Free Serif PhotoPlus 10! [Limited time offer]

Software Description

The following is a description of Serif PhotoPlus 10, as per the developer:

  • Powerful enhancement tools

Correct common image problems like lighting and red eye. Plus, remove people and object with PhotoPlus’ clone tool.

  • Layer management

Edit non-destructively using layers and create layer groups to help manage complex compositions.

  • Easy Image extraction

Use edge detection tools to cut out people and objects from your photos quickly and easily.

  • Artistic effects

Create instant art by transforming your photos into a water colour, oil painting or pencil sketch.

  • Wide file compatibility

PhotoPlus 10 works with all common image formats including RAW and Adobe® Photoshop files.

  • Batch processing

Save time by processing groups of photos in one operation or recording macros to automate multiple edits.

dotTech Advice

Serif PhotoPlus 10 is over five years old. I am sure back when it debuted it was cutting edge but today it is not. That is not to say Serif PhotoPlus is bad; it isn’t bad — it will run circles around Microsoft Paint. However, by today’s standards I put Serif PhotoPlus on par with Paint.NET, a freeware photo editing tool. The only real advantage I see with Serif PhotoPlus over the leading freeware photo editors is the fact that Serif PhotoPlus handles Photoshop files (.PSD) well; most freeware photo editors don’t fair so well with .PSD files.

If you are a professional do yourself a favor and stay clear of Serif PhotoPlus 10; you will only be shortchanging your work by using a 5+ year old program. If you are an amateur who needs an image editor for those few times you need to edit images, Serif PhotoPlus 10 is a viable candidate. Personally speaking, I have been a Paint.NET user for a long time (I am an amateur) but will now be using Serif PhotoPlus 10 because of its .PSD support.

Freebie Details

Serif PhotoPlus 10 is being given away in a promotion run by What Digital Camera. There is no information on if it is time limited offer nor is there information on if you can install/reinstall at a later date. My guess, however, is this is a time limited offer, hence why I marked this as a limited time offer in the title; I just don’t know how long this will be available. So grab this while you can, if you want it.

To get Serif PhotoPlus for free, do the following:

Version being given out for free: v10.1.0.21

Free updates: No

Free technical support: Unknown – probably not

Supported OS: Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 122 MB

  • Visit the promotion page and click the Start Using PhotoPlus NOW! button:

  • At the next page enter your e-mail address and hit Continue:

  • What happens next depends on if you already have an account with Serif or not:

Existing Users

You will be asked to enter your password…

…after which you are given the download link to Serif PhotoPlus 10:

Download it.

New Users

You will need to fill out a form…

…then you will be asked to confirm your registration. To confirm your registration check the inbox of the e-mail address you registered with. Look for an e-mail from donotreply@serif.com with subject of Activate your Serif.com Account. In the e-mail there are two links — visit either one of them (you can click on the first one or copy + paste the second one in your browser window):

Once you follow the confirmation link you are given the download link for Serif PhotoPlus 10:

Download it.

  • After the download has finished, install Serif PhotoPlus 10. There is no need to register it — it comes “pre-registered”.
  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting Serif PhotoPlus 10 for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

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25 comments

  1. william neurauter

    Hi Ashraf,
    I installed this program & it open just fine. After closing it & re opening it a Please Register window opened asking for the registration number. It was not sent in the emails from them.
    I will try repling to their email asking where the registeration number is located.
    Willy

  2. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Suze: You are welcome! Glad we sorted out the issue.

    @Jason Carver: Jason thank you very much for that page. I’m sure it will help many having that registration issue.

    And thanks for the link to Serif’s free products. I will look into them when I have time.

    @Free Zer Burn: But they list Win7 support on the promotion page for this freebie. o_O

    @tuiruru: You dialed international to get this freebie? You must really want it :-P Glad you finally got it to work, though.

    @Godel: Lmao at the comment on valid phone number or address…

  3. Godel

    @Jason Carver Thanks very much for that website address. I finally got rid of that annoying nag message telling me to register Pageplus X2. Why the hell don’t they put the website address in their documentation instead of a phone number?

