Microsoft Image Composer 1.5

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A free and public reference for fans of this classic 1990's image editing suite. Simple, elegant and still extremely capable, it was discontinued by Microsoft many years ago. Thanks to archive.org the original FrontPage98 CD is now public domain and this page has been created by me, to make life a little easier for anyone else trying to locate an installable, safe and original copy of this program. You can now download and install Image Composer on most current and legacy Windows operating systems.

Infact Paul from Windsor, Connecticut emailed me today (15.3.2019) confirming he has it working on not only Windows 10, but on his Apple MacBookPro (High Sierra OS) running Windows though Parallels Desktop 14.

If you have not come across Image Composer before and you have found Paint Shop and other image editing tools to have too steep a learning curve, then Image Composer may well still give you everything you need.

 

Original ISO File

Image Composer was originally bundled with Microsoft FrontPage, a web authoring tool long since discontinued. Image Composer 1.0 came with FrontPage 97 and Image Composer 1.5 shipped with FrontPage 98. The original ISO file for this CD can be found on the following web-page:

https://archive.org/details/Microsoft_FrontPage_98_-_Win95_Eng

If you are familiar with mounting ISO files this may be all you need, If not then we have copied the relevent folder from the CD and saved it here on our website. The instructions for installation are below. Copyright remains with the publisher so please refer to any conditions on the website above.

FrontPage98 is detailed on Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_FrontPage though the article fails to even mention Image Composer.

Extracted installer for Image Composer

To install Image Composer simply follow these instrutions:

  • 1) Download this file folder.zip and save it to your hard drive
  • 2) Locate the file and extract the contents (right click and extract-all)
  • 3) Open the folder named enu (this is the English version)*
  • 4) Run setup.exe and install

A full list if files and folder names can be viewed here

* Sprechen sie Deutsch ? A German version is also supplied in the deu folder if you prefer.

 

 

Installation issues

Currently this has worked perfectly on a Windows 10 64-Bit system, though on an identical system the application was unable to open PNG files. This has not been resolved so far. You may also want to install 'as administrator' though I have had equal success installing without this.

Eye-dropper Colour Sampling Problem

For quite some time I was unable to accurately sample colour from a part of the image. There were no direct search results for Image Composer not sampling colours accurately using the eye-dropper tool.

After a lot of experimentation, it was evident that Windows 10 was the culprit. No surprises there.

The solution was as follows:

  1. Using File Explorer, locate imgcomp.exe, usually in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Image Composer
  2. Right-click and choose Properties > Compatibility
  3. Select Change High DPI Settings.
  4. Tick High DPI scaling behaviour.
  5. Press OK to Save.

If this doesn't work for you, or you find an alternative solution please let me know and I will publish your suggestion here.

Help File no longer available

That's correct. See Microsoft's Support page here. They say "The Windows Help program is not supported in Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 or later versions of Windows Server. The Windows Help program is available for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 only. Microsoft strongly recommends that software developers discontinue using the Windows Help application". There appears to be a number of possible solutions online, however none of them are simple or effective. The best I can offer at this stage is a conversion of the .hlp file to PDF, along with a collection of all the originally embedded images from the Windows 98 / XP Help File.

IMGCOMP_Help_and_Images.zip (contains IMGCOMP.pdf and 717 bitmap images)

 

Google Ranking

I am absolutely delighted that this page ranks #1 for the search "Image Composer 1.5", and very highly for terms like "Image Composer", imgcomp and imgcomp.exe. It's also on the first page or two for simply Image Composer. Makes the effort so much more rewarding. Cottontech is a privately owned domain by the author. Anyone feeling compelled to express their support financially is welcomed (but by no means obligated). You can PayPalMe here paypal.me/imagecomposer

 

Thank you !

I do hope this page is a pleasant find for you. I first installed Image Composer over 20 years ago and it still remains my favourite tool to manipulating images, and going from comments on the internet I am not alone. Please let me know if you do find this useful in the comments section below. Thankyou : )

VISITOR COMMENTS:

46 comments so far (post your own)

  1. August 17, 2019; 11:25 am

    test from test said:

    test

  2. July 21, 2019; 5:59 am

    Mitch Steidl from Phoenix said:

    Thank you so very much! I lost my disk and love this program so am sooooo glad to have it back on my new computers!!

  3. July 15, 2019; 1:55 am

    Mary S. from Salt Lake City said:

    I have missed this every day since I left my old job a year and a half ago. I thought I had the installation disc, but I have not been able to find it. I am so glad to find it here! I am excited to be able to work on my images again! Thank you -

  4. June 4, 2019; 5:55 am

    Oscar from Somewhere said:

    Gracias, excelente aporte.

  5. April 11, 2019; 3:28 am

    Steve Robinson from Cambridge, ON Canada said:

    Thank you - I love the program and have since version 1.0. I misplaced my FP98 disk but this site saved me. I just installed it on a brand new MS Surface running Windows 10 PRO and it works like a charm! Thank you for keeping this up!

