The newest version of Ulead PhotoImpact retains many of the strengths of its predecessors but disappoints on a few counts. Ulead has spiffed up version 11 with many features aimed at digital-camera and camcorder users who want to correct, transfer, and add special effects to images with the least possible pain. We have to admit, though, that the installation process was a bit unwieldy, requiring separate steps to process each of the four programs in the bundle. Overall performance--both the speed and the stability of the application--suffers as well.
Digital photographers will appreciate that PhotoImpact now supports raw files in both the main application and the two bundled organizers. Plus, users can save images for mobile display on devices such as phones, PDAs, and the PlayStation Portable. For moviemakers, PhotoImpact will save GIF and PNG images complete with alpha channels. The program also has a slew of new templates for making custom DVD menus.
PhotoImpact's intro screen lets you pick a task--import images, burn a disc, or e-mail photos. Click the thumbnail for a tour of Ulead PhotoImpact 11.
Ulead PhotoImpact 11's feature set should satisfy those who need strong Web-graphics tools and don't care about organizing media. But if you require an excellent image editor with superb organizational features, take a peek at the similarly priced Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.
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