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Windows Photo Gallery (WPG) is a photo management, tagging, and editing tool that is included with Windows Vista.
Windows Photo Gallery lets users organize their digital photo collection in its Gallery view, by adding titles, rating, captions, and custom metadata tags to photos. An Edit mode is also present, which allows photos to be edited for exposure or color correction. It also provides other basic photo editing functions, such as resizing, cropping, red-eye reduction etc, and also allows printing photos, via the Photo Printing Wizard.
WPG also has limited support for tagging and managing video files, though not editing them. It also integrates with Windows DVD Maker to provide integrated DVD burning features.
WPG can also be used to acquire photos and videos from digital cameras, scanners, and other sources.
According to the official Windows Vista Product Guide, Windows Photo Gallery is available in all editions of Windows Vista; however, themed photo slideshows are only available in the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista.
Windows Photo Gallery also includes support for RAW images. Windows Vista introduced a standard codec format which camera vendors can use to provide a conversion between their proprietary RAW formats and a standard format used in the operating system. Windows Photo Gallery detects when a codec is needed, and provides a link to the relevant download location for the codec. The touch-up capabilities are disabled for RAW images.
As of February 2007, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus have released codecs.
Photo Gallery has the concept of hierarchical tagging, e.g. People/Jim, Places/Paris. This has the unfortunate side-effect of the tags in the photos actually appearing in this manner. It is debatable whether the additional information that Paris is a place is really required. It does not have the ability to group tags in the same manner as the Photoshop software.
Deleting a tag from Photo Gallery will also remove it from all photos in the Gallery.
Categories: Windows components | Photo software | Image organizers