Sometimes less is more; but then again, sometimes it's not. Case in point: Smart Photo Tools, an underpowered photo-editing suite that splits a meager feature set among three separate utilities. The first utility lets you search your computer for images using a variety of search parameters (date, ISO, exposure); it worked pretty well, but the quasi-command-line interface put us off. The second tool keeps statistics on your images and generates handy charts--again, not bad, but hardly worth breaking out into a separate program. The third module, Smart Photo Prepare, lets you batch-process images by cropping them, addding text or a logo, adjusting brightness and contrast, and rotating the picture. It's the most impressive of the three, but we've seen freeware programs that do more. Casual photographers might get by with Smart Photo Tools, but even they can find better, cheaper options.
What's new in version 3
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedApril 17, 2006
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Smart Photo Tools is a set of photo processing utilities. User can prepare images for printing, Web publishing or use on PDA/smartphone, place text or logo, gather EXIF-collected photo statistics, search images using logical expressions. More program features: - Prepare images to print, put in the Web or mobile device. - Different resize modes (crop, resize), packet processing. - Image adjustment (set up rotation, brightness, contrast, and grayscale). - Placing logo on the photos. - Burning results on CD/DVD. Version 3 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.