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The Family Slide Show Goes Digital

Techstination feature for Friday, September 28, 2001

The family slide show... .goes digital. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Remember the days when people used to set up screens and slide projectors to share vacation photos and such? A new product from Microsoft lets you re-live those days... showing off digital pictures on that big screen family room TV... .

"This is called the Microsoft TV Photo Viewer. It's a great, easy new way to view your digital photos on TV. With the TV Photo Viewer, anyone in the family can use a simple, five button remote control to view the digital photos on TV."

The package is as easy to use as Microsoft says. The bundled software automatically sizes your digital pictures so they fit on a floppy disk... .which goes into a drive that plugs into the video input of your TV. You can fit up to 40 pictures on a disk and the software lets you add titles or captions. With the remote you can step through the photos ... .or hit the auto button for an automatic slide show. The pictures don't look as good on a TV as they do on a computer screen... .but the software optimizes them as much as possible... .

"This lets them get more out of the digital photos they already have by letting them enjoy in a different place in the house... by letting more people in their family enjoy them."

Microsoft will sell the TV Photo Viewer for about a hundred fifty dollars. Iomega recently cut the price of its FotoShow zip drive product to one hundred fifty as well. It also connects to a TV and can store hundreds of pictures on a single Zip disk. Technology wise, it's a better buy but for simplicity... Microsoft has the edge. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.