PicPick

picpick

Our Rating 10 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7/8

User friendly and full of features for creating your image, suitable for software developers, graphic designers and home users. PicPick is an all-in-one program that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard. This software is distributed as a freeware for personal use only. In this case, you are granted the right to use this program free of charge. Otherwise, you need to pay for a license for commercial use.

  • Take screenshots of the entire screen, an active window, specific region of the screen, free hand, scrolling window and more.
  • Auto-scroll, dual monitors and sound effect are supported
  • Customize your own keyboard shortcuts – Using only the “Print Screen” key is supported as well.
  • Various output to File, Printer, Office programs and External programs
  • Sharing to FTP, Web, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter are supported as well
  • Intuitive User Interface (Windows 7 Ribbon style)
  • Standard drawing, shapes, arrows, lines, text, and etc.
  • Effects are supported as well. Blur, sharpen, hue, contrast, brightness, color balance, pixelate, rotate, flip, frame effect and more.
  • Sharing to FTP, Web, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter are supported as well
  • Various color code type (RGB, HTML, C++, Delphi)
  • Photoshop style RGB/HSV conversion is supported.
  • Pick and Save your favorite color!
  • orizontal and vertical orientation
  • various units (Pixels, Inches, Centimeters)
  • DPI setting (72, 96, 120, 300)
  • colorful gradient skins

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XnRetro

XnRetro

Our Rating 7 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7/8

 

XnRetro allows you to create stunning images with vintage or instant effect on your Desktop.

  • 20 color effects
  • 15 light effects such as bokeh,leak
  • 28 frame borders
  • Adjustement like contrast, gamma, saturation, …
  • Vignetting Noise
  • Save or share the result

The real-time preview makes it easy to tweak the default settings for each effect by changing color balance, exposure, contrast and other details. You can also tune the opacity for light and vignetting layers to achieve stronger or more subtle retro effects.In addition to the 20 retro styles, XnRetro includes 15 light overlays and 30 simulated frame styles, all of them can be combined to create custom results.

XnRetro is available for Windows and OS X and I’ve taken a look at the Windows version. Frequently in the past, software used to look a bit clunky and dated on Windows, compared to when running on Apple computers, but thankfully that is changing more and more and so XnRetro provides quite a clean and friendly user interface.

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Adobe Photoshop CS2

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Our Rating 9 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

This is an old version of Photoshop from 2005 which is now offered for free*. Although it does not offer the latest and greatest features, CS2 is perfectly suitable for professional image editing and includes all the features that made Photoshop the industry standard. Despite its longevity, CS2 is certainly not bad, and in my opinion, this is a very smart move from Adobe. Omitting those who’ll grab their software from unfair mediums, quite a few would-be Photoshop users will have settled for cheaper or free alternatives, notably the GIMP, but by giving everybody a taste of Photoshop through CS2, I wouldn’t be surprised if some users bit the bullet and ended up paying for a newer version.

Presumably, this means it’ll always be free, and while CS2 is missing quite a few features compared with the latest release, it’s certainly a nice late Christmas / New Years’ present for those who love nothing more than sitting at a computer and slipping into creative mode. Hopefully, this sets a precedent, meaning CS3 will soon become free as Adobe weighs up the costs of keeping activation servers running in relation to how many people would legitimately buy a decade-old software.

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Machete Lite

machete

Our Rating 7 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

Machete is a convenient utility for playing and editing multimedia files. Currently, Machete can edit video and audio files in AVI, FLV, WMV, MKV, MP4, MOV, WMA, MP3 and WAV formats. The support of editing functions for other formats is planned for future versions of the program. You don’t need any special skills or advanced knowledge to edit video with Machete.

The program is so intuitive and simple that you can literally start editing your multimedia files within a few minutes after downloading it! With its extremely user-friendly design, Machete is an ideal solution for quick and easy “slicing” of your multimedia files. You can delete unnecessary fragments (e.g. cut out commercials), copy, move, mix and save individual pieces. This means that Machete combines the functionality of both easy video splitter (cutter, trimmer), video joiner (for joining multimedia files with exactly the same formats) and more. None of the editing operations in our easy video editor requires re-encoding of video or audio streams.

This is why the editing process in Machete is very quick and does not lead to any loss of video quality. This puts Machete in the category of lossless video editors. Also, it means that you do not need a powerful and expensive computer to edit your video material. After a file is edited and saved, it retains its original format.

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Notepad++

Notepad++

Our Rating 7 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License. Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

Features:

  • Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
  • User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding: screenshot 1, screenshot 2, screenshot 3 and screenshot 4
  • PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace
  • GUI entirely customizable: minimalist, tab with close button, multi-line tab, vertical tab and vertical document list
  • Document Map
  • Auto-completion: Word completion, Function completion and  Function parameters hint
  • Multi-Document (Tab interface)
  • Multi-View
  • WYSIWYG (Printing)
  • Zoom in and zoom out
  • Multi-Language environment supported
  • Bookmark
  • Macro recording and playback
  • Launch with different arguments

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Photoscape

photoscape

Our Rating 10 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

Photoscape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. The screen capture function of PhotoScape allows you to take a digital picture of your computer screen. Depending on what function you use, you can capture all or part of your screen and alter the image by using the Edit tool in PhotoScape. The RAW converter function of PhotoScape allows you to process a RAW photo (.CR2, .CRW, .NEF, .NRW are the most common format of these) taken by a DSLR camera into a JPG file. The rename function of PhotoScape allows you to edit the filename of your images individually or as a batch. The Color Picker function of PhotoScape allows you to duplicate the exact color properties from anything on-screen. The splitter function of PhotoScape allows you to divide a photo into multiple images.

