Kestrel GX allows the user to not only catalog and rate pictures, but is also a basic photo editor. It is a program best used by intermediate to advanced users.
Kestrel GX's download comes in at 10MB and takes time to extract and install. You are given the choice to download all features or only some features. The program helps you organize, catalog, and edit your photos. The photo editor offers basic choices, allowing you to rotate, crop, resize, remove red eye, sharpen, and apply a watermark to your photos. The organizer allows you to rate your photos and place them in categories of your choosing. You can create databases and optimize those databases for your unique needs. You can also view your photos and pictures in the image viewer or as a slideshow where you can define the transition time and style between slides. You can take your catalogs and create PDF photo books where each photo is a separate PDF file or where the entire catalog is contained in one large PDF file. This is a great feature if you want to share a number of your photos by e-mail. The interface is visually pleasing and intuitive to use. The program also provides a manual for general use and a workflow manual for step-by-step instructions. This program is only free to use in its full-featured form for 20 uses, though. After 20 uses you must pay approximately $10 for the license.
Kestrel GX is a feature-packed photo organizer and editor that can be utilized by intermediate to advanced users. Even though it's not free, with its many features, the price is worth it.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Kestrel GX 1.3.1.