Windows Photo Gallery
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.