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.

Microsoft Pro Photo Tools 2

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.

Microsoft Pro Photo Tools 2

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.