Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 ( Windows) review:

Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 ( Windows)

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MSRP: $99.95
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CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Excellent organizational and image-editing tools; plenty of fun projects.

The Bad Three separate applications instead of one integrated program; requires 400MB of disk space.

The Bottom Line Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 is an easy-to-use and powerful image editor with a great organizer.

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7.5 Overall

<p>By the end of a week in Myanmar, we had clicked our way through 1,000 photos and were seriously in need of a photo organizer. Fortunately, we had Microsoft's Digital Image 2006 Suite--a slick application trio designed specifically for sorting, labeling, editing, and sharing digital photos. The three tightly integrated programs in the suite--Digital Image Library (organizer), Digital Image Editor (image editor), and Photo Story 3.1 (simple slide-show creator)--are feature-rich and a snap to master. The intelligently designed interface and ubiquitous help make this program especially appealing to the casual user, but more serious photographers will find a wealth of heavy-duty editing features lurking beneath the friendly desktop.<br><br></p><div align="center"> <a href="javascript:void(null)" onclick="'','slideShow','width=785,height=620,status=no,scrollbars=no,resizable=yes,toolbar=no');"><img src="&lt;!--#echo%20var='X_CACHENET'%20--&gt;/sc/31452878-2-187x196-SS0.gif" width="187" height="196" border="0" alt=""></a><br><div style="width: 187px; padding: 5px 0px; text-align: left"><b class="v1"><a href="javascript:void(null)" onclick="'','slideShow','width=785,height=620,status=no,scrollbars=no,resizable=yes,toolbar=no');">Click here for the full tour.</a></b></div> </div><br> Microsoft added quite a few new features to the 2006 version, including better organizing and editing tools and camera raw file support. Plus, the full-featured editor gained a black-and-white photo effect for colorizing, plus improved panoramic stitching with better control over the finished product. It may be a little pricey at $99, and it requires a gluttonous 400MB of disk space, but if you have mountains of photos that need organization and don't want to puzzle through jargon-filled manuals, Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 is an excellent investment.

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