PhotoDirector

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CyberLink develops a range of award-winning digital media creation, playback, sharing, and enjoyment applications for home & business PC users worldwide.

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PhotoDirector review by Josh H.
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"PhotoDirector 9 Is Quick, Fun, Affordable"

What do you like best?

I purchased Director Suite 6 and PhotoDirector 9 came bundled with the Suite. I wasn't sure how I would like this program, seeing that I had no idea what it was at the time. I was also under the impression that it had a limited tool set compared to other photo editing programs. I was wrong and I am glad I was wrong. There are so many cool things you can do with your photos in PhotoDirector 9. I love the Color Splash effects, the HDR Photo Merge effects, and my personal favorite - the Panorama effect.

What do you dislike?

There is a slight learning curve, but with the awesome help guide, I was able to figure out solutions for some of issues I was having. I will say that running PhotoDirector 9 on a laptop with a small screen can be a pain. At least it is for me, mainly because of all of the docker panels. You aren't able to collapse them like you can in other photo editing software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I wanted to leave this for the end of the review. PhotoDirector is available in 3 desktop versions. You can buy it as a single application or get it bundled with CyberLink Media Suite and the Director Suite. Whichever version you buy, you can sign up for their member site for free, which is called Director Zone. This is a free site where CyberLink product users share templates, presets, dvd menus, and more. It is definitely worth checking out. A word of caution though, all of the files that you download from Director Zone can only be used with certain Cyberlink products. They will not work with non-Cyberlink software. I strongly suggest checking it out if you buy PhotoDirector. Cyberlink will also send you an email about it as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With my job, I often take photos of job sites, product damages, finished projects, etc. Using PhotoDirector to edit these photos is a huge help. Making a Panorama in HDR is very helpful for my customers to see what certain finished projects will look like in different lighting.

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PhotoDirector review by Francisco V.
Francisco V.
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"Basic with some good features."

What do you like best?

Affordable and quite powerful

The versions of PhotoDirector that I have had occasion to use so far have seemed interesting tools for users of basic and intermediate level.

 One of its most outstanding features is the possibility of working only on an isolated area of ​​a photograph, so that the filters and any other effect have no impact on the other areas of the snapshot.

On the other hand, the histogram is of great help to correct with enough precision the overexposed or underexposed areas, and I also find interesting the filter of noise reduction, with which it is possible to eliminate in a very simple and automatic way the artifacts that cause the use of a high ISO value or an exposure in an environment with very little light.

In tools like this, intended for non-professional users, the presence of filters that facilitate the correction of imperfections in a very simple way is appreciated.

PhotoDirector has several options that allow you to adjust contours, soften the skin, unify tones, eliminate wrinkles, etc.

And, as far as pure and tough photographic management is concerned, it does not look bad either. It allows to apply adjustments to several photos in block during its importation, to tag them using the facial recognition algorithm or to edit the IPTC metadata in a very flexible way, among other options.

What do you dislike?

I think that is pretty decent for a basic photo editor. But i would like some improvements for the photo editing options and an interface better organized. Also i had troubles exporting images in some specific formats. It tends to get stuck sometimes and is annoying.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend it to beginners. It has some cool features, is easy to get familiarized, and once you handled it you can have fun creating your own images. It helped me to get familiarized with the photo editing tools. It give you a good quality result, but profesionally speaking i would prefer Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has a real cool options and is simple to use. It allowed me to made a lot a awesome images either for the artwork and the covers of my music projects or for fun and sharing my edit images on the social media. Also, i used it several times on a Photography companie that i am working. But i would say that i prefer Adobe´s products in quality of results speaking.

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PhotoDirector review by Zulymar G.
Zulymar G.
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" PhotoDirector to give the optimal image to your business"

What do you like best?

The facility provided by photodirector to edit, retouch and present any collection of photos for a business makes clear the opportunities to realize the true image that identifies the product that is going to be offered

What do you dislike?

Tends to be quite slow and heavy, as well as some photographic adjustments that despite being useful tend to become something elementary. On the other hand, it accepts few output formats supported by it, the export of the images may not be useful for some.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In the world of software is a type of programs that easily edit photos, allows the editing of photos and videos with basic skills. Despite the friendliness of the application, it is usually one step beyond what the rest of the applications for photo retouching offer. Among the most functional touch-ups of the application is the leveling of saturation, colors, basic parameters and sizes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Importing images from any camera provides commercial benefits that give good viewing quality. Additionally, it resolves the export to websites such as Flickr, which is beneficial because it alijera the load in the promotion and advertising. Content is generated on the site and image processing is light by the treatment of photodirector, cyberlink.

PhotoDirector review by Richard Y.
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"Friendly and exciting tool for photographic experimenters"

What do you like best?

