Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
Zoner Photo Studio Free
by Alan German
never-ending search for free software that is actually
useful, I have been looking for a digital image
management system. Sure, Photo Gallery, built into some
versions of Windows, and third-party programs like
IrfanView (http://www.irfanview.ca/) provide this functionality but I
find their file navigation and display systems rather
clunky. ACDsee (http://opcug.ca/public/Reviews/acdsee7.htm) has all the features that I need
but, since it is proprietary software, it fails the
current test of being free and/or open-source.
Recently, I came across Zoner Photo Studio Free. This
package is almost a clone of ACDSee, featuring the same
three-panel main screen, with windows for navigation,
image preview, and thumbnail display when it opens under
the Manager tab. A host of command buttons and drop-down
menus provide multiple functions such as acquiring images
from a digital camera or scanner, sorting and renaming
files, printing a contact sheet, sending a file by
E-mail, or uploading an image to Flickr or Facebook.
main tabs are Viewer, with options that include zooming
and slideshow creation, and Editor, where a wide range of
tools allow images to be rotated or resized, colours to
be modified, various image effects to be applied, and
A Settings menu allows many of the programs
functions to be customized, while a help menu provides
detailed information on all aspects of the programs
So, if you want a powerful but free digital
image manager, you may need to look no further than Zoner
Photo Studio Free.
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