Live Photo Gallery Vs. Picasa: Digital Photography in Windows 7



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Existing versions (except those from Ardfry), listed on the page that was referenced, are designed for Windows Vista will not provide any notable improvement on Win7. Haus bauen



Looking for the best solution for organizing your rapidly growing digital photo collection? This article helps you find the answers you need. sunny beach holiday apartments


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In Windows 7, Microsoft replaced the Windows Photo Gallery (now superseded by Windows Live Photo Gallery), and replaced it with Windows Photo Viewer. To use Windows Photo Viewer to view your photos in a resizable window, right-click the photo and select Preview. sunny beach holiday lettings



RAWDrop is actually a file converter for RAW files, not a direct viewer. However, it looks like an extremely useful utility. You drag and drop RAW files to the program window, and it converts images into your choice of 24-bit TIFF, 48-bit TIFF, or 48-bit Photoshop files. While you have the option of saving the converted files using Auto White Balance, this user recommends against it, suggesting you enable the option to use the camera's  White Balance setting instead. Happy Converting!


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I had to deal with .raw image viewing today as the final stage in hacking a CVS "disposable" camera.  Irfanview with plugins and Fast were both useless.  Picassa would display them, but with serious artifacts.  The app that finally did it for me was RawDrop, which I found off a link from the wikipedia .RAW page.  It's just a tiny little app, barely even a GUI and it's free.  Why do Microsoft and all the other big names need to make this so complicated?



With more and more people buying DSLR's it would be nice if windows would natively support the various RAW formats, instead of requiring the user to go out and find the correct codec for their camera and the version of windows that they are using.  Well that's assuming a RAW codec actually exists for the windows version they are using (I'm talking about you about supporting 64 bit OS's for a change?)



The article mention that Windows 7 will offer better imaging performance and this is true, but for this advantage to materialize for raw files supported through WIC codecs, it needs new versions of such codecs, expressely designed for Windows 7. Existing versions (except those from Ardfry), listed on the page that was referenced, are designed for Windows Vista will not provide any notable improvement on Win7.

Photographers also have another option for fast image culling and previewing on Windows 7, namely FastPictureViewer Professional, a lightweight, native 32 and 64-bit image viewer relying on the same raw codecs as those referred to in the article, and offering excellent DirectX-accelerated performance for quickly reviewing lots of pictures. It would not replace WLPG or Picasa, but rather complement them and other image organization software.



I like picasa getting all of this attention.  I've used it since it first came out forever ago.  Great at organizing.


What the hell is up with Canon not jumping on the 64bit bandwagon?  64 bit is becoming more the norm, and it's so lame that they aren't supporting it yet.



do you know if either of those will eventually support animated .gifs? I'll jump back onto the Windows Gallery if Windows decides to support those. Only reason why I am using Picassa is because it scans all my selected folders, and saves on sorting and resetting thumbnail views everytime.

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