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Last week I introduced you to our new "see similar" images feature. Predictably, as is common with site redesign, some people are not happy with our changes. So I thought I'd offer a little more direction on how to navigate the new site and ask those of you whose initial reaction was negative to give it another try.
First, don't fear, your favorite image categories still exist - they are right there on the front page of our Images site.
For example, if you want to see Academic images, you would click on that category, and be taken to a page like this:
Note the category title at the top of the page. Also, note on the left side of the page where you can further filter your results by type and image size, as well as whether or not you want to include community content in your results.
On the right side of the page you will see a column that lists top providers. In this case, all of the top providers are partners. If you click on the gray link below the partner's name, you will be taken to their collection of free images on Office.com. If you click on the name of the partner, you will be taken directly to their site, where you can purchase images.
After you have viewed images from a top provider, if you want to see a broader collection, you will need to click on the "clear filter" link below that partner's name.
You may also notice a section on the bottom left called "shared keywords." This section will take you to additional images on our site which may be related to your search. Just click on the keyword to be shown new images:
By taking advantage of all these options, from category search to filtering, to see similar, we hope we have improved your image search experience on our site. Let us know what you think.
I'm running Word 2008 and Clip Gallery 2008 for Mac. The site now downloads an .mpf file and I can't figure out how to get it to import. I tried renaming to .cil (which worked some time ago), but that just looks like it imports without actually doing anything.
AMS - There is a site devoted entirely to Office for Mac - you might try starting here: www.microsoft.com/.../default.mspx
Thanks for responding, Nancy. Unfortunately, searching doesn't produce anything related to my question. It does give some video results, but every one of them says, " Training Videos for Microsoft | Mac Office Products | Mactopia." Not very helpful. :/
Found this page:
This is old info that no longer works. Not to mention that some of it is completely wrong. It starts out with this:
"When you download a clip from the Clip Art and Media site by using a Macintosh computer, the clip is added to the Favorites category in your Microsoft Clip Gallery program automatically. "
Then it goes on to explain the old way to download to the desktop and import it. Which obviously isn't "added to favorites...automatically" when downloaded.
Anyway, any more ideas on how to get this to work are welcome.
AMS - Thank you for the input on the help article. We're not on the Mac team, and we're not support, but I'll ask around and see if I can uncover a solution for you.
In the meantime, your best bet to get a quick response to your question might be to ask one of our MVPS: Have you posted your question at http://www.word.mvps.org/ ?
Also, the Word forum on Mactopia: www.officeformac.com/.../Word has some helpful, active participants.
Please check back later.
Thanks, Nancy. I'll look into those resources. I'll post if it answers the question and check back for your response.
AMS - you may have seen this: www.microsoft.com/.../help.mspx
It doesn't cover converting files, the assumption is you are downloading as .cif.
Hi AMS - I did track down some information for you. It seems there's a bug in our service on the new site, which causes the issue you are seeing. The good news is that it is scheduled to be fixed soon. I don't have an exact date for that fix, but wanted to let you know the right people are aware and are making the appropriate corrections.
Sorry for the inconvenience in the meantime.
Thanks, Nancy. Look forward to the fix.
before the site change, you could select more than one image to go to your download basket, and then download all the images in you basket at the same time. Where did it go? Now you have to select each image one by one, and download. This is very time consuming for an image junkie like me that Iikes to come explore office online every now and then and bulk up on new images for my clip art library..
LMB - It's a slightly different process, but you can still download a lot of images at once. As you are looking at the previews when you hover your cursor over each image you will see three options - 'copy to clipboard,' 'see similar images' or 'add to basket.' Click on the 'add to basket' option for the images you like. When you have added all you want, look in the upper right corner of the page for the "Selection basket " link. This will show you the number of items you have added. When you hover over that link you can either view your selections or download them all at once.
Hovering and navigating are simple enough in the new Office Images section - just not as productive as before. #1 - We cannot "view a larger image" like before. #2 - Seems like the overall search results of images is vastly depleted, as I don't see some of the ones I'd had my eye on for future projects :( #3. Previously, the NEXT button showed the total remaining pages; now it's a mystery... and #4. The Silverlight might be FUN for some people, but it's an eye-scanning nightmare!
Doing a web facelift for cosmetic purposes only is insane when you totally disregard the user experience. Tsk, tsk, Microsoft...
Hi Cathy - I'm a little confused about your comment regarding not being able to view larger images. In fact, you can preview a lot of images in a larger view, and when you click on the download page, you can get a much larger preview than on the old site. I walked through some of this in this post: blogs.office.com/.../see-similar-images-rocks-in-office-2010.aspx
Search will continue to be refined as we update the site periodically.
I'm not happy about the changes either. Like Cathy that posted above, the search is depleted and now there aren't even images that I had used a few days ago. There are more steps to see the larger preview. I can handle change, but get very frustrated when it takes longer to do less than I'm used to. (This seems like an overall flaw to the whole suite, unfortunately.) I hope that the problems get fixed.
I've spent the last 2 hrs poring through the image galleries, trying to find images that I saw yesterday. I found one of the nine I need for a project. Not trying to be a whiner, just letting MS know what a time-suck this has become. What used to take me maybe 15 minutes, now drags on to hours and still doesn't give me the results I'm used to.
I am still operating on Office 03 at home and at work. Just got a new laptop for work that included Office 03 and it is doubtful that we will be updating to 07 let alone 10 anytime soon. I do not like the new changes because I knew how to navigate through the old setup and it was easier to see the thumbnails. The eye doctor says that i don't need bifocals yet, but your site is making think that I might need something! What I really need is an academic calendar for 2010-2011. I do not see anything listed yet. When do you anticipate this occurring? July is in 1 day.