PhotoLine provides a wealth of tools for editing photographs. While there is a great deal of options, the program  seems to be aimed at users with a lot of prior image altering knowledge.

The program’s interface kept us guessing when we started since it was cluttered with icons for editing tools and various windows with technical information. A visit to the Help file’s definitions clarified a lot, but we still needed to experiment, especially to understand the more technical aspects. The program offered a great deal of editing options, from ones that fix small facial blemishes to cropping the photo to overall distortions of the image. The tools all worked well, but required a steady hand and an understanding of each tool’s aesthetic properties to fully utilize them, which frequently resulted in pictures looking worse than when we started. The boxes to the right detailed highly specific elements, such as the RGB composition of the color and weren’t helpful in our situation. One thing that wasn’t over our head was the features that adjusted the picture’s quality, like the slider option that roughed up the image and made it look old. Overall, though, we never felt comfortable with this program because of its demands of specific knowledge.

» 16 bit per channel, support of CMYK and Lab
» Color management with ICC profiles
» Lossless imaging
» Process digital photos
» Retouch, correct etc.
» IPTC and EXIF data handling
» Rotate images lossless
» Rename images and create catalogues
» Create HTML galleries
» Add and edit keywords
» Powerful search capabilities
» “Real” PDF Import and Export (not just a big image)
» Multipage documents
» Calendar and barcode creation
» Rich text functions
» Create Flash and GIF animations
» Web Export
» Tile images, create buttons and image maps
» Batch conversion
» Create slideshows
» Record actions
» Print multipage documents, flyers and labels
» USB-Stick support
» Multiprocessor support

New in Version 16.00
* Color Filter: layers are only visible at certain color ranges (Layer/Display)
* Morph Vector: Morph one vector layer to another
* Fit in Vector Layer
* Rasterize Image: new Filter in menu \”Effects/Special Effects\”
* Maximum Round: new Filter in menu \”Filter/Others\”
* Grain: new filter in menu \”Filter/Quality\”
* Font replace list in options
* Liquify tool
* Mac OS X, 10.6: Scanning with Image Capture
* Brush size: modification by Ctrl+mouse dragging
* Layer Style: reference coordinate system
* Ghostscript Import