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[Windows] Enhance photos of buildings, nature, and other landscape with Magic Landscape Filter

2013-03-16_230534 [1]A few days ago dotTech reviewed PixelApp Magic Skin Filter [2], a program that aims to enhance photos of people. PixelApp has a similar program but this one enhances landscape photography — Magic Landscape Filter. Let’s see if this is worth your time.


Main Functionality

PixelApp describes Magic Landscape Filter “a professional and easy to use reversal film simulation filter software that can make your landscape photo more colorful and more vividly”.

Unless you are a photographer, you probably don’t know what reversal film is — and you don’t need to know either, because it isn’t important for you to understand this program. Rather, focus on the latter half of the developer’s description: Magic Landscape Filter makes your landscape photos more colorful and vivid. The selling point? It does it automatically.




2013-03-16_230149 [3]Like Magic Skin Filter, Magic Landscape Filter is very easy to use. Load photos you want to enhance (batch processing is supported), optionally customize chroma/bright and enable grayscale or allow the program to apply whatever settings it sees fit, and output the images. It is as simple as that. However, ease-of-use is meaningless if the program produces bad quality photos? So what is output quality? I don’t know… because the program is buggy.

For those that read our review of Magic Skin Filter [2], you know we were not very impressed by the program due to how to made outputs look “fake”. When I first came across Magic Landscape Filter and looked at the examples provided by  the developer, I was actually impressed. Unlike Magic Skin Filter, Magic Landscape Filter does, in my opinion, enhance the look of photos — or at least the ones shown as examples by the developer. The only problem? I was unable to test Magic Landscape Filter on my own photos because Magic Landscape Filter produces an error every time I load a photo into the program.

When prompted with the error, I can either close Magic Landscape Filter or attempt to continue the program. Attempting to continue the program simply freezes it, so I have no option but to close. I’m not sure if this is happening on my computer only or happens on the computer of others too, but this error appeared without fail every time I loaded a photo. I could not even use Magic Landscape Filter on one photo.

The worst part? Magic Landscape Filter has not been updated since April 2009 so there likely won’t be an update in the near future to fix this bug, essentially making this a dead program.


I was very excited to test Magic Landscape Filter and see if it actually does work as shown in the examples provided by the developer’s website, because in those examples Magic Landscape Filter does indeed enhance the look of landscape photos. And the support of batch processing coupled with a relatively low price would make this a win program, even though the program appears to only apply basic filters. Unfortunately, Magic Landscape Filter is buggy and doesn’t work. At all. Stay away from this one, folks. You are better off checking out a freeware image editor [4]to enhance your photos.

Price: $19.95

Version reviewed: 1.1

Supported OS: Windows

Download size: 1.1 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/45 [5]

Is it portable? No

Magic Landscape Filter homepage [6]