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PhotoDemon 6.2.1

A powerful, portable and free image editor

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 29 April 2014
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Downloads To Date: 335
Developer: Tanner Helland
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PhotoDemon 6.2.1
A powerful, portable and free image editor

PhotoDemon is a feature-packed portable photo editor.

The program's interface is relatively poor. The toolbars are horribly basic. It makes little use of the mouse (no right-click menus, no double-click actions, no mouse wheel zoom). Most of the functionality is hidden away in a complex menu system.

Open an image (just about every format is supported) and begin to explore, though, and PhotoDemon's power quickly becomes apparent.

Capable Selection options enable you to select rectangles, ellipses or lines, in interior, exterior or border modes. Selections can be antialiased, feathered or sharpened in a click or two, and saved for reuse later.

There are plenty of adjustments available, with tools to tweak brightness, contrast, colour balance, vibrance, white balance and more. Some of these deliver far more functionality than you'd expect ("Photo Filters" has 50 filters, each of which can correct a specific issue with a click). Better still, you can create and save presets for any tool, which should speed up the editing process later.

The Effects menu has 65 separate options, many of which can be customised in various ways. Their quality varies considerably - "Pencil Drawing" has no configuration options and delivered very poor results for us - but there are also some highlights. PhotoDemon has a lot of effective distortion tools, and some of these - "Perspective", "Pan and Zoom" - might justify installing the program, all on their own.

The package is completed with a batch processing tool, a versatile metadata browser with wide standards support (JFIF, EXIF, PrintIM, XMP, IPTC, Photoshop), and a complete macro recording and playback system.

Version 6.2.1 changes:
 - FIXED: Severe error in the Image -> Canvas Size dialog
 - FIXED: Various problems in locales where “,” is used as a decimal separator
 - FIXED: Some controls do not display correctly on Windows XP

Verdict:

PhotoDemon's interface is poor, and some of its effects can't match the competition.

The program also has plenty of powerful and more unusual tools, though. The ability to create and save presets for just about anything could be a real time-saver. It's also open source, portable and entirely adware-free, so if you need some extra image editing assistance then give it a try.

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Hi and thanks from the author of PhotoDemon

Posted by: Tanner Helland, 27 April 2014 17:48

Hi Mike. Thank you for reviewing PhotoDemon. The interface will be receiving a big update with the next release (as part of adding Layers support), and I hope you find it much-improved over the current version. If you have any specific suggestions, please let me know!

Also, mousewheel zoom should be there - use Ctrl+wheel (like other photo editors) to access it. Regular mousewheel controls up/down scrolling, while Shift+wheel provides horizontal scrolling.

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