Corel’s first claim to fame came decades ago with its easy-to-use Corel Draw software. The company continues its tradition of creating simple, accessible creativity tools with one of its newer offerings, Corel Photo Album. Version 6 of Corel Photo Album lets you view, categorize, and do minor touchups to your photographs. This program’s simple user interface, use of wizards, and extensive how-to guides make it an ideal product for people who have little computer experience.
The first time you fire up Photo Album, it’ll ask if you would like the program to find all of your photos on your computer and collate them. This feature is great if you’ve never had a system for organizing your photographs–Photo Album manages them for you. Once it finds all of your photographs, you can categorize them in a variety of ways, such as by date, keywords, favorites folder, collections, or by recent downloads. In the course of my review of this software, I discovered how easy it is to do small things such as cropping a photograph. Cropping removes parts of the photo, such as one or both sides, giving it a different aspect ratio. (Cropping can also be called “trimming.”) Once you hit the crop button, a small selection window pops up with the dimension of the photograph you are cropping. You can also choose the size of the photo. Some standard sizes are included such as 8 x 10, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, a square, APS C, APS H, APS P sizes, and so on. Choosing these predefined sizes makes life much easier if you’re going to send the photos out for printing. Photo Album also includes the ability to create projects with your photographs. You can create CD labels, e-cards, calendars, collages, certificates, and even a magazine with your photos. And the software includes an easy-to-use wizard that will help guide you through these projects. Sharing your photos with your friends online is a snap with Photo Album. The software includes many different web templates, from a basic slideshow to a web page that contains captions or short descriptions of your photos to send to your friends. Another cool feature allows for automatic tracking; Corel calls it PhotoSafe. This feature tracks which photos that have been burned to a CD and which haven’t. Additionally, it’ll automatically remind you to back up your photographs. All in all, Corel Photo Album 6 is the perfect product for people who are new to using their digital camera and want an easy way to view, organize, and share their photos with their friends and family.
Price to Value (4 out of 5)
Installation & Setup (3 out of 5)
User Interface (4 out of 5)
Product Features (4 out of 5)
Performance (5 out of 5)
Security & Privacy (3 out of 5)
Help & Support (5 out of 5)
The user interface seems a bit sparse, and as users like having more things they can do, how about adding a few more features?
Another welcome addition would be compatibility with more image formats.
Corel Photo Album 6 was very refreshing to use, from its easy installation process to its excellent array of features for viewing, searching, sharing, backing up, and posting photos online. The user interface is clear, with buttons and options laid out in an organized fashion. The software’s features for minor touch-up of photos, such as its basic red-eye remover, are easy to use, and Quick Fixes automatically fix basic photo problems with a single mouse click. A big plus for me: Corel Photo Album 6’s feature for automatically tracking photographs that are already backed up onto a CD, and for tracking those that haven’t been backed up yet. I would recommend this software for users who have no computing or digital camera experience.
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