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Frame Photo Editor

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Frame Photo Editor

Frame Photo Editor is both less and much more than it's advertised to be. On one hand, it's not really a photo editor: You cannot manipulate the photos that you import into the program; you can only resize and reposition them on the page. On the other, this terrific little program does much more than add frames to your digital photos; you can also create greeting cards for any occasion and design photo album pages. You can print out your creations or save them as image files (in several formats) to upload to a Web site or send via e-mail.

Frame Photo Editor is essentially an easy-to-use page layout program. You can choose from a large collection of nice frames (including holiday themes, sweet cartoons, and classic designs) to add to your picture, and you can also set your photos against a background of your choice, including your own photos. There are dozens of masks that let you quickly create attractive effects. You can also add text and clip art if you wish. Just make your selections, then resize them and drag them around the page to position them as you wish. The interface is extremely intuitive. There is a detailed Help system, but I didn't need to use it.

All that said, Frame Photo Editor isn't perfect. To print, the program calls up the Windows Photo Printing wizard, which I found a bit annoying. Why not just print from a standard dialog box? In addition, standard Windows Ctrl-P, Ctrl-C, and Ctrl-V keystrokes don't work. Perhaps of most concern, the program was slightly unstable on my old Windows XP test system--it froze mysteriously at one point, and I ended up losing the layout I was working on.

Nonetheless, if you enjoy creating your own greeting cards or scrapbook pages, I heartily suggest giving Frame Photo Editor a try. The trial version allows you unlimited time to test the program on your system, but adds a watermark across your photo creations; paying the $30 registration fee removes the watermark.

--Kim Saccio-Kent

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Frame Photo Editor

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