Microsoft Pro Photo Tools 2: what’s new?


Microsoft Pro Photo Tools is nice freeware utility for geotagging your photos and adding some metadata information to them. I have mentioned it in my June’s article Microsoft Pro Photo Tools: geotagging and metadata editing. Now, Microsoft comes with second version of this application. It brings a few changes in user interface, RAW and HD photos support and much more.

News in Microsoft Pro Photo Tools 2

There is a official list of changes and improvements:

  • Support for reading and writing metadata to/from XMP side cars so that metadata will interoperate with Adobe products. This is in addition to reading and writing from the file.
  • Users can convert from RAW to JPEG, TIFF, and HD Photo using "As Shot" settings. This includes the ability to resize the image.
  • Users can view actual RAW image in addition to thumbnails
  • Support for 64-bit Windows
  • Support for international locales
  • Improved UI for geotagging

Working with Microsoft Pro Photo Tools 2

If you take a look at the screenshots in my previous article mentioned above and at the screenshots of new Microsoft Pro Photo Tools 2, you will see a few differences. At first, the panels are vertical now by default. You can change the layout using the View menu.

There are useful functions for rotating the images. You can add geo tags using the similar way as in the first version. Just open a few images. If there is GPS information missing, you will see a note. Now you can use the search map field to find a location or provide the City and Country and click the Get GPS info button.

That’s all. If you would like to know more information about Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, check my article Microsoft Pro Photo Tools: geotagging and metadata editing. For more information about the new version you can check its homepage.