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The UK Partners in Learning team have been working with MS Research for ...
11th May 2009, 10:04 AM #1
Microsoft AutoCollage: Free for UK educational use
From the Microsoft UK Schools blog:
Edit: Long story short, go to http://uk.innovativeteachers.com/Pages/Welcome.aspx and sign up, then go to http://secure.uk.innovativeteachers....toCollage.aspx to get the download.
The UK Partners in Learning team have been working with MS Research for the past several months to persuade them to let teachers get AutoCollage free (normally you can download a free 30-day trial version, but then it costs £18).
Obviously their persuasive powers have worked and it is available through the UK Innovative Teachers Network
. So anyone wishing to use AutoCollage for educational purposes can go to the UK ITN, register for a free username and password, and download their free copy of AutoCollage directly from the site. The UK ITN is currently the only location in the world with this offer.
The "educational purposes" bit means that you can also let students have copies to pull together all of their field-trip photos too.
Last edited by AngryTechnician; 11th May 2009 at 04:45 PM.
Reason: Clearer instructions to get the download
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11th May 2009, 10:26 AM #2
Good news! I saw this being demoed at BETT and was impressed with it.
Be aware you need a minimum of XP SP3 to run it, though!
11th May 2009, 11:18 AM #3
hehehehehehe Good spot!
Originally Posted by Gibbo
11th May 2009, 01:46 PM #4
I just spotted that Ray must read these forums (or followed a referrer link in his stats) because he's now changed the broken link to...
Much more importantly, he has also confirmed that this free licence can be deployed to school network workstations, which is a bonus.
http://blogs.msdn.com/controlpanel/blogs/It's really not that funny :-(
11th May 2009, 03:43 PM #5
Don't know if anyone else has tried to deploy this via GPO but I've had some trouble getting it to deploy to Vista and Windows 7 machines. The MSI contains some CustomActions that call a modal dialog box during the install asking to sign up to Microsoft Update - even if it's already configured by Group Policy, which is irritating, and even when running a silent managed install, because whoever coded them clearly didn't consider silent install modes.
XP machines seem unaffected as the dialog never appears, even during manual install.
I've got around it by dropping all the CustomAction calls in the MSI using the attached transform, and the program seems to work fine without them... does anyone have a more elegant solution?
Last edited by AngryTechnician; 11th May 2009 at 03:47 PM.
Reason: Must learn to type one day...
11th May 2009, 04:18 PM #6
I cant find where to download it....
11th May 2009, 04:27 PM #7
Obviously their persuasive powers have worked and it is available through the UK Innovative Teachers Network. So anyone wishing to use AutoCollage for educational purposes can go to the UK ITN, register for a free username and password, and download their free copy of AutoCollage directly from the site. The UK ITN is currently the only location in the world with this offer.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
So basically, go to http://uk.innovativeteachers.com/Pages/Welcome.aspx sign up and then go to http://secure.uk.innovativeteachers....toCollage.aspx where you can download it.
Last edited by EduTech; 11th May 2009 at 04:32 PM.
11th May 2009, 04:43 PM #8
Sorry, I should have been clearer about that in the OP. I was 4 minutes late for a meeting when I posted it so was in a hurry!
22nd May 2009, 03:06 PM #9
A quick follow-up on the deployment issue - one of the development team has responded to my query and let me know the following:
So the transform I posted above should be fine to use if you run into the same issue I did.
There are no issues with removing the custom actions as long as the machine on which this is being installed all have at least .Net Framework 3.0 installed as one of the custom actions is to check for this being available.
13th May 2010, 12:58 PM #10
I've downloaded this but everything it produces says demo, where can I get a key to activate it?
13th May 2010, 01:00 PM #11
Did you download it from the public Microsoft site or from the link above?
13th May 2010, 01:05 PM #12
The link above does not work for me. It says server not available.
13th May 2010, 01:14 PM #13
Originally Posted by ricki
Here too! :0(
13th May 2010, 01:25 PM #14
Follow the links from here
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29th September 2010, 01:00 AM #15
Just a cheeky bump for this as I had remembered it and got it at work months ago but just used it tonight to make 3 great collages for displays ready for our Open Day on Thursday, they show the IT work we did over summer in photographic form (need to find the ones of the kitchen refurb at work and make one of them for the wall in the dining room as well!)
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