No-nonsense image editor

Stick with this simple JPEG editor to tweak your images.

What can we say? BetterJPEG is certainly not the most attractive image editor we've seen, but it gets the job done. Novice users will especially like its no-nonsense approach to image editing.

The program's user interface is pretty plain, but it's intuitive. Drop-down menus run across the top of the interface, and their respective shortcut commands run underneath them. We jumped right into the program without having to consult its ample Help feature, but it's there if you need it. We started by selecting a saved JPEG image on our computer. Using the shortcut commands, we were able to quickly and easily crop the image, resize it, adjust the brightness, and even add our own custom text. The program includes a Preview option with most of its tools so that you can see your changes before you enact them, which is always a good thing. It also includes an Undo option so you can reverse your changes with a simple click. The program's Red Eye tool worked well to remove any scary eye discolorations from photos. The program's one drawback is that you can't convert JPEG images to a different file format, but, all in all, this is a great program for anyone who needs an image editor but doesn't want to mess around with all the bells and whistles that typically come with the more-expensive packages.

BetterJPEG comes with a 30-day trial period. It left behind Start menu icons after uninstallation; still, we recommend this program for all users.

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