March 21, 2000
Microsoft PhotoDraw™ 2000 is the Microsoft Office graphics program. It combines powerful image editing and drawing tools into one application that makes it easy for knowledge workers to create compelling graphics for their Web pages, online presentations, printed publications, and Office documents.
Previously released only in a standalone version, PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 now ships in Microsoft Office 2000 Service Release 1 (SR-1) Premium and Developer editions.
Designed from start to finish to provide full integration and consistency with Microsoft Office 2000, PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 features the same installation technology as Office 2000, making it easier for corporate administrators to customize and roll out PhotoDraw with the rest of Office.
In addition, PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 supports custom alerts, system policies, and roaming user policies. These features make it easier to manage settings on users' computers.
Customers who previously purchased PhotoDraw 2000 Version 1 (in a standalone edition or as part of previous versions of Office 2000) may be eligible to receive a rebate or free upgrade to PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2. For more information, visit the Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 Web site.
New Windows Installer technology
No longer dependent on Acme Setup, PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 uses the new Windows® Installer technology, just like Office 2000. This technology provides a number of benefits over Acme Setup, including the following features:
- Logically grouped features and components
- Option to install features on demand
- Option to run selected features over the network
- Resilient components
- Efficient customization process
Install features on demand
When you select this option for a PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 feature, Windows Installer does not copy the corresponding components during installation. However, the first time that a user attempts to use the feature, Windows Installer automatically copies the necessary components to the user's computer. This option saves disk space on the user's computer until features are actually needed.
Run features from the source
One of the installation options available during PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 Setup is Run from CD or Run from Network. When you set a PhotoDraw feature to Run from CD or Run from Network (during Setup or in a transform), components for the feature are left on PhotoDraw 2000 Disc 1 or on the network server, depending on how users are installing Office. Users then run the feature from the source, which saves disk space on the local computer.
For more information about setting feature installation options, see Customizing How Office Features Are Installed in the Office 2000 Resource Kit.
Repair features and components automatically
If a PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 file or registry entry is deleted or corrupted after installation, Windows Installer automatically reinstalls the component from the installation source.
Customize your installation
All the data and instructions used during PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 Setup are stored in a Windows installer package (MSI file). To customize the installation process, you use the Custom Installation Wizard to create a transform (MST file) that contains all the changes you want to make to the Office installation. Because the original package is never altered, you can create a different transform for every installation scenario you need.
After installation, Windows Installer continues to use the package to add or remove components, replace missing or damaged files, or install new components on demand.
Easier maintenance of users' computers
PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 now offers the same control of user settings that is available throughout Office 2000.
Administrators can customize PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 alerts and add links to the Web for additional information. This feature allows organizations to direct users to their local Help Desk or online support page, instead of displaying a generic error message.
For more information about custom alerts, see Customizing Built-in Error MessagesC in the Office 2000 Resource Kit.
By using system policies, administrators can specify application settings and restrict users from changing these settings. PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 options that can be controlled by policy include the folder for the PhotoDraw content (on PhotoDraw Disc 2), picture quality, and the folder in which additional plug-ins reside.
For general information about setting system policies in your organization, see Using the System Policy Editor in the Office 2000 Resource Kit.
Roaming user policies
By using PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2, roaming users can now move between computers on the network without losing their application settings. Persistent settings are possible because of roaming user profiles.
Roaming user profiles are supported by Microsoft Windows 95/98, Windows NT® 4.0, Windows 2000, and many third-party servers. Like the rest of Office 2000, PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 takes advantage of the operating systems' features to make settings travel with users.
For more information about roaming user policies, see Supporting Users Who Travel Between Computers in the Office 2000 Resource Kit.
For more information about installing PhotoDraw 2000 Version 2 with Office 2000 SR-1, see Deploying Office 2000 Service Release 1 in the Office Resource Kit Journal.