Photo Story 3 for Windows

Photo Story 3 for Windows

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 104 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.1115.11
  • Total Downloads:
    1,924,082
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 22, 2004
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,739
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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Microsoft's Photo Story is a free Windows program that lets you create audiovisual presentations out of your photos and images. You can quickly crop, rotate, and edit your pictures; personalize them with captions and titles; and add sound effects, narration, and background music. Photo Story saves your presentations as WMV files you can play on your PC or convert using a third-party video converter. Finished files can be small enough to send by email, too. Many Windows users already have it; those who don't can download and install it or repair their current installation, if necessary. We looked at the latest release, Photo Story 3.

Photo Story 3 opens with a wizard offering three choices: Begin a new story, edit a project, or play a story. With no stories to edit or play, we started with the first option. However, in the lower left corner of the program's window is a small Help button that opens a fairly large Help file that many users may prefer as a starting point since it explains every step and even offers extras such as tips and tricks, accessibility options for individuals with disabilities, and a Glossary. In any case, the program's wizard made each step easy even for beginners. We imported some images and arranged them on the film strip. A main window displays selected images and let us crop and rotate them, correct color levels and red eye, and apply a variety of visual effects from a drop-down list. An Auto Fix feature automatically corrects color, contrast, and red eye, too. Photo Story's wizard offers lots of advice, such as telling us that removing the black borders from our images with the Remove Black Borders tool would improve its on-screen appearance. A selection tool ensures that the right part of your photo is retained. We added text, narration, and music, and saved our project with lots of playback options.

Presentations created with Photo Story 3 are great for weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations. With a little time and effort, this surprisingly versatile tool can tell all kinds of stories. It's a hidden gem in Windows.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Photo Story 3 3.0.1115.11.

 
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  • Current Version

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4 stars

"Surprisingly Good And works On Windows 8."

October 23, 2013  |  By andreaborman

 |  Version: Photo Story 3 for Windows 3.0.1115.11

Pros

Works on Windows 8. I have the 32 bit version which could be why. Though I have read some 64 bit Windows 8 users cannot run it. Like windows Movie Maker 2.1 and 2.6 quite user friendly.

Cons

Not many.Some users say it won't install or run on Windows 8. But it's working on my Windows 8 32 bit.

Summary

Photo Story 3 is working on my windows 8 Pro-the reason is probably because I have got 32 bit. Though some users on 64 bit Windows 8 cannot get it to run.Don't know if that's true or not as I don't have any 64 bit Windows. I have also tried Photo story 2 which also works on Windows 8 and compliments PS3. Photo story3 works with all version of Windows Movie Maker,Windows Movie Maker 2.1,6 and Windows Live Movie Maker. It can run on Windows 7 and Windows Vista as well as on Windows 8. Which is good news for Windows 8 users wanting this.

Updated on Oct 23, 2013

Photo Story 3 is working on Windows 8 at least it is on mine. It beats running Metro apps any day. But then as I have Windows 8 on a netbook,I don't get Metro apps which is no loss really.

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2 stars

"I could not install on Vista..."

May 01, 2013  |  By vkkri

 |  Version: Photo Story 3 for Windows 3.0.1115.11

Pros

I could not install on Vista...

Cons

Error 28000.Generic custom action error.

Summary

Your system has not been modified.

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5 stars

"Photo Story 3 Rules"

March 30, 2012  |  By SmellzGood

 |  Version: Photo Story 3 for Windows 3.0.1115.11

Pros

Easy to use
Small download
Useful features
Quick results

Cons

Basic, but still good

Summary

a href="http://www.squidoo.com/photo-story-3">Windows 7 photo story 3</a> is the best program in the world if you are looking to make a slideshow out of a few quality photos, or make an animation out of a series of photos. Download it today!

Updated on Mar 30, 2012

<a> href="http://www.squidoo.com/photo-story-3">Windows 7 photo story 3</a>

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<a href="http://www.squidoo.com/photo-story-3">Windows 7 photo story 3</a>

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4 stars

"Nice little app"

January 03, 2012  |  By janilac

 |  Version: Photo Story 3 for Windows 3.0.1115.11

Pros

Handy and easy to use

Cons

No issues to report

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1 stars

"My version of Windows (7) is invalid for this program"

December 04, 2011  |  By lotus_blossom

 |  Version: Photo Story 3 for Windows 3.0.1115.11

Pros

I have no idea - I could not install on Win7 OS

Cons

See below - not installable om Win7

Summary

I have no way of knowing. The program would not install on my Win7, dual core, 2 ghz, machine. Bummer.

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5 stars

"great little tool"

November 18, 2011  |  By angelakal

 |  Version: Photo Story 3 for Windows 3.0.1115.11

Pros

it's very useful

Cons

none so far

Summary

I like the product!

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5 stars

"A Great Freebie"

November 11, 2011  |  By nottmdon

 |  Version: Photo Story 3 for Windows 3.0.1115.11

Pros

Easy to use and good results achieved

Cons

Come on this is a free programme and it doesnt pretend it can do jobs it cannot. I have even managed to get it working on Windows 7 because I use it that much!There are NO CONS ITS FREE AND IT WORKS!

Summary

Still photos into a slide show, add music and text and save to disc or computer. NO ONE I have done one of these for can believe its been done with a FREE programme, one of the best and most used FREE pieces of software I have ever been fortunate enough to use. If you want more bells and whistles go pay for a programme for a freebie this cannot (as of yet) be beaten!

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4 stars

"Super!!!!!"

October 25, 2011  |  By sandiet2

 |  Version: Photo Story 3 for Windows 3.0.1115.11

Pros

Easy to work with

Cons

Not sure if i found any yet

Summary

Have recommended this to even pro photograhpers. Will continue to recommend to those just learning how to work with their photos

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5 stars

"Excellent but no new updates"

October 12, 2011  |  By malpen04

 |  Version: Photo Story 3 for Windows 3.0.1115.11

Pros

I've made over 2000 photo videos using PS3 - I love it but MS have never upgraded it and/or improved it.

There is a software that allows us to change the duration of all photos (This should be part of the program) but no software to change the effect duration and this has to be done manually for each photo.

Music fades out before the end of the slide show. I attach a 15 second audio to my music to compensate for that. Do not use MP3 for PS3 - convert music to wma.

Would love to see PS3 improved with new features.

malpen04

Cons

Lack of features

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4 stars

"A Must Download!"

June 02, 2011  |  By ZoeT75

 |  Version: Photo Story 3 for Windows 3.0.1115.11

Pros

I've only had this program for a few days and I find it very easy to use. I love it's photo editing and music uploading qualities.

Cons

I wish there was a way I could a) sync my music to start at the same time as my photo slide show and b) be able to email my slideshow to friends and family.

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General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date November 22, 2004
Date Added November 22, 2004
Version 3.0.1115.11
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Digital Photo Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows XP, Windows Media Player 10.0, DirectX 9.0b drivers
Download Information
File Size 5.03MB
File Name Pstory.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,924,082
Downloads Last Week 1,739
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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