Free Ashampoo Photo Commander 7!

Previously there was an article on dotTech about a promotion to get Ashampoo’s Photo Commander 6.5 for free. Now, as Ashampoo has released Photo Commander 8, they’re giving away version 7 for free! Here is the description of Ashampoo Photo Commander 7 as per the developer:

Ashampoo Photo Commander 7 is an all-in-one application for organizing, editing, sharing and presenting photo collections with additional audio and video playing and management capabilities. All the photo editing tools you need are included. Enhance your images with the one-click optimizer. Remove the red-eye effect, adjust colors, contrast, hue and many other parameters, resize, crop, rotate, add a wide range of special effects. After editing you can then use the integrated creativity tools to turn your photos into slide shows with sound, Web albums, photo collages, calendars.

Key Features:

  • Full compatiable with windows 7/WinXP/Vista
  • 3D hardware acceleration
  • Much faster and more flexible media database
  • Drag & Drop virtual albums
  • Create panorama images:Stitch images to create panoramas
  • Quick Slide shows with popular “Ken Burns” effect
  • Digital camera and scanner importer
  • Improved Callout (text bubble) tool
  • New advanced media search features
  • Find duplicate images with different names
  • Batch Processing
  • Skins and Plugins

To grab Ashampoo Photo Commander 7 for free, follow these simple directions:

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Version being given out for free: v7.31 Build 7011

Free updates: Probably not

Download size: 42 MB

  • Visit the promotion page and click on to download Ashampoo Photo Commander 7.
  • After you have finished downloading, install it. Take note during installation that Ashampoo tries to install Ashampoo toolbar:

Be sure to uncheck all that if you don’t want it (most of us won’t want it nor do you need it to use Ashampoo Photo Commander 7).

  • After installation, the registration page should open automatically. If it doesn’t you can visit it by clicking here. When the registration page loads, enter your e-mail address in the box shown and click “Senden”:

Take note that in addition to registering for the free cdkey, you are opting in to receive Ashampoo “service letters”.

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail address you entered.
    • If you have registered with Ashampoo in the past with the same e-mail address you just used, you will be asked to login to the Ashampoo account:

Login. (If you don’t remember your password, go back and register with a new e-mail address.) After you login, check the inbox of the e-mail address. Look for an e-mail ????from “Ashampoo (” with the subject of “Ihre Registrierung – Ashampoo® Photo Commander 7 (F_cbo_de) (Deutsch)?”. In the e-mail there will be your registration code:

Copy the registration code – you will need to register the software.

    • If you used an e-mail address never before used with Ashampoo, you will need to confirm your e-mail address so look for an e-mail from “Ashampoo (” with subject of “Registrierung (Schritt 1) … folgen Sie dem Link in dieser E-Mail”. In the e-mail you will find a link that you need to follow:

Follow the link.

  • Once the page loads, you will be asked to fill out a registration form:

Click on “OK, senden” when finished.

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail again that you registered with. You should have another e-mail from “Ashampoo (” with the subject of “Ihre Registrierung – Ashampoo® Photo Commander 7 (F_cbo_de) (Deutsch)?”. In the e-mail there will be your registration code:

Copy the registration code – you will need to register the software.

  • Run Ashampoo Photo Commander 7.
  • Close the “Welcome Wizard” and go to “Internet” ->”Switch to Full Version For Free”.
  • Click on “Enter the code you received” and register the software with the registration code you received via e-mail earlier:

  • Enjoy!

If you have any trouble getting Ashampoo Photo Commander 7 for free, post below and I will try to help.

Special thanks to Adrian for helping contribute to this article.

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  • janet

    everytime I try to open my pictures in ashampoo photo it is non responsive. what can I do?

  • Jabtano

    How does this stack up against FastStone?  I use FastStone so I was just wondering if this is any better.. would anyone know.

  • Mohammed Sarhan

    Thnx Ashraf

  • Orchid

    Greetings All.

    Thanks for finding the update for this.

    For those wondering whether to uninstall previous versions before installing this version….I left Photo Commander 6 installed and Photo Commander 7 installed separately (next to it) allowing for both versions.  A good way to test out and see what new features are now available and whether or not you want to keep the newer version.

    I had no problems running either version on my Win Vista Home Prem 64 bit Laptop.  There was no lag or hangups/crashes at all.

    Those worried about the site being in German… said….the above instructions are very EASY to follow and if you’re unsure of anything open up the site in two tabs and use a translator to translate one while filling out what’s needed. 

    The program itself has an ENGLISH setup….there’s a drop down menu that you can choose another language (unsure of which ones or how many options in the list…but English was automatically shown for me).  Once installed the program is in English with other language options you can choose from.

    Straightforward with an easy install and setup.  It just takes a moment to read the above given instructions and follow them. It’s a nice program and easy to use.
    I agree about the new comment box as well….very nice!

    Thanks again.

  • Adrian

    @Ron: There are a lot of different reg pages for the same codes from Ashampoo. It`s their marketing strategy.

