This page provides late-breaking or other information about Windows Photo Gallery 2012.
The technology that Photo Gallery uses to create a Photo Fuse aligns the background information in the base photo with the section being replaced. Photos that don’t have well-defined backgrounds might not align well when creating a Photo Fuse.
For Photo Fuse to align and work best, the photos should be taken at similar zoom levels and from similar vantage points. Large movements in the photo or changes in zoom level might prevent alignment from taking place, or create suboptimal composites.
Movement in the photos used to create a Photo Fuse might cause distinct seams between the sections of the finished composite. To create a smoother composite, select a region around the subject that captures most of the movement.
To ensure good performance of Photo Fuse, there's a limit of 10 photos for creating a composite.
Ribbon galleries can't contain more than 1000 items. This limit has the largest impact on the Dates filter gallery on the Find tab. When the limit is reached, only the 1000 newest (most recent) dates are displayed. However, no data is lost – all photos still exist, they just don't appear in the ribbon gallery – and the other date-related Find galleries (Months and Years) continue to work.
When a global People tag suggestion for a photo or video comes from OneDrive or Facebook, and is presented in Batch people tagging mode as a suggestion for a person, the thumbnail shown doesn't appear as expected. For photos, the thumbnail is not square (it has the same aspect ratio as the original image), and for videos, grey thumbnails appear.
Also, if there's more than one face in the photo, there might be confusion about who in the photo is being tagged.
Landmarks (such as the Eiffel Tower) are not supported in the current implementation of geotagging.
If you have a DirectX 10 video card, make sure you have the latest drivers installed on your PC. Older versions don't support the Photo Gallery viewer pixel format and thus have poorer performance while viewing and editing photos.
The graphics driver used by some Lenovo ThinkPad PCs might prevent some photos from being displayed while you're looking through a collection in the one-up mode. Updating your PC's graphics driver might fix this problem.
Photo Gallery can't start if it's installed on an edition of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 that doesn't include Windows Media Player. Go to the
Get Windows Media Player
web page to get Windows 7 with Windows Media Player. To resolve this issue for a Windows 8.1 N Edition operating system, go to the Microsoft Download Center to install the Media Feature Pack for all Windows 8.1 N and KN editions.