Zoner Photo Studio

Zoner Photo Studio

Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 52 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    15 build 6
  • Total Downloads:
    858,669
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 12, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $69.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    76.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,991
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #14 in Photo Editors

Editors' Note: Zoner Photo Studio 15 offers a free version with limited functionality from within the program. Otherwise the trial of the full version will expire after 30 days.

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3 stars

"quite satisfied"

September 27, 2013  |  By AeneasWilliams

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio 15 build 6

Pros

This software is quite good; I easily added special effects in my photos. It is very much user friendly and I edited my photos according to my choice and have not face any sort of errors during the process.

Cons

If you want to use the full cool features of the software then you have to buy it.

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4 stars

"great free program!"

September 09, 2013  |  By startreksuite

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio 15 build 6

Pros

Love the tabs that change from viewer to editor. I am used to acdsee and the layout is nearly identical. I can do many cool adjustments, add some interesting effects here as well. I upgraded my free account to the home addition with Bits du Jour deal of the day, so I can further upgrade to pro for about 40 dollars.

Cons

Have to pay extra for tilt shift effect, using 8bf filters, tone mapping and hdr effects. I'll survive without it, but would have been cool otherwise. Not sure if I'll go back to ACDSee, but it's a worthy alternative.

Summary

Truly worth your time if you want a free photo organizer with some great editing tools.

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3 stars

"Counterintuitive and not for amateurs"

June 20, 2013  |  By modest-proposer

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio 15 build 6

Pros

It's free, once the 30-day trial of the full version runs out, though the switchover process is a bit arcane.

Cons

Creating jpg's from what's in your clipboard isn't straightforward. And I can't modify an image and then paste that modified image elsewhere without saving it first.
-- I'm an amateur at this, and found the UI of Microsoft's Picture It! quite intuitive, but not this program. I've also tried Picasa, MAGIX, Chasys Draw, and some others. The last 2 are a little easier to use than Zoner.

Summary

I'm disappointed in this program. It had a good cnet review when I downloaded it, but I have found it exasperating to use.

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4 stars

"Easy Image manipulation"

June 03, 2013  |  By progexp

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio 15 build 6

Pros

I found it to be easy to use software and I was able to add postcard effects easily

Cons

That it is a limited trial

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4 stars

"I have Zoner Photo Studio 14 Home/Free Version"

May 30, 2013  |  By FreewareOnly

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio 15 build 6

Pros

I like the program and use it every day. Extreme photographers may want something better. I use it as a pseudo file manager as well. I find it easy to use and customize. I find it easy to manipulate my photos. I like the "Zonerama" photo gallery. It's easy to create and publish your photos to photo albums created within the program. You can publish to other sites as well. I can quickly get pics from my camera, play with them, make them web ready, batch rename, batch resize, modify, quick fix, add text, crop, diddle and doodle with, and email, or publish them in no time. You can get to know the features real quick. The dialogue boxes are intuitive. Let's say for example, for resizing, everything is right there and you can save your presets, remembers last used, go to default settings easy. Setup and Customize your Toolbars to your hearts desire, then zip through your pics quick. For Free, I think it's Awesome and saves me a lot of time with my pics & as a pseudo file manager.

Cons

When I loaded 15, it was a trial version, not a free version. I'm not sure about 15 now, but 14 is definitely free, and it works for me.

There is no Zoner Forum or Community to get help from Users. You have to purchase/register the full version to get Tech Support.

Whenever you Hover over a file name in any of the views, other than thumbnail view, it pops up a large box with a large thumbnail and info about the file. As you mouse through the list of files, these previews keep popping up, one after another, boom, boom, boom. I don't know about you, but that sort of thing makes me nuts. If you hold your mouse over a file, it gives the preview and holds it for about 5 secs, but if you move your mouse, boom, there it is. I'd like to be able to turn off the preview features like that. The thumbnail view only pops up data about the file in a smaller box, but I'd like to turn that off as well, otherwise, I find the overall adjustment of settings just fine for me.

