat this problem with my Canon G9. I will fix this in v3.65!

Thanks,
Peter



Peter
Graham, ronlaw: The problem was that I did not realize exactly what the problem was until Al pictured it very clearly.

This issue will be fixed in v3.65. Will be available by the end of October latest!
asavage
That's great news. I'm glad that there is a solution that does not require hundreds of hours of time to implement. Thanks, Peter.
Peter
QUOTE (asavage @ Oct 15 2011, 02:34 PM) *
That's great news. I'm glad that there is a solution that does not require hundreds of hours of time to implement. Thanks, Peter.


Actually it turns out it will take quite a bit of work. All core file functions in PMView will have to be redone to allow operation of files on "virtual" drives. Most likely it will result in v3.70 and Windows 98/ME and NT4 support will be dropped.
asavage
QUOTE (Peter @ Oct 15 2011, 04:08 PM) *
. . and Windows 98/ME and NT4 support will be dropped.

Damn.
asavage
Is this still on-track for implementation?
Peter
QUOTE (asavage @ Jul 9 2013, 08:12 PM) *
Is this still on-track for implementation?


Please e-mail me for details. Thanks!
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