CyberLink PhotoDirector

CyberLink PhotoDirector

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 76 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2011
  • Total Downloads:
    166,887
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 30, 2011
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $99.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    1.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    65
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011 is an all-in-one photography program that lets you manage, retouch, enhance, and share your digital photos. With its intuitive workflow and nondestructive editing environment, we think it's a great choice for beginners and intermediate users. Plus, with the possibilities furnished by the robust DirectorZone.com community, it might even work for more-advanced users as well.

PhotoDirector is split up into three main viewing panels: Library, for managing and sifting through your photos; Adjustment, for retouching and enhancing; and Slideshow for turning your stills into moving masterpieces.

The Library presents all of your digital photos in an intuitive interface. Along the left are several tabs for browsing, along with a prominent Import button. The program natively supports raw files from Canon and Nikon cameras, which should be welcome news for many. What's nice about the Library is that it provides so many ways to slice and dice your photo collections, making it easy to navigate huge workloads. You can flag, rate, tag, and apply color-coded labels to items, then sift based on any of those parameters. Finding photos and organizing collections is a breeze in PhotoDirector.

Near the bottom of the Library page, you'll find the Export and Share tools, both of which conveniently support batch uploading. The Share tool can automatically publish to either Flickr or Facebook.

The Adjustment screen is where the real meat of PhotoDirector lies. Along the left you'll find several tabs for manually adjusting properties like White Balance, Tone, Level, Color, Detail, and Vignetting. Also, there's a Regional Adjustment Tools section for cropping, masking, red-eye removal, and spot removal. In our tests, the Spot Removal tool was particularly effective and actually a bit easier to use than even Photoshop's Clone Stamp--great for beginners who still have problems composing shots. Also, it's important to note that all of the edits made are easily reversible. You can readjust sliders, uncheck boxes, or delete effects without issue. This nondestructive editing environment makes PhotoDirector a nice tool for learning about photo manipulation.

And then there are the Presets. Presets are saved bundles of effects that together create a distinct look and feel. For instance, there is an '80s effect, Lomo, and several B&W effects. Many come preloaded, but you can easily create and save your own custom Presets as well. You can even access a virtually infinite number of user-created Presets via CyberLink's DirectorZone.com community. And it's all free.

Applying the Preset filters in PhotoDirector is incredibly simply. If you roll over any Preset, you'll see a small preview of its effect on your photo. Click the Preset, and its effects will be reflected in full size. If you don't like what you see, simply click another. You don't have to tediously click Apply and Undo to test different filter effects on your photos, which makes the editing experience that much more enjoyable.

PhotoDirector's integrated slideshow creator is decidedly basic. It lets you control transition effects, aspect ratio, background music, and slide duration. It also lets you automatically share your masterpiece to YouTube or export it as an AVC, MPEG-4, or WMV file. While it is a nice convenience to have built-in, it is really an afterthought next to all of the photo-editing features.

Overall, we think CyberLink PhotoDirector is a winner. Sure it's missing hot keys, and it's certainly not as powerful as a Photoshop, but the program is simple, and that's its biggest selling point.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"cyberjunk don't buy"

February 21, 2012  |  By johnnycod51

 |  Version: CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011

Pros

good advertised features

Cons

tech support is a joke

Summary

Unless you pay $30 for a couple months of tech support you can talk to nobody. I just wanted all the features of my legal and paid for cyberlink program to work and there is a activation issue. There is no number to call, not even for sales, and it is very apparent through thier email support system responses they could care less. That is if you get a response. If they made a good product don't you think they wouldn't be afraid to help thier customers?

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4 stars

"Nice mid-level photo album and photo editor"

December 19, 2011  |  By mglish

 |  Version: CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011

Pros

Nice fresh layout
Good editing tools, easy to use but powerful
Fast

Cons

Can only sort folders alphabetically
Full screen isn't full screen
Hard to split/merge folders

Summary

I use iPhoto on my Mac at home but have to use a Windows PC for work. To me, iPhoto is the gold standard. I was using Picasa for a while because it was free and it was iPhoto-like. But it wasn't "like" enough and I had to find something else.

