Zoner Photo Studio Free

Zoner Photo Studio Free

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 53 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12
  • Total Downloads:
    874,898
  • Date Added:
    May 20, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    76.78MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,762
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #15 in Photo Editors

Editors' Review

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Free photo and image tools are getting so sophisticated they more than rival expensive premium tools. Case in point is Zoner Photo Studio Free, an up-to-date graphics app that is packed with features. It can sort and manage image libraries; resize, enhance, and correct images; create albums, slideshows, calendars, panoramas, and other displays; and upload your images to popular photo-sharing sites. It incorporates full-featured Browser and Editor functions, but it also works with a wide range of other photo tools.

Zoner Photo Studio offers Standard and Custom Installation options; we chose the standard installation. A First Run Wizard walked us through the steps of setting up Zoner, though the program can also import settings from previous installations, if available. The setup options included file-type associations, destination folders, whether the program should open images in the Browser or Editor views, and whether or not to integrate it with Windows. We could change these and other settings at any time on Zoner's Preferences menu. Zoner's Browser interface sports the dark-gray tones, white font, and tree-view navigator typical of modern graphics apps, but there's also an interesting built-in folder view in the main window. Zoner handles layers, offers autocorrect functions on its Quick Fix menu, and features a palette of tools such as clone stamps, a morphing mesh tool, red-eye correction, and other useful effects. It works much like other graphics and photo editors, too; although it doesn't resemble Photoshop as closely as some of its competition, many of the functions, controls, and options will be familiar to anyone who's spent much time with similar programs. We browsed to and opened an image and quickly applied a variety of tools and effects to it in the Editor, including watermarks, brush strokes, and cropping. Zoner can use EXIF data to sort image collections automatically. One surprising but nifty extra is the ability to assign GPS data to images using Google Earth.

Zoner Photo Studio Free has all the tools and options to satisfy most users, even pros. It has a stylish interface, well-configured controls, excellent Help and Tutorials, and more settings and features than we can address in this space. Definitely recommended.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"i find it to be very nice, very easy, once you use it"

April 04, 2011  |  By cutshot

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 12

Pros

i was very surprised on how easy it was to correct pictures

Cons

i had to play with it for awhile, couldn't find directions

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5 stars

"Great program! Easy to use."

March 21, 2011  |  By bhojman

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 12

Pros

Easy to use
Does everything I want, and then some.
It's free

Cons

None to speak of.

Summary

I haven't used it long enough to find any serious cons that affect me. My experience has only been positive. I'm glad I found it.

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3 stars

"Seems to be a good program"

January 15, 2011  |  By DerekDavis35

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 12

Pros

I like the interface

Cons

I have not seen any yet

Summary

From what I have seen it seems to be a good all around program to use. Need more time with it to try all of its features.

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4 stars

"An excellent program. I highly recommend it"

November 29, 2010  |  By mburkley

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 12

Pros

It loads very quickly and allows me to edit my photos in all sorts of ways. I can scan through it as well. I use it as my default picture viewer.

Cons

I'm sure there are some, but I haven't noticed them

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4 stars

"File management A+. Some features seemjunavailable."

October 22, 2010  |  By jhorwitz

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 12

Pros

Managing large numbers of photos VERY easy. Batch ops (EXIF edit, including Date Taken and Copyright, etc., & Renaming to add or revise names), folder creation & management, 90-degree rotations, all very well done--easy to use.

Cons

No comparison with features of paid versions (Pro and Home). Some editing features mentioned in Free version's Help seem unavailable, most notably (so far) Perspective Correction.

Summary

I like how it helps to manage large numbers of photos. I just returned from a trip with about 3300 shots and Zoner really is helping me to create folders, move and manage them, review and eliminate bad shots, pick the best of nearly identical shots, etc.

I haven't tried it for more detailed photo editing yet (e.g., red-eye reduction, cropping, or other corrections to photo contents). There is much to learn in this program.

I did find it a nuisance that some Tools, most notably to me so far being Perspective Correction, are apparently not available in this version even though the Help indicates that they are. That and the fact that I haven't really learned all aspects of the program yet, are why I give it only four stars--I would rate it 9 on a scale of 10, but that would be 4-1/2 stars, a rating not available here!

Updated on Oct 22, 2010

"File management A+. Some features seem unavailable."

(Sorry for the typo!)

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4 stars

"It is a useful program for photographs"

September 25, 2010  |  By rktpc

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 12

Pros

Fairly easy to use.

Cons

No particular cons

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5 stars

"Great all-around program could be a bit more intuitive."

August 10, 2010  |  By jfholstein

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 12

Pros

It's easy to use, has lots of useful features, and looks great.

Cons

Not everything is intuitive--batch renaming, for example. In other programs I haven't had to read the instructions to use the batch rename tool.

Summary

Before this I had to rely on Windows Ecplorer for this or Adobe Bridge for that. This program can do both this and that.

Updated on Jan 1, 2011

I got the free version. It's not that easy to learn. For example, I followed directions for batch renaming but it didn't work.

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5 stars

"A must-have image management application"

June 13, 2010  |  By FleetCommand

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 12

Pros

A great image management application for home users that addresses a broad range of needs. Supports cataloging, image type conversion, batch renaming, and several creative publishing schemes. Supports Unicode, as well as the new JPEG XR format.

Cons

It definitely could have used a dedicate help file. Currently included help file is generic help file that sometimes describes features that are not available in this release.

Summary

This application is a worthy replacement for Windows Live Photo Gallery and ACDSee.

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4 stars

"The program does everything it says and more."

May 30, 2010  |  By rhoutc01

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 12

Pros

It claims to be fast when doing updating the photo library and when doing edits, it is every bit as fast as they claim. The Manager does as out standing job of getting you into all of the different functions. Projects are a real breeze.

Cons

Would like to have a better Layers interface.

Summary

I liked Photo Studio Free so much that I upgraded to Photo Studio 12 Professional. It is one of the better Photo programs in it's price range.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Zoner Software
Publisher web site http://www.zoner.com
Release Date May 03, 2010
Date Added May 20, 2010
Version 12
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 76.78MB
File Name zps17_en_free.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 874,898
Downloads Last Week 1,762
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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