Back in 2010, we covered a feature-rich photo manager for Windows called Kestrel GX. It was unarguably one the most elegant image management applications that we had come across, not only because of its sophisticated design but also because of its slew of handy features. Unfortunately, since last year, the application is no longer available for free and has been replaced by a paid variant that carries hefty price tags of $59 and $89 for home and commercial licenses respectively. Here’s where you being a regular reader at AddictiveTips pays off. Details past the break.
Note: The developer is giving away unlimited home licenses of Kestrel GX to our valued readers for the next 24 hours. A unique download link and required activation credentials are provided at the end of the post.
Note that during installation, you’re given the option to install a trial version of TuneUp Utilities. If you do not want to install this program, simply uncheck the license agreement checkbox below and hit Next.
The overall interface of the app hasn’t changed much since our first look two years ago but as the saying goes, “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”, right? Kestrel GX presents a neat and elegant workspace laid out with various sections like the directory pane to the left beside an image navigator. You can easily access your images catalog from the directory pane by clicking the appropriate folder. At the bottom, you will find thumbnails of the pictures that are stored in your selected folder.
The application also boasts a blazing fast search engine that allows you to manually look for a particular image. You can search for images by inputting the keywords in the search pane, but what’s more interesting is the fact that you can filter the results within a particular time frame by specifying the start and end dates.
The app also provides a few controls under the main image preview area to perform several operations on the selected photo such as rename, rotate, slideshow, edit, full screen view, actual size, auto fit and delete.
Kestrel GX may only seem to be a beautiful photo organizer at first, but it basically doubles as a powerful photo editor as well, which opens up in its own separate window and throws in various editing tools on the table like image rotation, cropping, resizing and red eye removal. It also lets you control sharpness, noise, colors, saturation, brightness and contrast of the photos, in addition to providing an option to add a watermark to the image. You can also instantly switch between edited and original image previews, thanks to the handy buttons provided at the top.
When it comes to format support, the application is able to recognize many popular image types including but not limited to PNG, JPEG, PS, DCX, PDF, BMP, PSD, RAW, WBMP and many others. In addition, it features an image converter that is able to convert images between the supported formats. The slide show feature that I mentioned earlier is fairly fun to use, especially if you have a large screen and want to show your photos to your friends and family.
If we were ask to sum up Kestrel GX in one word, it would be awesome. Not only does it sport a fascinating UI, but it’s also jam-packed with a plethora of photo editing options. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Update: The giveaway has been closed.