Microsoft Photos – Still a Disaster After All These Years

Our local village community organisation – Heelwegs Belang – is holding its annual New Year’s Reception today. I thought that I would make a slide presentation to run continuously during the reception and be displayed on a screen in the village hall.

I thought about what tool I would use to make the presentation; would it be PowerPoint, or something else? Initially, I thought I would try using Microsoft’s new presentation tool Sway. It seemed promising, but I quickly discovered that it requires a permanent connection to the internet to work. Since there is no WiFi in the village hall at the moment, that ruled out Sway from consideration.

Then I realised that the much-maligned (by me and others) Microsoft Photos app now has a so-called “video creation” mode, which can be used to assemble slide presentations, and even put music to them. So I fired up Photos and set about assembling my presentation.

Photos 01

Dear lord, but what a painful experience that proved to be. The Photos app is slow as molasses in this mode, and crashes frequently. The workflow involved in assembling a presentation is primitive – for example, you must apply effects one at a time to each slide; you can’t select a group of slides and apply an effect or effects to the group. So if you want to change the default display time of 3 seconds to, say, 5 seconds – you have to plod through the presentation and change each slide timing individually. Given that “plodding” is the order of the day with the Photos app, I felt I was fighting the app every damn step of the way. Add to that the frequent crashes, and losing the last few minutes of work each time, I was ready to put my fist through the screen at several points.

Frankly, next time, it will be back to PowerPoint. It may be old-school, but at least it works, and does what it says on the tin.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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3 Responses to Microsoft Photos – Still a Disaster After All These Years

  1. DaveL says:

    Yep, you only have to look at the feedback hub for the photos “app” to see you’re not alone in your despair. When the old free MS Photo Gallery was so good (absolutely fantasic in comparison in fact), you have to wonder what’s gone wrong at MS in this area. I think they’re too busy adding large blank fuzzy transparent areas to apps rather than getting on with the job of making useful things that work.

  2. Mark says:

    I always wonder why the programmers don’t actually try a real task after they create their code. Instead of a 30-second video on how great it is while using 4 carefully sized images, if they actually tried to put together 100 full-sized images in a real-world show they would see the limitations on what they have created.

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