Editor Reviews

Editor Reviews

  • Imagina
  • License: Freeware
  • Price: 0.00
  • Rating

Average PC users have to deal with an ever increasing number of digital images these days. This has become a trend after invasion of digital cameras and smart phone with high quality cameras among the mass. You also need to edit and retouch plenty of images downloaded from web as well. Unless you are a graphic designer or work in a studio, it is not necessary to invest in a costly image editor like Photoshop. There are some lesser known but capable image editors and viewers that can get the job done.

  • Platform: WinOther

You can find a number of PC based applications to edit images and there are apps meant for creating 2D animations too. However, not many programs offer both options in one package. GraphicsGale offers simplified image editing and also comes with options to create simple yet appealing animations. With support for TWAIN acquisition and batch-conversion, it can be ideal companion for a wide range of PC users.

GraphicsGale is shareware and you can install it on PCs with Windows XP and later versions.

  • Platform: WinOther

Without a feature packed and robust PC security suite, you just cannot use a computer nowadays- it is absolutely risky. While antivirus suites may meet need of casual users, that may not be adequate for all. If you stay online for a lot of time, perform several transactions online and shop online, it is better you opt for an internet Security Suite. F-Secure Internet Security is a worthy contender and it offers overall good performance. It however skips a firewall component, leaving you to protection of Windows default firewall.

  • Platform: WinOther

It will be hard to find a computer user nowadays who does not need to access the web. Using web has become near mandatory for various personal and professional reasons. However, not everyone who owns a computer and accesses the web is blessed with a fast and unlimited internet connection. Despite availability of cheap and fast internet across the world, there are millions of people who are still stuck with slower and limited internet connectivity options.

  • Publisher: Cyotek
  • Date: 24-01-2015
  • Size: 3686 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

As more and more users are dealing with increasing amounts of data, the need to use suitable backup software has increased by leaps and bounds. There was a time when people used to take backups of their data in external storage devices or optical media. However, with time, popularity of online storage services has shot up. Cloud based backup services offer the users enough flexibility and benefits compared to traditional data backup solutions. It may be a tad difficult for you to select the apt cloud backup solution amidst so many contenders.

  • Platform: WinOther

There are benefits of technological innovations as well as drawbacks and the internet is possibly the biggest example of this concept. On one hand, you cannot do without it for needs like banking, shopping, professional tasks and entertainment. On the other hand, it opens the gateway to myriads of objectionable content to the young users, including your kids. At times, your kids may unwittingly fall in traps laid by several malicious web users and consequences may be severe.

  • Platform: WinOther

Mac users used to feel complacent about security of their desktops and laptops as Apple proudly claimed Macs do not get affected by malware. The rising instances of Macs getting compromised by attacks and malware has changed this perception. Nowadays, major PC security vendors make security suites for OSX. Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition is a user friendly security tool meant for safeguarding your iMac or MacBook from various online and other threats.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

Just like a Windows based PC, a system running Mac OS X can also develop plenty of junk data after prolonged usage. These unnecessary files can hog disk space and eventually make your Mac running slower than usual. To keep the system running at peak speed and extract good performance you will need to use a specialized app that can wipe away those junk files. One such example is Mac PowerSuite Basic. Developed by Fireebok Studio, this app can clear all types of junk files from Mac hard disks.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

Now that digital imaging technology has got a tremendous boost, both in software and hardware segments, capturing high resolution and sharp images has become easier than ever before. Yet, the portable cameras and high end smart phone images may end up with something lacking in them. It could be lack of detail, washed out color or distortion etc. Some images may be shot too dark or noisy. Rather than deleting such images from your PC, you can resort to using a specialized third party editor that helps you bring out image details and enhance certain attributes.

  • Platform: Mac OS X
  • Skitch
  • License: Freeware
  • Price: 0.00
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Skitch is a user friendly and lightweight image capturing app for OS X that has been in the scene for quite some time. After its purchase by Evernote, the nifty Mac screen-capture tool has undergone some changes. You can still perform tasks with ease but few features have been omitted. However, this is freeware and offers enough features for average users.

Skitch runs on Macs equipped with OS X 10.7.4 and subsequent versions. The UI is intuitive and minimalist so that nothing comes in way of users.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

Apple is known mostly for its category redefining gadgets and computing devices but the company also makes some stellar software for its products that sets new benchmark for competitors. It is true about its cutting edge video editor FCP or the newest iteration of photo editor iPhoto. The Mac edition of iPhoto comes with a plethora of new features and native 64-bit support. It is even more suitable for sharing and printing images. 

