Microsoft Photo Story

Microsoft Photo Story 3.0

Bring your digital photos to life

Microsoft Photo Story is a photo presentation program for Windows XP. If you're looking for a similar program for Windows Vista or 7, check out Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker. View full description

PROS

  • Automated effects and transitions
  • Soundtrack editing system

CONS

  • Output quality isn’t the best
  • No DVD burning capabilities

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Microsoft Photo Story is a photo presentation program for Windows XP. If you're looking for a similar program for Windows Vista or 7, check out Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker.

Microsoft Photo Story lets you drag photos onto a window, arrange them as needed, then provide custom narration, transitions, zooms, pans, audio soundtracks and/or custom auto-generated music, then export the result as a WMV file.

Applying such features can prove tricky in some programs, but not in Microsoft Photo Story. The fact is, you don’t need to tweak a whole bunch of settings because the program does it for you, automatically generating transitions and zoom/pans without you having to set it up yourself. What's more, the ones generated by default look great.

While you can simply sit back and let Microsoft Photo Story do everything for you, there's still plenty you can play around with if you’re feeling adventurous. For instance, you can build your own custom soundtracks for your slideshow. You can pick from a bumper range of music genres, tempos, instruments and effects, giving you the chance to match the audio precisely to the mood of your show.

Output from Microsoft Photo Story is in Microsoft's WMV file format, which is more compressed than MPEGs or other movie type files. You can choose from various resolutions in order to optimize your slideshow. Unfortunately, however, the output movies from the software are not as sharp as they’d be in VCD or DVD format.

It's a shame that Microsoft Photo Story does'’t support burning DVDs and VCDs with the created slideshow, and you’ll need your own DVD authoring app to do this. There are applications, such as ProShow, that contain burning options and support for higher resolution output, but there's not much that can match Photo Story in terms of its ease of use and automated features.

So, if you want a quick way to create stand-out photo presentations, Microsoft Photo Story is well worth downloading.

Create slideshows using your digital photos very easily with Microsoft Photo Story. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories.

Then, personalize them with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail. Watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable device.

Capture memories

Create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. It's that easy!

Bring photos to life

Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and captions.

Share your stories

Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail. Watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable device.

Microsoft Photo Story

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Microsoft Photo Story 3.0

— User reviews — about Microsoft Photo Story

  • patrikphaina

    by patrikphaina

    "nice for photo."

    awesome for photo story. i think add some new tool. i also use PHOTO VIEWRE PRO.you are tray to with it. More.

    reviewed on October 20, 2016

  • kroobler

    by kroobler

    "Unable to handle modern image file sizes and no widescreen support"

    Unusable -- don't waste your time. No native support for widescreen, and unable to process more than a few smartphone im... More.

    reviewed on July 30, 2015

  • george3210

    by george3210

    "It was horrible."

    I used photo story and now I wish that I hadn't. It was horrible, do not use. More.

    reviewed on May 13, 2015

  • "Easy to use, free software"

    Two of my kids used this to make slide show projects for online classes. It was very easy to add pictures, captions, vo... More.

    reviewed on May 9, 2015

  • Jennilaine

    by Jennilaine

    "Wedding Venue mad at me for uploading Photo Story."

    I'm a wedding photographer. Photo Story put extra software on my venue's computer when I uploaded the software. They are... More.

    reviewed on April 13, 2015

  • Rezwana

    by Rezwana

    "HORRIBLE "

    I downloaded it and it didn't work and on top of that it started playing my music files with another installation which ... More.

    reviewed on July 15, 2014