Software

What software should I use with my camera?

Episode 956

Taryn from Los Alamitos, CA

Taryn has a Canon camera and it's software requires OS 10.6, and she has OS 10.4. Leo says that there's no need to use the Canon software. It's terrible and unnecessary. In fact, since Taryn is on the Mac, iPhoto will work just fine. Should she upgrade OS X? Leo says that the nice thing about OS X is that it's cheap to upgrade. The downside is that older hardware may not support the latest (Mountain Lion). Taryn's MacBook can go up to OS 10.6, though, but there's no real need to rush to upgrade since she'll get the latest OS when she upgrades to a new Mac.

How can I get an old program to work with Windows 7?

Episode 942

George from California

George has an old program called PrintMaster Gold and since he upgraded to Windows 7, it won't work because of driver issues. Leo says that George could try right-clicking on the icon and selecting "compatibility mode," which will run the program under a virtual XP configuration.

There is a version called PrintMaster 2012 Platinum. Buying the recent version will probably be the simplest solution.

Should I port my application over to other platforms?

Episode 922

Alexander from Russia

Alex has written an app that helps with eye strain while using a computer, and is wondering if he should port it to other platforms. Leo says it depends on what the app was written in. Alex wrote it in C++. so Leo advises transitioning it to RT. For Apple, he could write in any language he wants, but he'd need to do it on a Mac. Objective C is good, native choice.

Is there an alternative to Text Expander available for Windows? (Part 2)

Episode 916

Mark from Tustin, CA

There is a site called AlternativeTo.net, which would allow him to enter in a program name and then will tell him alternatives to it. This doesn't work for getting an alternative to a program on another operating system, though.

Web166 in the chatroom says that AutoHotKey is a great equivalent to Text Expander on Windows.