Group Shot

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Microsoft Group Shot
Developer(s) Microsoft Research
Stable release 1.03 / 20 September 2006
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Digital photo organizer
License Proprietary
Website [1]

Group Shot is a photo combining program developed by Microsoft Research. Its purpose is to solve the problem of individuals in group photographs that might be doing undesirable things such as looking elsewhere, closing their eyes, not smiling, etc. The principle of Group Shot is that multiple group photographs will be taken in each session. Multiple images from a session are loaded into the application, and then the user selects the best parts from all of the different photos and merges them into one.

It was announced at Bill Gates' keynote at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show. For a time, the software was available to download for Windows XP users,[1] however it was later removed from the Microsoft Research website and the project was officially closed. Microsoft Research stated that the beta period has expired.[2]

The Group Shot engine was eventually included in Windows Live Photo Gallery Wave 4 under the name of Photo Fuse.[3]

A similar feature is available in Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 under the name 'Photomerge Group Shot'.[4] Essentially the same functionality is also available in Adobe Photoshop CS3's Photomerge, though not packaged as a separate feature. It is available as well in the open-source application Hugin and the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

On January 2012, a GroupShot mobile app was released by Macadamia Apps allowing users to create a group image from multiple similar images, on their mobile phone. The app is available for download in the iTunes App Store. Company says app will be available for other platforms later this year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Windows Ultimate Extras Review
  2. ^ Microsoft Research Group Shot
  3. ^ Windows Live Wave 4 News
  4. ^ Adobe documentation

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