Photo Story 3 Available for Download

Photo Story 3 Available for Download

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We released the latest version of Photo Story yesterday, and it is now available for download for Windows XP users. If you're like me, you probably have a hard drive full of digital photos that you'd like to make into an easy-to-download (or e-mail) slide show. Well, this free tool makes that process extremely simple. Here are some of its features:

  • It's very easy to add motion and transitions to give your slide show that Ken Burns documentary effect.
  • You can add your own music or have the system automatically generate custom themes based on several music styles (it does a pretty good job at this).
  • If you have a microphone attached to your computer, you can easily add your own narration.
  • You can retouch your images by correcting color levels, reducing/eliminating red-eye, rotating, or cropping.
  • There are about 10 styles that you can apply to make your images look like they were created with watercolor, colored pencil, chalk or charcoal, or any of a few other styles.
  • This new version can automatically remove any black borders from your image so that it occupies more of the frame (very cool). This is based on work done by Microsoft Research.
  • You can optionally add your own caption for each picture.
  • When you're done composing your slide show, you can have Photo Story create a file for use on your computer, a Pocket PC, a Smartphone, a Portable Media Center, or for sending via e-mail.

Channel 9 has an interesting 24 minute demonstration by Vladimir Rovinsky and a second 28 minute interview with members of the product team. Also, Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows has a good review of Photo Story 3 that is worth reading.

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  • Too bad you can't download it with a non-IE browser :( (the page requires an Active X control that does who-knows-what)
  • does any spyware or other programs have to download with this?
  • I really need a like this product !
  • Paul:

    The download only includes Photo Story 3...nothing else.
  • O carnt get it but my frend has it and its brill fan dabby dosy
  • I've got guides and tutorials for this excellent piece of software!

    <a href="">Windows">">Windows Photo Story</a>
  • Also, there are really good guides and tutorials (and forums) at
  • Is there a way to run this Photo Story 3 on Windows Server 2003?
  • the download doesn't require any validation now. Why did microsoft change the policy ?

    amit @
  • I thought this program looked like a lot of fun until I tried installing it and each time i do I get "Error 28000: Generic customer action error".
    Has anyone else encountered this and managed to workaround it?

  • Justin, I also have encountered the same error- I cannot figure out what is going on...have you determined what the problem was?  
  • I'm having the same problem.  I rang microsoft and this is where they pointed me...
  • Hey Jennifer.
    Try this.  It has apparently work for many others.  I am now passed the error 28000 and now have a new one error 1317.  Frustrating. Anyway, here is the error 28000 link. .  It says its about 27000 but it does actually work.
  • photo story is a best Software
  • I also have this "famous" error 2800... I've tried do solve this by doing what they said in that link... but it was not worth because my computer's language is not english... I still have the problem.....   =(. I really hope somebody can help me! THANK YOU!
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