I use Apple's iPhoto but don't publish my photos on Apple's .Mac Web site. It's a pain to have to save copies of my pictures or drag them to the desktop before uploading them elsewhere. Is there any fix?
Yes -- at a few photo-sharing sites, you can employ some new programs to ease this task.
Kodak's EasyShare Gallery -- called Ofoto until recently -- offers a free photo-uploading program, Ofoto Express (Mac OS X 10.2.8 or newer, www.kodakgallery.com), that can read your iPhoto library of pictures. It will show the same albums and pictures you'd see in iPhoto itself, then allow you to upload any of them with a click or two.
The Shutterfly site just released a free iPhoto plug-in, Shutterfly Export Assistant (Mac OS X 10.1.5 or newer, www.shutterfly.com), which adds an option to iPhoto's export window to send your pictures to Shutterfly. Users of Yahoo's Flickr site can use a similar iPhoto plug-in written by Flickr user Fraser Speirs, FlickrExport (Mac OS X 10.3, speirs.org/flickrexport/).
I tested all these programs with the current iPhoto 5 and had no problems beyond a one-time hiccup setting up my Flickr account in the Speirs plug-in.
Each time I open a document in Word, I get an error message reading "Compile Error in hidden module: WinFaxPrintAndMerge." I have no idea how to remedy this.
WinFax is a program used to send and receive faxes; the error message says that a component that plugs into Word can't start. I suggested to the reader that, if he wasn't actually using WinFax, he should think about uninstalling it with the Add/Remove Programs control panel; the reader said this cured the error.
Amputating malfunctioning parts of your system won't always help -- but there is a lot to be said for simplifying a system by removing tools you don't use.
-- Rob Pegoraro
Rob Pegoraro attempts to untangle computing conundrums and errant electronics each week. Send questions to The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.