My Windows Live Gallery (and a few other Windows Live components) upgraded a couple of days ago.
I mean it has become REALLY cool to use this tool. When I got the new laptop, it had Windows 7 installed. One of the tools was the windows Live Gallery, and I spent a lot of time tagging people and adding descriptive tags for locations. It was nice to be able to pull out images based on tags.
But it really changed with the new update...
Now I can combine tags for searches. My wife is putting together a coffee table book of our boys as a present for the grandmothers. Tonight, I pulled up images from my gallery (a couple thousand pictures) that were of both boys together... then each boy individually. There were also a few events that she wanted pics from... and they were just as easy to pull up.
But the real surprise was when I found some pics that needed tagging. It was recognizing faces. At this point it is only suggesting... and not for every one... but I can only imagine that it will get better as I tag more people. This will be REALLY useful for tagging the other kids in my sons' classes. I don't know them all that well, so after a few tags, the computer can help me recognize them.
Of course, I have been loving the automatic filing by date. That means I can pull up pictures by date or subject... or both. That had been the drawback of having a couple thousand pictures, they were tough to search.
Windows Live Gallery is a cool tool. I'll have to revisit some of the other tools to see if they have stepped up enough to regularly utilize.