I considered Photoshop Elements except it does TOO much and because it installs around 3 GB of files. PhotoDirector has a nice set of tools for organizing photos and making corrections. After a short learning curve, I feel right at home.

My biggest complaint is that if offers little help in organizing photos. iPhoto lets you combine or split folders of photos easily so that you have "events" that represent the birthday party, the vacation, the walk on the beach, etc. You don't have to go under the covers (i.e., in the file system) to do that stuff. Maybe there is a way that PhotoDirector allows you to do these things, but mostly I have to go to "My Photos" and use Windows commands.

Another thing that iPhoto lets you do is sort by the dates in the folders and not by the name of the folders. To organize my folders I have to name them "2011-03 Walk on the Beach". Then the only way it sorts A-Z which means your oldest photos are at the top and you have to scroll all the way to the bottom.

I'm dwelling on this because most of what I want in a product like this is to organize photos for my enjoyment and to show friends. You can't do a full-screen view of a picture unless you maximize the program first.

From now and then I want to really edit a photo but most of the time I want to brighten it or balance the colors. PhotoDirector has an enhancement shortcut that seems to work pretty well. The other controls are standard and intuitive enough. No complaints here. Unlike Photoshop Elements, they don't throw the kitchen sink at you.

The price is a little high, but I bought it anyway. It does the job and is much better than Picasa. I wish, however, it could upload pictures to Picasa on the web. It only natively supports Facebook and Flickr.

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4 stars

"Very similar to Lightroom"

August 19, 2011  |  By Balastrea

 |  Version: CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011

Pros

Many useful presets.

Cons

Beta seems a little slow and laggy.

Summary

Since I downloaded the Beta I have been using it exclusively as a workflow to my image processing. So far it has reminded me of Lightroom however in a very limited and basic form. I like the fact that I am able to process my RAW images without having to convert them first which I have been having to do when I use Photoshop CS2. I am looking forward to trying out the final release of PhotoDirector 2011 to see if they have fixed the Laggyness that the Beta had. All in all this is a great work flow software!

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4 stars

"Best amateur video editing software!"

August 12, 2011  |  By RostamT

 |  Version: CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011

Pros

Very easy to use.
Has some great customization options.
Many more editing options than most other "easy to use" video editing software.
Faster rendering by using all your CPU and GPU resources.

Cons

Very slow performance.
Often, the installed files get corrupt.
Too many error messages.
Often crashes.

Summary

Great for amateur video editors! You can use the simple features provided, and once you are comfortable, you can very easily move up to the higher levels of customization! A combination of a low-grade professional video editor, but with the ease of use of any other free and low-grade amateur video editing program.

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4 stars

"Lots of Fun!"

August 04, 2011  |  By wingy47

 |  Version: CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011

Pros

I like the sliders for the adjustment tools; the free template downloads; the easy slideshow maker; really good value for the money!!

Cons

I can't seem to use the cloning feature correctly. Note: I do not like to have to read up on how to use a feature in a program & I have not figured out yet how to use it on my own.

Summary

Once I became familiar with the program interface, I really like using it. I enjoy the Cyberlink programs as they are "fun" to use and I enjoy going to the their website for free ideas. PhotoDirector is one of the two photo editing programs I am now using. I use each program for different uses and end results - the two programs complement each other. You can't miss with PhotoDirector!

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5 stars

"This program tops all other photo programs I tried."

July 25, 2011  |  By BGJ13

 |  Version: CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011

Pros

Beautiful interface with good contrast, the arrangement of the options and features is easy to glance over and find without being overwhelmed with window control boxes jammed full of stuff.

