Take a Deep Breath, and, Reset (the Saga, Part IV)

So I took another plunge into the depths of #Microsoft’s push of Windows 10 onto us whether we are willing or not. These days, though, Apple isn’t making me very happy vis a vis their unwillingness to go the mile on the terrorist phone issue. Then again, I’m no expert.

I was so happy with Kuron, Jim’s Dell desktop, after I reset and downloaded all of my important programs and replugged all the backup drives, that I went for the same thing with Perdia, my new Dell laptop. Not exactly the same result.

I went to my settings, hit Update & Security, hit Recovery and reset. You can do this now. I remember studying and agonizing over wiping my former computers, and how technical it was for me. Now, it’s just a couple of clicks. Wait.

After Microsoft downloaded a fresh copy of Windows 10, which I was relieved for, being a skeptic and inexperienced but one other computer with this, the real work began.

I keep careful record of receipts and keys for my major programs, and was able to install them. Except for an issue with a ghost drive “j” which is persistent even after reinstall of the OS. When I have time, I’ll call Corel and see what’s the problem. Meantime, Kuron is running that small app that came along with PaintShop Pro X8.

So, the lesson is, to know that you need to sign in to your social media and other websites. LastPass is a good help here, as I try to maintain my spreadsheet as well.

As we go forward, it won’t be easier. But at least it’s not harder.

 

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Saga Losses and Gains (the Saga, Part III)

Today is a day off. I have a sinus thing going on, and what it’s producing is a series of uncontrollable, violent sneezes. Best kept to myself!

So in between explosions, I decided to re-download my favorite programs into Kuron, who has become a Dell #Inspiron with a fresh copy of #Windows 10. I’ve already re-installed my old copy of #Roxio Creator 2011, which is just fine for making copies of CD’s and music disks.

Today’s project, however, included #PaintShop Pro X3 which has an incredible array of effects which I just cannot live without. Although this app ran just fine during the initial setup of Windows 10, as I suspected, it now was uninvited to the party, and would not run. But #Corel probably already knew that, and I hopped onto their chat window. My tech informed me of what I already figured (if 20 years of Windows hadn’t already taught me) – the app is incompatible with Win10. Oh.

Next step, what is available for me to continue using the program? Well, didn’t my customer service agent come up with an incredible, 75% off offer for a brand new spanking new download of PaintShop Pro X8 which was hard to resist.

Why do I like this app? It is simple. Unlike #Photoshop Elements, it makes no bones about providing at a reasonable cost, a full-fledged photo and creative interface without silly gimmicks and effects that you will never use. Like a button-adorned frame.

PSPX8 is designed for the non and pro alike in my estimation. It is a powerful program that runs quickly under Windows.

My biggest issue with this application is that it does require a learning curve, at least for me. I have not been able to grasp the full workings of the text feature, but once it is conquered, it offers a lot of benefits. The native save format is also different than Photoshop, but it can be changed.

So, off I go to download my copy for this laptop, and happily move along with my concepts and photos. Stay tuned!

The Saga Part II

So the experience of resetting a Windows 10 Dell Inspiron continues. It seems the resolution was off this morning, and I discovered that my other computer, Perdia, has an unusual resolution (1366 x 768) and I cannot remember how it was achieved on this monitor!

So I proceeded to ignore it, as I need to recover some of my time today without boggling my overstretched mind already.

First things first, I proceeded to install some of the programs that were removed. Sure enough, it looks like from here, that the resolution is resolved. But you know me – gotta get into the guts and make sure of the numbers.

One of the interesting things about this reset is that Microsoft provided, via the native browser, Edge, a list of items that were deleted during the reset. So far, so good. It is simply amazing how much “junk” had accumulated. Hoping that now things will go better.

But, the solution created another problem. What has this unleashed in me, but an obsession with resetting all my devices. What adventures await over the Edge!

Techhiness – A Guide to What Not to Do with Video Apps

This is a lesson in using ProShow Producer, a rather expensive, premie program that I’ve been a fan of for like 10 years.

Over the years, I’ve produced quite a few opuses and here is what happened.

It began with one specific show that just wouldn’t open for me on my monitor. I tried every which way to open it, and found myself recreating the show each and every time. It became a hassle in that I was unable to apply any effects or fun stuff that was the reason I purchased this program.

Perhaps it was a technical glitch – I was using a cross-networked folder to access my files and switched using this method.

  1. I used an external drive containing backups of my files connected locally to my computer. You would say, they are backups. Eventually some may be deleted as I manually update this drive over said network. But I don’t care – *Remember* once you finalize and produce the video, it is under a different format. The humane thing to do is simply delete all the material not relevant any more, including those dumb bak files that appear out of nowhere. You still have the original sources over the network on the working drive, no?
  2. I saved the video on which I’m working on said local external (oxymoron?) drive, and my system picked it up immediately 0 running Win10 no less.
  3. Suddenly, the video in the making opens up, performs, and I can once again return to the learning curve that has been driving me to do even more with this program, no thanks really to the techs I have called in the past who coldly advised me that like I can’t use music from a network drive. Really?

So, for the time being, my troubles are over, and I can leave my Microsoft Movie Maker alone and return to the serious business of being a writer, producer and director here at Frizzzwerx Studios.  Stay tuned for what’s next!