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PhotoPad Pro Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 22 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.73
  • Total Downloads:
    198,549
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 17, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (Limited functionality); $29.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    866.25KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    505
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #30 in Photo Editors

Editors' Review

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PhotoPad Image Editor doesn't have the depth of features found in pro image editors, but it does have all the basic editing tools and lets you apply some neat effects without any specialized knowledge. If you don't want to get past a steep learning curve in order to edit your images, this is a very solid download.

The program installs very quickly, but in the last step you will be prompted to download Google Chrome and set it as your default browser, so uncheck the box if you don't want this extra. PhotoPad Image Editor's plain interface has a large editing window under a File menu with all the options easily accessible, including Edit, Color, Effects, Tools, and Suite. A toolbar displays options that change with each menu option, so it's never cluttered or hard to find what you're looking for. Once you choose an icon, you can apply the effects and tweaks in a sidebar menu that also shows your history of changes, which was a very nice touch. The editing tools are basic and allow you to crop, flip, or resize the image. Under Color, you can adjust the brightness and contrast, and instantly apply a sepia or grayscale effect. The Effects let you blur or sharpen the image, but also include options to quickly pixelate your image or make it look like an oil painting. The Tools section is where you can add text, or draw on the image freeform, and turn your image into a collage, mosaic, or panorama. Finally, the Suite tools let you upload your image to Facebook or Flickr or send it through e-mail. We liked that most options are easily set with a slider and you can instantly see how it changes your image, and just as importantly, easily undo any changes you've made.

PhotoPad Image Editor's slider approach might not give you the control you'd want if you were an image editing pro, but for the casual photographer, it's a great way to tweak your image and apply some very polished effects. It's so easy to use that most won't even need to crack open the Help file to use it. Best of all, it's free, so you've got nothing to lose by trying the program out.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Horrible software, that leaves malware all over"

August 05, 2015  |  By jbattelle

 |  Version: PhotoPad Pro Edition 2.71

Pros

No benefits.

Cons

DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS SOFTWARE!! NCH is well known to include malware and spyware in their installation packages. You will never get this stuff off your PC, without a drive wipe. Shame on CNET for allowing these thugs to allow their software to be downloaded. Losing my trust in CNET lately, will stop downloading from this site from now on.

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4 stars

"Nice application"

May 22, 2015  |  By anandkumar344

 |  Version: PhotoPad Pro Edition 2.69

Pros

It has a very simple interface and does its job with great ease.

Cons

I have yet to find any.

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5 stars

"Over-all does what you need it to do."

March 16, 2015  |  By kentgose

 |  Version: PhotoPad Pro 2.65

Pros

You don't need a college course to learn it!!!! I am including with family photos and the photo album program for future generations. Works that well and on a thumb drive. Doesn't have to be installed on C:\drive.

Cons

would like universal save (no drive Letter) for save to what ever storage the program is on.

Summary

Most people don't need photo shop. You do need a program and a company that will keep your program current no matter what the future operating systems may be. This one seems to do just that.

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3 stars

"Useful enough."

March 09, 2015  |  By dslecker

 |  Version: PhotoPad Pro 2.65

Pros

Can be used to reduce the large size photos taken with digital cameras - my primary use.
Quite a few functions - a (very) poor man's version of Photoshop.

Cons

Wasn't aware of its cost or possible lack of functionality until after downloading and using for a few days. Make this information available up front. Of course, I could have missed it.

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3 stars

"Basic image editor"

January 31, 2015  |  By Azguard1

 |  Version: PhotoPad Pro 2.65

Pros

Simple to use. Hard to get lost which is a good thing.
No steep learning curve.

Cons

None that I could fine

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5 stars

"Brilliant photo edtiting software for beginners!"

November 16, 2014

 |  Version: PhotoPad Pro 2.61

Pros

features are simple and easy to find

Cons

none in particular, keeping in mind the software is for beginners

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3 stars

"Neat Editor, Pro Featuresm Free TRIAL Only"

October 02, 2014  |  By sjp115

 |  Version: PhotoPad Pro 2.58

Pros

Good Effects , Great Mosaics capability. Some Easy to use pro features.

Cons

Absolutely NOT FREE.

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3 stars

"Great Mosaic Tool, fair image editor"

January 24, 2012  |  By roxannej77

 |  Version: PhotoPad Image Editor 2.21

Pros

-Easy to use controls. Great for beginners.
-Can quickly edit pictures very well one at a time.
-Good selection of tools, with easy slider adjustments.
-Great help section
-Excellent Mosaic Tool for combining your images into a larger picture.
-Interface for uploading to Flickr or Facebook
-Interfaces with other NCH software (if you have it)
-Love the local focus effect.
-Easy to collage or layer pictures.

Cons

-Found the crop tool to be disappointing, it is precise, but does not have preset ratio list to choose from.
-Similarly, the resize option will always keep aspect ratio the same. It does not allow you to stretch the entire project, you may stretch layers though.
-The panorama tool was not good at all. Does not cache to drive and tries to do all of the computations in ram. Seems are visible and requires further edits.. HUGIN is much much much much better for panoramas.
-Text tool is very poor. Does not allow outline, or drop shadow or any other features... just font style, font size, bold, italics, underline, pixel width.
-Though the mosaic tool is Excellent, it does require the photo pool of pictures to be in a single folder. (not hard to work around, but does make an extra step if you want to use pictures from multiple folders.)

Summary

If you are looking for an easy to use photo editor that will neatly get the job done on a few pictures to upload, this is a very competent tool. I would highly recommend it to folks beginning to learn photo editing, since the tools are easy to use and the controls are not too complicated.
If you are looking for a mosaic program, this is a very good one. I have not tried others, but this one will produce a very high res well matched mosaic using your pictures.(They do have to all be in one folder though.)
There is better photo editing software available on this site. I am keeping this one installed and will probably only use it for Mosaics.
If you are a power user of photo editors, you will not like the controls on this program. They are easy to use, but they will not be what you are used to and expect of a graphic editing program. It does not have a batch tool processor of any kind, and lacks utilization of the mouse wheel for zooming. But if you are looking for a mosaic tool, this will do the trick.

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2 stars

"Cannot edit *.PSD layers."

July 08, 2011  |  By Holybride

 |  Version: PhotoPad Image Editor 2.1

Pros

It looks great.

Cons

Cannot edit *.PSD layers.

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1 stars

"Updated Software .. Fewer Features ????"

April 17, 2011  |  By rongrehl

 |  Version: PhotoPad Image Editor 2.1

Pros

For use on a single photograph, the software does an excellent job.

Cons

The prior version allowed for multiple photos to be brought into the software. As far as we can see, this newer version limits the updates to a single photograph. Very time consuming and a step backward from the prior version.

Summary

If you are updating single photographs, then this product will work very well. If, however, you need to update multiple photographs in a single 'pass' then another product which serve your needs better.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.73
Version 2.73 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher NCH Software
Publisher web site http://www.nch.com.au
Release Date August 02, 0015
Date Added August 17, 2015
Version 2.73
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 866.25KB
File Name ppadsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 198,549
Downloads Last Week 505
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Limited functionality
Price $29.99

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