Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
PhotoStudio by ArcSoft is a simple photo editing software with dated effects. Navigation is simple and big icons point the way to all of the functions. If you’ve used Paint on your PC, you’ll recognize this tool palette with a few additions. Organizing is limited to the files you set up on your computer. Sharing is limited to PDAs and email.
Although the feature set in PhotoStudio is far from impressive, the program itself is pretty easy to use. The interface wasn't anything more than the typical interface you get from most photo editing software. A lack of originality in your interface could do a lot of good and bad things for your program. It can provide a comforting, familiar sight to the users who want something that looked like what they have used before. It can also put you behind the competition because you will be standing in place while they will be pushing the envelope and trying new things.
PhotoStudio allows you to work with layers, add animated text and stamps and apply the standard menu of photo edits.The auto enhance mode shows you nine previews to select from while the full edit mode will allow you to fine tune your edits.
The scratch removal tool blurs the area so you can't see the scratch anymore. Other programs use an automatic cloning tool to match the surrounding area which is less noticeable.
The editing features in this program are ordinary compared to what you will find in the other programs in this category. The Face Beautify feature was unique and powerful, but there weren't any other new unique features to enhance the value of this program's feature set.
Sharing features were non-existant with PhotoStudio. We couldn't find any decent export options with the application either. You're able to save your photos to typical image file formats and a few that are not so common. The lack of exporting options will pose a serious problem for most photo editors. On top of the nonexistent sharing feature set, users do not have the option of sharing their work with others.
PhotoStudio's built-in help is more of a glossary than a tutorial. ArcSoft has an online FAQs page and a contact form for technical support. We have tried on a number of occasions to get in touch with ArcSoft, however, but we were unsuccessful in doing so. We're not sure if it's the contact form's fault or a lack of customer service representatives on the other end to answer questions. Either way the customer service we received from ArcSoft was very disappointing,
ArcSoft PhotoStudio is outdated and outdone by the higher ranked products. The lack of sharing options and limited file format support is disappointing. If you are looking for a powerful photo editor with the latest features, then you would be better off considering the other programs in this category can rather than PhotoStudio.