PhotoScape X 1.6

Free PhotoScapeX is a comprehensive image editor and photo viewer.
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PhotoScapeX is a comprehensive image editor and photo viewer. In addition, this utility helps you rename multiple files at once, take captures of your screen, and export images to online social networks.

The program comes with an attractive and modern interface. Actually, the tool provides five more themes besides the basic one, each of them with a more or less stylish appearance. Since the app offers quite an impressive number of features, the main functions are thoroughly structured into modules. The tabbed window allows you to access each section easily and to make use of the specialized tools.

As a photo viewer, the app lets you see the images in three different ways – namely, it can display the images in full screen, as a file list, or as thumbnails. You will appreciate the tool’s ability to enlarge and, respectively, reduce the size of the thumbnails' layout, so that you can have a proper preview of the selections. What is more, the program allows you to rotate the pictures, display them in mirror, or make slideshows. Moreover, you can find out all sorts of information about the imported image files, such as the size, the format type, the name, or the date of creation. These last-mentioned properties may serve as filters in order to sort the files according to a given criterion. As you can notice, the viewing options are exhaustive. Yet, the transition effects in the slideshow mode may be improved since just two effects are now available. Moreover, I would prefer to have full control over the slides' timing. At this moment, you can only select 'slow', 'normal', or 'fast', without any possibility of setting the interval (in seconds) by yourself.

As an image editor, the program provides a large palette of both basic and advanced options. Without intending to list them all, I should at least mention the cropping and resizing features, changing of the color ability, or the text and image watermark support. Each adjustment made to the original can be seen in real time in the preview panel. The batch function helps you edit and rename multiple files at once. Namely, you can resize them equally and apply the same luminosity adjustments and special effects to all the selections. These features are very useful if you wish to include the processed images in a presentation, where all the pictures should have a unique dimension and similar color shades. Furthermore, you can convert the results (no matter what their former format was) into one of the following file formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF. If you wish to save the new files under a different name, you can simply add a prefix or a suffix to the existing one. Advanced renaming options are also available.

An interesting feature – not often provided by free editors – is the “combine” function, which will help you create photo collages out of your personal photo collection. You can add up to 30 images within a project, resize the pictures evenly, set a background color, determine the space between the photos, and so on. The result is impressive. It simply relies on your artistic skills and on the way you mingle the settings.

Also, the program offers you the right means to create GIF animations. You can add an unlimited number of images, set the display time, and the transition effect. The result can very well be used as ad and uploaded to websites. In addition, the utility helps you take screen captures. In this regard, you are able to capture the whole screen, a defined window, or a selected area. You may set the program to take screenshots automatically, at a given time interval. However, the timing can't exceed 10 seconds. Last but not least, Color Picker is a smart and not very common feature that allows you to select a color from a specific photo. This could help you edit and correct images by using the most appropriate hue value.

No one can argue that PhotoScapeX is a full-featured image manager that gathers both ordinary and special functions in one tool. I personally didn't expect to find such a large number of features within a free app. As far as I'm concerned, the program is worth saving it to your computer, and using it every time you need to make photo adjustments.

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Pros

  • Attractive interface organized in modules
  • Exhaustive image-related functions
  • Intuitive app
  • Free tool
  • Generous preview
  • Supports popular image formats
  • Exports images to online social networks

Cons

  • The slideshow viewing mode provides only two transition effects

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