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Magix Photo Designer

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Magix Photo Designer offers enough features and good looks to rival many photo-editing programs. It's confusing to set up, but it's all worthwhile once you get to work. It's especially helpful for users who fell in over their heads with programs like Photoshop.

Though the program comes free of charge, you can only use it for a few days before you have to register with your e-mail address. The program isn't terribly large, but it takes a surprisingly long time to set up when you first install it. Once you see how many features Magix Photo Designer has, it will make sense, though. The program lets you do just about everything you would with expensive, paid photo-editing software. All of the usual suspects like resizing and filters are here, plus you can even retouch and correct exposure. The best part is that the program offers a few one-click ways to do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. All of the program's great features are packed into a layout that looks really attractive. The program's menus are very intuitive, making it easy to find the features you're looking for in no time.

Magix Photo Designer bucks the trend of professional-grade photo software that is aimed at users with tons of computer knowledge. It's incredibly easy to use, but gives enough features to satisfy even the toughest critics. It's easily one of the most powerful photo-editing downloads you can find.

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    3.4 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 7 votes

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    • 4 star: 2
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  • 1.0 stars

    "A waste of time"

    August 29, 2013  |   By jdobbins

    Version: Magix Photo Designer 7.0

    Pros

    None that I could find.

    Cons

    I downloaded this under the impression that it was a free offer but after numerous web pages I was never given my "FREE" registration! A waste of time.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Loaded with adware"

    August 19, 2013  |   By Diggindeeper

    Version: Magix Photo Designer 7.0

    Pros

    The pic I did try out did what they say it would, but still wasn't that impressed.

    Cons

    The installation is ridiculous.

    Summary

    First thing to do is you MUST choose CUSTOM installation - and even that doesn't stop the installation from happening anyway - I found the program in all 3 of my Browsers - Firefox, IE and Chrome - so be ready to disable it. Also go type in msnconfig in the search box and go to startup and uncheck TCrdMain Application. That's the program that wasn't supposed to install when you clicked custom. Nice!! Then make sure to click CUSTOM again or you will end up with that nasty ASK Toolbar and all the junk it spreads all over your registry. It is next to impossible to clean the ASK junk off your computer.

    Now I ask is the Program WORTH it? I don't think so!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "An incredible software for photo editing this one"

    August 15, 2013  |   By jennifer794

    Version: Magix Photo Designer 7.0

    Pros

    Easy to use, the photo editing is powerful and close to professional

    Cons

    Cannot find one so far

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  • 4.0 stars

    "nice program to have and simple to use"

    April 1, 2013  |   By t_wagoner

    Version: Magix Photo Designer 7.0

    Pros

    Free, easy to work with

    Cons

    pay attention to install, so dont get another tool bar you dont need.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great free software"

    April 19, 2012  |   By 5stringsteve

    Version: Magix Photo Designer 7.0

    Pros

    Free and functional.
    Get's the job done.

    Cons

    A little confusing.

    Summary

    I've used this a whole lot already. Magix has very good products. This one is a great little free problem-solver. Like their other stuff it's a bit quirky, but you get the hang of it. There are tons of options out there for photo editing, and some are free with even more capability I've heard, but for common tasks with plenty of features in a simple interface, this fits the bill. I was going to and probably still will get their full-feature software that does graphic design almost on a par with Photoshop. But for now this is a great little tool.
    Remember to choose the custom installation to avoid the Ask Toolbar. This is annoying but totally avoidable. I suppose it's one way that Magix subsidizes their product line and keeps their prices very low considering all of the features they include. Also their customer service is totally lacking, but especially with this product you shouldn't be needing that.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I expected more"

    May 28, 2011  |   By gabrolena

    Version: Magix Photo Designer 7.0

    Pros

    The pics that I finally figured out how to do were OK.

    Cons

    Difficult to understand exactly what things meant. Not enough training/explanation included.

    Summary

    I would not pay for this program. My 2003 Picture It had more features and was easier to use.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "beware the ask toolbar"

    April 13, 2011  |   By golferguy1

    Version: Magix Photo Designer 7.0

    Pros

    a good program - does what it says

    Cons

    make sure you hit CUSTOM install or they sneak the Ask toolbar in on you

    Summary

    beware

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