People interested in editing some digital pictures without using complex and expensive software, like Adobe's Photoshop, should not despair as there are sufficient utilities out there to meet their demands. Once such application, with a fair amount of editing functions is Photobie.
Ad-riddled installation and typical GUI
During the setup process, you are prompted to install some products that are not actually necessary for the proper functioning of Photobie, yet you can easily decline the offer and go on with the installer.
The interface you come is quite simple and well-organized, as it consist of a menu bar, several buttons and a color palette. Moreover, to users who have tried other graphics editors will surely find it vaguely familiar, as it presents a pretty typical layout, yet novice users can also easily find get around it.
Add layers, apply effects and create animations
As stated above, the main window provides quick access to a variety of tools. Consequently, you can work with multiple layers, apply effects, adjust colors, do some basic paint operations, manage GIF files, and work with some advanced filters on the fly.
A great function brought by this program is the “Animation editor” which will enable you to build from the ground up original animations by quickly adding files and settings the delay time for displaying the frames.
Manage and use templates, import 3D models and take screen captures
Adding colors is a rather simple job if you use the incorporated “Color Palette,” while painting or selecting areas of the digital image can be done just as easy.
A few templates are provided, while you can also add your own from the hard drive in an array of formats (e.g. BMP, ICO, PNG, GIF, TIF, PSD etc.), as well as grab some from the Internet.
3D models can be imported using a 3DS or XAML extension, while it is also possible to create a cube using one or multiple selected layers. Last but not least, you can capture the screen, use it as a new layer in your project and configure its keyboard shortcuts.
Performance and conclusion
When compared to the big names in the business, Photobie works a bit smoother on computers with somewhat more modest specs. However, we noticed some slowdowns when opening large files or performing certain operations such as importing a 3D model.
All things considered, Photobie is a pretty decent image editing tool and it is suitable for a wide range of computers. The built-in features are enough to meet the requirements of a wide variety of users, yet its interface is not quite appealing.