Cons

As with most editors I have tried the fonts can be hard to read since they are so small, I know this is to pack as many functions as possible on the interface but can be hard on the eyes after a couple hours.

Summary

If you are like me and take lousy pictures; then buy it, use it and in the end you will have a picture album you will be proud to show off. The more you use it, the easier it becomes and the more images you can fix, in the long run, makes this a good value. The support has been top notch all the way as well, that's a good thing!

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4 stars

"Not Lightroom, but close enough for Hobbyists"

July 24, 2011  |  By aryehburnham

 |  Version: CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011

Pros

Very intuitive interface, nice organizing and tagging features, excellent noise reduction, most of Lightroom's Develop tools, good rendition of raw files, non-destructive edits

Cons

No outside editor interface, no web album creation, no lens correction features, Print very basic (no accurate print preview or color correction)

Summary

If you look at this software as taking the awesome workflow power of Lightroom and trimming it down for a home user, this is a great deal. Most of the organizing and touch ups that home users need to do are much, much more available than Photoshop Elements and the non-destructive, powerful editing totally obsoletes Picasa. But it sorely misses the power of Lightroom to edit back and forth with Photoshop or Elements if you really want to do something creative. If you want to make your own web albums, forget it, it only uploads to Facebook and Flickr. So, bottom line, very recommended to replace Picasa or the Elements organizer (and a lot of its Editor), great for snap shooters, but don't expect it to replace Lightroom for people who use most of its features.

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5 stars

"Very Nice Program"

July 10, 2011

 |  Version: CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011

Pros

Nice flow of arrangements. There is not a steep learning curb.

Cons

There is not a dedicated option to burn to the disc.

Summary

The first thing to remember is that this is a competitor to Adobe Lightroom and not Adobe Photoshop. I started with the beta version and then graduated to the regular version. The layout is easy to comprehend. It makes the flow easy to understand. I have not had a problem except when I first imported my picture catalog, (Over 18 gigs of images). I do not like that I am always prompted to back up my catalog, since I have autoback up on NAS and backup drive. I have not found a way to do batch renaming, but the editing works well. I always test a photo editor with a picture from the 1950's by adding color, then grayscale and back to B & W. All of the corrections are non-destructive. You will always have the original and the corrections that you make separately within the same folder unless changed by the user. It does allow for uploads to Facebook and Flickr which is one touch. I do not like that an order link is not available nor is there a button to burn to disc. Everything has to be saved first and another program has to be used. The gallery works for presets getting shared and tips. I have found myself using this program for corrections, but I use PhotoElements or Picasa to order pictures.

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5 stars

"The Best Photo Editing Software that I have yet tried."

July 10, 2011  |  By graibeerd

 |  Version: CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011

Pros

Has great comprehensive, easy steps; found the sharpening and noise reduction very beneficial to photos taken at ISO 1600; love the choice of pre-sets...

Cons

A slight thing which I might have not have discovered yet...ability to close a batch and then to carry on...PhotoDirector becomes un-responsive have a certain number of photos edited, necessatating shut down and then starting over...

Summary

A Great Addition to the World of Photo Editors...

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4 stars

"Excellent new product"

July 04, 2011

 |  Version: CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011

Pros

It compares favorably to Lightroom and Photo Safe. Powerful and easy to use.

Cons

The lack of tool-tips pop ups makes learning a little harder than if it had the option of having them.

Summary

An excellent program that promises to only get better and a serious contender to much more expensive established software.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2011
  • Fast, Intuitive Workflow
  • Dynamic Adjustment Tools
  • Precise Regional Adjustments
  • Native Rendering of Canon and Nikon RAW Files
  • Download Unlimited Presets on DirectorZone.com
General
Publisher CyberLink
Publisher web site http://www.cyberlink.com
Release Date October 05, 2011
Date Added June 30, 2011
Version 2011
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.24MB
File Name CyberLink_PhotoDirector_Downloader.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 166,887
Downloads Last Week 65
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $99.95

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