You can get iPhoto with new Macs, from Mac App Store or as part of the popular iLife suite.

  • Date: 22-01-2015
  • Platform: Mac OS X
  • iDraw
  • License: Trial
  • Price: 24.99
  • Rating

With time, number of third party apps for Mac OS is growing. Mac users no longer need to be restricted to apps made by Apple nowadays. If you want a feature rich app for top notch vector drawing or illustration for Macs, iDraw is a worthy contender. It may not be a replacement for the vector artwork behemoth Adobe Illustrator but puts up a formidable performance nevertheless. In fact, there are not as many suitable vector apps for Mac users as raster graphics programs.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

When you use a Macbook Pro or iMac, backing up data is a task that cannot be overlooked. There are quite a few backup apps that you can use. A majority of Mac users remain content with Apple’s own Time Machine utility and it is capable backup software beyond doubt. However, there are a few third party backup tools that offer even more functionalities. Carbon Copy Cloner is one such instance. It offers options for incremental and full backups, syncing files, scheduled backups and makes bootable clones of a startup drive.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

Apple does have some stellar media applications for users of Mac OS but at times, you may feel the need for using third party apps too. Its FCP is regarded as an industry leading and powerful video editor but average Mac users may not need such a behemoth application for video editing, conversion needs. If you are looking for a user friendly and versatile video conversion app for Mac, try Any Video Converter. Available in both Free and Pro versions, the app is offered by AVCLabs.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

So far, graphic designers and print media professionals working with Macs had to stick to pricey apps like Adobe Illustrator or resort to less capable third party software for vector art and illustration. However, with the availability of Affinity Designer from Serif, they now have a viable alternative. Currently in beta, this vector art creation app can be downloaded and tried for free. This is in fact Serif’s first native OS X design software which targets the Illustrator or CorelDraw users.

  • Publisher: Serif
  • Date: 20-01-2015
  • Size: 107 KB
  • Platform: Mac OS X
  • Acorn
  • License: Trial
  • Price: 29.99
  • Rating

Mac users generally have fewer choices than Windows users when it comes to choosing suitable third party apps. However, there are other apps than Aperture and iPhoto when it comes to image editing and retouching, as it is. A simple looking image editor with plethora of features inside, Acorn offers Mac users a suitable alternative to pricier apps like Photoshop Elements. It may not have all the bells and whistles you get in Photoshop but packs in a solid punch nevertheless with support for layers, vector tools and masking capabilities.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

While Macs tend to outshine Windows based PCs in many segments comfortably there are a few areas where they lag behind. One such example is optical-character-reading app. Traditionally, Windows users can pick from more OCR apps compared to Mac users. However, Mac users can still resort to a powerful app like Abbyy's FineReader Pro. The app lacks a few less features compared to its Windows counterpart though.

It runs on Macs with OS X 10.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

While Mac users mostly resort to the utilities developed by Apple for the OS, it may be necessary to use some third party apps from time to time, for tweaking or maintenance needs. For recovering lost or deleted files on a Mac, you can try an app like R-Studio for Mac Data Recovery. Apart from the Mac’s hard drive this app can check RAID setups, external drives, flash drives and FireWire devices.
 
The app runs on Macs with OS X 10.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

Video editors for Mac platform are aplenty nowadays and choosing a suitable contender for your needs can be rather tedious, owing to the abundance. The Final Cut Pro made by no other than Apple stands out tall amidst the sea of competing video editors, mostly because of its intuitive workflow and plethora of useful features. Its robust media organization capabilities and vast repository of tools give FCP some serious competitive edge. In last few years the app has received some substantial upgrades to stand up to the competition.

