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  • Blog Post: Tree in the way? No problem!

    One of the cool things about panoramic stitching in Windows Live Photo Gallery is that you can use it to shoot around foreground objects. Here’s an example from the Woodland Park Zoo where branches (and a fence) prevented me from getting a clean shot of two Zebras in a field. However, by repositioning...
  • Blog Post: Check out AutoCollage

    Hi, I’m JP Wollersheim. I’ve posted here before. My family takes tons of photos. One challenge we have is how to display multiple photos on one “canvas” to tell a story.  There are great products in the market that tell a linear story like Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live Photo Gallery screensaver...
  • Blog Post: Latest version of Windows Live Photo Gallery fixes publishing issues

    We’ve been getting comments from users who’ve had issues uploading to existing albums, being confused about upgrading their albums, or not being able to share their original sized photos. Thanks for your feedback - we’ve fixed these problems! Here are the details: Not able to see some of your online...
  • Blog Post: Synchronize photos on two computers!

    You’ve tagged, edited, and organized your photos on your home computer. Your photo collection is perfect - just how you want it. But wait, there’s a problem. Your collection is perfect on your home computer, but you want your photos and videos on your laptop as well. Who wants to go through all that...
  • Blog Post: I'm a PC and I'm 4 1/2

    A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet an super sparkly 4 ½ year old girl named Kylie.  She was a fantastic little person who showed the world how to send an email of her sick fish, Dorothy, to her family. It is truly amazing to see how anybody – be it 4 or 90 – can easily use the amazing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Essentials beta refreshed

    Repost from the Windows Live team blog … About three months ago, we released public betas of the Windows Live Essentials – our suite of downloadable programs for your Windows PC, including Messenger , Mail , Photo Gallery , Movie Maker , Writer , Toolbar , and Family Safety . Since then, we’ve received...
  • Blog Post: Extras

    Windows Live Photo Gallery includes a lot of fantastic features. We also realize there are some really cool and useful 3rd party programs available that Photo Gallery users could benefit from by having as part of the experience. The new Extras menu in Photo Gallery is the place to add-on those other...
  • Blog Post: New publish plug-ins available for Photo Gallery and Movie Maker!

    Do you share photos on Facebook? What about sharing sharing videos on YouTube? Well thanks to Will Duff, one of our developer interns this past summer, there are now a couple of brand new publish plug-ins for Facebook and YouTube available for download.  Both plug-ins enable you to easily share...
  • Blog Post: Give your photos the Black and White treatment!

    One of the top feature requests after last year’s release of Windows Live Photo Gallery was for the ability to convert photographs to black and white. We listened, and are happy to introduce this feature to you! We realize there are some photos that just deserve the extra attention. Those photos, such...
  • Blog Post: Authoring a Publish Plug-in for SmugMug

    This is a guest post from Omar Shahine. When we announced an internal beta of our new Publish API a few months ago he jumped right on it and within a few days built his Smugmug plug-in. If you’re a Photo Gallery user that also happens to use Smugmug to share photos AND videos, then this plug-in is for...
  • Blog Post: You’ve tagged them, now here’s how to find them fast

    If you read John’s recent post, an introduction to “people tags” ,  you now know that you can quickly  tag  the faces in your photos-- using either the  contacts in your contacts list, or any name you want.  So hopefully by now you’ve played around with people tags in our beta...
  • Blog Post: Why “people tags”?

    We've always had keyword (descriptive) tagging in Photo Gallery. Heck, we've had it in Microsoft photo products since Windows XP. So why add a whole new type of tag to Windows Live Photo Gallery? Because people take lots of pictures of people. Think about the photos that are most special to you. Let...
  • Blog Post: Photo Gallery beta cheat sheet

    We’ve packed a lot into the new beta version of Windows Live Photo Gallery.  At the same time we’ve heard users ask, “What’s new in Photo Gallery?”. Here’s a quick clip-and-save list of the top features to check out.  In the coming weeks we’ll be going into more detail about everything on this...
  • Blog Post: Next version of Windows Live

    In just a short while brand new beta versions of Windows Live Photo Gallery and the completely brand new Windows Live Movie Maker will be available for free at http://download.live.com !  In addition to Photo Gallery and Movie Maker, this beta release includes significant updates to all of the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Plug-ins

    Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker make it simple to add more sharing services. Download a plug-in listed here, install it, and start publishing! Please note: plug-ins only work with the new versions of Photo Gallery and Movie Maker available here . LiveUpload to Facebook ...
  • Blog Post: ShutterSpeed – Episode 2 is posted!

    We're back again with a new episode of ShutterSpeed , a relatively new online photography show for photo enthusiasts.  In episode 2 Nic Fillingham (host) is joined by Bill Crow , Jeff Greene , and myself . We talk about a handful of topics including Photosynth on CSI , Microsoft Pro Photo Tools...
  • Blog Post: Geotagging Photos with Windows Live (without using a GPS device)

    I love travel – seeing new landscapes, new cities, and expanding the list of places I’ve been. Of course,I don’t have the opportunity to go everywhere all the time, but I still want to see what different places around the world are like. I also want to send pictures to family and friends...
  • Blog Post: Make your Windows Live contacts also your Flickr friends

    Flickr recently implemented the Windows Live Contacts API in their friend finder. That means in just a couple clicks you can make all your Windows Live contacts Flickr friends too! I’ve used Flickr for a while now as one of my ways to share photos, but throughout that time I’ve only acquired...
  • Blog Post: Share some photo love, send a photo email!

    Windows Live Photo Gallery helps you easily send your favorite photos via email.  To do this simply select the photos you want to send to your family or friends and click the E-mail button on the Photo Gallery command bar.  When you do this Photo Gallery will use the default email program to...
  • Blog Post: How to clear tag suggestions

    I'm a pretty hardcore tag'er.  I tag all my photos & videos which helps me quickly find them later when I want to show someone a specific file in my growing collection.  Of course tagging helps when I upload my photos online too, like to Flickr .  Windows Live Photo Gallery makes is...
  • Blog Post: Photo Gallery is now on Microsoft Update

    This is a special shout-out to our BETA program participants! At our last estimate, the Windows Live Photo Gallery BETA was installed by nearly 3 million users worldwide. Our BETA testers give us feedback, report bugs, and even yell at us when we make stupid design decisions – all of which helps us delivery...
  • Blog Post: Resizing Photos in Windows Live Photo Gallery

    One of the top pieces of feedback we received after the release of the Windows Photo Gallery was that there was no easy way to resize photos. Well, you asked for it and now you’ve got it in the Windows Live Photo Gallery! Resizing one or more photos is very simple and takes just a couple of steps. First...
  • Blog Post: The next generation of Windows Live

    As you've probably heard , the next generation of Windows Live has arrived and its fresh out of the oven without a beta tag!  If you're the long reading type then take a look at the presspass Q&A available here which provides some great insight.  There is also a Windows Live fact sheet...
  • Blog Post: Creating Panoramic Stitches with the Windows Live Photo Gallery

    Creating panoramic stitches in the Windows Live Photo Gallery is quick and easy. Using technology from Microsoft Research, we’ve been able to integrate panoramic stitching into the Live Photo Gallery in a way that’s fast and automatic. Check out the following screencast for a walkthrough of how to stitch...
  • Blog Post: Finding your photos in the Live Photo Gallery

    It’s hard to follow-up Michael’s flickr post , but someone has to do it so here it goes. We made some changes from the Vista Photo Gallery to the Live Photo Gallery in how you organize your photos. One example of this is how we have pushed more organization into the import process . The idea being...
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