No, that's not a typo.  Microsoft Research is always working on cool new projects.  One of the latest is a new imaging tool called Auto Collage 2008.  This tool lets you take a group of photographs and turn them into an artistic collage.  Let me show you how it works.  I'm going to take a collection of photos I took last Christmas down at my Dad's house in Tennessee. 

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The program is quite easy to use.  I put the photos I wanted to use into a folder called "collage."  Then, I simply clicked on that folder and Auto Collage automatically imports them and sorts them accordingly.

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Once I click on the "Create" button, Auto Collage turns the photos into a carousel, examining each for several features, including automatic face detection. 

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The photos are then transformed into a collage in a very visually interactive way.

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The final result is shown below.

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Going into the options screen and changing some settings, such as "image overlap" and "size of the main image" turns out a completely different result.

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You can adjust the output size of the collage from a 4X6 picture all the way up to an 8X10 image or even the current size of your desktop (to make the perfect desktop background)!  You can get a trial version of the application from here.  You can also purchase the full version of the program for $19.95 (as a digital download) from the same link.