    @David You don’t have to give them a VALID phone number, or address. ;)

  4. tuiruru

    I phoned the UK number and had to give them certain contact details. They then said it would take a few minutes to generate the code (!!), and whilst we were waiting I had to listen to the sales pitch for a more recent version of the program which is called something else. It was was quite a good offer pricewise, bu the file you have to download is 400+ megs, which on my so called “broadband” connection would take 5-6 hours!. He then got a bit pushy and said that that would be OK, I could leave it going overnight and it “wouldn’t cost any more”. I then explained that I pay for my broadband in one gig “chunks” and generally keep my usage to below 2 gigs a month which at first he didn’t believe. In the end he did give me the code, and as I say the offer on the new software seemed good with a 30 day money back guarantee. However, he was a bit pushy and I was on an International toll call!!

  5. David

    @Jason Carver: Thanks Jason. That solved the problem, but I think it’s a little nosey of them to ask for my mailing address and phone number, even with the online registration.

    The starter programs require a registration number, but it’s simpler to get it. The email it to you. No requirement for address and phone number.

  6. tuiruru

    I, too, have installed, wound back and re-installed and it still wants me to ring a number in the UK. Is this supposed to happen.? This is just like David’s above. They’re 13 hours behind me so I guess I’ll have to wait to see what happens. :(

  7. Jason Carver

    PhotoPlus 10 works on Windows 7 , I used the default installation folder and it worked like a charm. For those of you who don’t want to waste time on the phone to register a program go here: http://www.serif.com/en/registration/interactive/v2/registration_customer_details.asp

    And you can register your software. Make sure you have your Serif Account email and password handy and the codes in the window when you start the program. The Registration code is referred to as “CODE” in the registration Window, and enter the slashes in the code when asked .

    Also worth mentioning, is that Serif offers free starter editions of their programs that Ashraf should look into and possibly review. You can find their free editions here: http://www.serif.com/FreeDownloads/

    You have to have a free account in order to get the software and they issue you a registration key which you need to register the programs. I have not installed all of them yet, but I’m assuming you have to go through the other registration process as outlined above for Page Plus 10.

  8. Suze

    Ashraf — I bet that was the case! I remember seeing a page with each of the image types checked, and didn’t change anything. Little did I realize that resulted in PhotoPlus becoming the default for image file types. Unless I can figure how to change back, I’ll uninstall, and then reinstall more carefully. Thanks again :)

  9. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Sujay: Interesting. I wasn’t aware there was a free version.

    I haven’t downloaded or installed the free version but based off the features list..

    Import and edit common image file formats
    Straighten photos and crop to common print sizes
    Repair old and damaged photos
    Remove red eye, smooth skin, whiten teeth and more
    Remove unwanted objects from pictures
    Adjust levels, curves, brightness, contrast and more
    Paint and blend with artistic brushes

    …I’m going to say PhotoPlus 10 is superior even though it is older. Plus it doesn’t look like the free version can do .PSD files, which is critically important in my opinion.

    @Philippe: Hehe, some nationalism going on eh? (Although technically EU isn’t a “nationality”.) Well, nonetheless, I’m glad you enjoy their products.

    @Becky: Hmmm, I’m not sure. The system requirements on the promotion page don’t list .NET Framework requirement so I’m guessing not.

    BTW I like using online editors too, like Sumo Paint, but I find they don’t have .PSDs very well.

    @Godel: That is a very good price for last year’s version in my opinion.

    @sujo: I don’t know. The system requirements don’t specify if it is 32-bit or not. It will probably work though. Have you tried it?

    @hatman: Hmmm… I don’t know about “far” better. It is more modern, though.

    @Rob (Down Under): I can make it be checked by default. However, I know most people don’t want that because a) Not all people want to be notified by e-mail and b) Not all people want to be notified of subsequent comments. Yeah, if they posted an issue most people want to know if a reply has been posted. However, if they only posted a “thank you” or similar comment then many people don’t care to be e-mailed about follow-up comments. Sorry!

    For what it is worth, I have highlighted the checkbox to remind people to check it before submitting a comment. And you can now subscribe to notifications without commenting, so if you forget you can go back and easily do it.

    @Farrukh: Hm, that’s odd. I’m pretty sure it worked for me on an older account.

    @yoav: It is compatible for Windows 7 because a) I am running it on Win7 and b) The “System Requirements” on the promotion page lists Windows 7 as a compatible OS.

