Photo-Editing Software: Ratings of Sources
Total of 15 Sources
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Photo, Video and Graphics
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com is the best source for reviews of photo-editing software. The reviews are fairly long and detailed, certainly enough to give typical users an overview of pros and cons. Top programs are honored with an Editors' Choice award, including the top-rated Adobe Photoshop CS6. Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 also earns an Editors' Choice award for those who don't need as many advanced features. Google Picasa 3.9 earns a nod among free photo-editing programs.
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine is a British consumer-advocacy and product-testing publication and website, similar to ConsumerReports.org in the U.S. The editors test and rate 20 popular photo-editing software programs including Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Pixlr.
by Editors of Macworld
Our AssessmentMacworld looks at photo-editing software from the Mac user's point of view. Coverage is spotty at times. Some reports on major programs are of older versions that have long since been replaced or significantly updated. On the other hand, Macworld looks at many lesser known image-editing utilities that don't get tons of coverage elsewhere. Reviews are relatively detailed, illustrated and include ratings along with lists of pros and cons.
by Editors of NotebookReview.com
Our AssessmentNotebookReview.com has a good selection of software reviews, including detailed test-based evaluations of Corel PaintShop Pro X4 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 10. Reviews cover features, usability, value and more.
Photo-Editing Software Reviews
by Editors of ArsTechnica.com
Our AssessmentArsTechnica.com is a well regarded technology news and review site that does a great job in keeping tabs on the latest developments in image-editing software. However, finding that information on this blog-style site can be a challenge. The best approach is to use the search function to find what's been written about specific image-editing programs. Reviews are meaty for the most part, and comparisons are often made, however ratings are not provided and the overall best software is not explicitly named.
Design and Graphics
by Editors of MacLife.com
Our AssessmentMacLife.com doesn't review much graphics software, but the hands-on evaluations are detailed and culminate in an overall rating. Pros and cons are clearly listed as well. Editors are particularly impressed with Adobe Lightroom 4, which earns an excellent rating.
by Editors of PC Pro
Our AssessmentPC Pro is a British-based technology website that reviews a variety of products, including photo-editing software. In fact, PC Pro covers the latest versions of all the popular software, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Google Picasa and Corel PaintShop Pro. Reviews cover performance, features and design, value and ease of use. Editors also assign an overall rating. Adobe Photoshop CS6 scores highly here, with an overall rating of 5 stars (out of 6).
by Editors of ExpertReviews
Our AssessmentExpertReviews is another U.K.-based site that publishes lengthy technology reviews. Although it doesn't review as many photo-editing products as PC Pro, ExpertReviews does provide overall ratings and hands out Ultimate awards for the very best products. Adobe Photoshop CS6 is the most recent winner of that award.
Photo & Video
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOwner reviews are a good source of information about how particular photo-editing software performs in the real world and in everyday use. Most major programs get enough feedback for ratings to be meaningful, and reading through the individual reports -- though tedious at times -- uncovers plenty of detail. Among photo-editing software with lots of feedback, Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 scores particularly well.
Before You Buy Photo Editing Software
by Sue Chastain
Our AssessmentSue Chastain, the guide to graphics software at About.com, offers an informative article on what to look for in advanced, beginner, budget and free image-editing software. She then offers her recommendations in each of these categories for both PCs and Macs. However, it appears that the reviews have not been updated recently, as they cover older versions. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
by Editors of Download.com
Our AssessmentDownload.com is a good place to get downloads of free photo-editing software, as well as trial versions of commercial programs. Editors provide brief snapshot reviews and ratings. Users weigh in with their own opinions -- which are sometimes radically different. Most owner reviews are brief, and some have only a rating with no further explanation.
by Ken Rockwell
Our AssessmentPhotography enthusiast Ken Rockwell reviews digital SLR cameras more than software, but he has a detailed review of Adobe Photoshop CS6. Although he doesn't rate the latest version of Photoshop, he does breakdown exactly how the software performs in different areas. Unfortunately, Rockwell doesn't review other photo-editing software.
Section Workflow Basics
by Editors of DigitalOutbackPhoto.com
Our AssessmentDigitalOutbackPhoto.com doesn't have many product reviews, but editors do present a rather detailed evaluation of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. The software isn't rated, but a bottom-line conclusion helps sum up the author's recommendations.
Photo Editing Software Review
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentThis report rates 10 photo-editing software programs for beginner to semi-professional use, with separate reviews plus a comparison chart. Each program is given an overall rating based on scores in seven categories including ease of use, importing, editing, organizing and sharing of photos. However, testing is not explained or documented, so this review is most useful for those who want to compare features between programs.
Reviews: Best Digital Photo Editing Software
by Editors of DigitalPhotos101.com
Our AssessmentThis site reports on intermediate-level photo-editing programs. The single-product reviews vary in quality, though all seem to be based on features rather than testing or usage. The best include a list of pluses and minuses, while the worst reviews are no more than a summary of features. A comparison chart puts features side-by-side for easy comparison.