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HP Photosmart Essential

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HP Photosmart Essential provides a simple set of tools for editing and sharing photos. While not offering a ton of options and functions, the program does a fine job of sticking to the basics.

We were surprised by how simple and professional-looking the program's interface was and it was clear the designers put a lot of effort into it. That was even before we watched the brief tutorial videos that showed us everything we needed to know. The program reminded us of many other photo editors, though with only a handful of tools, like color, lighting, resizing, and cropping. The changes provided slight alterations, but not a complete overhaul of a shot. Frankly, we appreciated how this program avoided throwing a number of complicated masks, filters, and alteration tools, because it kept us focused. The program also provided ways to e-mail pictures or even place them on a sharable folder that your friends can access online. On top of all this, the program offers a feature to download tools to make cards and calendars with our photos. The program offered no frills, but its interface and simple results were enough to convince us that this is good for photo fans.

HP Photosmart Essential is a freeware program. It comes as a compressed folder, installs desktop icons without permission, and left folders behind after uninstall. While this program doesn't offer a galaxy of editing options, its basic setup is good enough for us to recommend it.

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  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 70 votes

    • 5 star: 23
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 16
  • Current version:

    3.0 stars

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 5.0 stars

    "VERY GOOD SOFTWARE"

    June 24, 2013  |   By mainak451

    Version: HP Photosmart Essential 3.5

    Pros

    1. You can edit your photos simply
    2. You can manage your library by tags, date.
    3. The most interesting is that you can easily create photo books with sophisticated designs, and if you have pdf printer and pdf to image converter then you can understand how good is this.
    4. Library can be easily edited by settings icon, from there you can select what folders you want to include in its library.

    Cons

    1. Could be better if there were more designs for making photo books

    Summary

    You should give this a try

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  • 5.0 stars

    "HP CANT BE BEAT WHEN IT COMES TO PRINTERS AND PHOTO S"

    April 11, 2013  |   By mrpunyverse94

    Version: HP Photosmart Essential 3.5

    Pros

    HP OWNS THE PHOTO MARKET EASY TO USE GREAT COLOR THERE PRINTERS CANT BE BEAT CONSUMERS REPORTS DON'T ALWAYS GET IT RIGHT I'VE OWNED 5 DIFFERENT BRANDS ALL NUMBER 1 RATED IN CONSUMERS REPORTS THE ONLY ONE THAT LIVED UP TO NUMBER 1 WAS HP (NOTE MOST OF THE TIME HP IS THERE BEST BUY ANYWAY IF THERE NOT ITS BECAUSE OF PRICE NOT QUILTY AND IN MY OPION ITS WORTH PAYING A LITTLE MORE TO OWN THE BEST),PHOTOS WILL LAST 100 YEARS WITH OUT FADE AND WITH THIS FREE PHOTO SOFT WARE YOU CAN EASILY IMPROVE ANY PICTURE TO PROFESSORIAL QUALITY WITH A FEW CLICKS ..BETTER THAN GOING TO OLEN MILLS AT A FRACTION OF THE COST AND REMEMBER WITH ALL HP ITS BETTER USE THERE INK PHOTO PAPER AND PRINTER AND SOFTWARE AND YOUR A PROFESSIONALISM PEOPLE WILL BEG YOU TO PRINT THERE PICTURES..HP=HAPPY PRINTING,,,,PHILLIP ALLEN BRYANT...PS MAKE SURE YOUR PRINTER IS HOOKED TO AN HP COMPUTER

    Cons

    NONE,WELL MAYBE THE COLOR YOU CANT GET GREEN OR BLUE OR PINK ..BUT WITH SOME TAPE $2.00 FOR SOME SPRAY PAINT ..MADE FOR PLASTIC YOU CAN HAVE ANY COLOR YOU WANT ONE OF MINE IS GREEN.....ANOTHER CON WOULD BE YOU CAN NOT CREATE A BAD PICTURE SO YOU DON'T GET THE CHANCE TO GET TO REDO A PHOTO MEANING YOU SPEND LESS TIME ON THE COMPUTER AND THEREFORE MORE TIME GETTING TO VISIT WITH THE INLAWS...FUN FUN FUN..

