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Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6.0.1

View, optimise and share your favourite photos with a click

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Languages: English, Arabic, Belorussian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese
Software Cost: $14.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 11 August 2014
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Downloads To Date: 1178
Developer: Ashampoo
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Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6.01
View, optimise and share your favourite photos with a click

Ashampoo Photo Optimizer is a straightforward tool which makes it easy to enhance, optimise and share your favourite photos.

As with previous editions, the program opens with a simple thumbnail browser. Navigate to a folder of photos and if you spot one which isn't up to your usual standards, then you can enhance its colours, lighting, sharpness and more in a couple of clicks.

Basic editing features make it easy to sharpen, blur, mirror or rotate an image. If the automatic enhancements don't quite work for you then you can manually tweak photo colours for more precise results. And while most of the "colour effects" on offer here are straightforward ("Greyscale", "Sepia"), the "Image Age" option is a little more interesting, giving any picture the look of an aged photograph.

There are plenty of improvements in this version. You can now compensate for shaky camera work by straightening the horizon; live previews show you the results of an effect right away; there's now an option to delete image metadata; the red-eye remover and watermark tool have been enhanced; and the interface has seen a major revamp.

Perhaps most usefully, Photo Optimizer now supports batch processing. Want to tweak a lot of photos all at once? Just select the images you need, apply the effect and you're done. (Which isn't risky, because Photo Optimizer automatically saves the original version of a photo before you begin work. If you decide later that your changes haven't been for the best then you can undo them all, even many weeks later.)

Hopefully you'll see positive improvements in your photos, though. And if you do, the Export menu then allows you to share your chosen images via email, Facebook or Picasa.

Please note, Photo Optimizer may install a browser toolbar during its setup process. If you're not interested, make sure you choose the "Custom installation" option and clear the relevant checkboxes.

The review above is for version 5. What's new in version 6?
+ Better-structured: Enhanced program structure and readability
+ More powerful: Smart algorithms, portrait tools, new effects
+ More efficient: Less resource-hungry, optimized for performance
+ Windows XP no longer supported.

Verdict:

Photo Optimizer has fairly basic editing options, even after the improvements in this release. It's fast and reasonably priced, though, and on balance the program provides an easy-to-use and safe environment for just about anyone to improve their digital images.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 (v11.0.6)

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 is a compact, simple, but surprisingly feature-packed disc burning suite.

The program makes it easy to create simple data discs and audio CDs, for instance: just drag and drop your files onto the list area and you'll be burning the finished disc in a couple of clicks.

That's just the start, though. Burning Studio 2013 can also create data discs with customised, interactive multi-page menus, perfect if you'd like a more professional way to share and present the disc contents.

A built-in backup tool allows you to create backups which may be encrypted, compressed, and span several CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

And there are modules to create VCD or SVCD video projects; burn video DVDs or Blu-ray discs from prepared folders; create, browse or burn disc images (ISO, CUE/ BIN and Ashdisc formats are supported); copy discs, erase them, design and print disc covers, labels and booklets, and more.

The focus throughout is on ease of use, though, and so Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 remains very straightforward, whatever you're doing. Most disc projects are created via the same simple interface, and for the most part all you have to do is drag and drop the necessary files. But experts will find more advanced options are only a click away, and if you need to then you can set ISO and UDF version, enable Joliet, make a disc bootable and more.

Note the download here will take you to the Downloadcrew Software Store where you can download Burning Studio 2013.

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