Kestrel GX Free Photo Editing Tool Review

Kestrel GX
Kestrel GX

There are so many photo editors in the market that are both and paid. Kestrel GX is also another Windows based free photo editing tool with  options for modern-day image editing, and supports more than 20 image formats. In this review we will see the features and advantages and disadvantages of Kestrel GX.

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Type

Photo Management

System Requirements

OS                              : Windows XP/Vista/7
Required Softwares : Adobe Reader 6.0 or later. Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later.
RAM                           : 512 MB
Size                            : 100 MB
Site                            : http://www.kestrelfly.com/
Price                          : Freeware
Free Download        : http://download.cnet.com/Kestrel-GX/3000-12511_4-75326765.html?part=dl-10120073&subj=dl&tag=button

Description

Kestrel GX is a free photo organizer and photo editor that makes it a breeze to manage and edit digital photos! The software supports more than 20 different photo formats including several digital cameras RAW. Kestrel GX is a complete workflow tool packed with lots of useful tools for both amateur and professional photographers. The software enables you to tag and rate your photos for blazing fast searches afterwards. Kestrel GX powerful built-in photo editor will help you edit your photos just like the pros and that in just 10 simple steps! Using Kestrel GX, you can also batch watermark your photos, convert them to several formats, create PDF files with your photos, create your own printing templates and much more.

Features

  • Supports more than 20 different photo formats (TIFF, GIF, JPG, PCX, BMP, ICO, CUR, PNG, WMF, EMF, TGS, PXM, JP2, J2K, WBMP, PS, PDF, DCX, RAW, BMPRAW and PSD) including several digital camera RAW
  • Search for photos at blazing fast speeds using multiple search criterias. The advanced search engine allows you to search for photos using metadata (exif, iptc and gps)
  • Kestrel GX built-in powerful photo editor allows you to perform high quality photo editing in 10 simple steps! You can rotate your photos, crop, resize, remove red eye, sharpen, remove noise and adjust colours, brightness, contrast and saturation
  • Want to use an external photo editor like Photoshop® or Paint Shop Pro®? No problem! Kestrel GX supports the use of any external photo editor
  • Convert your images to several other formats like BMP, GIF, JPG, PCX, PNG, PSD, TGA and TIFF
  • Create PDF files with your images
  • Build your own watermark templates with text and images. These templates can then be used to watermark hundreds or thousands of photos with a single click!
  • Perform several batch operations like resize, rotate, flip, rename, watermark etc…..at super fast speed!
  • Print your photos using built-in templates or get creative and create your own ones!
  • Kestrel GX can read exif,iptc and gps information from your photos. Plus you can even export these information to text files!
  • The built-in exif and iptc editor will enable you to edit exif and iptc information from your photos! You can edit everything….from the camera name to the shutter speed value!
  • Kestrel GX supports the use of multiple databases. For e.g. if you’re into aviation photography and nature photography, you can have a separate database for each one!
  • View slideshow of your photos with more than 160 special effects!

Review

Kestrel GX is can be downloaded free from here. Eventhough Kestrel GX is free, you need to register it and you will receive a email with registration code, before you can use it. It will ask for the registration code for the first time you install it, and without a valid registration code, it wont continue further. I don’t see a point in having registration code for a free software, unless there is a full featured paid version of the software is available to which you can upgrade.

Kestrel GX - UI

Kestrel GX – UI

After you have entered the registration code, you recevied through email, you are treated with UI similar to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The inbuilt editor gives tools like Level, Crop, Resize, Red Eye, Sharpen, Color, Saturation, Brightness, Watermark, Save option and variety of selection tools (which is not working for us). It also offers to export your image as PSD (Adobe Photoshop file format) so that you can open it up in Photoshop and edit it further.

Kestrel GX - Tools

Kestrel GX – Tools

Kestrel GX - Watermark

Kestrel GX – Watermark

When it comes to metadata you can edit EXIF, IPTC and GPS, which allows you to organise and search images much efficiently. It also offers an imbuilt utility for image renaming and is quite easy to use and rename your image files in a folder, so that you can easily identify them.

Kestrel GX - Image Details

Kestrel GX – Image Details

Kestrel GX - Rename Images

Kestrel GX – Rename Images

Kestrel GX also offers option to add watermark to your images and ability to save your image as a pdf document. The image slideshow option has 160 effects for your viewing pleasure.

Conclussion

Kestrel GX’s user interface resembles that of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. You have to remember to save the images you exit the editor, because it doesn’t remember the parameters you adjusted. The application is very easy to use for beginners. You will find it frustrating to use on a basic PC or Laptop because it’s heavy on resources and very limited features.

Advantages

Free
Easy to use renaming and watermark utility
User interface matching is easy to use and similar to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ( Lightroom users will feel at home)
Has good photoediting tools

Disadvantages

Heavy on resources
Limited features when compared to other free photediting softwares
Parameters are not remembered
Red Eye tool can be improved
Sluggish and dragging

Download Link

http://www.kestrelfly.com/download/

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