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Year End Review 2017

2017 has been a challenging year behind the scene.

With the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update last year, Microsoft made it possible for traditional Windows Application such as ours to be hosted on the Windows Store. Seeing the changing Windows landscape, we jumped onboard. As of now, we have 8 of our Windows Application listed in the Windows Store.

The introduction of SmartScreen in Windows increasingly made it harder for us as a small virtual outfit to distribute our applications independently. Initially, only Internet Explorer would issue on an onscreen warning when downloading an installer which is not code-signed. Now SmartScreen Filter is part of the Windows so no matter where the installer have been downloaded, it will still issue a prompt and made it difficult for applications to be installed.

During the last 5 years, we had to jump through many hoops to get the necessary documents which was required to purchase the code signing certificate. Even after signing the applications with the code signing certificate, SmartFilter will still continue to prompt that the application may not be safe.

Additionally, the certificate authority which we were using and a few others may have their authorization revoked which means it gets harder to get a certificate. Being a small virtual outfit, it is challenging and expensive to get through the necessary steps.

Coming 2018, if we are unable to resolve the codesigning issue, we will probably be forced to not codesign our Windows application installers available on this website. Technically this is what you need to do.

This will begin the installation of the application.

However, on the Windows Store, all our applications comes signed with the Windows Store Certificate so they will clear all SmartScreen Filters.

We will be getting all our applications on the Windows Store. I believe that’s the direction that Microsoft wants us to take as more users  are using Windows 10.

We are now on the Windows Store

With the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update which was released on August 2nd 2016, we have been looking forward to Project Centennial which allows us to list our win32 applications on the Windows Store. We have been working with Microsoft’s Centennial team for the last two months to port our applications to the Store.

As of today, we are pleased to announce 7 of our Windows applications have made it to the Windows Store. As the Windows Store does not offer us the opportunity to release both 32 and 64 bit applications, we opted for the 64 bit versions of our applications to be listed. This make sense considering that most Windows 10 users are currently running the 64 Bit version of Windows.

The 7 applications are

  1. Batch TIFF Resizer (US$45.49)
    https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh43xqh
  2. ComboTIFF Pro (US$29.99)
    https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh43xqg
  3. Batch It (US$29.99)
    https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh43z1g
  4. Memory Pictures Creator (US$10.99)
    https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh43xnq
  5. Memory Pictures Viewer (Free)
    https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh43xnr
  6. Batch JPEG Date Changer (US$9.99)
    https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh43xr8
  7. Batch JPEG Rotator (US$9.99)
    https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nblggh43xr7

For a limited time, we are offering the above applications at a discount.