Featured Freeware: FxFoto

FxFoto might be not as well known as other free and lightweight image editors, but that's no reason not to check it out.

This image editor earns kudos for its impressive feature set. Before it launches, FxFoto offers to scan your PC for images and gives you the option to view a detailed tutorial. The cluttered interface might make you wary, but it's not as bad as it looks.

FxFoto has just about every image-editing tool most folks will need. You can automatically or manually improve shots, remove red-eye and blemishes, apply a number of effects, add frames and borders, correct colors, and alter white balance. FxFoto supplies a standard set of drawing tools and lets you add captions to any of your shots. The handy zoom tool provides a great deal of control over magnification. Once you've tweaked pictures to your liking, you can create a slide show with transitions, though you can't add your own music or narration unless you upgrade to the pay version.

You also can design a photo collage and share it via e-mail, burn it to CD, or upload it to one of several sharing sites. FxFoto is a fine tool for lightweight image-editing tasks.

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