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Difference between iView and Expression
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« on: March 21, 2008, 07:11:47 AM »

What is the difference between iView and Expression?  Will they eventually eliminate iView all together?  If one was to be starting a new database at this time is iView still the best choice to start with?
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2008, 02:24:33 AM »

iView was a company being bought by Microsoft for their programming prowess and the main product MediaPro. The letter was then renamed Expression Media, given a very small make-over, then went into a rigorous code rewrite [unfortunately not really visible to users], and is now - with version 2 of the program - on its way to be the first major update to the DAM that once was MediaPro.

iView MediaPro is dead as far as development and distribution is concerned; if you get hold of a [legal] licence and copy, it is still a very good cataloguing application. There will be no updates or bug fixes available for it; you have to get Expression Media.

Anita Oakley has just posted that xMedia v2 is planned for release in late April or early May. If they get the serious bugs fixed - sadly there are quite a few - it will be an upgrade worthwhile with some new features [hierarchical keywords and incorporation of Virtual Earth being the most obvious] and a much better performance.
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2008, 01:47:55 PM »

I bought a legit copy of iView while trying Expression Media. Probably it is not common, but iView was constantly crashing. Fortunately I'm on a Mac, and just needed to Force Quit instead of restarting like I always had to do on Windows. I uninstalled and went back to my trial, than got a free upgrade offer to register Expression Media. I thought the free upgrade had expired. Nice surprise!
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