[Review] Odin Frame Photo Creator

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Odin Frame Photo Creator

Version reviewed:

v2.2

Supported OS:

Windows NT4/2000/2003/XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7

Price:

$35.95 (USD) but you can get it for free for a limited time at Giveawayoftheday.com!

Software description as per the developer:

Frame Photo Creator is a professional digital photo tools, not only enable you to take photos  on your home PC but also can  edit ,print, and manipulate digital photos  to improve photo quality .So we also call it photo sticker,sticky photo,frame photo editor,big-head photo maker.

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  • Users can create a collage with images, or output images individually.
  • Users can add frames, “funny faces”, and effects to images.
  • Users can add background images to the collage if desired.
  • Comes with many frames, “funny faces”, and effects to pick from.
  • Users can import their own frames.
  • Has ability to take pictures directly from webcam (if applicable).
  • Has an auto-timer for the webcam feature.
  • Can print or export the projects as images.

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  • Images are resized to fit frames instead of the frames being resized to fit images.
  • When searching for images, Odin Frame Photo Creator is set to look for bitmap files only by default every time; user needs to manually change it to other image format if that image format is desired.
  • The transparency of frames is not shown in the “preview” box.
  • Has a few bugs.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”9″}For the most part Odin Frame Photo Creator is very easy to use. There is, however, one annoyance: when looking for images, Odin Frame Photo Creator is is set to look for bitmap files only by default every time; you need to manually change it to other image format if that image format is desired.
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{for=”Performance” value=”6″}Has quite a few bugs. Plus the output images are resized to fit frames, instead of the frames being resized to fit output images, so this results in different sized output images than input images which will often not be desirable.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”4″}I don’t see too many people finding this useful.
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{for=”Price” value=”4″}$35.95 is way too overpriced for this software. If the developer cleans up his/her act, this program is more properly priced from $10-20 in my opinion.
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{for=”Arbitrary Equalizer” value=”6″}This category reflects an arbitrary number that does not specifically stand for anything. Rather this number is used to reflect dotTech’s overall rating/verdict of the program in which all the features and alternatives have been considered.
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Odin Frame Photo Creator is a software that allows users to edit images by adding frames, “funny faces”, and effects to the. Collages can then be created with multiple images, or individual images can be exported separately.

This is what OFPC (Odin Frame Photo Creator) looks like:

In terms of looks, the interface does not look that bad at all. On the other hand, when using OFPC, the interface just feels “weak”, so to speak. The feeling is hard to describe; you have to actually use the software to understand what I mean. However, do take note it is really just a “feeling” – the interface does not hinder usage of the program at all. In fact, OFPC is very easy to use.

To get started with OFPC, you need to load the images you want to edit. OFPC supports all of these image formats:

Take note that when you browse your computer for images, OFPC is set to look for bitmap images only by default. You need to click on the “Files type” drop down menu at the bottom of the browse window and select other image formats if you desire images other than BMP.

Once you have an image loaded, it appears in the “preview” box in the top left. By default a frame is shown on the image, but you have the ability to change the frame to any frame you like:

Simply clicking on a frame will change it. As per my count, there are 260 frames for you to select from. If you don’t like any of the frames that come supplied with OFPC, you can use your own frame (“Operation” -> “Select Frame”). You also have the option of changing the transparency of the frame; however I have noticed that the change in transparency is not reflected in the “preview” box – it only shows when you add the image to the collage. Once you like the frame that is on your image, you need to click on the round green button to add it to the collage:

If indeed you do plan on creating a collage, you need to load every image you want in the collage and repeat the same procedure to add frames to them all and add them to the collage. If you don’t plan on creating a collage, you don’t need to add any more images; you can go straight to the editing and saving of the image.

After you have added images to the collage – regardless of if you plan on creating a collage or not – you can right click on them to edit the images and/or to save/print the images individually as opposed to as a collage:

  • Editing the image involves the ability to add a bunch of effects, and “funny faces”:

You can add as many effects as you want, and you can add as many “funny faces” as you want. (There are a total of 20 funny faces to chose from as per my count, and you can click + drag the faces around after you add them.)

