First things first though. As with all Microsoft products, installation was a
breeze. If you have installed any recent software from Microsoft then you will
be fine with this product. There is nothing convoluted about the setup process
and with a matter of minutes the program should be installed and up and running.
Now there must be our first word of warning about this product; it takes a hell
of a lot of room for a complete install, in fact about 400mb which is room that
the average user is going to begrudge with the average hard drive now being
about 40gb. You can customise the install, however if you are like me, you want
the whole program there so you don't have to mess about with CDs too often.
For those of you using Windows
XP, this software should be a breeze due to the simple fact that there is a good
chance that you have already used XP's photo and printing wizards and are aware
of their simplicity and ease of use. DIS incorporates this into it's shell
through the Digital Image Library section.
Another interesting operation
now available is the ability to turn your photos into a video that can be then
played on most conventional DVD players. This is in the Photo Story Lite section
of the software that is only included with Digital Image Suite and not Photo
Standard which we will also be covering for you on the site.
The interface on this software
will also be of comfort to users both new and old with Microsoft making an
effort to streamline the process of learning new programs by making the general
appearance to resemble that of Internet Explorer or even Windows Explorer. Menus
can be navigated from the left hand side and the main working window is to the
The software is pretty
processor intensive, why I really couldn't work out, so make sure that your
machine is on the higher end of the requirements (Pentium 700mhz processor,
256mb ram). Those on the edge of just having the requirements are going to
experience some slow up in using this application which is a bit rough even when
the images are not big.
In summary: If you are wanting
editing software that will pretty much do anything and everything that most
average users could ever possibly want, then this is the one for you. It's
interface is second to none and the learning curve virtually non existent. For
those who have a lower end PC, I would recommend looking for something else, or
even upgrading to take advantage of the positives of this product.
- Tory Favro