Photo Editing Tools Surveyed

The table contains the tools we have surveyed. They vary in complexity and we have graded them as SIM (Simple), MED (Medium) or COM (Complex).  To further help your decision making we have also noted whether they can handle RAW and Tiff files, the platforms they are available for and a link to each applications webpage.

You may sort the table by any of the columns in order to best meet your needs.

All the applications have been extensively reviewed by others and there would be no benefit in us repeating the effort. Using this, the data on the table and features listed on the companies websites you should be able to create an initial shortlist to meet your personal requirements. Then to get a good idea of how a package may suit you, we suggest you download its’ trial version and edit a number of photos, say 5, of varying content and complexity – this will give you a better idea of each package and may also help refine your shortlist.

Selected Solutions

AppLevelPlanCostRaw/TiffWinOSXLinuxChromeAndroidIOS
DarktableCOMF0Y/YYYYY/LNN
GIMPCOMF0N/YYYYY/LNN
Raw TherapeeCOMF0Y/YYYYY/LNN
PhotopeaCOMF/SS $40Y/YBBBBBB
Photo Pos ProCOMF/PP $50Y/YYNNNNN
AcdseeCOMP/SP $150Y/YYYNNNY
PolarrMEDF/SS $48Y/YYYNYYY
FotorSIM *F0NBBBBBB
BeFunkySIM *F/SS $60N/NBBBBBB
LunapicMEDF0N/YBBBBBB
PiZapSIM *F/SS $35N/NBBBBBB
Photo Pos SnapSIMF0N/NBBBBBB
Photoscape XMEDF/PP £33Y/YYYNNNN
PhotopadMEDF/PP $40N/NYYNYYN
Photopad LiteMEDF0N/NBBBBBB
SnapseedMEDF0Y/YNNNYYY
SumopaintCOMF/SS $24N/YYYBYBB
Pixlr E and XCOMF/SS $98N/NBBBBBB

F= Free, P= Paid, S= Subscription, U= One-off upgrade cost. B= Browser based.

All costs are RRP or Annual subscription (rounded) – most companies periodically offer discounts.

A * in the LEVEL column indicates you must give your email address before you can access that item.

Other Applications

There are many low-cost applications released which are not considered for inclusion in our list for whatever reason – they may be O/S specific, too trivial, too expensive and so on. The following is a list of and links to those we have felt could be of interest and have posted information about.

Application Date Description O/S
Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 8 11/20 Simple photo editor primarily aimed at phone camera users Win
Glorylogic Image Tuner 10/20 Image resizing, renaming, conversion and watermarking software Win
PhotoDemon 8.4 09/20 Free photo editor for Windows only. It is portable, open-source Win
Digikam 7.1 09/20 Free open-source photo management application with a comprehensive set of tools. All
Photo Studio 10 07/20 Typical photo editing package. Win
PhotoGIMP 06/20 Making GIMP look more like Photoshop – still under development As GIMP
Photoshop Android Camera 06/20 Offers a range of lenses/filters and camera effects Android

Ongoing development – If you think any other apps should be included, please let us know.

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