  6. March 21, 2019; 3:08 am

    Renato Cachina from Guilford said:

    Awesome to see that I am not alone in still using this program. I have been using MIC since 1997 when it first came bundled with Front Page. I still use it daily alongside with Adobe Photoshop, etc. Its especially wonderful for putting together quick GUI mockups and resizing photos... I just just save as .PSD and then save into the format I need in Photoshop. I still have the original disks and I also have the "Multiple Undo Registry Update" if anyone needs it. Anyway, thanks for the info on this site.

  7. March 16, 2019; 6:41 pm

    Paul W from BOWEN HILLS said:

    Stewart, you are a lifesaver - I am a 20 year user of Image Composer who has learned that NEW does not mean better. I thought I was in a community of one, persevering with MIC. I use it extensively, daily, and unfortunately it lately went kaput on my Windows Surface platform when it would no longer produce .png files. I want to thank you for your efforts. Another brilliant Brisbane operation! Let me buy you a beer when I get back. You have my email address.

  8. March 16, 2019; 4:13 am

    Darrell from Michigan said:

    I have it running on the latest version of Windows 10 64. ALSO i DID have the fix on Windows 10 for the PNG Support. I will find it on my laptop and post it. Basically the filters required by PNG support were not included in Microsoft Updates but there is a dll or PNG support that you can install to fix this problem. I will repost the fix as soon as i find it. I do have it.

  9. March 9, 2019; 1:54 am

    Paul from Windsor, CT said:

    Does anybody know if MIC will run on Parallels for Mac and Win 10? How about Win2000?

    Yes for W2000 and W10, MAC platform also confirmed (MacBook Pro/ High Sierra/ Parallels v14/ Win 10)

  10. March 5, 2019; 10:35 am

    Jim S from Wisconsin USA said:

    My original install disc was destroyed. The digital copy I had became corrupt. Happy to be able to install it back on the new Laptop. I have CorelDraw and Adobe, but always fall back to this solution for quick edits. Thank you for providing the resources. Donation made!

    Thanks Jim for your kind gift, sincerely appreciated

  11. February 21, 2019; 10:00 am

    Orlando Moure (Argentina) from Buenos Aires said:

    This si so fantastic. i have been using MIC for 20 years. And now I had to change my W10 AIO computer and could not find this program anywhere. I really love this program... and it is working OK on my brand new HP computer. I feel really happy once again. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  12. February 18, 2019; 2:12 pm

    Rozzville from Somewhere said:

    Thank you. This just helped me with my events company and DJ service.

  13. November 12, 2018; 10:38 am

    Chris from Dayton, OH said:

    Used it for years, there is nothing like it. SO glad to have this again. THANK YOU.

  14. November 6, 2018; 7:33 am

    Andi from pf said:

    MY GOD, sooo great, i searched for this for many years. The best quick picture composer ever. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH. I am HAPPY

  15. October 26, 2018; 4:06 pm

    Jacqueline Koepfer from Swanton said:

    OMG!! You are a LIFE SAVER!! Seriously!! I have used this program for years and could not find anything that would allow me to print a section of the layout area and keep it to scale!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  16. October 15, 2018; 10:12 am

    Raoul Watson from Rockaway Beach said:

    Thank you so much. I love this app and I lost it when I crashed my laptop. Trust me, it is so much appreciated. Thank you again and God Bless you!

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  19. September 14, 2018; 10:27 am

    Millerk420 from Texas said:

    Thank you so much! I truly missed this application. You sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Thank you again!

  20. August 27, 2018; 4:46 pm

    Stewart Wood (Cottontech) from Brisbane, Australia said:

    BIG thank you to everyone that has visited. The comment section has been down since May 2018 but us up again now with bot-resistant authentication. 2793 visits and counting :D

  21. May 7, 2018; 1:12 pm

    Ddruck from Somewhere said:

    Thanks, this is a little gem of utter functionality, unsurpassed by even the titans of image manipulation

  22. April 17, 2018; 10:12 am

    Bob Carroll from Somewhere said:

    A previous install of ImgComp 1.5 worked partially in Win7 but only with MIC, TIF and BMP files. With the cottontech install, I tried AEJ's tip changing the setup.exe shortcut link to compatibility mode for both admin and all user (Windows XP SP3). Now I can now load JPG, GIF, and PNG files too. So far, everything works in Win7 as it did in my VMWare version of WinXP.

  23. April 13, 2018; 8:02 am

    BeatPP1 from Somewhere said:

    This is like finding your long lost first girlfriend. Thanks for setting us up Stewart!

  24. April 2, 2018; 1:10 pm

    Roland from Somewhere said:

    My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was once totally right. This publish truly made my day. You can not imagine simply how a lot time I had spent for this information! Thank you!

