This page provides download links for a number of useful software tools.
Last update: February 2014
Windows Photo Gallery
This is the current Microsoft download page. It will install the version of Photo Gallery that is appropriate for your Windows system. For Windows 8 and windows 7 it installs Photo Gallery 2012
The link below no longer goes to the old download page but redirects to the current page.
On an XP machine Microsoft will try to get you to move to a newer version of Windows.
Nikon NEF Codec
For 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Microsoft Camera Codec
Two versions are available on download page – for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows
This codec does not support adding properties like copyright.
Windows Live Photo Gallery Plug-ins
Plug-ins to enhance Windows Live Photo Gallery
Microsoft Image Composite Editor
Image Composite Editor (ICE) is an advanced panoramic image stitcher from Microsoft Research. While Photo Gallery includes the same stitching “engine”, this application provides a lot more fine control. The stitched panorama can be saved in a wide variety of formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom. After installing, ICE can be found in the More tools menu on the Create tab.
Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions
Imagine being able to share the places and things you love using the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real world. With nothing more than a bunch of photos, Photosynth creates an amazing new experience. After installing, Photosynth can be found in the More tools menu on the Create tab.
Microsoft Pro Photo Tools
Great tool for managing EXIF data, geotagging – uses Bing maps – fast, neat
This is long-orphaned program and you may get hassled trying to get to the download page. If you really want this and can’t get it from Microsoft, get in touch with me (on this blog’s About page).
VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 7, Windows 8, Chrome OS or the latest Linux releases, or create isolated virtual machines to safely test new software and surf the Web. (NOTE: You need licenses for Windows operating systems just as you would if installing on hardware.)
Current version (October 2014): 6.0.3