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Vista’s Photo Gallery Feature

Quick & Easy Photo Editing Tool Also A Free Download

Do you like one-click simple? Do you like free? Are you tired of Mac fanatics smugly telling you how great iLife is? Do you ever e-mail photos, and need to do a little touching-up (cropping, maybe) first?

If you answered “yes” to one of these questions, you might find the “Media Center” program Photo Gallery to be just the ticket, and if you have a Vista machine or XP Media Center Edition, you already have this neat little app at the click of your Start button — it’s built-in.
(I use the crop, and 1-click red-eye removal the most..)

  • Enhance your photos
    Enhance your photos by adjusting things like color and exposure. Improve your photos with simple crop and red-eye fixes. Create a panoramic view by combining multiple photos. Capture the moment by adding captions.
  • Easily share your photos
    The “Publish” button makes it simple to share your photos and videos online. Or you can easily e-mail as many photos as you’d like to friends and family. You can also display your photos with cool screensavers and slideshows.
  • Quickly find and organize your photos and videos
    Import your photos from your digital camera; the Windows Live Photo Gallery will automatically organize them based on date and time. Keep your images organized by name, date, rating, and type. Locate similar photos with tags you add.
  • Download photo albums
    Photo Gallery allows you to download entire albums from Windows Live Spaces at high resolution. screenshot, Photo Gallery

If you aren’t using one of those two OS’s, you can download the program. It is one part of Microsoft’s line of “Live” services. I wrote about Microsoft “Live” previously, to read that article click here. Also, if you’re curious about what else is offered (free) as part of “Live”, please read fellow Tech blogger Rick Robinette’s vignette, Windows Live…

This screenshot shows the photo editing mode. You can see that there’s a 1-click “auto-adjust”, and a 1-click red-eye removal, as well as a 1-click Undo. There are more ‘advanced’ color and contrast adjustments as well.
The bottom controls are for the built-in slideshow feature, and rotate (useful in folder view, after an import.)

This program is one of the ‘enhancements’ in Vista that most everyone can appreciate and make use of. It’s quick. It’s basic. And, I think that it’s fairly decent of Microsoft to make it freely available for download.

Today’s free download: Windows Photo Gallery. Simplify the way you work with photos.  Windows Live Photo Gallery makes it easy to import, organize, edit, and share your digital memories.

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January 5, 2009 - Posted by | advice, computers, Digital camera, Digital Images, digital Video, PC, software, tech, Vista, Windows, XP | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. TechPaul,

    Great writeup… Have me convinced to give this a try. I have it on my PC; but just didn’t use it. You pointed out some things there (i.e. enhancement features) that has me wanting to use this.



    Comment by whatsonmypc | January 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Rick–
      One more useful thing which I forgot to mention (and will update the post to reflect) is the ‘rotate’ buttons. After importing pictures from my camera, I use Photo Gallery’s thumbnail view, and make a quick pass of the folder to rotate all the pictures so that their up is up (portrait mode vs. landscape mode)


      Comment by techpaul | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. You should also take a look at Vista Web Photo Gallery It creates exactly the same photo gallery as Windows Photo Gallery to be placed on your website. Really cool!


    Comment by JohnF | January 21, 2009 | Reply

    • Folks,
      This is free software – for website owners (“webmasters”) – to build and place a slideshow/gallery on your page.
      I haven’t used it… so I can’t say much about it.


      Comment by techpaul | January 21, 2009 | Reply

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