Zoner Photo Studio FREE 16 Build 5
Simple setup and well-organized interface
The installation type for Zoner Photo Studio can be either set to express or custom. The first one automatically set the application as the default viewer for your images, yet you can prevent this by selecting the Custom mode, and unchecking the corresponding box.
You may feel a little overwhelmed by the dark colored interface and the myriad of options available, yet everything is quite intuitive, if you just give it a second or two to sink in, regardless of your previous experience with PCs. There are four main tabs that you can easily switch between to access all available features, namely “Import,” “Manager,” “Viewer” and “Editor.”
Import, manage and view photographs
The first tab, as its name hints at, enables you to import images from any location, be it on the hard drive or on a removable storage device (e.g. pen drive, SD card etc.). It is also possible to create backups, automatically assign author and copyright message to all uploaded pics, and rotate them to respect EXIF orientation.
The “Manager” panel acts like an explorer for images, displaying information about specific files and a histogram, as well as a preview of images and a file managing navigator.
The “Viewer” tab is the place where you get more space to analyze an image, along with the possibility to easily navigate to the previous picture or the next one. Right-clicking reveals a comprehensive menu with basic functions like rotate, rename, zoom or add rating.
Edit images and tweak a few configurations
When accessing the “Editor” tab you can rely on multiple photo manipulating tools such as clone stamps, red-eye correction, a morphing mesh tool, brush strokes, watermarks, cropping and more. It is best to experiment with each of these tools until you come up with the best possible result.
The settings panel allows users to customize both the look of Zoner Photo Studio FREE as well as its functionality: adjust the thumbnail size, integrate the software within Windows Explorer, configure the image filters or activate thumbnails for the RAW format images.
To wrap it up, Zoner Photo Studio FREE is a simple software designed for digital photography, which any user can take advantage of. It does not affect the computer’s performance as CPU and memory usage is quite low, and it did not hang or freeze in our tests. All tasks are completed in a pretty timely manner.
Reviewed by Madalina Boboc on August 8th, 2014
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Application descriptionZoner Photo Studio FREE is a software that enables users an easy and quick way to manage, edit, and share images.This ...