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Brilliant Photo by Brilliant Labs is an excellent program for organizing, sharing, and fixing photos. But, that's it. There are no tools to add to or enhance your photos. However, it is very easy to use and very good at what it's supposed to do.
I was impressed by the overall appearance of the program immediately. The organization is simple and clean. They offer options along the way to save you time. The main tasks are listed in a column on the left for you to quickly find and access. The icons are easy to read. Overall, it's one of the best photo editing programs we've seen for ease-of-use.
Right after installation, you are asked if you want to browse specific places on your hard drive for images. This just speeds up the process of displaying thumbnails when the program opens. When the program starts, the first option is to Get Photos. It offeres 3 choices: From a disk, Folder or CD, From a Camera, or From your Email Inbox. The email inbox feature is one that I've never seen in any other application. When I selected to import from a camera, it immediately detected my SmartCard (digital camera data card). It also gave me the option to remove items after the import or to import new items only. As it imports photos it also displays some useful information like when it was last updated. You can also import from a scanner.
The editing capabilities are very basic but effective. You can fix the color, contrast, rotate, reduce backlighting or add a flash, crop, fix red-eye, touch up blemishes, and straighten a crooked photo. Most of these features is a one-click process where the computer decides what's best for you. You can also adjust the brightness, contrast, sharpness, vividness and hue manually. When you adjust these settings the results are shown in real time. In other words, you can see the effects it has on the full screen image as opposed to a separate thumbnail.
These features will accommodate you if all you want to do is organize, edit and share existing photos. This program lacks any features to add to or enhance your photos in any way. There are no filters, text, or anything else.
ThumbsPlus has packed a lot of functionality into this product for under $50. However, it is very hard to use. Perhaps in future versions they will fix some of these problems. As it is now though, I cannot recommend it.