Ashampoo Photo Commander 16 Review
Latest Ashampoo Photo Commander 16 Review. Are you a professional photographer, or a hobbyist? Do you like collecting wallpapers? Do you create artwork digitally? If the answer to anyone of those questions is yes, then you will have experienced the following scenario.
Your hard drive is cluttered with tons of pictures, and it is incredibly difficult to pin-point the location of a specific photo which you want. The problem only gets worse, as it would take many of your precious hours, if you decide to organize all the photos by yourself. Are you willing to open each and every folder on your computer, and move them to specific folders manually?
There has to be a better way, right?. Also, sometimes you may actually want to edit the photos, and to do this you have to use a different program, a standalone image editor. The same can also be said, if you want to browse a multitude of photo albums.
Ashampoo Photo Commander 16 is an excellent tool for managing and editing your photos.
There are two themes available in Ashampoo Photo Commander 16. A Dark theme and a light theme. The dark one is the default theme and is a bit easy on the eyes. You can change the theme anytime from the program’s settings.
When you run Photo Commander for the first time, a helpful Welcome Wizard walks you through the steps of using the program. Not that you would need it though, since the program is very user friendly in the first place.
You can configure Ashampoo Photo Commander to associate itslef with all supported image, video and audio file formats. Doing so, will allow the program to run automatically when you double click on a supported file in Windows File Explorer. Of course, you can choose to only associate image formats, or if you choose to, you can completely skip the file type associations. You can import all your bookmarks, backups, object styles, albums, imported-photos list and application settings from a previous version of Ashampoo Photo Commander, if you had it installed on your computer.
The interface of Ashampoo Photo Commander is as beautiful as you could expect it to be. The GUI is highly polished, yet not complex in the slightest. There are three areas in the interface of the application:
- Folder Area
- Content Area
- Preview Area
The Folder Area is the side-bar on the left edge of the Ashampoo Photo Commander interface. You can use this navigation panel to browse through your folders, just like in Windows File Explorer. You can browse every folder on the PC, including those stored on DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, external hard drives, USB storage disks, network folders, Windows’ Library folders, etc.
There are 2 options which are available just above the Folder Area. The first of these is called Bookmarks. And as the name suggests, you can use it to bookmark any folder for quick access. To add the directory which you are viewing to the bookmarks, click on the add current folder option under the “Bookmarks”.
You can right-click on any folder in the left pane, and rename the folder, or delete it, or create a new folder. More importantly, you can also use this context menu to start a full screen slide show, or browse it in the Windows File Explorer. You could also view the properties of any folder directly from the side bar by selecting the option from the context menu.
There are four options above the toolbar in the Folder area:
The Folders option is the default navigation panel. The When tab lists photos and videos based on the year when they were created. The Where tab lists the content based on the geo-location (usually available for photos taken with the GPS metadata enabled). The Filing tab lets you add or remove files to/from the library. You can use the right and left arrow keys next to the tab bar, to switch between tabs.
The Menu, which can be accessed from the hamburger menu button on the top left corner, allows you to quickly jump between various options. You can use it to see the most used pictures. The File menu allows you to create new photos, slideshows, playlists, PNG/GIF/MNG animations, PDF, TIF, DCX files. The import option lets you import photos from a camera or scan an image from a scanner or a camera. You can also use it to import photos which you have saved to cloud storage services such as Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive.
The open option lets you open photos or videos using Photo Commander, or with an external program. You can also save, rename, delete, reload, close content, or move them or copy them to different folders. Sharing content is a breeze, as the program lets you send pictures and videos via email or upload them to various web services including Twitter, Facebook and Ashampoo Web.
You can Print photos from the menu, and also view the file information, file date, time, change the DPI, search for images. The Edit options allow you to perform basic image editing, and also add frames, add various effects, modify the exposure, color depth, etc.
The View option, opens the photo browser in Photo Commander, and lets you switch the view style, sorting, group options, and also change the zoom levels, and enable the compare mode, to see the difference between an original and modified photo.
The Slideshow option lets you view a slideshow on the current monitor, or a different one. Ashampoo Photo Commander supports up to 4 monitors. You can also configure the music and effects used in the slideshow.
Photo Commander’s tools section can be used to convert photos from one format to another, to rename the files, redate the files, add geo-tagging, modify the IPTC data etc. You can also use it to create collages, panoramas, calendars, photo-mixes, or web photo albums.
The PNG and JPG Optimizer tools can be used to reduce the file size of the photo, without any loss of the quality, and also for deleting GPS, metadata including EXIF tags, etc. Optionally you can change it to grayscale too.
The find Specific Duplicates option, and Automatically find Duplicates option, allow the program to scan for and find multiple copies of the same photo or video. You can then delete the copies, which helps you save precious storage space.
You can print multiple photos in batches, or print a sheet of thummbnails from a folder. There are two more conversion tools here, one which can convert a 3d photo into 2D, and the other can be used to create a GIF animation from a video. If you wish to set a specific photo as your desktop background, you can use the set photo as wallpaper option frim the tools menu. You can burn photos to a CD/DVD using the built in Burner utility.
The Configurations section in the menu allows you to customize the settings of Ashampoo Photo Manager, including changing the language, the theme, and configuring file associations.
The Content Area, or the central pane of Ashampoo Photo Commander is where you see the contents of the folder which you have selected on the side-panel. The Content area displays the thumbnails of every photo in the folder. And that’s not all, you can also see the thumbnail preview of video and audio files too.
You can use the toolbar here, to filter the content displayed in the Content Area. It allows you to view only GIF, or JPG, PNG, TIF, TGA, PSD, MP4, or MP3 files. The filter filename, and filter IPTC, EXIF, GPS tags let you narrow down the results, as does the three drop down menus which lets you change the view to only display images, or videos, audio files, display only favorites or non favorites, and display only content from a specific time range.
The options next to the toolbar can be used to rotate the media, create slideshows, manage the content, share them via email or the internet, or for creating PDFs from images.
The Preview Area, which is on the right side of the interface, is where Ashampoo Photo Commander displays the preview of your videos and photos. You can double-click on any photo to switch between the photo browser mode, and the single-view mode. To return to the other mode, you just have to double click on the picture again.
The preview pane can be used to add various effects, resize the image, perform edits, optimize the media, and also for saving, backing up or exporting content. The bottom of the pane displays the name of the photo, along with its tag, title, resolution, DPI, file size, histogram, and EXIF data.
Ashampoo Photo Commander 16 supports over 30 languages. The application is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7. If your computer has a touch screen display, you can use it to work with the program.
Ashampoo Photo Commander 16 is loaded with a ton of features, and yet manages to keep things easy to use. It is well worth getting.