Home > By category > Multimedia & Design >Image Editing > CyberLink PhotoDirector 5

CyberLink PhotoDirector 5

  • Downloads: 
  • Views: 
  • Rating:

CyberLink PhotoDirector 5 Editor's Review

Digital photography enthusiasts usually stick to industry leading contenders like Adobe Lightroom or Aperture of Apple. However, in recent years a few capable contenders have emerged on the horizon. If you are looking for a feature packed yet affordably priced digital photo editing and management app for Windows or Mac, CyberLink PhotoDirector can be your choice. The company is known more for its award winning media playback suites and webcam apps but its foray into this segment is quite commendable. From ease of use to performance the app ticks almost all the boxes right. There are several new enhancements including Bracketed HDR, Split toning, improved noise reduction and Auto lens correction etc.

CyberLink PhotoDirector is available in two versions, namely- Ultra and Deluxe. It can be installed on PCs with Windows XP SP3 and later versions. The app is quite resource hungry with the company mentioning a PC with 3 GHz dual core CPU as the minimum requirement. The GPU also needs to be quite powerful to harness maximum performance from it. You will need oodles of RAM installed in the PC to make the most of its 64 bit support. It is a multilingual app. The app now supports displays with high resolution.

The app comes with a pretty sleek and functional UI. In fact, the clutter is less compared to what you get in UI of rivals like Corel PaintShop. PhotoDirector can work with TIFF and JPEG images along with a wide range of RAW file formats. This is bliss for DSLR users. The list of supported camera models found in Cyberlink website is pretty impressive.

As is the case with modern Prosumer level digital photo editors, PhotoDirector comes with some modes to facilitate workflow. It has 5 modes, namely- Print, Slideshow, Edit, Library and Adjustment. Switching between all these modes is quite simple. Based on the mode you select, the app displays apt options in its left side panel. The UI has a viewing area that can be customized to an extent.

If your system is equipped with right hardware components, PhotoDirector will run like dream. Flipping through pictures does not show signs of lag. PhotoDirector allows zooming to some preset sizes but lacks a full-range slider. Like rival apps, it supports keyboard shortcuts for the majority of operations.

As you connect a camera to the PC, PhotoDirector pops up photo import dialog. You can select which images within a folder should be imported. The nice thing is you can zoom images and begin editing even when importing is in progress. The speed of import is almost on par with Lightroom. PhotoDirector lacks support for tethered shooting.

You get all required organizational tools and features you can expect in a professional image editing and management app. The app comes with powerful Face tagging feature. It runs pretty fast for analyzing images in Library mode. At times, it can throw some false positives though. Once you assign name to an identified face, fining image of an individual at once is simple.

PhotoDirector does come with basic editing and image adjustment tools. You get controls for white balance, contrast and sharpness, for instance. There are much needed controls like red eye fix and Cropping. In fact, Cyberlink has added some advanced editing tools like levels and curves in the app. You also get 5 level controls for manipulating darkness or light areas in images. There are options to rectify camera lens caused distortions.

Those users looking for image enhancement filters will not be disappointed with PhotoDirector. The HDR effects in the app can fulfill such needs. The Body Shaper and content-aware object removal also save a lot of time while editing but they do not work like miracles. They come with wizard like process to aid beginners. Other notable effects included in the app are Sepia, Photo Composer, and B&W.

PhotoDirector comes with plenty of output options with two clear buttons for Flickr and Facebook. An initial sign in is required to use these features. However, one glaring omission is lack of email sharing. Genrating slideshows with images is another option and you can use 4K HD videos in it. You can export the slideshow to MPEG-4 video as well. While the app has a dedicated print mode with diverse paper sizes, grid settings there is no support for soft proofing.

The new noise reduction tool of PhotoDirector offers excellent performance. Like Lightroom and Aperture, the app can now stack images based on time and date.  Stacks, once made appear in the app’s Library mode as thumbnails with a number displayed. In Lens Profile Correction, PhotoDirector loses the edge to Lightroom, owing to its modest database of lenses. However, you can still download more profiles from CyberLink's DirectorZone.