  • Saving/printing the images is fairly straightforward; you select if you want with or without frame, and save/print it:

You can save your image as these image formats:

If you were creating a collage the ability to add a background image would be relevant, but since this is for individual images, there is no “background” for you to add an image in.

Take note that by default all images are resized to 361×278. If your original input image was larger than this size, it is made smaller. If your original input image was smaller than this size, it is made larger. If your original input image does not has the same aspect ratio as 361×278, you may notice some stretching. You are, of course, given the option to set the width and height but if you plan on making the width and height bigger than 361×278, expect a huge loss in output image quality because that is exactly what will happen.

After you have edited your images, assuming you are looking to create a collage instead of just exporting individual images, you can save or print your whole collage via “Operation” -> “Save or print”:

(If saving the collage, you can save the collage in the same formats as you can save individual images.)

Now, since you are saving/printing a collage, you can make use of the feature which allows you to add a background image to the collage (see bottom of the window). As per my count, there are 72 background images for you to select from.

Similar to saving individual images, the collage is set to 361×278 by default. You can, of course, change this size but remember if you plan on making it bigger, the image quality will decrease the larger you make it.

Other things to note about Odin Frame Photo Creator:

  • OFPC has a feature that allows you to take pictures from your webcam (if you have one) and import them into OFPC directly. Simply click on “Camera mode” to use this feature; hit the “Shot delay” button to take an image. If you have the “shot delayer” feature on, the photo will be taken X seconds after you hit the “Shot delay” button (by default it is set to 0 seconds so the photo will be taken instantly). You can change the delay time from under “Setting”.
  • OFPC gives you the ability to select from multiple different collage styles, if desired. You can change the collage style via “Assemble photo”:

  • When you have multiple photos added to the collage, you can click + drag them to move them around to a different box/position.

Now, aside from the cons I already mentioned, I would like to shed light on the fact that OFPC is not bug free; it has quite a few bugs:

  • The print feature does not work. Whether trying to print a collage or an individual image, I get an error every time I try to print:

  • There are features in OFPC under “Setting” which, I presume, are intended to allow you to permanently import frames, photos, “funny faces”, and backgrounds…

…so that the next time you open OFPC you will be able to select whatever you imported from its respective menu (i.e. you import a frame, and the next time you run OFPC you can select that frame from the frame tab). The problem this these features don’t work. Try as I must I was unable to perma-import anything.

  • When using “Camera mode”, the frames appear on the “preview” box like normal, but when you actually take a photo and add it to the collage, the photo is without frame. Try as I must but I could not add a frame to the images saved directly from my webcam.

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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Ashampoo Photo Commander 6.5

Ashampoo Photo Commander 6 is a perfect example of a new generation of programs that are genuinely intuitive easy to use. It makes organizing your pictures and getting them to look great as simple as pressing the button on your camera. You’ll save time, have a barrel of fun and your friends and family will be really impressed.

Almost everything is done with a couple of clicks – adding picture frames, correcting your photos, making greeting cards, collages and slide shows, sharing your pictures on CDs/DVDs or your website and much more.

Ashampoo Photo Commander 6 is a one-stop solution. You organize and view your photo collection, edit and enhance your photos and use creative editing and project tools all in a single program. And it also manages your audio and video files!

-Developer

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{rw_verdict2}I like the fact that Odin Frame Photo Creator comes with a large selection of frames, “funny faces”, effects, and background images. I also like how the user is allowed to create collages, or export individual images. However, the lack of flexibility in size of export images and the bugs make me give this program a thumbs down. I do feel, however, if the developer can revisit the program and tweak it to add the major issues, it may turn into a program worth having.
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  1. Flowers ForA

    Hi,

    Re. 502 Bad Gateway

    I haven’t found a thread on the Forum dealing with this *!?$ thing, so I’m posting some information here… I think/hope none of it is outdated…

