This image editor earns kudos for its impressive feature set. Before it launches, FxFoto offers to scan your PC for images and gives you the option to view a detailed tutorial. When we first saw the cluttered interface, we were wary, but we figured out how to perform all the actions in no time.
FxFoto has just about every image-editing tool most folks will need. You can automatically or manually improve shots, remove red-eye and blemishes, apply a number of effects, add frames and borders, correct colors, and alter white balance. FxFoto supplies a standard set of drawing tools and lets you add captions to any of your shots. The handy zoom tool provides a great deal of control over magnification. Once you’ve tweaked pictures to your liking, you can create a slide show with transitions, though you can’t add your own music or narration unless you upgrade to the pay version.
You also can design a photo collage and share it via e-mail, burn it to CD, or upload it to one of several sharing sites. Best of all, FxFoto is free, making it a fine tool for lightweight image-editing tasks.
WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 6.0.072
FxFoto provides a single tool for automatically organizing, editing, enhancing, annotating, e-mailing, printing, uploading, and archiving your digital photos. An animated navigator displays photo thumbnails of all your pictures by topic, and photos can be organized and searched with user-specified keywords. FxFoto Standard Edition is freeware and includes red-eye correction, lighting and image enhancement, blemish removal, feathered rectangular or oval cropping, photo frames, text effects, and a powerful clone brush. FxFoto Standard edits and saves standard photo and image files. The Deluxe Edition upgrade also creates and saves animated slide shows, collages, and scrapbook layouts using advanced creative effects, cropping shapes and stitched multi-photo panoramas, all with the same download. The Media Edition upgrade also saves Flash, MPEG, MP4, and PDF formats.
Version 6.0.070 can now save text and frame annotations for future editing and can print photos directly from their folders.