    @Ashraf: Thanks for crediting me. I just couldn`t find the installer from Also, the new comment box is very cool.

  • Jenny

    Hi Gil, yes the Ashampoo site is in German – but if you read through Ashraf’s instructions above he gives screen caps of each screen you use in the process, with red comments, arrows and boxes explaining the setup.  The program is in English.

  • Gil

    Went to download this program and was taken to a page where everything was in German. So I didn’t download the program since that may also be in a language other than English.
    Thanks anyway!

  • Jenny

    So do we need to uninstall Photo Commander 6 before installing P C 7, or does it install OVER it?
    As always- thank you SO much Ashraf! :)

  • Joji

    BLEH! Ashampoo Photo Commander 6 lagged on my laptop! It wasted 8-10 secounds of my life when I wanted to view a picture! The default Fax Viewer that came with Windows XP opens up pictures in a flash! So whats good with Photo Commander 7?

  • Mr.Dave

    Ashraf, thanks for finding this update.  This program works well and offers some unique features not found in Picassa or XnView.  I still use Serif’s Photo Plus for heavy duty creating and editing tasks (and I’m looking at switching to GIMP) but Photo Commander has earned its place on my hard drive!

  • Dr Nitin

    Thanks Ashraf!
    What a nice programe.
    Dr Nitin

  • phoenix_rising

    Thanks Ashraf! I had never tried this before, but I am looking to do pics up in a nice way at the moment so I have just downloaded it. I am really impressed! I’m going to have fun exploring all the options!

  • jSwann0

    Merci beaucoup.

  • Ron

    Ashraf – I just checked and the registration key for this (F_cbo_de) (Deutsch) is the same as the other one I have (F_ksw_pl) (English). Must have gotten that from from a Polish site, if I interpret Ashampoo’s codes correctly!

  • Ron

    @Mr. Lee: The last version is 7.4, so this should answer most of your questions –
    I picked up this giveaway version in mid-March; it was nice to upgrade my old version 6, as I recall. To be honest, I don’t have the program installed on any of my machines at the moment. The graphic work I prefer to do these days requires much more complex software. Still, it’s a very decent program, imo, and typical of Ashampoo’s commitment to produce good software at competitive prices.

  • Ashraf

    @Mr. Lee: Here are the changes in Ash PC7 taken right off Ashampoo’s website:

    What’s new in version 7
    There are far too many improvements to list them all – we can only include the highlights here:

    3D hardware acceleration
    softonic_4stars_en The program now automatically uses the 3D processor in your computer’s video card to achieve a performance boost. If you have a 3D video card this significantly speeds up photo viewing and transition effects for smoother resizing and zooming, with additional smoothing for less “jaggy” images at high magnifications.

    New, more efficient media database
    The new automatic database that manages your media files is now both faster and more efficient, automatically updating when you’re uploading your media files on your PC. This means you can move files around without losing their tags (star ratings) and other data. The new database also makes scanning EXIF photo tags and MP3 audio tags much faster.

    Drag & Drop virtual albums
    The new Drag & Drop virtual albums (Favorites) organize your media files in folders without actually moving them – the same files can be included in multiple folders without creating multiple copies of the files. You can manipulate the files in virtual albums just like any other group of files: Add tags and star ratings, perform batch cut and crop operations, create slide shows and web albums and so on.
    Create panorama images
    This is a feature that many users have asked for. In version 7 you now have a tool for stitching together multiple photos to create a single large panorama image.

    Slide shows with “Ken Burns” effect
    The new quick slide show features the popular “Ken Burns” effect that zooms and pans on each image while it is being displayed. Just select the photos you want to include and press Ctrl+Space to start.

    Digital camera and scanner importer
    The new digital camera and scanner importer makes it quick and easy to import images directly from your digital camera or image scanner.

    Improved Callout tool
    A number of user suggestions have been implemented to improve the performance of the Callout (text bubble) tool, which now also includes the functions of the previous callout tool from Photo Commander 5.

    Media browser enhancements
    The media browser comes with many improvements, including advanced search by text, file type, file rating and age with a cut-off date. You can now also change the date and time of multiple files in batch mode and browse images without leaving Quick Fix mode – this makes it easier to apply quick fixes to multiple images. You can resize the thumbnail preview images in the media browser on the fly with a slider control.

    Find duplicate images with different names
    A powerful new function for finding duplicates will also find duplicate images with different names and images that are similar but not identical. You can enter the level of similarity in percent.

  • Mr. Lee

    Hello Ashraf,
    I have been using Ashampoo Photo Commander v.6.5 and it has become my first choice for numerous editing tasks. My question: do you have a change log for what improvements, additions, bug fixes, etc. have been made? I’m satisfied with the current rendition—the only thing that would prompt me to download version 7 would be, if they have added any additional frames. Any mention of that? Thanks for your efforts, they are appreciated. — Mr. Lee

  • Sujay

    Hey Ashraf, I have seen that we don’t have to enter your password there. the mail is sent as soon as you enter the email -address  and press Senden Button…..:)