PhotoSuite III is built on the Microsoft Internet Explorer engine. Indeed
the software architecture use DHTML and Active X controls. This allows it
to deliver users with free updates through the Internet. But users need to
have Microsoft Internet Explorer installed. If not the setup will install
Internet Explorer. However users will still be able to use Netscape
Navigator if itís their favorite web-browser. The immediate benefit of
the IE engine is that users can surf the net directly from the PhotoSuite
III window. Itís a cool and innovative idea that allows, for example to
drag photos from webpage to add them directly to the PhotoSuite library.
Another interesting feature that Microsoft Internet Explorer brings to
PhotoSuite III is the integration with the Kodak photo net service.
PhotoSuite III itís clear that MGI has put ďsavoir-faireĒ to
bring users an easy to use, cool looking interface. Thatís right,
learning PhotoSuite III is fast and the intuitive interface brings a lot
of features at the usersí fingers tips by showing them in a logical
manner through the navigation bar. Also the new plastic look like buttons
doesnít have any icons on it but texts to better guide novice users.
When you launch PhotoSuite III, a very clear graphical homepage is
displayed. This homepage is your PhotoSuite III starting place where you
can select which activities you want to start: prepare photo, get pictures
from a scanner/digital camera, compose projects, organize your pictures,
surf the net, share your pictures or print them. The Ďprepare photoí
is the best way to open a picture and touch it up. When you click on it at
the left of the screen an activity panel will be displayed: from it you
can select every kind of actions to do on your pictures; a toolbar will
also be displayed. From it you can select painting tools and touch up
tools. Finally the right border of the screen is used to display the photo
albums where you can select stored objects/pictures...
Surprisingly PhotoSuite III Platinum Edition comes with a lot of cut-out tools which is a little bit unusual in that kind of software. But we wonít complain about this! The selection tools, feature the traditional magic wand, elliptical/rectangular selection tools, free-hand selection tool and an edge finder selection tool. Concerning this last one, itíll select objects that are near the lines you draw. All this selection tools will really help users to touch up efficiently their pictures. However we found the magic wand tool a little bit imprecise even if you can tweak the tolerance setting. Every selection you make with PhotoSuite III can be moved, cloned, delete, rotate and much more: itís one of the great PhotoSuite touch-up features. PhotoSuite III also comes for the first time in the picture software world with a multiple undo feature that will undo every userís actions. But thatís not all! MGI PhotoSuite III also comes with a clone tool like in major picture software. So you can clone where you want on your picture some object or parts of objects by simply moving your mouse over the photo. Great isnít it? Thereís also a collage feature that will help you to make Finally even if you can zoom in on a picture due to the small photo workspace that offers PhotoSuite III you canít accurately touch up pictures in pixel mode.
As you may need for some touch-ups to draw new objects on photo, PhotoSuite III comes with drawing tools that include filled & unfilled shape tool, brush tool, line tool, effect brush tool and the traditional eraser/color fill tool/color selector tool. You can even choose the styles of your brushes to touch up your photos, but you can also set the size and the shape of the brushes. So the drawing features of PhotoSuite III are very complete and will allow you to freely express your creativity.
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