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Windows 7: Easier way of using "Send to" option in WML without skydrive?

16 Mar 2012   #1

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Easier way of using "Send to" option in WML without skydrive?

My parents are like old dogs, they are hard to teach. It took me a long time to get them figured out on Windows XP. Just recently their old computer went south. I was able to salvage everything off the old hard drive but rather than to invest in old computer parts and keep Windows XP running, I went with a new computer route. However Windows Live Mail 2011 is giving me and my parents headaches.

Personally I don't like the SkyDrive feature. For some reason it never works on my Android tablet and some of my parent's family also had trouble getting pictures via SkyDrive. When I use my desktop computer to view the picture, the picture looks like someone smeared Vaseline all over it during resize. The quality didn't degrade like that when used with older email program and the resize option of the past.

Unfortunately it seems Microsoft saw fit to break what worked for more than 20 years and shove in a cloud type system with no easy option to opt out. So my parents are having a hard time using Windows Live Mail 2011.

What they do: they go through My Picture folder and select multiple pictures, then click send to email. They get the option to resize the pictures and then it's sent as attachment. However WLM does not allow photo sent as attachment like this anymore.

The solutions I found so far including making email first, then selecting insert but that does not offer enough resizing option or easy way to mass resize all at once, and selecting attach file does not offer any resize option. The other trick of making a dummy text file then selecting it along the picture worked but that's still extra step for my parents to do and I still haven't be able to "train" them to either make new dummy file for every new picture folder they created or copying over existing dummy file into every new picture folders.

Is there a new way found yet, or maybe with WLM 2012 (if it's released very soon) that allows me to completely turn off SkyDrive and let my parent use WLM the same was as older Microsoft email program? Failing that, can Microsoft send someone over to train my parents, at their expense? probably not likely but it is frustrating when they break what worked, and the new feature is actually worse.

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16 Mar 2012   #2

Win7 Pro-64 Bit

This works well. When I have many pics to send I just resize to 640x480 then zip them up and send as an attatchment. It's free software. Easy to use as well.

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16 Mar 2012   #3
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Sending pictures attached to mails has always been a problem because good quality pictures are relatively big in bytes. I would open a free account at Photo Bucket, make folders there and mail the links.

You can also zip them together and upload the zip folder to e.g. Fileswap which is relatively easy to operate. Here you also just send the link.

For really large amounts, Kodak Photo Gallery is also a good bet. All those sites are easy to find on the web.
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