Ease of Use
The very first time you use AlbumPlus X3, you’ll need to create an initial album that will be used to organize your digital photographs. (Click any image for a larger view.)
A simple wizard will walk you through the process. You can either let the software scan your computer to find your existing photos, or you can save some time by skipping this step and adding your photos manually later. If you have a few minutes, it’s probably a good idea to let the scanning take place. I let the software scan one particular directory that had over 2000 image files, and it only took about five minutes to complete the process.
For the most part, the basic user interface of AlbumPlus X3 is straightforward and easy to navigate. During the initial computer scan, I chose the option to have my current image tags imported along with the photos (which, by the way, is a nice feature!) and AlbumPlus automatically assigned a default icon to each of those tags. The only problem with this is that the default icon is a square that looks a lot like the checkbox used to hide/show images with specific tags. Since the two objects are right next to each other in the tags panel, I found myself clicking the wrong item quite a lot when trying to sort through my photos.
PanoramaPlus 3 also has a simple, but elegant, user interface, and is quite easy to use. This application can also be found as part of the bonus materials in Serif’s PhotoPlus X2 software package, which has been reviewed separately here on Bright Hub’s Digital Photography Channel. One very nice feature of this program is that it can be used as a standalone application, or it can be accessed from AlbumPlus X3 with just a click of the button.