• Navigation
  • open search





Editors' Review

by   / October 04, 2009

HP Photosmart Essential provides a simple set of tools for editing and sharing photos. While not offering a ton of options and functions, the program does a fine job of sticking to the basics.

We were surprised by how simple and professional-looking the program's interface was and it was clear the designers put a lot of effort into it. That was even before we watched the brief tutorial videos that showed us everything we needed to know. The program reminded us of many other photo editors, though with only a handful of tools, like color, lighting, resizing, and cropping. The changes provided slight alterations, but not a complete overhaul of a shot. Frankly, we appreciated how this program avoided throwing a number of complicated masks, filters, and alteration tools, because it kept us focused. The program also provided ways to e-mail pictures or even place them on a sharable folder that your friends can access online. On top of all this, the program offers a feature to download tools to make cards and calendars with our photos. The program offered no frills, but its interface and simple results were enough to convince us that this is good for photo fans.

HP Photosmart Essential is a freeware program. It comes as a compressed folder, installs desktop icons without permission, and left folders behind after uninstall. While this program doesn't offer a galaxy of editing options, its basic setup is good enough for us to recommend it.

What do you need to know about free software?

User Reviews
  • All Versions


    out of 72 votes

    • 5 star 23
    • 4 star 13
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 18
show reviews

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.5

Version 3.5 has new Photo Book artwork styles, full control of your Photo Book fonts including type, size, and color, option to print a draft version of your Photo Book, CD/DVD printing support on 64 bit operating systems, and improved performance and reliability.


Publisher Snapfish
Publisher web site
Release Date November 28, 2008
Date Added November 28, 2008
Version 3.5


Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 18.92MB
File Name pse_350_enu.exe


Total Downloads 530,115
Downloads Last Week 33


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
Report a problem