Wanting an alternative to Photoshop (something smaller and faster, with more convenient tools), I tried Photoscape. Although it has a lot of nice features, I won't stick with it. The interface is the problem. It is not so intuitive, IMHO, and lacks many common interface features. For example, it has no File Menu bar! I hate that. Second, there are very few user-manageable settings (such as startup directory for the viewer, default save path, etc.). If you open a picture in the editor, there isn't any way to "close" it. There is no way to find the open file in the viewer window. You get no context menu when you right-click on the picture in the editor.
However, I will say I was surprised at how fast the viewer displays thumbnails of a directory. This is nice. It is also nice to have all those tools handy in one package. I wish XnView had the editor!
All in all, I find the interface clumsy and lacking. I probably won't use this program.
As I was looking for some new things in Snapfiles, I ran across Photoscape and cannot believe I didn't rate this, been using it so long I simply forgot? At least that's my excuse.
After all this time, I still can't say enough about it and will try to sum up what this is...
Advanced, harder to use graphics editor? no.
Very simple, basic filter and image editor and handler? no.
What it is...
An all around excellent application that handles screenshots, photo albums, has numerous cool filters for effects, image enhancement, batch edit, viewer, the list goes on and on. For all the things this boasts, it's not hard to use whatsoever and takes little time to get used to.
Quite honestly, I could fill two pages trying to say what this does. Sure, you may still have some favorites, like I use PicPick for capture and not Photoscape's capture tool but it's there if you need it. I do use the color picker quite often.
I began using another manager with watermarking capability but it doesn't hurt to have more than one option with most softwares. ( I have numerous) but most of them come and go eventually and I move on to something else if no longer handy.
Either way, Photoscape will never leave my desktop, I use it all the time It's one of those softwares that after a while, feels like it's simply part of the operating system and not a separate entity.
I've been using Photoscape for about 6 months and
it's a brilliant bit of kit. Not only do I feel
that it's a great image editor but I do web
graphics and it fills that need to. An all round
It has great features like reflection and
perspective tools. I've used many image editors
but most don't have these benefits.
This software is a dream to operate; flawless.
Solves 99% of the typical web design image problems.
Looks good however it is missing a few features. It does not have the ability to fill an area. Nor does it have the ability to create Transparent gifs.
Although I use Paint Shop Pro X2, I find that Photoscape does a few of the task better (such as backlight). And some of the task are easier to use such as resizing and cropping. The one thing that would make this software outstanding is a Leveling or Straightening Tool. I highly recommend Photoscape to all my friends. As a FREE software, I will give Photoscape a 5 star rating.
Photoscape is a very handy addition to your graphics 'toolkit'.
Easy to use, very user friendly.
Photoscape and Photofiltre are in a virtual tie for best free photo editors; however, each program does offer slightly different options in the area of "effects", so I have installed both and "use one or the other" as needed. You really can't beat this combination so get both!
I'm still waiting for the perfect program that will do all I want it to but this is the closest yet. There are so many things you can do with it. I found it after searching for a freebie that would allow me to quickly and easily add a speech balloon to a pic. This also does screenshots (MWSnap allows you to add a cursor though), framing, combining of several pics into one, create boxes from your pics, make your photos look very old, print thumbnails or multiple pics on a page amongst all the standard things that most graphics programs do.
I really like the way you get the explorer type window for quick navigation
The only cons I have found so far....
Can't add a cursor to a screenshot
Can't choose the level for some of the filters
Highly recommended. Great features and superb for quick fixes. It makes photo editing FUN. I hope it continues to be developed. It is an impressive piece of software, so much so that I just had to register as a reviewer to convey my appreciation to the developers for providing such a great tool.
A great program...and it's free! It's easy to use, and has great, fun features. Kudos to the creators of this product...
This is a very amazing tool for all the image editing power it packs into an easy to use user interface. Not for super precise editing but perfect for all quick fixes.
Especially useful are the clever photo -montage options.
However, these are the first authors that, after receiving a donation from me, never replied with an acknowledging email.
Before downloading this software based on the reviews it sounded pretty good, however once I tried it out for a while it has become my favorite free photo software for image editing. It takes a few minutes to figure out how to use the program, but once you figure it out you're free sailing. I highly recommend this program to beginners and advanced users alike.
This well thought out tool is a delight to use. Very intuitive with a multitude of extra features assembled into one program. This is a definite "keeper". The ability to easily edit and be creative with photos and animations make this program a real joy to use. I'm grateful that the author(s) released this as freeware. It could have easily been justifiably sold at a nice price. Highly recommended.
It is definitely a new player in the growing area of image editors. It's freshly different from others.
Very neat printing combinations feature. Other features I didn't explore yet, but looks very very promising.
I am by no means a graphic artist, but I do all the artwork for my web sites, cd covers, etc. I have always used a combination of a few programs to accomplish what I needed. There is a VERY old app called iPphoto plus that I have kept around since the windows 95 days because it has a couple simple functions that are much harder to do in todays higher end apps. But this Photoscape fills that gap. So many useful functions and so easy to use. this a must have for those of us out here who do not want to pay for expensive editing software, but can get what we need done with combinations of apps like this one. Excellent graphics app here, donwload and keep this one.
One thing is ironic though, it is a graphics editor (among other things) yet the buttons are large, gray, square and cumbersome...looks like a win98 app.
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