Check out the new Photo Gallery in Windows Vista. You can sort pictures and videos by keywords, tags, the date the pictures or video were taken, ratings, and other metadata. You can even create Search Folders that contain up-to-date and “live” data, which changes each time you open the folder. You can create your own metadata to totally organize your photos and videos using any type of organizational set you’d like.
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Microsoft Windows XP doesn’t offer much in the way of built-in tools for organizing your collection of digital and scanned photographs. Sure, you can launch the anemic Windows Picture and Fax Viewer and page through your images—but if you want to edit one of them, you’re dropped unceremoni­ously into Windows Paint. There’s no way to tag or caption your images so you can easily find them later, and watching a slide show in Win XP isn’t much more engaging than turning the pages in a photo album.

Considering the hugely growing popularity of digital imaging, I’d say it’s a good thing that Windows Vista manages to make the experience more appealing from start to finish. When I plugged in a digital camera, Vista seamlessly installed the drivers and asked if I wanted to apply a tag to all the images I was downloading. It also offered to rotate automatically any pictures that it thought were taken in a vertical rather than horizontal orientation. Moments later, Vista launched the Windows Photo Gallery application so that I could view and organize all my photos More »