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.
Zoner Photo Studio free is the fast and free way to manage, edit, and share your photos. Why waste time using several programs and many inefficient steps to do the job? This is your one-stop free solution for bringing pictures in from your camera -- or practically anywhere -- and for correcting photo defects, adding creative effects, organizing and tagging your archive, composing creations from the serious to the whimsical, and sharing countless ways on paper or onscreen. This tool by photographers for photographers supports the industry standard technologies. Make managing and publishing photo information easy with seamless, silent support for EXIF, IPTC, and XMP. Get the most out of your computer with support for SSE, MMX, and multiple cores. The streamlined interface in eye-saving charcoal gray is as powerful as it is easy. Bring in pictures from anywhere you can imagine, then apply as many edits as you want to as many photos as you want, all at once. When editing single photos, take advantage of copying, the Editing Layer, and advanced selection tools. Take control over exposure easily, or use features like Quick Fix to let the program do the work. You've got lots of pictures of your home and family, but how will you ever find them all? You need tagging, organizing, and navigation tools, and Zoner Photo Studio free delivers. It can sort, search, and filter countless ways and offers a Catalog view to help you quickly and effortlessly view your photos by timeline and search through them with even more power. You'll enjoy the work, but you know the point is share great photos with the world. We give you lots of tools to make your photos fancy, from 3D photos to panoramas to cool postcards, and we make it easy to get them onto paper or online - even onto Facebook.