Positive Points:
•    Sleek, functional UI.
•    64 bit support, overall fats performance.
•    Several image enhancements, slideshow creation.
•    Tools like Nose Reduction work well.

Negative Points:
•    Not enough profiles for Lens Profile Correction.
•    Quite resource hungry.
•    Lacks tethering for import.

CyberLink PhotoDirector emerges as a viable contender for serious digital photography enthusiasts though it may not be the best option for professional photographers. The app natively supports 64 bit OS so you can use more RAM to extract better performance. It offers some UI customizations and works with majorly of RAW image formats out of the box. The image editing tools work well and you get some advanced tools too. The Slideshow creation is a bonus and you can include 4K UHD videos too. While the app does many things right, it loses the race to contenders like Lightroom by a small margin. The latter scores better in import speed, wider lens correction- profiles and geo-tagging.

Rating: 3.5/5

CyberLink PhotoDirector 5 Publisher's Description

CyberLink's entry into the space, PhotoDirector impressed me from the start. It's both quick and powerful, and dressed for success in a clear, pleasing interface. Version 5 does nothing to detract from this impression: To the contrary, new 64-bit operation makes it faster, and new tools like lens profile-based image correction, multi-shot HDR, and improved noise reduction make it more capable of getting your photos looking their best. And these come on top of advanced features the program already boasted, such as face-tagging, corrections for chromatic aberration and geometry, content-aware object removal, and even a body slimming tool!

Free download from Shareware Connection - This Lightroom competitor from CyberLink offers a smooth interface, along with powerful editing and image effect tools.

Publisher: cyberlink.com | License: Comercial | Price: $59.99
Released Date: 13-10-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: CyberLink PhotoDirector 5

Author Url: http://www.cyberlink.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.cyberlink.com/products/photodirector-deluxe/features_en_US.html
Download Url: http://www.cyberlink.com/downloads/trials/photodirector-ultra/download_en_US.html?affid=2581_1187_555_0_0_ENU

More downloads from CyberLink PhotoDirector 5 publisher cyberlink.com:

CyberLink PowerDirector 12 - PowerDirector 12 is one of the latest incarnation of CyberLink's video editing application. Once better known for being bundled with hardware peripherals and systems, PowerDirector has matured over its lengthy lifespan, and for the last few versions has become a serious contender for "prosumer" video editors. Following on from version 11, which began to set its sights on even higher levels, the new iteration adds even more high-end features.

CyberLink PowerDVD - PowerDVD is simply the best video playback software for enjoying HD and Blu-ray movies.

CyberLink ColorDirector - Superior Color Grading for Videos.

CyberLink AudioDirector 4 - AudioDirector gives you total control over the editing, mixing, and mastering of your video’s soundtrack, sound effects, and even dialogue. Cutting-edge restoration tools allow you to restore and work with files that have audio flaws or imperfections. Seamless integration with PowerDirector allows for faster round-trip editing and reduced production times. You can also directly edit sounds in existing videos and save to any of six popular video file formats.

CyberLink PowerCinema - Total Media Entertainment Center

CyberLink PhotoDirector 5 related downloads:

CyberLink MediaShow - CyberLink MediaShow 5 - Preserve Your Memories & Share Your Stories

CyberLink PowerProducer - Produce High-Definition Home Movies and Slideshows on Discs

Mega Key Viewer - Product key viewer for Windows, Office, Works and various other software

CyberLink DVD Suite - CyberLink DVD Suite 7 - Create it. Play it. Burn it. Share it.

Paraben's 5 in-a-line - Line up 5 or more balls in a row to keep the board clear and to stay alive.

Shareware Connection periodically updates pricing and software information of 'CyberLink PhotoDirector 5' from company source 'cyberlink.com' , so some information may be slightly out-of-date. You should confirm all information before relying on it. Software piracy is theft,  Using 'CyberLink PhotoDirector 5' crack, password, serial numbers, registration codes, key generators is illegal and prevent future development of CyberLink PhotoDirector 5.