  • Platform: Mac OS X v10.9

It is quite well known that Apple Mac OS is less targeted by hackers and creators of malware compared to Windows OS versions. However, that does not mean you do not need to deploy measures to ensure your data on a Macbook or iMac stays safe from prying eyes! To safeguard your important documents and data on a Mac, you need to use suitable third party apps. One such example is MacFileSafeguard. As evident from its name, the app is meant for protecting your data on a Mac from unauthorized access.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

Macs are famous for their superb stability and ease at multitasking. That explains why they enjoy a steady and growing user base, the steep price tag notwithstanding. However, prolonged usage can make even the most powerful iMac or Macbook sluggish, gradually. Installation and removal of apps, generation of junk files, coupled with multitasking may take a toll on speed and performance of a Mac laptop or desktop. Seasoned Mac users may use Activities Monitor, a component in OS X 10.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

While the Software that come bundled with Macbook Mini or iMac may suffice for needs of casual users, advanced users may look for more capable third party software. The Preview, which is Apple’s own image viewer, is decent but you may also try ArcSoft Photo+ for a more enriching experience. It is a practical and feature rich app targeted at OS X users. It is positioned in between iPhoto and Aperture. With this, you can view, share images in a jiffy.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

Commonplace computer problems do not happen exclusively to Windows users. Losing data is a problem Mac users can face too, by mistake or otherwise. It may so happen that you have deleted a file and after emptying the OS X Trash you suddenly realize that will be required. In such situations, you can use an app like Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery. While this is no miracle solution to bring back deleted data, it does offer an option. It is available in there editions- free, full and premium.

  • Platform: Mac OS X

Among all the hardware components used in a desktop or laptop, the hard disk is a prime one. In the hard disk is not in good shape, even a PC with powerful CPU and lots of RAM will malfunction or run sluggishly. Hard disk failure can lead to data loss and consequent problems. Hence, it makes sense that you use a hard disk health check and monitoring utility to be on safe side. There are several such utilities and if you want a freeware solution, try SeaTools for Windows.

  • Publisher: Seagate
  • Date: 17-01-2015
  • Size: 21196 KB
  • Platform: Win2000, Windows 7, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista

People use PCs for various needs nowadays. A computer is not used to run office productivity or accounting software alone anymore. It is also used for tasks like web browsing, media playback, file conversion, and myriad related needs. After extensive use, you may find the PC is not running as usual. The PC may become sluggish and unstable owing to junk file pile up and invalid registry entries. In such situations, you need to use a system cleanup and tweaking app to make the system perform at optimal speed.

  • Publisher: potatoshare
  • Date: 17-01-2015
  • Size: 8941 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

For a majority of PC users, Windows Explorer remains the de facto choice for file management. In fact, most people do not bother about using third party file manager software for their computing needs. For advanced and demanding users there are plenty of third party apps available nevertheless. Immersive Explorer is one such contender. With its sleek UI and functionary, it can fulfill needs of seasoned Windows users who are looking for a functional and feature rich file manager app.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, Windows 8

There was a time a majority of Windows PC users stuck to Internet Explorer as it was the integrated web browsing app. After arrival and growth of Open Source rivals like Firefox and Chrome, the scenario has changed a lot. PC users are now spoilt for choices when it comes to picking a web browser. Apart from popular options like Opera, Chrome there are various new and upcoming browsers. You can customize these apps and apply skins, save bookmarks, use extensions to suit our usage.

  • Platform: Win7 x64, Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

No matter what reason you use the computer mostly for, converting media files from one format to another can be necessary sometimes. This can be useful when you want to convert all those series of DVDs into formats that can be played across mobile devices. You may also want to convert high resolution videos to a format that offers a balance between file size and quality, to save disk space. While there are several commercial media conversion apps, you can also pick from capable freeware options.

  • Publisher: Free Time
  • Date: 17-01-2015
  • Size: 42168 KB
  • Platform: WinOther

When your existing laptop or desktop starts malfunctioning or running sluggishly after prolonged use, the reasons can be numerous. From junk file pile up to malware invasion and outdated drivers, you need to delve deeper to find out the reason. Outdated drivers can cause many problems in PC as it is. Conflict between hardware and apps, unexpected rebooting or OS getting hang – you can be left with unforeseen issues. In such situations, you should use a suitable driver diagnostics and updating tool.

  • Platform: WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Vista
  • PhoXo
  • License: Freeware
  • Price: 0.00
  • Rating

Even a few years back, it was mostly graphic design professionals or people involved in print media were seen using image editing applications. With digital camera prices nose-diving and mobile imaging reaching new heights, things have undergone a sea change in recent years. Nowadays, average PC users need to deal with plenty of digital images obtained from so many sources including the web. However, you need not always buy a costly image editor for such needs.

  • Publisher: PhoXo
  • Date: 15-01-2015
  • Size: 4644 KB
  • Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64

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