Reviewed by Lisa
If you need a product
that covers everything from photo editing and animating to an
easy to use photo album, Uleads
PhotoImpact should be very high on your list.
includes a particle effects system for creating snow, rain,
clouds, fire, and many more effects. There is an easy to use
macro recording and a playback feature for simplifying and cataloging
repetitive tasks. Text effects and 3D text effects can be applied
to any TrueType Font you have installed. Post processing of
images after scanning or from digital cameras is a snap. PhotoImpact
lets me do the work the way I want to do it.
Web support in
PhotoImpact, unlike many other programs, is good enough
to take the place of your special purpose programs for web related
work. Image mapping, super efficient file downsizing with SmartSavers,
background creator, fast buttonizers and image framing are just
a few of the easy to use web tools in the suite. Also included
is Gif Animator, one of the best animation programs I
in the PhotoImpact suite is now my favorite way to keep
our images organized. It is intuitive and can be used well right
after installation. Making thumbnails for web pages has never
been this fast or easy for me. There is a feature for sending
pictures via email right from the Album, or you can email a
whole album with just a few quick steps. Most photo manipulating
programs will create slide shows, but PhotoImpact slide shows
can be exported right to a web page as well.
This is my original image.
3 views using
the particle system
Lighting effect applied
Creating a 3D
effect in PhotoImpact
Making a 3D text effect is simple in PhotoImpact.
Using the type tool, create your text.
In the toolbar, select mode/3D Round and click on the options.
3D Text settings options
You can change and tweak all the setting until you get the effect
You also have the choice of paths, selections, 2D, and other
3D effects in the toolbar.
in PhotoImpact and Gif Animator
A view of Easy
The Frame and
The original after
using Frame and Shadow
A suite, PhotoImpact
is a must have for everyone. The Particle plugin is worth
the price alone! GIF Animator is an excellent addition.
The SmartSavers keep your images to a size useable on
the web. Album keeps everything together nicely. A small
but well written manual and some nice tutorials via the online
The Minus: No minus's that I can see
486-DX2/DX4 or Pentium Compatible System
Windows 95/98 or Windows NT 3.51 or higher
At least 8MB (16 recommended)
At least 120MB of disk storage
Compatible with I/O devices: scanners, digital cameras, frame
grabbers, and printers.
Supports BMP, EPS, FPX, GIF, JPEG, PCD, PNG, PSD, TIFF, TGA,
WMF, and many more file formats.