New Reviews

BitKiller - Dealing with various types of data efficiently holds the key to success in any computing task. Apart from generating new data and modifying existing files, it becomes necessary to delete existing files at times. While most users resort to using ...

Poser - The concept of 3D animation and modeling may seem amazing to the viewers but those who are into the industry know it is no cakewalk. Majority of 3D animation and modeling software known for some of the amazing animations and CGI work in films ...

Freemake Video Converter - Video conversion can become a necessity for average PC users who find it increasingly hard to manage an ever growing collection of media and video files. The DVDs, videos obtained from web and clips shot with mobile devices keep growing. Over ...

Uniblue SpeedUpMyPC 2013 - Even if you use an expensive desktop or laptop with beefy hardware and have the latest version of Windows installed, it is not unusual to find your system running sluggishly after prolonged usage. This has got more to do with inherent working ...

Diver Reviver - It is not only malware and viruses that can affect performance of your computer. Malfunctioning and outdated drivers for hardware components can also affect speed and performance of a PC perceptibly. While seasoned users take the pain of ...

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Standard - No matter what type of computer you use, it becomes necessary to use keyboard for typing. This is the case with average home users as well as network administrators working in professional setups. Would not it be nice if you could give your hands ...

Stellar Insta Backup - Data Backup Software - Taking backup of data stored in your PC is quite essential these days, given the fact average PC users deal with tons of data and hardware failure or OS corruption can happen. However, it is also necessary that you pick the right software for ...

Spark Browser - Nearly every PC user needs to browse the web nowadays, irrespective of age and gender. Whether you use a laptop or desktop, it is mandatory to use a web browser to access web or download files. There was a time a majority of Windows users ...

Protector Plus 2014 (32-bit) - Without using suitable security software in PC, you cannot have peace of mind nowadays. Increasing instances of malware attacks and attacking exploits have prompted average PC users to resort to using antivirus and security suites for both home ...

CleanMyDrive - PC experts unanimously agree that using Macs tend to be a smoother and faster experience than running Windows based PCs but the Apple laptops and desktops also need maintenance and performance tweaking, occasionally. Regular web browsing, ...

New Downloads

DWG to IMAGE Converter MX

DWG To Image Converter MX
allows you convert DWG to
Image, DXF to image and DWF to
raster image directly without
need of ...

Audials Radiotracker

Radio Player and recorder of
100,000 Radios + records
targeted music from radios of
12,000,000 Songs of 3,000,000
Album ...

Aiseesoft BD Software

Aiseesoft BD Software Toolkit
contains four excellent
software: Blu-ray Player, DVD
Creator, 3D Converter and
FoneTrans. ...


7GIF is a full features
animated GIFs player for
Windows. With 7GIF you have
full control over the
animation: play, ...


AlbumMe is a software that is
easy to use to create
slideshow from your photos and
videos, complete with
ready-to-use ...

Nero Classic

Nero 2017 Classic is the
masterpiece for your digital
life. Its now even easier to
manage, edit, burn, convert,
and ...

Xara Photo and Graphic

Xara Photo & Graphic
Designer is the perfect
software for all your graphic
design needs including photo
editing and ...

Pro Repo ACV

Corporate Repossession and
Skip Tracing Resources
Software. Accurately manages
the finances that keep your
Company ...

Soft4Boost Burning Studio

Burn and copy your
CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs easily
with Soft4Boost Burning
Studio. Burn data in several
sessions onto the ...

Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter Ultimate
is an All-in-One DVD and CD
ripper, DRM removal and video
converter which helps you rip
DVD ...

Audio Control

Audio Control is an audio
mixer software utility for
visualization and control of
the computer audio volume, and
is an ...

Wavepad Audio Editing
Software Free

WavePad Free Audio Editor is a
full-featured professional
audio and music editor. You
can record and edit music,
voice, ...