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Review of Image Space Media (ISM)

Updated 2/6/2012 after ISM’s merger, which seems to have dramatically changed their pay structure.

Updated 7/1/2011 with information about ISM’s “Photostitial Units”, ads that appear automatically and hide the first image a user sees.

Image Space Media has an interesting idea: overlay images with advertisements that appear only when users hover their cursor over the image. Try it out by hovering your cursor over the larger images on this site. They’re currently calling it beta, so there’s every opportunity they’ll improve over time.

It already seems to work well, though. Hover your cursor over an image (such as my picture of the New York City Skyline at night), and an advertisement rises up from the bottom, covering about one-quarter of the image, as shown here (scaled down to fit this page).

There’s also a sharing icon in the upper-left corner that you can turn off. If the user clicks it, a full-page overlay appears that provides links to sharing on Facebook , Twitter, and e-mail. Several ads appear on the page, too, and it shows you popular and recent images. This picture shows a scaled-down version of the sharing page, however, since I’m currently using ISM on this site, you can experience it for yourself by hovering your cursor over it.

Once you’re hovering, you can click the advertisement or just move your mouse away. Once you move your mouse, the advertisement shrinks back down to one line. You have to reload the page if you want the ad to completely disappear.

Image Space Media ad

It’s smart enough to ignore small images, such as those you might use in menus. Occasionally, the advertisement wasn’t flush with the bottom of the image, but I’m sure they’ll work that problem at.


Comparing Digital Camera Noise Reduction in Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS5, and Noise Ninja

Here, I compare Digital Camera Noise Reduction in Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS5, and Noise Ninja. Lightroom is the quickest for those times when the picture doesn’t have to be perfect, and Noise Ninja is the best. I use Noise Ninja when I need to publish or sell a picture. Be sure to watch it in 1080p and full screen so you can see all the details.

Find and Free Up that “Missing” Disk Space

A reader dropped a comment onto another page with a question that I’ve asked myself many times…

I wonder if you can help with this perhaps related problem. Running Windows Vista, it reports the hard drive has only 58 MB of free space. Adding up the folder sizes as shown in the properties window for each folder in Windows Explorer (including hidden folders), indicates that there are hundreds of GB of unused space.
When the limit is reached and there is no space left, by Windows reporting, no files can be saved.
It seems obvious that Windows’ reporting is faulty, but as it stops the saving of files, it cannot be ignored.
Any solution / suggestions?

Unfortunately, it’s not likely that Windows is simply lieing to you. More likely is that your technique of evaluating the disk space used by each folder is flawed. However, just to make sure Windows isn’t lieing, you can run a checkdisk at an administrative command prompt by following these steps (after the jump):


Creating and Customizing ISO Images

Microsoft offers several no-cost tools for  burning DVDs and CDs. For example, if you insert a blank, writable disc AutoPlay will display a menu with options for burning audio or data discs. Windows Media Player can also be used for burning discs, click the Burn tab on the right as shown in the image below. Then drag audio or video files from the center pane to the list on the right. Click Start burn to burn the disc.

Burning discs using Windows Media Player

After the jump, more CD and DVD burning tools, including Movie Maker and ways to burn ISOs.


Software for Organizing, Tagging, and Captioning Photographs

Question from a reader:

Tony, I don’t have 10,000 photographs but sometimes it seems like it. I would appreciate your opinion for the best program for organizing my files on the computer. I can’t seem to find something that will permit captioning, date recording and tagging. I often wonder how the NGS organizes their collection which must numer in the millions. Thanks

My answer after the jump…


Windows 7 Video Training

I created a Windows 7 video training course for to help people get started with Windows 7. Here’s the course outline–click the links to view the beginning (and most basic) subjects for free. Buy the course online and you’ll get access to the subjects covering the more advanced material.


Upgrading to Windows 7


Make a Picture Bigger (Photoshop How To)


Can I add extra pixels in a picture saved im my computer by Photoshop or something else for enlarge or resize it??