    @David: That is odd. I didn’t get anything of the like. Have you tried contacting them? Did you try inserting your order number? The promotion page shows an order number to everyone — maybe that is it?

    @Suze: You are welcome!

    @A. S.: I don’t know about the desktop icon issue (I don’t use desktop icons anymore so I don’t pay attention) but it is odd you are having the same issue as David. I did not have that issue at all. Have you tried contacting Serif about it?

    @Suze: I think you may have accidentally told PhotoPlus 10 to be the default for all file types during installation. I say this because a) This didn’t happen to me and b) I faintly remember during installation I told PhotoPlus 10 to not be the default program for image file types.

    Hope that helps.

  10. Suze

    Yikes! Every single image on my hard drive wants to open with this program! All image icons were changed to the ‘serif’ icon, and it looks like I have open each one of them with my preferred program. I checked ‘Preferences’ and there is no option to change this ‘default.’ Ugh — I may have to uninstall this.

  11. A. S.

    I have a similar problem to David’s.

    Firstly, I’ve installed the program to an XP desktop and Win7 laptop and, in both cases, the installation didn’t create a desktop shortcut – I had to manually do this.

    When I start both installations, though, I’m asked to “Enter registration number”. I’ve uninstalled and re-installed on both PCs, with the same results.

    I’ve looked on my ‘Serif’ account pages, under “View Product Keys”, and there aren’t any Licenses, naturally.

    I’ve uninstalled again and won’t bother re-installing.

    A disappointment.

  12. David

    I downloaded and installed the program, but before it starts it tells me to register by calling one of three phone numbers (UK, US, international) to receive a registration code. Without the code I can’t start the program.

    Did I do something wrong, or are others having the same problem.

  13. Farrukh

    Looks like they are not willing to give a Download link to existing account.. I actually made an account on serif for Esd-Free PhotoPlus 10 ESD for Web User before.

    Now created another account and download started…

  14. Rob (Down Under)

    PS Ashraf,
    I keep forgetting to tick that darn box.
    What idiot would want to post a comment, and not see the responses ?
    Did you mention before that your web software insists on defaulting to unticked, or is this a decision that you can make ?
    If it is a latter, I reckon a poll of members would be 100% in favor of the box being ticked as a default.

  15. Rob (Down Under)

    @Becky: My place is like an elephants graveyard. Lots of 2003/2004 PCs.
    Never had a problem with downloading/installing .NET frameworks.
    (As a VB6 programmer, I hate VB.NET, but I can tolerate the NET frameworks when other programs need them.)
    If you elaborate on your problem, we may be able to solve it.
    What are age and specs for your old PC ?
    Which framework(s) do you need ?
    Is it the downloading, or the installing that fails ?
    Are you trying to do it via MS update, or by individual downloads ?
    If someone got them to you on a CD (DVD ?) would that help ?

  16. hatman

    @sujo:

    This is far better and is 64 bit compatible.
    http://www.getpaint.net/download.html#download

    About
    Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
    It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.

  17. sujo

    Will this be compatible with my 64 bit system, does anyone know?
    Thanks as always for the heads up Ashraf! You always come up with greatest offers! If this is compatible with my system, I’ll install it and post again, tell you what I thought about it.

  18. Godel

    Not quite free, but you can get older copies of Serif software on eBay very cheaply.

    For example, today you can buy a copy of Photoplus X4 for US $18.49 plus free post in the US or $5.00 shipping elsewhere.

    X4 is last year’s edition.

  19. Becky

    Does it require microsoft.NET framework? That’s the downside to paint.NET…I’ve tried a gazillion things to get .net framework on the old computer I use for much of the picture editing and at some point, the various downloads fail. No Paint.Net where I need it most.

    Recently I’ve found that Sumo Paint works easier for my purposes than any of the many freebies I’ve downloaded. And I know I used to own a Serif product but it was a Windows 3.1 product and long gone.

    Thanks for the head’s up, Ashraf

  20. Philippe

    The latest is Serif Photo Plus X5. I have it but I can not tell you if it is good or not because I’m still using Corel Paint X4. Once, when I have some time I will start to use it. Serif software are in general good and not expensive, and made in EU.