Editors' reviewPictureTrail offers Photo Editor for free as a handy way to touch up digital photos before uploading or printing. Of course, it works hand-in-hand with PictureTrail's online photo-sharing service. Installation went smoothly, though the demo required an e-mail address and gave no explanation as to why. The interface resembles Windows Explorer; double-clicking an image in the file-tree window opens it in the main window. From there, you can perform basic editing tasks, including cropping, scrolling, resizing, rotating, adding text, watermarking, and removing red-eye. When saving a file, you may configure image quality, encoding, and sampling, and even save all those settings as defaults. The image can be saved as a JPEG, BMP, or PNG file. PictureTrail's online help, however, is substandard, so if you get stuck, you'll have to e-mail tech support. We enjoyed using this program and recommend it to casual photographers, although serious amateurs and professionals will demand more powerful filters and effects.
PictureTrail Photo Editor offers the most popular image-editing features--a file manager and a fast picture uploader--all in one simple program. You can quickly crop, resize, color-correct, reduce red-eye, add graphical text, and choose print templates without the sharp learning curve necessary for many other graphics programs. You also can save time with batch-processing options for resizing, renaming, and watermarking multiple images at once. You can open a free online photo-sharing account, then use the powerful uploader to upload images to your account. The uploader provides on-the-fly file compression options to greatly speed up the process. You also can quickly browse folders containing your JPEG images. The program supports copy, delete, and move functions, as well as file renaming in batch mode.
Version 1.6 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.