    Sorry for the long post but I hope someone will succeed in…

    Killing the 502 Bad Gateway Monster…

    A few links with (some) full explanation(s):

    http://www.checkupdown.com/status/E502.html
    HTTP Error 502 Bad gateway
    Introduction
    A server (not necessarily a Web server) is acting as a gateway or proxy to fulfil the request by the client (e.g. your Web browser or our CheckUpDown robot) to access the requested URL. This server received an invalid response from an upstream server it accessed to fulfil the request.
    This usually does not mean that the upstream server is down (no response to the gateway/proxy), but rather that the upstream server and the gateway/proxy do not agree on the protocol for exchanging data. Given that Internet protocols are quite clear, it often means that one or both machines have been incorrectly or incompletely programmed.
    502 errors in the HTTP cycle
    Any client (e.g. your Web browser or our CheckUpDown robot) goes through the following cycle when it communicates with the Web server:
    • Obtain an IP address from the IP name of the site (the site URL without the leading ‘http://’). This lookup (conversion of IP name to IP address) is provided by domain name servers (DNSs).
    • Open an IP socket connection to that IP address.
    • Write an HTTP data stream through that socket.
    • Receive an HTTP data stream back from the Web server in response. This data stream contains status codes whose values are determined by the HTTP protocol. Parse this data stream for status codes and other useful information.
    This error occurs in the final step above when the client receives an HTTP status code that it recognises as ’502′.
    Fixing 502 errors – general
    This problem is due to poor IP communication between back-end computers, possibly including the Web server at the site you are trying to visit. Before analysing this problem, you should clear your browser cache completely.
    If you are surfing the Web and see this problem for all Web sites you try to visit, then either 1) your ISP has a major equipment failure/overload or 2) there is something wrong with your internal Internet connection e.g. your firewall is not functioning correctly. In the first case, only your ISP can help you. In the second case, you need to fix whatever it is that is preventing you reaching the Internet.
    If you get this problem for only some of the Web sites you try to visit then it is likely to be a problem at those sites i.e. one of their pieces of equipment is failing/overloaded. Contact the people at those sites.
    Fixing 502 errors – CheckUpDown
    Use of proxies and caching is increasing on the Web. Our CheckUpDown robot will always try to ‘drill through’ to the real computer that actually hosts the Web site, but we do not have complete control over where our HTTP request actually ends up. If only one link in the chain of computers dealing with our HTTP request is broken, then an error such as 502 can easily occur.
    Please contact us (email preferred) whenever you encounter 502 errors – there is nothing you can do to sort them out. We then have to liaise with your ISP and the vendor of the Web server software so that they can review the flow of IP data traffic between various computers under their control.

    * Quote:
    “Before analysing this problem, you should clear your browser cache completely”
    * Same as: http://www.viprasys.org/vb/f32/why-http-error-502-bad-gateway-pope-314568/

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/502-bad-gateway-error-how-to-solve-this-problem
    Obviously bloggers have the same problem: (wordpress.COM related)
    Quote:
    “This problem is due to poor IP communication between back-end computers, possibly including the Web server at the site you are trying to visit. Before analysing this problem, you should clear your browser cache completely.
    If you are surfing the Web and see this problem for all Web sites you try to visit, then either 1) your ISP has a major equipment failure/overload or 2) there is something wrong with your internal Internet connection e.g. your firewall is not functioning correctly. In the first case, only your ISP can help you. In the second case, you need to fix whatever it is that is preventing you reaching the Internet.
    If you get this problem for only some of the Web sites you try to visit then it is likely to be a problem at those sites i.e. one of their pieces of equipment is failing/overloaded. Contact the people at those sites.”

