Organize Your Media with Photo Gallery & Spaces

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Windows Live Photo Gallery beta, one of Microsoft's new Windows Live Services, improves upon the built-in Photo Gallery in Windows Vista. The software, available for both Vista and XP users, offers many new features like better tagging, sorting, and image editing, including the ability to do panoramic stitches, histograms, image sharpening, cropping, exposure adjustments, color adjustments, and red eye fixes. You can add captions, turn your photos into screensavers or slideshows, and publish your photos and videos online. Videos can be easily uploaded to Soapbox (see how here).

The new Photo Import Tool automatically groups all the photos taken on your digital camera by date and time as you copy the files over to your PC. You can also select specific individual photos you want to import instead of being forced to import the entire batch of photos (like in the previous version of Windows Photo Gallery). RAW format is still supported, and additionally, Windows Live Spaces users will be pleased to find that high-res photos are now supported up to 1600x1600, if uploading from the Live Photo Gallery client.

Downloading from Spaces is easy, too
. With the Photo Enthusiast Template, the integration with HP's Snapfish service for ordering prints, and the ability to point a Windows Live Domain to your Spaces page, Spaces becomes a great way to organize, manage, and showcase your digital photography. The easiest way to get the software is via the Windows Live Installer.

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