PhotoDirector is pretty fast and efficient to use. It impresses with its clear, user-friendly interface and super quick operation and offers many advanced features include face tagging and content-aware object removal. You can also easily export your works as PhotoDirector offers easy-to-use features for sharing directly to Facebook and Flickr.

What do you dislike?

The developer, Cyberlink, currently offers their own cloud service, which means if you use a different storage provider, you are not able to automatically sync files to your cloud account.

Recommendations to others considering the product

PhotoDirector is a fine, budget-friendly option that includes all the basics for those who need advanced photo editing software. It also offers a lot of unique tools allowing you to create professional effects at any skill level.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PhotoDirector fits the needs of most graphic designers at a range of expertise levels. It even includes some special tools that not all competitors include. It is a powerful photo manager that provides a simple way to manage and store your photos, while also making it easy to edit and share them.

PhotoDirector review by Edo M.
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"Photo part of Cyberlink media solution package"

What do you like best?

This is a part of whole media package of CYBERLINK. For that reasons have same high quality on line support. Photo editing options are not so rich as in some other photo editor but it have some interesting editing features. Photo management is on very good level. As a part of whole package this software is a good addition. Also, there is an app for smartphones to complete whole package.

What do you dislike?

More photo editing options would be nice. User interface is made minimalistic so many options are not visible on first sight.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Interesting software for photo-management and partial photo editing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software have some interesting options that we use in photo editing. Also, photo management is more than good enough for companies that are not so much in photo business, as ourselves.

PhotoDirector review by Gregory B.
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"Powerful photo editing software with a wide assortment of advanced editing tools."

What do you like best?

Brilliant editing tools. PhotoDirector has a lot of basic and advanced editing tools to help you edit and enhance your images and also enable you to make changes to photos without harming your original copies. PhotoDirector also supports automatic adjustment tools that change the color and contrast of a photo so you can apply several basic edits to your photos easily.

What do you dislike?

PhotoDirector is not compatible with as many image file types as its competitors. It only supports a few file formats including JPG and PNG. This poor compatibility may limit the kinds of projects you can create and what you can import into the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PhotoDirector 9 is an all-in-one photo editing software that that helps me to make stunning raw conversions and process image files. The program is efficient to use and pretty fast for most of my daily tasks.

PhotoDirector review by Stephanie G.
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"one of the best photo editors"

What do you like best?

I absolutely love how easy and simple it is to edit photos on this app. Also, there are options to create a collage as well!

What do you dislike?

For the collage option, we can only use up to 6 photos. I would like to use more than 6 photos to create larger compilations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely use this if you're looking to spend less than a minute to edit photos. Some platforms require you to go through different steps just to crop, remove background, or even clone part of am image. This is simple to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I post frequently on social media and this app serves as an awesome quick edit tool

PhotoDirector review by Angel H.
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"Quick and easy photo editing"

What do you like best?

I like that there are several preset options to choose from if you need quick fixes. The learning curve is very manageable.

What do you dislike?

There are some hiccups that keep the program from being fully user friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great option for lightweight photo editing. Several presets that help make things even easier. Relatively user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps a lot to have the program included on my laptop versus the cost of adding a more expensive photo program. It helps me adjust and fine tune product photos for use on social media, our website and for print.

PhotoDirector review by Dan B.
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"A powerful photo editor alternative to Adobe Photoshop Elements"

What do you like best?

PhotoDirector is a very capable photo editing and management solution that sits between Photoshop elements and Photoshop when it comes to ease of use for beginners.

Installation is straightforward and the minimum system requirements are modest but you would probably want the 64 bit version running on a fast CPU with 6GB or more of RAM. A decent GPU can also help as OpenCL support was added recently.

PhotoDirector has all the features you would expect from a good photo editor, including good retouching tools, non-destructive editing, local and global adjustments, multiply undo levels, HDR merging, a very good panorama tool, noise reduction and more.

Its organization tools are built into the program (not external like Elements' or Lightroom + Photoshop) they are easy to use and comprehensive enough for most users (including sorting, rating, flagging, filtering, adding keywords, creating collections and more).

It supports many Cameras and lenses profiles and RAW formats (but not nearly as many as Adobe)

All in all, this is a good program that has enough features for most beginners with a relatively easy learning curve.

What do you dislike?

While PhotoDirector is a good application, it has a competition from the market leader Adobe which provides 2 options to rival P PhotoDirector: Photoshop Elements has the same price and features as PhotoDirector while being easier to use for beginners while the pros would probably opt for Photoshop and Lightroom.

PhotoDirector does not match the number of graphics formats, RAW formats and lenses supported by Adobe.

Its Type support is limited compared to Adobe's.

Advanced color management is limited.

It can be slow on low-end computers with limited RAM.