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925880
    Article ID: 925880 – Last Review: December 4, 2007 – Revision: 1.5
    Error message when a client computer tries to access an FTP site through ISA Server, Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition, or Windows Essential Business Server 2008: “Error Code: 502 Proxy Error”
    SYMPTOMS
    Consider the following scenario:
    • On a client computer, Windows Internet Explorer is configured to connect to the Internet through a Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004-based proxy server, through an ISA Server 2006-based proxy server, through Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition, or through Windows Essential Business Server 2008.
    • You have an FTP server that is configured to reject anonymous or wrong requests.
    In this scenario, when the client computer tries to access an FTP site through ISA Server, through Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition, or through Windows Essential Business Server 2008, the client computer may receive an error message that resembles the following:
    Error Code: 502 Proxy Error.
    The login request was denied. The logon account might have been disabled or logon information might have changed. Log on again to verify that the information was typed correctly. If the problem continues, report the problem to the administrator of the Internet server you are requesting.(12015)
    CAUSE
    This issue occurs if ISA Server, Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition, or Windows Essential Business Server 2008 does not send the authentication information to the FTP server in the first request. The FTP server closes the connection if the anonymous authentication information is not received in the first request. ISA Server, Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition, or Windows Essential Business Server 2008 usually sends the authentication information to an FTP site in the first request.

    Note If you monitor FTP traffic, you may see an entry that resembles the following when the connection fails:
    Port: 21
    ftp Failed Connection Attempt
    User: anonymous
    Request:GET ftp://FTP_Server
    RESOLUTION
    To resolve this issue, log on to the FTP server by including a user name and a password in the URL. Use the following format:
    ftp://User_Name:Password@FTP_Server
    Note When you follow these steps to log on to a secure FTP site, the user name and the password may be displayed in plain text in the Internet Explorer title bar or status bar.

    If you monitor FTP traffic after you log on to the FTP Server by using this format, you may see an entry that resembles the following:
    Port:21
    ftp Allowed
    User: anonymous
    Request:GET
    ftp://User_Name:*****@ FTP_Server /
    MORE INFORMATION
    For more information about how to set the password that is used when FTP mediates anonymous requests by using the WebProxyFtpClientPassword property, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms826273.aspx
    APPLIES TO
    • Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 Enterprise Edition
    • Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 Standard Edition
    • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Standard
    • Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition

    Greetz.
    Patrick

    PS: @Ashraf,
    Indeed “a lot of investigating to find out”… how to solve it. Perhaps reviewing/updating/re-inventing some hitherto internationally approved and accepted communications protocols? Way too techy for me :(

  2. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Joji: Hamtaro was intended for girls? Oops…

    Hamtaro will know just what to do…

    @Locutus: Nice pics although I do wish you used a higher resolution for more “sharp” images =P. What city is it?

    @Locutus: LOL!

    @Locutus: I don’t think so. Well, not unless you are the author of the program.

    @Adrian: Is it legit? If so, fine. If not, then I won’t publish it… sorry.

    @Patrick: Yeah the 502-gateway problem has been happening to me too. However, rest assured that even with the 502-gateway problem, your comment is posted if it is not marked as spam. At least, that is my experience.

    Try using a different browser; it might solve the problem.

    @Thomas Williams: Interesting technique. Not sure why it works, but whatever works, right?

    @Ramesh Kumar: LOL!

    @Patrick: Yeah 502-gateway will probably turn away potential GOTDers. However, I think the reason they havne’t “fixed” it yet is because they are not sure what is causing it. Heck, if the same thing was happening to dotTech I wouldn’t be sure either; it would take a lot of investigating to find out.

    @Patrick: If you subscribe to their e-mail letters (you are automatically subscribed when you grab a freebie, but can manually unsubscribe) then yes you should expect a lot of e-mails from them.

    @Ozzie: o_O You lost me.

    @Ande: ROFL @ 500 spam a day. I think that beats my records.

    @Janet: Hehe.

    @Happy Person (Inas): Thanks! PhotoScape is one of those programs I have always intended to write an article on but never got around to. Glad to know it can be used as a “free alternative” to Odin.

  3. Patrick

    @Thomas – tswill2

    Just tried this workaound… to no avail :(
    Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but whatever I try, the 502 Monster stays alive and kicking!

