Free Image Editor 2.4
Seamless setup and clean UI
The installation process does not take longer than a few moments as it does not come bundled with any unpleasant surprises such as offers from third-party products.
The user interface is plain and quite familiar, and comprises a menu bar, several buttons and a pane in which to display the uploaded picture. As a result, all types of users can find their way around it with ease, yet you should know it takes some getting used to.
Resize photos, adjust their colors and apply various effects
This program lets you can click a single button in order to paste image data from the Clipboard, configure the image size (i.e. Paper Size - width, height, resolution, position), resample, crop, invert, reskew, rotate or flip an image.
In addition, you can adjust color (contrast, equalizer, HSV, RGB, HSL, FFT), get RGB and HSV channels, replace colors, view a histogram, as well as apply art effects (bump map, color emboss, sand etc.), distortion (lens, wave, swirl, shear etc.), transform (split light, solarize, posterize), noise, contour effects and color filters.
Hotkeys, parameters and a few hiccups
If you typically use keyboard shortcuts, you will probably be surprised to find out some basic hotkeys are different than the ones in similar products - save file (Alt+S instead of Ctrl+S), new file (Alt+N instead of Ctrl+N), and so on.
Furthermore, the zoom in and out functions of the mouse scroll are inverted, the hand pointer does not work, and the Tool menu's name is replaced with "Raster" here. The Preferences menu is quite limited, there is no Help file you can use, and all these aforementioned functions could use some major improvements (e.g. Color Replacing).
Performance and conclusion
The utility uses a moderate amount of CPU and system memory, which means that the computer’s performance is not going to be hampered. In addition to that, the response time is quite good, and the import and export capabilities are quite impressive.
All things considered, Free Image Editor is a pretty efficient piece of software which comprises sufficient options to keep both power and novice users busy for a while, yet it still requires some improvements.
Reviewed by Madalina Boboc on July 14th, 2014
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- New raster formats have been added and a few minor bugs have been fixed.
Application descriptionFree Image Editor is a bitmap image-editing application that lets you retouch existing photos or create original graph...