    Summary

    HP EQUALS HAPPY PRINTING ..AND HAPPY PRINTING EQUALS HAPPY PEOPLE AND HAPPY PEOPLE EQUALS HP
    ...TRUST ME YOU WANT BE SORRY IN FACT IF I HAD THE MONEY I WOULD OFFER TO BUY IT BACK FROM YOU IF YOU AREN'T COMPLETELY SATISFIED..BELIVE ME I SWITCHED FROM SONY 14 YEARS AGO WENT TO MAC USED ONE YEAR AND BOUGHT AN HP LAPTOP AND DESKTOP IN AN OFFICE MAX DEAL ...AND IVE NEVER LOOKED BACK IVE BEEN USING HP EVER SINCE..LAST YEAR I DID BUY A TOSHIBA BECAUSE IT WAS AN I7 AND THE HP AN I5 EVERY OTHER DETAIL RAM PROCESSOR ETC WERE THE SAME ..I KELP IT ONE WEEK TOOK IT BACK BOUGHT THE HP I5 AND IT WAS FASTER THAN THE TOSHIBA I7 HAPPY PEOPLE USE HP'S......SORRY SPELL CHECKER WASNT ON...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Too dumbed-down,"

    January 6, 2013  |   By J-38

    Version: HP Photosmart Essential 3.5

    Pros

    It was free

    Cons

    The folder locations as shown by this program bears little resemblance to the actual file locations on my PC. Why does there have to be "Albums"? Where are the editing tools? It's like we are not capable of understanding File / Edit / View / Picture / Tools.

    Summary

    Microsoft Office Picture Manager is much better and far more intuitive.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Smart interface"

    May 2, 2012  |   By gazzarazza

    Version: HP Photosmart Essential 3.5

    Pros

    easy to get around

    Cons

    haven't found any yet

    Summary

    the simplicity of the progam is good for almost everyone to use

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  • 1.0 stars

    "is corrupted"

    April 11, 2012  |   By trwlf3

    Version: HP Photosmart Essential 3.5

    Pros

    badly corrupted

    Cons

    not worth the time

    Summary

    this program is corrupted why don't you fix photo smart essential

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  • 3.0 stars

    "finally I am able to use my scanner again"

    March 13, 2012  |   By clarmr

    Version: HP Photosmart Essential 3.5

    Pros

    several options for how you can save the file once you scan it..

    Cons

    might not work well with windows 7

    Summary

    I have downloaded this program several times since I installed Windows 7 in October 2010 but could never get the scan function to work. Mind you it was working fine for 2 years with Vista. I was just about to toss the printer when I decided to install it one last time...Now the scan function is working.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Zero customizing options"

    October 17, 2011  |   By eatdrumz

    Version: HP Photosmart Essential 3.5

    Pros

    It's free!

    Cons

    It's free!
    Can't delete photo's in Library
    Can't organized Photo's in Library
    Can't transfer photos to other programs
    Deleting Photo from "Library" takes it off computer

    Summary

    Typical corporate software. Once a, "Library," is created, you can't move, delete, transfer, or make another graphics viewer edit the pics. God forbid you have the library in the, "Apps Data" folder. The only way to get the pictures out of this folder, which you'll never find, is to delete them off of your computer. I have Droid apps more customizable, and with more options than this....thing.
    Garbage is an understatement.
    Un installed.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Fresh look"

    July 20, 2011  |   By venn

    Version: HP Photosmart Essential 3.5

    Pros

    Came free with my computer.

    Cons

    I usually do use it, I can manage my pics with plain old Windows Explorer. So I don't think it's that much help.

    Summary

    It's basically worth what I paid for it - nothing.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I've always used it and it works fine"

    July 15, 2011  |   By gaza59

    Version: HP Photosmart Essential 3.5

    Pros

    Ease of use and easy to play with

    Cons

    Message keeps appearing asking to download Essentials, most annoying

    Summary

    All in all, I'm happy with it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Bought high end HP All-in-one that included PSE 3.5"

    June 21, 2011  |   By Champansky

    Version: HP Photosmart Essential 3.5

    Pros

    Seems to have a nice GUI.

    Cons

    Program continues to load interminantly on my HP laptop running W7 Ultimate. Can't use.

    Summary

    No obvious repair available for endless loading problem. Checked Google, HP, etc. Appears user above has same challenge.

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