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Zoner Photo Studio Free

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 50 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 18
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 10
  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best RAW editor. Limited features after 30 days."

    March 3, 2013  |   By Lloyd_Hayes

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 15 build 4

    Pros

    It has several nice tools. It is also the best RAW file editor which I have come across.

    There is both a free version and a paid version. The download enables the paid version for 30 days. Afterwards, it reverts to the free version.

    Cons

    Crippleware. All features are available for 30 days. Afterwards, only some of the features are available unless you buy a license. Plus your purchase is only good for one year. You have to renew your license each year.

    Also, limited tools and poor layer editing interface.

    Summary

    This is the best RAW file editor which I have found anywhere. However, you can't edit RAW files with the free version after 30 days.

    This software comes with a limited amount of tools. They work extremely well, and better then most software packages. But you have a limited selection.

    The layer editing interface could be designed a lot better.

    The free version should be enough for any photo snap-shooter. But if you use a DSLR, then plan on purchasing the paid version.

    With the software comes a an online photo sharing web location, like Flickr and Google. You can upload software directly to it, or to some of the others from this software. It can also keep your online photos in sync with your photos on your computer.

    I just purchased a license for the 3rd year since I shoot with a DSLR. As I stated above, the RAW file editor is the main selling point for the paid version of this software and worth the money.

    Updated on Mar 29, 2013

    Realized my mistake after exchanging emails with you. I had upgraded my software from version 14 to 15 without being aware of the new license fee for the new version.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "very useful for hobbyist and home user"

    February 13, 2013  |   By SKKakulapati

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 15 build 4

    Pros

    One program which can do everything - downloading photos organizing, editing, and sharing

    Cons

    its notfree I Think

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is free"

    February 9, 2013  |   By tadoslav

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 15 build 4

    Pros

    In the free version it has all the basic functions that I use to organize and edit my photos. Some of the functions like crop have the ability to define presets for commonly used parameters. In general I find the software very easy to learn and easy to use.

    Cons

    Free version does not include RAW or batch editing but the pro version is not so expensive.

    Summary

    Very good, well thought out software for free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best FREE manager/editor"

    January 28, 2013  |   By Vicherek86

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 15 build 4

    Pros

    - One program which can do everything - downloading photos organizing, editing, and sharing them (on Flickr, Facebook - in few seconds)
    - Quick edits are great - editing pictures in a moment
    - saves my time Sort Pictures and batch edits
    - contains guide for first launch

    Cons

    - limited selection tools
    - once you try PRO version it is hard to let go all the features and downgrade

    Summary

    One of the best freeware solutions for amateur photographers. Once you get used to it and discover all the options, it is simply the most powerful tool for free.
    The installation contains option to try 30 day PRO version, but the program is completely FREE and you can ALWAYS switch to FREE version - right after the installation or ANYTIME through Help menu - Licences- FREE.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT FREE !!!"

    January 26, 2013  |   By y_ski

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 15 build 4

    Pros

    no pros on this one

    Cons

    this program is NOT FREE!!! free to try is NOT FREE. don't download this one unless you plan on wasting your time with a free trial program.

    Summary

    this program is NOT FREE !!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT FREE! Free 30 day Trial! Panorama stitching kinky"

    January 23, 2013  |   By Digitalist

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 15 build 4

    Pros

    I installed this after being very impressed the the FREE version 13. It made awesome panoramas very easily. Vrs 13 seemed to stop making them as it used to so I tried vrs 15 and it is working worse than 13. I am trying to put together 2 large 5 picture panorams so it is very complex but it used to work on 13 and now wont. A simple 2-3 pic panorama would prob work fine if thats want you want to do.

    Cons

    Don't say its FREE if its not!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Would not perform for intended use"

    January 7, 2013  |   By Katman01

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio Free 15 build 4

    Pros

    Installed easily

    Cons

    Difficult to setup for intended use and when finally achieved,it did not do the desire function of indexing an entire drive of photos and pictures

    Summary

    Description was misleading as to usefulness in my application

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