We encounter lots of programs that are either image editors or image organizers, but rarely do we see programs that do both. Kestrel GX is an exception, providing people with both a set of basic editing tools and a sleek way to organize and view images.
The program's interface is reminiscent of Adobe products such as Lightroom and Bridge, with a sleek black layout that's fairly easy to navigate. The image viewer portion of the program allows people to view and edit metadata, assign keywords and other identifying information, and search images using a variety of parameters. A tree view makes it easy to navigate to the desired directory, and a scrolling thumbnail bar across the bottom displays image previews. The built-in image editor contains tools for adjusting levels, cropping, resizing, reducing red eye, sharpening and noise reduction, color correction, saturation, brightness and contrast, and watermarks. It's not a full-featured editor, but it certainly covers all of the basics you'll need to get your images looking good. The program even supports raw image formats, although the editor isn't optimized to take full advantage of them. Kestrel GX comes with both a PDF Getting Started guide and a work flow guide, both of which offer ample information about the program's use. Overall, we liked Kestrel GX quite a bit; it's attractive, easy to use, and has a useful set of features that take a lot of the tedium out of editing and organizing images. We think that this program is a great choice for beginners and intermediate users, although advanced users will likely want a program that is better able to handle raw images.
Kestrel GX comes as a ZIP file. It installs and uninstalls without issues.