Oh Windows Live Gallery – you are so sneaky

So, I have been under a rock it seems. When you start doing things automagically – as it seems the Photo Gallery app in Vista did from day one, I tend to miss the boat. I’m the kinda guy who’s first move in using a new app is to look at the configuration/option tab in the UI. When it looks deceptively simple, I just don’t know what to think. This seems to have been the case with the Revert functionality.

Earlier today I mentioned that a function of Live Photo Gallery was that is just saved your edits and your original is well – I didn’t know – seemed like it was gone, forever. Well it seems that I am wrong. There is the little Revert functionality that will always let you get back to the original version of the image. No, you can’t step back one edit at a time, but you can get past the heinous error you just made. Or help you whip out a quick cleaned up version of the shot for that email to your Aunt Minnie – then quickly revert it back to all of its original bacchanal glory.

Here is a ripe old post from July 2006 – for the Vista version – from John Thornton
http://blogs.msdn.com/pix/archive/2006/07/26/679369.aspx 

Ian Tien has a more up to date post that covers the how’s and why’s of using Revert and w whole lot of other features. http://windowslivewire.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2F7EB29B42641D59!29715.entry 

John’s post says that back in 2006 the originals were stored here
c:UsersyourusernameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsOriginal Images

now it seems they are stored here
C:UsersyourusernameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindows Photo GalleryOriginal Images

Seems that the images are tagged with a GUID of some sort – so you can feel free to reorganize your files into different directories – but when you switch machine – well that’s another matter – this has Synch/Mesh written all over it.

for the second time tonight – thanks team! And if you have any insight to share – best practices – things that my mom should do – pass them on…

-NK

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