Using Microsoft Labs Autocollage
Autocollage is a low-cost utility and it can save you money
Here’s an interesting benefit from a ‘Playing for Success Centre’ –
Not only do children, parents and teachers love it .. it’s saved us several hundred pounds worth of toner this term alone!
For a free copy, simply join the UK Partners in Learning Network – this is a network facilitated by Microsoft and showcases ground breaking ideas, tips and some very useul forums. Hopefully these notes will help you to achieve some great results with this package ..
When you’ve joined the Partners in Learning Network, click on the Resources tab – near the top of the screen
Click on the title line, to see this screen –
Then click the ‘Download your copy’ , and follow the instructions – to either run (which will install Autocollage directly to your computer) or save to allow you to install it later.
During installation, the software will check that your PC has the correct version of the .NET framework support programme. If your PC doesn’t have this, then it will be installed for you. (Please bear in mind that this is a fairly large file, and can be slow on a poor connection – you may wish to install a cup of .TEA while you’re waiting!).
I’ve created a pdf using the help notes in the programme – the pdf can be downloaded from here –
To start using Autocollage, just click on the snappily titled icon
When you click or double click the icon, you’re presented with the Autocollage programme..
The program looks like this
Your activity takes place in the right hand Actions pane ..
A VERY handy Hint ..
Autocollage opens in the folder which you last used, and as it opens it reviews the pictures in your last used folder. With a slow(ish) PC and a lot(ish) of images, you can be hit with quite a delay when you open the package. So – when you use Autocollage, finish your session by using a folder with few images in. The screenshot is from my own PC, so you can see that’s what I do.
The following table will help to explain what the icons on the menu do.
When you run autocollage it takes the images in your input folder uses your input options to create the autocollage based on your output options. In general, autocollage creates random collages, and tries to never obscure faces.
There are extensive notes in the pdf (see above) which show you how to set options for ‘Display Ranking’ and ‘Manual Ranking’. It’s important to note that if you have used ranking on your pictures in the collage, you need to press the Esc key to be able to modify them.
To show autocollage’s randomness here are some examples, using the same 7 pictures!