Photo-editing software: Compare features & prices Canon Zoombrowser EX, CameraWindow review http://www.which.co.uk/technology/software/reviews/photo-editing-software/canon-zoombrowser-ex--camerawindow/review/
Does most of what I require
Having had two Canon digital cameras, I've been using ZoomBrowser for a number of years now. Whilst it is fairly basic compared to other photo editing packages, it does most of what I need. I cannot see myself sitting for hours with a fancy package in order to change contrast, brightness, levels etc. So it works fine for me.
I have used this so...
I have used this software for quick adjustments of pictures and generally find it works well. Sometimes it can be fooled into thinking the adjustment is correct but the modified image turns out worse than the original. However it gives the user the chance to try it out without paying out for a commercially available programme. I have just upgraded to Elements 11 for photo editing and I generally like the way photographs can be adjusted automatically and manually, however, the Canon product is at least a start into digital photography and shouldn't be overlooked by tha beginer.
It's okay, especially for panoramas
I routinely use GIMP, then Apple's free iPhoto. Both serve me much better than Canon's free software which came with one of my cameras.However, if I've a panorama, then I use this software. It does a pretty good job, even if it takes forever to render the panorama. I have used better paid-for panorama editing software, but I no longer have access to it ! The Canon version can tend to produce ghosts and doubled parts to the panorama, which is what lets it down a bit.
Canon Zoombrowser Ex
Excellent. It is limited as you say but fits well with an external editor for more advanced processing, while doing the bread and butter very well and smoothly. I am surprised you say it lacks a slide show as this is one of the strengths, and has been there since I started using it over a decade ago. It has a feature that I find really incredibly useful, but have not seen on any other software: during the slide show, you can set the star ratings for pictures. This mean that when I have taken lots of pictures at an event - as many digital photographers do, especially during sports - I can go through them one by one automatically, setting the ones I am interested in with a single click for each picture. With all the other software I have looked at, it needs at least one click to set the rating and another, in another part of the screen, to move to the next picture, making the process significantly more cumbersome
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