Versatile image editor

Enjoy plenty of options in a sleek interface with this intuitive program.

Image Compressor 2008 Pro Edition is a full-featured digital image editor. Although it won't replace Photoshop or other top-of-the line editing software, it's a great choice for users seeking a fairly lightweight program that still delivers plenty of options.

The program's interface is quite sleek and intuitive, although we were dismayed that the Quick Start Guide, which seems to invite users to click on it for information about different topics, couldn't actually be clicked on at all. This was the only hiccup we encountered, though. The interface is fully configurable, allowing users to customize the layout to meet their needs. The program's four major functions--viewer, comparison view mode, retouching screen, and batch mode--are neatly organized in tabs at the top of the screen, allowing users to quickly find the features they're looking for. The program's Help file explains how to perform certain functions--go here, click on this--but does not get into much detail about how anything actually works. The program offers all the typical photo editing features, including controls for color adjustments and a handful of special effects. We did notice that the program lacks a clone or rubber stamp tool, making detailed image correction nearly impossible. But we loved that the program makes it so easy to create animated GIFs, and the Web photo album feature was extremely impressive. We made an awesome Flash-based slideshow with practically no effort at all.

Image Compressor 2008 Pro Edition leaves a watermark on images created using the trial version. It installs desktop icons without asking and leaves a file behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.

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