    GOTD server management should do something about this without anyone having to “by accident” stumble upon some trick which may or may not work depending on circumstances.
    502 should be killed! and should have been so years ago! But few people at GOTD seem to really want to do something about it at all. They should be all too conscious that 502 means bad bussines for all concerned, not jus for us, users, but equally if not more for themselves and the developers…

    Thanks for the tip anyway! Perhaps it will work on some future occasion ;-)

    Greetz,
    Pat.

  4. Ramesh Kumar

    @Ozzie:

    Hey sis! Your comment no.5 is ROFL.

    I’d heard all right that the global economy is rather interconnected, meaning if a stock exchange in one country catches cold a stock exchange in another country starts sneezing.

    But this is a new one on me. If a developer writes program code in one manner an optometrist in another part of the world actually gains business because of it!

    Well, what else can I say except for the fact that it provided me some “fruitful” learning. ROFL! :D :D
    Ramesh

  5. Thomas Williams

    @Patrick: tswill2 here – I used to get the blockimg error, and by accident found that by visiting the source website, and then back to GOTD and right clicking to save the target, I was able to get the download!
    Ashraf (or anyone) the timed webcam saving operation interests me. Is there any other free program that can do it?
    Tom

  6. Patrick

    Hi,

    There really is nothing you can do about the following problem, I guess, because it is on server level. Just want to mention it because there’s no way I can download from GOTD main page or post comments…

    The 502-Bad Gateway Monster strikes again and again and again. Yesterday no way dowloading and installing the giveaway and today looks like it’s going to be the same story all over again :(

    Not that I need ugly frames around my foto’s (see above comments) but yesterdays Exif-tool was something I could have used.

    This 502-nuisance has been buggering lots of us on and of for years -as I gather from GOTD past offers and it’s forum -on which I cannot post anything either becaus of this maddening (beep) error… And from past personal experience.

    Is there really no none out there who’s able or willing to solve this once and forever?

    As I’m unable to post a comment on GOTD’s site itself, perhaps you could relay it to them?

    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work! Really like your reviews!

    Patrick.

  7. Locutus

    Hm… I’d rather play around in GIMP :-/

    So, uh, what do you think of the pictures of the skyline? :D
    (I was thinking, “Wow! That looks exactly like that one I took!” Then I remembered…)

  8. Ozzie

    @Ashraf: Oh, thank goodness. Not great for the program, but happy I didn’t offend. And yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder … although in this instance I’d hazard a guess that if beholder found the fruit frame exquisite, then a visit to the optometrist might be in order. :)

  9. Joji

    Hey! Odin Software used “Hamutaro”, you know that little hamster there in those “smileys face” selections?

    You know, below the “Editing the image involves the ability to add a bunch of effects, and “funny faces”:”.

    I wonder if they had permission to use that… if not, /fail.

    ~Joji~

    PS. Hamutaro is the main character of an old anime series. The toys are licensed by “Bandai”, and the show was intended for girls back then. I remember watching that when I was 5! XD LoL. By the way, I’m a boy if your wondering…

  10. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Ozzie: No I didn’t create the fruit frame shot; it comes with the program.

    I do agree with you that a lot of the frames are pretty ugly. Others, however, are not so bad. I didn’t specifically call out the program on this point because the aesthetics of the frames is very subjective from person to person.

  11. Ozzie

    Oops, I’m terribly sorry Ashraf – it just occurred to me that you might have designed the fruit frame shot for illustrative purposes, which was confirmed by a trip to the website in question (mind you, the examples on there aren’t world-beaters either … they certainly wouldn’t convince me to part with $39.95). I seem to recall once ribbing you about a drawing you posted in a review. I just hope your confidence in your own artistic abilities isn’t waning!

  12. Ozzie

    Thanks again for another great review, Ashraf! Always appreciated! But, ahem, at the risk of sounding too harsh, their fruit frame screenshot is just not a winner. What an eyesore! I sincerely hope that’s not on their home page. And why anyone would stick it around a photo of a city skyline is just beyond me. Welcome to the Big Apple, maybe? It’s the way to uglify a perfectly good photo, if you ask me. But each to their own, I guess.