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Subject: Re: Windows freeware to lock in a 3: or 4:3 aspect ratio for cropping
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From: "Mayayana" <mayayana@invalid.nospam>
Subject: Re: Windows freeware to lock in a 3: or 4:3 aspect ratio for cropping
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:42:32 -0500
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"J. P. Gilliver (John)"<> wrote

| I can remember when a lot of scanning software, especially that
| accompanying scanners aimed at office use, _did_ _default_ to .pdf -

    My latest all-in-one is like that. Older
scanners I had came with TWAIN applets
that had to be used with graphic editors.
The Envy is dumbed down. It defaults to
save or "email" as JPG or PDF! I have to
get into the settings to get a BMP. Even
then, I can't import directly to PSP. I have
to let it save a file to disk and then open
   But I think of that as a recent development.
In a way I'm surprised it doesn't have "bluetooth
this to your phone", for posting to Instagram.
Email is so 00s. :)

| The _other_ justification usually given at the time, that
| everybody has a .pdf reader but not everyone has a viewer for the image
| formats,

  I guess there's probably some truth in that.
Nospam proclaiming PDF the default format of
Mac is a good example. Most people have had
Adobe Reader shoved down their throat via
numerous software installs, but Windows has
never had much of a built-in image viewer.

   Adobe have been very insidous in their spreading
of Acrobat Reader. It's like Flash and Microsoft's
ActiveX: A very clever and useful invention, but
used to build monopoly, and neither company took
responsibility when it turned out their inventions
were malware magnets. Even now Adobe links PDF
with javascript functionality, decades after they
should have known better.