This oddly named image editor offers a nice set of tools for enhancing photos, although many users might not be able to find them due to the nonintuitive design. Launching Photo Mud brings up an interface featuring a treelike Explorer pane for selecting photos, a large preview window, and a smaller thumbnail view of selected photos. Though the program claims to have a rather extensive set of editing features, we could only locate icons for rotation. However, it wasn't until we double-clicked a photo that we discovered the lion's share of the editing functions, which include a zoom tool, various drawing utensils, and settings for tweaking brightness, contrast, color, saturation, and sharpness. The ability to preview and adjust the program's special effects for embossing, posterizing, and solarizing is a welcome addition. We also liked that Photo Mud lets you create thumbnail pages for the Web, as well as photo mosaics. All told, we think this program makes a fine image editor for more inexperienced users, provided the troublesome design issues don't prematurely frustrate them.
What's new in version 3.0
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedMarch 18, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Photo Mud provides a fast and easy way to view, enhance, organize, print, and share your digital photos. Easy to use for the beginner, Photo Mud provides powerful and flexible features for the professional. With Photo Mud you can view and enhance photos quickly and easily; create thumbnail Web pages automatically; view photo EXIF information, including maker notes; print multiple images per page; upright rotated photos with a single keystroke; search photos using internal comments and dates; search for duplicate photos; make quick and easy slide shows; convert, resize, and color adjust multiple photos; perform advanced color adjustment on your photos; and create photo mosaics.