Features:

  • Viewer: View photos in your folder, create a slideshow
  • Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, backlight correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming
  • Batch editor: Batch edit multiple photos
  • Page: Merge multiple photos on the page frame to create one final photo
  • Combine: Attach multiple photos vertically or horizontally to create one final photo
  • Animated GIF: Use multiple photos to create a final animated photo
  • Print: Print portrait shots, carte de visites(CDV), passport photos
  • Splitter: Slice a photo into several pieces
  • Screen Capture: Capture your screenshot and save it
  • Color Picker: Zoom in on images, search and pick a color
  • Rename: Change photo file names in batch mode
  • Raw Converter: Convert RAW to JPG
  • Paper Print: Print lined, graph, music and calendar paper
  • Face Search: Find similar faces on the Internet

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Pixia

pixia

Our Rating 8 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

The original Japanese Edition of Pixia was created and developed by the author, Isao Maruoka, but has also been aggressively raised by its fans, which makes this software to be quite unique and different from other tools.  Isao recently added a brother software, Phierha, to seek more advanced functions and UI, while he wants to keep Pixia the same for the users who are so used to its UI.

Pixia is the English version of a popular Japanese painting and retouching software for full color graphics. It supports mask, layer and many other editing functions. You can use your own customized brush tips and even use an image file as a brush tip to create unique effects. Its user-friendly interface is suitable for beginners as well as experts. Pixia supports the most common editing techniques and presents a user friendly interface.

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mp3DirectCut

mp3directcut

Our Rating 9 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

 

mp3DirectCut is a fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3. You can directly cut, copy, paste or change the volume with no need to decompress your files for audio editing. This saves encoding time and preserves the original quality, because nothing will be re-encoded.

The built in recorder creates mp3 on the fly from your audio input. Using Cue sheets, pause detection or Auto cue you can easily divide long files.

Features:

  • Non-destructive cut, copy, paste
  • Volume change, fade, normalize
  • mp3 recording with ACM or Lame encoder
  • Fast MPEG visualisation and easy navigation
  • Layer 2 support (dvd/dvb audio)
  • AAC support
  • Batch processing
  • Cue Sheet support
  • Pause detection
  • Auto cue (track dividing by time values)
  • Track splitting with filename and tag creation
  • Trim · Crop · Fast play · Loop play
  • ID3v1.1 tag editor · ID3v2 tag keeping
  • VU meter · bitrate visualisation
  • High speed recorder · Command line usage
  • Unicode support

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GIMP

GIMP

Our Rating 9 /10
License Freeware
Windows          XP/Vista/7

GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package. Numerous digital photo imperfections can be easily compensated for using GIMP. Fix perspective distortion caused by lens tilt simply choosing the corrective mode in the transform tools. Eliminate lens’ barrel distortion and vignetting with a powerful filter but a simple interface. GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques.

Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool. With the perspective clone tool, it’s not difficult to clone objects with perspective in mind just as easily as with the orthogonal clone. GIMP includes a very unique support for various input devices out of the box. Pressure and tilt sensitive tablets, but also a wide range of USB or MIDI controllers. You can bind often-used actions to device events such as rotating a USB wheel or moving a MIDI controller’s slider. Change the size, angle or opacity of a brush while you paint, bind your favorite scripts to buttons. Speed up your workflow!

The file format support ranges from the common likes of JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, TIFF to special use formats such as the multi-resolution and multi-color-depth Windows icon files. The architecture allows to extend GIMP’s format capabilities with a plug-in. You can find some rare format support in the GIMP plugin registry. Thanks to the transparent virtual file system, it is possible to load and save files to from remote locations using protocols such as FTP, HTTP or even SMB (MS Windows shares) and SFTP/SSH. To save disk space, any format can be saved with an archive extension such as ZIP, GZ or BZ2 and GIMP will transparently compress the file without you needing to do any extra steps.

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FotoMix

fotomix

Our Rating /10
License Freeware
Windows 32/64-bit XP/Vista/7

 

FotoMix is an intuitive photo-editing tool that allows users to create dual-layer images, making it possible to add, remove, and combine elements. Although it doesn’t begin to compare to full-featured software like Photoshop, it’s not a bad choice for non-professional users who need something that’s quick and easy to use.

The program’s interface is quite simple, with the five-step photo-editing process arranged with buttons across the top. Users simply select a background image, select a foreground image, do the necessary editing on each, tweak the settings on the final composition, and save the result. We, for example, inserted a giant eggplant into the water in front of a small fishing village. We can’t say that it looked particularly realistic, but we can say that it is within the capabilities of FotoMix to combine elements from different images in a realistic way. We very rarely do any photo editing, but we found just about all of the program’s features to be intuitive, and the built-in Help file is well-written and thorough. We think that FotoMix is a great choice for users who don’t have much photo-editing experience but need a basic way to combine elements from different images or just perform basic edits and improvements on a single image; if nothing else, it’s an easy way to crop, rotate, and add text to images.

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