PhoXo


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 4 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.1
File Size:
4.54MB
Date Added:
September 20, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
22,625
Downloads Last Week:
126
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

The publisher's description of PhoXo says that it can be "treated as a mini Photoshop." This made us laugh, because the last time we checked, Photoshop didn't include an assortment of emoticons and other clip art. But we gave PhoXo a chance and found that we actually liked it quite a bit. It contains the basic image-editing tools that the non-professional user would expect, with a few fun (and goofy) extras that make it appropriate for younger users, too.

The program's interface is well organized and intuitive, with menus across the top and a toolbar down the left side. There are controls for brightness, contrast, and saturation, options to blur and sharpen, and a red-eye-reduction tool. A clone tool and an eraser let users perform basic image correction. Users can also add text, stamps, and clip art to images, and they can draw on images freehand using a pen or paintbrush tool. An effects menu includes options to distort images, add light-related effects, or transform the image into another artistic style. We liked it that PhoXo supports the use of layers; this makes it easy for users to experiment with the program's various features without making irreversible changes to their images. A surprisingly thorough online Help file provides detailed instructions for all of PhoXo's features and includes plenty of screenshots. Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by PhoXo; it's easy to use and has plenty of features, both useful and silly. It's a good choice for anyone who's just getting started with image editing or for more experienced users who don't require the advanced features of programs like Photoshop.

PhoXo installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.

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    4.5

    out of 4 votes

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  • Current Version:

    4.0

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  • 4 stars

    "3 1/2 stars. Good program but not for novices"

    September 28, 2013   |   By CarlM89

    Version: PhoXo 8.1

    Pros

    It is free and works completely. Easy to download. Seems to have just about everything I hear photo shop has.

    Cons

    Not easy to figure out how to use. Editing layers is not simple and re-sizing images is difficult. You will invariably use the undo icon a lot. I still have not been able to set an image as a background for example and size other images to look appropriate over it.

    Summary

    Still a good program, newbies like myself have to work at it.

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