  25. March 30, 2018; 6:10 pm

    Tanya from Somewhere said:

    Thank you, it works, if only doesn't load the Help file but it isn't crucial.Also, to add to my comment, I was looking for Image Composer specifically for the Impressionist plugin. It's in there and it works, although it does show that it's a very early software. :)

  26. March 30, 2018; 1:47 pm

    Pippin from Somewhere said:

    I thought I was the only one with a sneaking love for this - the one thing Microsoft really did get right! Copied it onto my Windows 10 and it didn't work. Found your download and now it does. Oh man! Bliss!

  27. March 23, 2018; 2:19 pm

    Lim Kia Peng from Somewhere said:

    I really really appreciated and glad to find this site. My PC crashed 3 months ago and I have been trying to use other image editing program but I am so not used to it. Finally I have my 1997 Image Composer back in my new PC!. When I installed the program, I feel like time travels back to 20 years ago... feel so amazing! Thank You So Much!

  28. March 18, 2018; 4:26 pm

    Ron J. Low from Somewhere said:

    I'm delighted to not be alone in my frustration over lack of tools comparable to Image Composer. Now, if somebody would just make a text processor as smart as Lotus Manuscript was in 1988.

  29. March 7, 2018; 10:09 pm

    Paul from Somewhere said:

    Fantastic, I thought I had lost IC forever!

  30. February 19, 2018; 12:09 pm

    Sylvia from Somewhere said:

    Thank you so very much!! I've been searching for this high and low. I'm really grateful. Big hug!

  31. February 9, 2018; 5:29 pm

    Siegfried Pisalla from Somewhere said:

    Hi Stewart! Great Job to get this software alive again! It works on Win 10 64bit ! Incredible! Thank you so much... Siegfried

  32. January 12, 2018; 5:21 am

    Johan Taljaard from Somewhere said:

    Fantastic, you have done the world a favour.

  33. January 8, 2018; 1:23 am

    Evangelyne from Somewhere said:

    Thank you so much. You are a lifesaver! I have Front Page and IC, but wanted IC on my (CD/DVD-less) laptop. I am a poet and work with image and text on Instagram. You have saved me hours and hours of fiddling around with Paintshop Pro!

  34. January 7, 2018; 7:13 pm

    Streemke from Somewhere said:

    Ditto to all the comments. And look how very recent they are. Image Composer obviously is still a relative and useful program. Thank you!

  35. December 24, 2017; 1:01 pm

    Chuck from Somewhere said:

    Thanks! I am retired and have built graphics for many applications using Image Composer. I wanted to install it on a laptop with no Optical disk drive. Thanks, again.

  36. December 17, 2017; 8:10 pm

    Hsad10 from Somewhere said:

    Awesome! I have saved an old incomplete copy of this program, but now I have it installed and working perfectly (without the help) in my Windows 10. Thanks a lot!!!

  37. December 17, 2017; 4:14 pm

    Adrian from Somewhere said:

    You are a legend! I lost my copy and have been missing this amazing simple to use software for 15 years! Holy cow. Can't thank you enough!

  38. December 11, 2017; 9:30 am

    Stewart (publisher) from Somewhere said:

    Troy that's most humbling and thank you so much. My account is PayPal@cottontech.com and I am really pleased to have discovered others are as mad about ImgComp as I am : )

  39. December 11, 2017; 9:01 am

    Troy P from Somewhere said:

    Stewart - awesome! I appreciate you taking the time to document this. ImgComp is a really great program...I've used it to do the graphical design for many websites, and am so happy to have it back (after a machine rebuild). Thank you! Please add your email address to this post, so I can send you a thank you via PayPal!

  40. November 27, 2017; 10:01 am

    Freakendorf from Somewhere said:

    You deserve a medal of honor, and the current leadership of Microsoft should be ashamed of themselves!

  41. November 24, 2017; 10:14 pm

    BBP from Somewhere said:

    This is awesome! I have missed my Image Composer for years. It is great to have it back!

  42. November 22, 2017; 4:14 pm

    Stewart Wood (publisher) from Brisbane, Australia said:

    Really great to see these comments all :) really makes the effort worthwhile. Thankyou thankyou thankyou. stewart@cottontech.com

  43. November 20, 2017; 7:18 pm

    Neil Paterson from Somewhere said:

    thank you soooooooooo much!!!!!

  44. November 18, 2017; 1:10 pm

    AEJ from Somewhere said:

    I am using MS Image Composer on the latest 64 bit build of Windows 10.

  45. October 29, 2017; 3:06 pm

    Marie Mark from Somewhere said:

    Dude, I've used the same program since 1997. People think I am a pro, you just extended my life

  46. October 26, 2017; 3:06 pm

    Greg Wallace from Brisbane Australia said:

    You are a champion. You're download worked for Win 10 64 bit.

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