Whether it's quick snaps with your mobile, or more considered shots with a camera, it's never been easier to take digital photos. Organising them? That's more of a challenge. So if your PC is drowning in a mass of images and you've no idea where anything is, then it might be worth turning to MAGIX Photo Manager 12 Deluxe.
The program starts by importing your existing photos. Point it at devices, folders and individual images, and any pictures will be added to a sophisticated database. And powerful search tools then provide all kinds of options to help you instantly find whatever photos you need.
If you spot a picture which needs work, then there are plenty of tweaks you can apply. Photo Manager can automatically enhance photo brightness and colour, for instance. Manually adjusting settings such as contrast and sharpness is as easy as dragging a slider. And even issues like red eye or a tilted horizon can be fixed in a click or two.
Sometimes you just need a photo to stand out, though, and Photo Manager's effects make that very easy indeed. Choose an option like "Drawing", for instance, and you're able to transform your picture into a work of art in seconds. But whatever you're doing, the program never touches your original photo, so you can experiment without any worries.
When you're happy, you can share anything from an individual folder to your entire collection in a host of different ways. And at its simplest, this could mean just emailing a few images to a friend, or maybe burning some to a CD.
There are plenty of more advanced options, though. So the program can transfer your photos to a mobile device, for instance. Turn them into a screensaver, a slideshow, maybe a video. Or upload them to Facebook, Flickr, or your own MAGIX Online Album.
And while this is already a very powerful tool, you could still create a great graphics program from all the features we haven't mentioned yet. Like the travel route designer (build an animated map to illustrate your holiday), the panorama creator, the batch processing options (rename a folder full of images in a single operation), the comprehensive printing options, the backup tool, and the list goes on. And on. And on.