Summary

I like it. I find it easy to use... and mostly easy to customize, except for as stated above. I wish there was a forum or community board available for support from other Users. But... for FREE... whaddaya gonna do? ...I wouldn't pay for it, if only for that reason alone... but the FREE version 14 does everything I need it to do... and if it doesn't there are just about a million free photo editing programs available online, or downloadable for your desktop... The fact is, Zoner used to have a Forum... but it disappeared... my theory is that it disappeared so people would be "encouraged" to buy the full version, and get Tech Support from the company. If you're not a fussy pro photo person... I recommend it highly... at least I do for the Free/Home Version 14.

Updated on May 30, 2013

Okay... so I found the Zoner User Community, Forum, whatever... looks like the last entry was in December 2012... oh well...

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4 stars

"Seems very good."

May 29, 2013  |  By gpeters

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio 15 build 6

Pros

I have only had the program for a short while. Ask me later after I have time to completely check it out.

Cons

So far looking for templates for printing. May be there but I haven't found them yet.

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5 stars

"excellent application, for those who read fine print"

May 23, 2013  |  By mnashp

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio 15 build 6

Pros

Does well what it says it will do. It's not photoshop, but it's right up there for the start-up prosumer. It is clearly stated at the very top of this article that it is a 30-day trial, and that the free version is limited.

Cons

As with ALL CNET downloads: READ BEFORE YOU CLICK. CNET does a fairly deplorable job of protecting the unwary. And some of the tricks are pretty darned tricky. But don't blame the software! Complain directly to CNET about their marginal practices.

Summary

Zoner is a committed team with lots of integrity. They've developed a zippy photo-editing program that nips at adobe's heels quite nicely. WELL worth the pittance they ask for the paid version.

I imagine we'll be hearing a LOT more from Zoner, now that Adobe is chucking the poorer demographic with its CreativeCloud subscription model.

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1 stars

"Not free as they stated"

May 03, 2013  |  By juded55

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio 15 build 6

Pros

It's probably a good program, but I'm removing it from my computer because it is not what was advertized

Cons

This software IS NOT FREE as the ad states - it's free for 30 days only, then you have to pay. Don't get me wrong - I don't mind paying for software - I will if it's worthwhile, but please be up front about it and don't go advertising 'free' when it's really just a free trial.

Summary

Removing from my computer

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1 stars

"NOT FREE -- RANSOMWARE"

April 04, 2013  |  By R_E_C

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio 15 build 6

Pros

Works well, for 15 days or extend another 30

Cons

This is not free. Give the developers a mask and a gun so they look the part. BAIT AND SWITCH

Summary

Not Free

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3 stars

"Does some functions extremely well."

March 29, 2013  |  By Lloyd_Hayes

 |  Version: Zoner Photo Studio 15 build 6

Pros

I have not found any software which will edit Raw files or EXIF data better then this software.

Also, a good set of tools work extremely well.
Free online backup of photos with the software doing the work.

Cons

To use it's best features, you must have the paid version.

There is a limited selection of tools.
The layers tools need work.

Summary

This software deals better with RAW files and EXIF data better then anything else I have found. But that experience is limited the first 30 days that you have this software. After that, you must have the Paid Version of this software to use those functions.

The free version will handle all of the editing that a casual photographer, who has a point-n-shoot camera, will need. Pros or serious photographers will need the paid versions.

Online backup and sharing is free, and handled by the software. They also have an online blog where you can comment.

On a previous version of this software I commented that you had to renew the software license each year. That has turned out to be incorrect. You purchase a version and your license is good forever. However, they charge you again for each new version.

In general, as I stated above, the casual photographer will like this free version of the software.
Serious photographers shooting with DSLRs will want the paid versions of this software to add to their library of photo editing software.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 15 build 6
Version 15 build 6 offers touch control.
General
Publisher Zoner Software
Publisher web site http://www.zoner.com
Release Date October 12, 2012
Date Added October 12, 2012
Version 15 build 6
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements DirectX 9 drivers.
Download Information
File Size 76.58MB
File Name zps17_en_free.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 858,669
Downloads Last Week 1,991
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $69.99

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