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Zoner Photo Studio: View, Edit, Manage, And Share Photos

Amongst the best image editing and management software, there are the big names like GIMP, and some really good newcomers like Imagina that we covered a while ago. Every now and then, one comes across some new software claiming features like never before, and they all want you to believe that they are the best of the lot. Zoner Photo Studio is one of the latest contenders but is different from traditional tools, it is an image browser, powerful editor, viewer, and manager build into one tool.

It is a free software with a catchy interface that lets you manage, edit and share your photos with ease. With simplistic operation and well-understood features, Zoner can become both a great viewer and editor for your images.

Zoner Photo Studio 12

The main interface of the program is divided into three tabs, which are pretty self explanatory: Manager, Viewer and Editor. The screenshot above shows the manager view, where a tree-like structure lets you manage and navigate through your collection/file system.

The viewer is a nice tool to experience image viewing in full screen, and you can make use of the slideshow features as well.

Zoner Photo Studio 12 viewer

The last tab on the left side of the main bar is Editor, which contains the simple editing tools like resize, flip, rotate, adjusting levels, etc. The tool set being offered by Zoner Photo Studio is fairly large and impressive, and can become a little overwhelming at first, something that I would consider the only con of this software. There are quick-fix options available as well, which offer optimization based on predefined settings at a single click.

Zoner Photo Studio 12 editor

The editor also sports a variety of special filters and effects, which bring more power to the picture editing experience. Some advanced effects like fading borders, soft shadows, detection of contours, etc are also available. An interesting this is that you can easily control the strength of any effect that is applied, and tweak it’s parameters through the dialog box that opens.

Zoner Photo Studio 12 effects

Finally, the application has an extensive settings pane that lets you control the way almost all features of Zoner behave, and this is overwhelming part, because the settings being offered are numerous and may not appear very understandable at first.

Zoner Photo Studio 12 settings

Another good thing about Zoner is its ability to publish images in a variety of ways. The Manager view contains the publish menu where you can choose to view the images in slideshow, advanced slideshow, set as wallpaper, panorama view, publish 3D images, etc. You can also upload images directly to Facebook or Flickr.

Zoner Photo Studio 12 publishIt brings a variety of features and offers pleasant experience overall. With a memory footprint of 40MB and considering the benefits that you can avail, Zoner makes a really good deal if you’re looking for a balanced image viewer/editor solution.

It works on Windows platform, including the latest Windows 7. We tested it flawlessly on Windows 7 32-bit OS.

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  1. Now this is a great find!

    I found it capable of replecing ma acdsee pro 2.5 completly, and it has a much nicer and sleeker interface.

  2. I don’t know about other users, but one of the main questions which comes to my mind when discovering an image viewer/editor is the picture formats handled by the software, its “integration”. I’m surprised at the number of times where neither reviews nor the software’s homepage deliver this information which is essential ! What are the formats handled by this application?! No answer I just move off, I will not loose 10 minutes (or more!) to search for an information which should be clear, stated, live, now, here!

    • Almost all powerful image viewers and editors support majority of popular image formats. The question should be if it supports RAW formats? The answer is yes, it does.

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