Windows Essentials plug-ins

Photo Gallery plug-ins*

Get the most out of Photo Gallery with these plug-ins.


Combine the snapshots you love into a blended collage, capturing the spirit of an event or trip with this free plug-in from Microsoft Research. After installing, AutoCollage can be found in the More tools menu on the Create tab.

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 control. Your stitched panoramas 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.


Share the places and things you love with 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 Research Cliplets

Microsoft Research Cliplets is an interactive app that gives you the power to create "Cliplets"—a type of dynamic imagery that mixes static and dynamic elements from a video clip.

Picasa Web Publisher

Picasa Web Publisher enables you to publish photos to your Picasa Web account.

Publish to Photo Frame

Publish to Photo Frame is a plug-in for Photo Gallery that makes it easy to copy your photos to a digital photo frame.

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