While turning out a drawer, I came across two old CD’s, containing photographs taken in Egypt a long time ago. They were, indeed, Kodak PhotoCD’s. The original photographs were on film, taken 20 years ago, and then I paid for them to be placed on disk. The disk could be read on pretty much any CD player, so I never worried about them. Indeed I thought of them as future-proof.
Until now. For I find that the images are now obsolete. Windows 7 doesn’t open the files. Who’d have thought it?
I find that PaintShop Pro 6 — a very old version — will open them, but they don’t look at all right, but rather dull.
I’ve found software that purports to convert .pcd to .jpg — but I haven’t tried it. There are, inevitably “settings” and the like, obscure to people like me and a drain on time we do not have. I don’t want to learn about the internals — I just want my photos!
It’s a warning to us all. Don’t leave things in old formats. It may become harder than you think to access them!