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Picture Search v2

Picture Search is updated for Windows 8.1. This app makes use of Bing to search for images. Images found can be shared, and shown in a slide show.

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One change of the new version is obvious with Windows 8.1: instead of using the search contract, this version makes use of a search box in the main screen:

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Other than that, there are more small changes like doing full-screen picture shows, The picture show can be continuous repeated (I was in need for this using Picture Search at a conference booth), a way to delete pictures (to exclude them from the picture show), a new main screen layout, geolocation for searches...

You can also send the picture show with PlayTo to the XBox. This feature will be more detectable in future versions. The secret here: just open Devices on the Charms bar, click Play, and connect it to another device.

Using Bing from apps is free only for the first 5000 searches. What I tried with the first version of this app was to allow users to enter their own Bing id within the app. This would give 5000 searches/month for every user. However, the need to register with Bing is a task that is too complex, so I need a different way to cover my cost.

In this version I'm allowing more free searches than with previous app releases. I've added ads to the app. Depending on the results with this, the number of free searches can be reduced or increased in future versions. Of course you can get rid of the ads by changing to a paid version with monthly, quarterly, and yearly packages.

Now let's start the search with Picture Search:

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And here is the link to Picture Search:

http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/picture-search/38bafc19-cb44-4622-8e1c-0b463eb0c802

Christian

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