Zoner Photo Studio

Zoner Photo Studio

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 51 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
16.0.1.7
File Size:
54.76MB
Date Added:
July 31, 2014
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $74.00 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
791,297
Downloads Last Week:
3,197
Product ranking:
#12 in Photo Editors
Additional Requirements:
DirectX 9 library

Editors' review

Zoner Photo Studio succeeds at being a one-stop solution for photographers, providing a wide set of accessible editing tools. It lets you use GPS data on maps, easily create slideshows, calendars, or Web galleries, and share your creations on popular sites like Facebook and Flickr.

Pros

Well featured: Zoner Photo Studio's tools well exceed those available in Adobe Lightroom but do not offer the full-blown capabilities of Photoshop or GIMP. Notable features are the clone stamp and healing tools, magnetic lasso, integrated HDR processing, text and shape layers (sadly layers cannot be retained and have to be flattened), many filters, and a high-quality RAW image converter.

High-quality output: When used creatively, the wide range of available tools and options can produce stunning results. If you're a photographer, this app can satisfy all your needs, so that you don't have to resort to other complementary software, as is the case of Lightroom and Photoshop.

Price: At $89 for the Pro edition, this software is an attractive proposition.

Cons

Workflow: While the user experience looks heavily influenced by Lightroom, the workflow is not always as intuitive as in that program. For highlights and shadow sliders, we prefer those that give us the intuitive option to either lighten or darken instead of just darkening highlights and brightening shadows.

Bottom Line

Zoner Photo Studio 16 proves to be a powerful package that puts in a very strong performance. It covers almost all organizing and editing features that you need as a photographer at a competitive price. Life against Adobe's propositions is definitely not an easy one, but before automatically jumping to Lightroom you should grab this software's trial version.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Zoner Photo Studio 16.0.1.5

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  • All Versions:

    3.6

    out of 51 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 4 stars

    "Excellent software, i have Pro Version 16 and FREE?"

    May 16, 2014   |   By melen001

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio 16.0.1.5

    Pros

    What can i say, this a very powerful tool and after a few tries it's user friendly so it's easy to use. Has tons of features and options. Like the tabs that it supports....

    Cons

    I see that you have to pay to get he full version but i have the 16 Pro Version... i just don't remember what offer they had form the free license.... it's not Photoshop but it works fine....

    Summary

    Of course it's not Photoshop but it does a more than a decent job for the above average photographer... i'm happy with it and it's my go to editor.....

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  • 1 stars

    "HIJACKs registry, default filetype and program settings"

    March 25, 2014   |   By keglined

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio 16.0.1.5

    Pros

    No monetary loss.

    Cons

    The difference between this claptrap and a virus is the Terms of Service Agreement. When you click the "I agree" required to install this program, you're allowing Zoner to change your default image settings, ignore repeated requests to stop automatically looking for updates, and basically turn your computer into an overpriced Zoner nag screen.

    Summary

    The advertised functions of this program are mediocre--a completely unremarkable image editor, and there are plenty of better alternatives--but the program's annoying hijacking and re-prioritizing of your default settings is obnoxious, to say the least. Ever had a piece of software so bad you find yourself wishing you could literally -- physically -- let its developers know how you feel? Yeah.... this is one of those POS programs.

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  • 5 stars

    "All I need in one - excellent!!"

    January 12, 2014   |   By JayN1975

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio 16.0.1.5

    Pros

    I've been using Zoner Photo Studio since version 12. The newest version 16 is exactly what I need. It follows my photo-workflow perfectly and helps me to get my photo archive organized and all pictures easy to find. Also the editor part is very powerful and exceeds my need. Really love the HDR stuff. RAW module could be a bit faster I'd say, but I don't care much about RAW files anymore since my camera produces perfect JPGs.
    The unlimited web-album Zonerama is a nice extra feature too.

    Cons

    A separate quick photo viewer could be nice. Don't need to open the whole program every time.

    Summary

    Probably the best free photo software ever. And if you decide to pay for the PRO version it is definitely worth every penny.

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  • 4 stars

    "Appears to give good competition to Adobe"

    January 04, 2014   |   By THCarl

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio 16.0.1.5

    Pros

    Like the tabs and its easy way to shift from view to edit. Haven't used it much but it seems to be a keeper.

    Cons

    My only con to this point is the small font size used, even though it is necessary to get provide space sor all the commands.

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  • 1 stars

    "Pretentious"

    December 19, 2013   |   By bhima2

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio 16.0.1.4

    Pros

    Pretty, features are attractive, but you PAY for it.

    Cons

    This is an arrogant, pretentious and self-congratulating bit of software. It is hard to tell at first glance what the heck it really is. Maybe *some* advanced photographers will fall for its bait, but, frankly, I find that it has hijacked my .jpg and similar extensions and apparently blocked PSP8 from using them. The thumbnails are tiny - unreadable, and I am going to get rid of Zoner as soon as possible.

    Summary

    You want a headache ? Get enmeshed in Zoner.

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  • 5 stars

    "SPECTACULAR PHOTO MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE"

    November 17, 2013   |   By voyagergirl2013

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio 16

    Pros

    Social media uploader
    camera detector
    single image uploader

    Cons

    Hard to learn to use

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  • 5 stars

    "Single site to handle all image management/editing"

    October 12, 2013   |   By cpmjohn

    Version: Zoner Photo Studio 16

    Pros

    Really nice layout structure.

    Cons

    With the structure comes a learning period

    Summary

    Great low-cost replacement for Photoshop...and much easier to use than Picasa.

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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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