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[Windows] Retouch and edit your digital pictures with Photo Toolbox

Posted By dotTech Staff On January 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM In Windows | No Comments

Photo Toolbox [1]We all have at least some kind of photo editing software on our computers. However, I would say it is safe to assume that most people just use freeware editing programs. Well, today we are going to be looking at a paid program, Photo Toolbox. Let’s see if it is worth your hard earned money.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Photo Toolbox is a photo editing program that labels itself as a “professional” program. It allows you to touch up, edit and fix all of the digital shots you have on your computer. It offers tons of features that you may come to expect from a photo editor, and maybe some you don’t.

Pros

  • Allows you to adjust hue, saturation, contrast, and brightness
  • Comes with a blur and sharpen tool
  • Touch up your photos with tools like Clone Stamp, Blemish Remover, and Red Eye Reduction
  • Offers multiple selection tools, including Magic Wand, Rectangular, Elliptical, and Lasso selection
  • Offers support for RAW format pictures

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer many, if any, features that you can’t get out of a free photo editor

Discussion

Photo Toolbox Screenshot [2]For the most part, I like Photo Toolbox well enough. The program is easy to use, and it does come with a lot of good tools. However, there is one huge, glaring problem. Most of the tools it gives me access to are already available in my freeware photo editor. So why should I pay close to $30 for this program?

The free trial allows you to fully test out the program before you buy. Do keep in mind, however, that this free trial does put a watermark on all of the pictures you edit. So yes, you can fully test out the program, but your pictures are basically unusable, as it stamps that watermark right across your photo.

While using the trial, you will see that you have access to tools that let you control the hue, saturation, brightness, remove red eye, etc. Now, it does offer some tools that I have not seen in all freeware programs. For example, the Blemish Remover worked great, and I am sure that will be a popular tool for people who like posting on Facebook or other social networking sites. It also offers support for raw format pictures, which is definitely a plus in my book.

Despite all of this, there just does not seem to be enough here to warrant paying for the program. If you have used any kind of picture editor in the past, you are not going to be shocked or amazed by this program. You will, however, be out $30.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Photo Toolbox is not a bad program, but it is not great either. If it was completely free or ad-supported, I would say that it is worth your time checking it out. However, the program costs $30. I honestly think that you can find a better picture editor out there than this one (freeware and shareware), so I wouldn’t waste my time or money with this if I was you.

If you are looking for a good, free image editor, check out dotTech’s review on Best Free Image Editor for Windows [3] and the various reviews we have down on various different free image editors [4].

Price: $29.90

Version reviewed: 1.12.3.1

Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7

Download size: 5.7MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/38 [5]

Is it portable? No

Photo Toolbox homepage [6]


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[3] Best Free Image Editor for Windows: http://dottech.org/90241/windows-best-free-photo-editor/

[4] various different free image editors: http://dottech.org/tag/windows-photo-editor/

[5] 0/38: https://www.virustotal.com/file/57d5647eccdeceeb698b458562dc7059793c2a1b70b0581a60e432ddfae8c189/analysis/

[6] Photo Toolbox homepage: http://www.photo-toolbox.com/

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