Softpedia Editor's Review for Windows Live Photo Gallery
Organize your photos and videos, edit them or apply special effects
Written by Bogdan Popa on February 29th, 2012
If you’re looking for a powerful photo manager, why don’t you try one that could fully integrate into Windows in order to work seamlessly with Microsoft’s operating system? It is called Windows Live Photo Gallery and it is part of the same Windows Live software suite that also comprises Windows Live Messenger and a few other tools.
The interface is very pleasant, exactly the thing you would expect from a software giant like Microsoft. Clean and shiny looks, with large thumbnails that let you browse easily among the photos and videos stored on your computer. All photos are instantly organized in albums, while double clicking a photo opens up the editing feature.
Editing an image is not a difficult task in Windows Live Photo Gallery, since it features both basic effects like rotate, crop and rename, and more advanced operations such as noise reduction, red eye removal, color and exposure adjustment, and even spot retouching. Also, you also have the possibility to rely on the Auto Adjust function, which immediately provides the best look for your photo.
In addition to the editing features, Windows Live Photo Gallery comes with tagging ones: you can add people tags, captions and descriptive tags to your images, as well as geo-tags to help you remember the location depicted in the pictures.
Once the image has been brushed up, it can be set as the desktop wallpaper, printed or shared, all these within the main window of Windows Live Photo Gallery. In order to publish any file however, you need to login using your Windows Live ID.
The Options window is the place where you can activate the face recognition feature or create the ideal configuration for importing images from your camera.
To sum up, Windows Live Photo Gallery is a complex software solutions in its category, supporting both photos and videos, and the fact that it is free makes it even more special.
Windows Live Photo Gallery description
Here are some key features of "Windows Live Photo Gallery":
Share photos and videos online:
· Save time by publishing photos and videos directly from Photo Gallery to your favorite social networking sites like SkyDrive, Flickr, Facebook, and YouTube.
Find the photos you're looking for:
· With new search features and tools like face recognition, finding photos in your collection is easier than ever.
Make photos look great:
· Make your photos really stand out with powerful and easy-to-use editing tools that you can use to edit dozens of photos simultaneously. Clean up photos, remove blemishes, fix red eye, and more.
· Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher
· Memory: 1 GB of RAM or higher
· Resolution: Minimum: 1024 × 576
· Internet connection: Internet functionality requires dial-up or broadband Internet access (provided separately). Local or long-distance charges may apply. High-speed Internet access is recommended for some features.
· Graphics or video card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a video card that supports DirectX 9 or higher and Shader Model 2 or higher.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Auto Collage: Trying to create a collage of photos on your own is hard and usually requires expensive and complex software. With Auto Collage in Photo Gallery you just select seven or more photos and we’ll arrange them in a collage for you. Making a new photo our of existing photos has never been easier. Whether you want to make a special print of a collection of photos or you want a nice start or ending to a movie highlight with some of your favorite scenes.
· Vimeo: We’re excited to announce Vimeo as our new publish partner! Now you can share your videos straight to Vimeo from Photo Gallery. Once you have your project saved and are ready to share it with the world, just click on the Vimeo button in the share gallery, choose from a variety of options that Vimeo provides and you’re done. Now your movies can become a part of an ever growing community of film makers who call Vimeo their home.