Platform: Windows XP, Windows Vista
License: Full commercial application
Number of downloads: 567
The budget digital camera market used to be packed with poor quality, style-free, low-resolution products that really were best avoided, if you valued your holiday photos. But not any more. Spend £100 on a camera now and you can get a 7 or 8 megapixel model that has a decent optical zoom, a variety of shooting modes, and looks great, too.
It's not all good news, though. A quality lens is still relatively expensive, so while it's easy to get a high-resolution image, you might also find it's not as sharp as you like, providing pictures with a variety of colour and contrast problems. Especially in low-light conditions.
You can try to fix this afterwards, of course, but this can be tricky even if you know what you're doing. If a picture doesn't seem as vivid as you'd like, for instance, should you tweak the brightness? Contrast? Gamma? Saturation? You can always just play with the various sliders until you like what you see, but that can a while, and hardly guarantees a consistent look for your pictures.
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer takes a different approach. Launch the program, point it at the folder containing your images, choose to optimise all or selected photos, and it'll fix them for you. There's nothing else involved, no options to apply, histograms to look at or thumbnails to approve. The program just works, delivering livelier, brighter and sharper images with the absolute minimum of hassle. Well worth a look for anyone who would rather spend their time taking pictures than trying to fix them afterwards.
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Upgrade Offer -> upgrade to Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2
The latest version of Ashampoo Photo Optimizer includes easier selection of your photo folders, as well as allowing multiple optimisations, providing a Print function, and optional brightness, contrast and gamma adjustments if you need that extra control. The regular upgrade price isn't exactly expensive at £6.99, but with Ashampoo's further 20% discount you need pay only £5.59. Click Internet > Upgrade... to order.