When it comes to books, courses and community support, PhotoDirector does not even come close to Adobe tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are an individual photographer or amateur, give this application a try (free trial available). It works well and its main issue is that Adobe's tools have become standard and have huge community support and learning materials.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

An all in one tool for editing and organizing photos for beginners photographers.

A good solution for individuals, but most user rather use the industry standard tools by Adobe.

PhotoDirector review by Bruce E.
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"A robust photo manager with some interesting features"

What do you like best?

A Lightroom competitor, Cyberlink's PhotoDirector offers a wide range of features to help manage sets of photos. While not as elegant or streamlined as Lightroom, it does a fairly good job for working with groups of photos. The program is a little cheaper than Lightroom, can be less resource hungry, and performs group actions or processing duties without too much trouble. One interesting feature, which can be hit or miss at times, is its built in single photo HDR type function. The program also has a new lens profile feature for correcting problems.

What do you dislike?

The program can be a bit slow when processing large sets of photos. Also, sometimes the output results are not always identical or similar. Its interface could also use some updates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely compare the program to other photo manager programs on the market. Compare the program closely to Adobe Lightroom which can sometimes be purchased for the same price rnage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The program can really help organize and streamlined photo management duties without the extra resources needed for programs like Lightroom. Its newer features help keep it competitive with other photo manager programs on the market.

PhotoDirector review by User in Computer Software
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"Simple yet powerful photo management and editing"

What do you like best?

I like the way the interface works and how the photo management system is setup. They may not be adobe or have a big following but don't let that stop you from using them.

What do you dislike?

Could be faster loading raw files but for the normal user this is not going to be a big issuer. For some people the learning curve may be a pain but that is only because we are all used to using other software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Well worth the cost as you can buy in bundle with power director.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

An excellent way to import and manage all my photo shoots and keep track of edited files. All in one solution for me.

PhotoDirector review by Dorothy B.
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"I am a huge fan of PhotoDirector by CyberLink"

What do you like best?

Functionality. I've paid triple for software that couldn't fit the bill.

What do you dislike?

Speed. It runs very slow, especially while decoding and encoding. Otherwise it's pretty awesome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I prefer it over most other software, it really works great. I love that it runs so smoothly compared to other software, and with Windows 10 I feel this is the biggest bonus.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making our ad videos were much easier, and faster. They also looked significantly more professional.

PhotoDirector review by User
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"The versatility of PhotoDirector"

What do you like best?

It's great for quick and basic edit. Object removal , font options, collage creator, basic cropping , object removal and some nice filtering options. It's a great option given it's portability when I didn't have access to my full CC suite.

What do you dislike?

No t as versatile as more powerful programs such as Photoshop or Light, but that is understand,able. A little rough around the edges, literally when it comes to creating managing selection. Color gamuts sometime inconsistent.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Better color gamuting

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Often use it on offsite or remote location shoots or when working on a an ASAP deadline. It can really come in handy in that regard.

PhotoDirector review by User in Graphic Design
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"Alternative to Adobe Products"

What do you like best?

PhotoDirector seems to offer some interesting and alternative approaches to editing photography. If you’re using a Mac, like me, there’s no Deluxe option, only Ultra. Face Swap feature for combining the best expressions from photos to make one perfect shot.

What do you dislike?

You can’t swap back and forth between modules as you work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

PhotoDirector is great for people who are just starting out, or who want to get effects without having to learn the technicalities of a more expensive program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PhotoDirector would be beneficial when it comes to cutting software cost

PhotoDirector review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Great editing software!"

What do you like best?

I like this software the most because I can import my photos in different ways, and there is a very wide variety of options for editing photos. It seems complicated at first, but after using it for a while it becomes easy to understand and use.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, the software incorrectly recognizes and tags people in photos. It also doesn't password protect photos.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to edit and import a lot of photos at one time, which is so helpful because our company has a lot of photos to sift through.

PhotoDirector review by User
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"Perfect your photos now"

What do you like best?

The fact that it is really versatil when editing photos

What do you dislike?

I do not like when I have to create moving pics and It gets stuck

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Improving pictures needed to then publish them

PhotoDirector review by James M.
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"This is a good one!"

What do you like best?

In the lower price category, this is a fine photo editor

What do you dislike?

The customer service could definitely be spiffed up

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program is the bomb!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many of my clients use this for their design

PhotoDirector review by User in Publishing
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"Satisfied Designer"

What do you like best?

I have the software on my laptop and my smartphone. I like the ability to use the software on both my device s especially the app on my phone.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the background removal. I have to delete.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The capability of editing my photos for use in my designs.

PhotoDirector review by User in Internet
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"Very basic photo editor"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of the ui and the ease of use.

What do you dislike?

Very basic and limited capabilities for a photo editing software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a very basic program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Good for editing and organizing photos for basic user level.

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