Adjust your image's colour, exposure, contrast and more with the simple Adebis Photo Editor 1.4.

Adebis joins the crowded world of photo editing software with its not-so-creatively titled Photo Editor 1.4. Although competent, the $39 (around £25) Adebis Photo Editor 1.4 offers little more than free programs and a narrower range of tools than other comparably-priced packages. Whether it's worth keeping after the 30-day free trial is largely a matter of taste and personal workflow.

Adebis Photo Editor 1.4 gives the user a variety of tools that control the exposure and colour balance of the photo. You can fix the brightness, contrast, hue, luminance, saturation and temperature. The program also allows you to set the white point and adjust each colour individually, and it includes a red-eye fix.

But providing so many tools that do almost the same thing seems unnecessary. The average point-and-shooter doesn't need to set the hue, colour temperature, luminance and saturation individually. In fact, when we adjusted each of these attributes in Adebis Photo Editor 1.4, we found little visual difference between each setting. And when we let the program automatically fix some photos taken with a point-and-shoot set on auto, the software hardly adjusted the image at all.

Adebis Photo Editor 1.4 also includes tools to reduce noise, sharpen and fix lens problems such as barrel distortions. And you can do standard photo manipulations such as cropping, rotating and flipping the picture. The cropping tool is robust, allowing you to crop based paper size or screen resolution, as well as manually.

For those who want a lot of control over the look of their photos, Adebis Photo Editor 1.4 will provide it. But given that many free programs, such as Picasa 3 and Windows Live Photo Gallery - as well as the software that often comes bundled with digital cameras, scanners and printers - already do a pretty good job of fixing lighting and exposure problems, it's not worth paying for a limited range of tools that overlap each other in value.

Other photo-editing software, such as ArcSoft PhotoImpression, take a broader approach than Adebis Photo Editor 1.4, offering photo management tools, clipart, text boxes and video and music management. Most everyday photographers will find more value for their money with those types of packages.

Try the Adebis Photo Editor 1.4 30-day trial version to see if this particular set of tools is worth the money for you. Note: this trial version saves images only jpegs, whereas the full version will save tiff, png and bmp files.


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Adebis Photo Editor 1.4: Specs

  • Windows 95/98/Me/2000/2003 Server/NT 4.0/XP/Vista/7
  • 4MB hard-disk space
  • supports: Jpeg/Tiff/PNG/BMP/RAW
  • Windows 95/98/Me/2000/2003 Server/NT 4.0/XP/Vista/7
  • 4MB hard-disk space
  • supports: Jpeg/Tiff/PNG/BMP/RAW

OUR VERDICT

Adebis Photo Editor 1.4 does a fairly good job at correcting your digital images, but many of its features are available for free elsewhere.

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