Ashampoo's Photo Optimizer 6 is more powerful and efficient yet uses fewer system resources than earlier versions. An updated user interface with a side-by-side comparison window makes it easy to edit and optimize digital images. Features like One-Click Optimization, batch processing and file conversion, watermarking, red eye and other correction tools, and a bevy of filters and effects make Photo Optimizer 6 a bargain at just under $15 with an extended free trial available.
Extended free trial: You can try Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 for free for 10 days, but a 30-day extension is available via email.
Logical layout: Photo Optimizer 6's updated interface has an intuitive layout dominated by a split window that displays before-and-after views of filters and effects in real time. Standouts include an Explorer-style tree view, slider resizing, and large thumbnails.
Help and Settings: Clicking a context-sensitive Help button in any window opens Photo Optimizer 6's user manual in the relevant section. The user-configurable Service Channel lets you choose which notifications you receive, and a local database option backs up images to your disk.
Stiff competition from freeware: While Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 is easy to use and a bargain among premium photo editors, similar freeware rivals its features and options.
With a clear, attractive layout and easy-to-use features and tools, Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 competes favorably with much more expensive photo software. It faces pressure from capable freeware offering similar features and performance, but a 40-day trial eases the decision.
Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6. The trial version is limited to 40 days.
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 8 is fast photo editing for single photos or entire folders. it takes just a single click to have the program analyze each photo extensively and to detect and fix all issues, from poor lighting and underwhelming contrasts to color errors. Nothing gets past Photo Optimizer's sophisticated algorithms. The built-in split-view makes it easy to compare results against their originals and every action is instantly reversible at the click of a button.
If you prefer to enhance your photos manually, you can. Photo Optimizer comes with a broad range of easy photo manipulation tools to straighten image horizons, fix perspective issues or apply various artistic effects. Red eyes, skin impurities or spots, that ruin so many portrait shots, are now gone in a matter of seconds. We've also taken great care to make rotating, mirroring or cropping your photos as easy as can be. The same goes for text- and image-based watermarks or just plain text. Adjusting brightness, exposure, gamma and many other settings is equally straightforward, thanks to handy sliders. The multiple built-in artistic effects is where you can let your creativity really shine. Why not age your images, apply double exposure effects or turn them into elegant oil paintings? Photo Optimizer's user interface is well-structured and logical so there's no learning curve at all. Just install the program and start doing some photo editing magic. Version 8 features enhanced photo auto-optimization, a perspective tool to fix unfavorable camera angles, favorites to keep your most frequently used features in a single location and manual adjusting of light curves and color temperatures.