is the digital imaging software maker which seems to have
overtaken all its competitors in the race to bundle their
software with as many different brands of printers, scanners,
digital cameras and video cameras as possible. Sonic competes heavily with its similar stable of products for photo, video, DVD, Blu-ray, HD-DVD, mobile photo & video and embedded products. But ArcSoft is the reigning champ in the bundling
wars as well as a strong competitor in direct online sales. ArcSoft PhotoStudio is a basic digital image editor designed
to accommodate the needs of novice and intermediate users
and some advanced users who simply want a quick way of touching
up digital photos, get rid of red-eye, add special effects and manage large numbers of digital photos.
There are some really attractive and useful filters built
into PhotoStudio. Aside from that, the general editing, image management and output feature set
has not grown significant since our original review in 2005. So PhotoStudio is still nowhere near the powerhouse that Adobe provides with Photoshop Elements 6, but it may suffice quite well for a wide range of digital photographers.
There's also no content—no templates of greeting cards,
frames, borders, calendars—supplied with PhotoStudio beyond
a couple of dozen medium resolution color stock photos. It's hardly worth
bothering to include them. The lack of even a few basic templates
of any kind (e.g.: for printing multiple photos on one sheet)
is a glaring omission in this type of home consumer software. PhotoStudio is a basic photo editor
with some nice filters—nothing more.