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Kestrel GX 1.3.1

Organise and edit your photo collection from a single application

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 25 November 2013
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Developer: Gosvami.D.Purmanun
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Kestrel GX 1.3.1
Organise and edit your photo collection from a single application

Kestrel GX 1.2 is an attractive image organiser which also includes a basic photo editor.

Launch the program and you'll first see its image viewer. As you browse through folders on your hard drive, so thumbnail images are displayed at the bottom of the screen, and you can preview any of these at a click.

Over on the right hand side of the program are options to rate your selected photo, or assign it to a particular category ("Beaches", "Friends", "Holidays" and so on) so it can be easily located later. You can also view the image metadata in great detail (EXIF, IPTC and GPS tags are supported), add details yourself (Notes, Author, Date, Tags, more) or search existing metadata to find the photos you need.

If you find a photo which isn't up to your usual standards, no problem, you can open it in the program's own editor. This isn't going to be competing with Photoshop any time soon, but there's more than enough power here to be useful. So, for instance, you can crop, resize or rotate a photo; adjust brightness, contrast, colours and saturation; add watermarks, apply filters and more.

And all this is extremely well presented. Kestrel GX doesn't seem like some tiny "me too" project produced by an individual; it looks and feels like more an Adobe program, very polished and professional.

Please note, the Kestrel GX trial can be launched for 20 times only. To use the program any further you must either purchase a home ($19.90) or business ($25.90) licence. More at the Kestrel store.

Version 1.3.1 brings:
•Several new effects have been added to the photo editor : filters, borders, frames, polaroid effect, vignettes, tilt-shift effect, bloom effect and auto image enhancement.

Verdict:

Kestrel GX is an excellent image organiser with an easy-to-use integrated photo editor, all presented in a highly polished and professional interface.

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Spektrel Art is a stand-alone program and Photoshop plugin which transforms digital photos into "magical art that glimmers and gleams with intersecting lines of tapered light".

What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

There's surprising scope for variation, too. For example, just switching from the "Light" to "Dark" theme can transform a bright and friendly image into something dark and sinister, at least in some cases (results vary depending on the source image).

Please note, the demo version doesn't allow images to be saved.

SPECIAL OFFER: as we write, the developer is offering Spektral Art for free. The offer expires August 29th. Please note that you must provide your name, address and phone number to receive your free license.

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