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Sometimes you just want to fix up a picture without all of the baggage and learning curves that come with powerhouse image editors like Photoshop and GIMP Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins Better Than Photoshop? Make GIMP Even More Powerful With These Plugins We all know that Photoshop is the premiere application for image and graphics manipulation. It simply does everything you could possibly want, which is the reason why most professionals choose it and why your wallet... Read More . Obviously, a program as primitive as Paint won’t do, and even middle-of-the-road programs like Paint.NET Using Paint.NET? Make It Even Better With These Great Plugins Using Paint.NET? Make It Even Better With These Great Plugins Have you ever needed to do computer artwork that involved more than simple crops and resizes? For a long time, your only real options were Paintshop Pro and Adobe Photoshop, although the rise of GIMP... Read More sometimes won’t cut it. Thankfully, Ashampoo’s Photo Commander 11 steps in to fill the gap.

I’ll be honest: I’m really not one to do a lot of photo editing. I rarely do anything related to photos, whether it’s taking them, touching them up, or even looking at them. But even for someone like me, Photo Commander 11 was a breeze to operate. For those of you who actually like photo editing, this program will serve you well.

Photo Commander 11 is available for USD $49.99 on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. But for you, we’ve got a great offer that you just won’t be able to pass up: we’re giving away 10 copies of Photo Commander 11 worth a total of $500 for free! Keep reading to see how you can take advantage of this awesome offer.

Photo Commander 11 Review

When you first start up the program, you’ll be met with a quick setup wizard. This wizard allows you to choose file associations, languages, interface layouts, and a few other simple settings that’ll help you get started. It’s not the most helpful introduction, but it’s something.


Photo Commander 11 opens up to a clean workstation layout with pleasant aesthetics. I chose the photo editing layout as opposed to the photo manager layout (I don’t have many photos to manage) or the film strip layout (didn’t really appeal to me). I admit that I felt overwhelmed at first, but it all started to make sense after a few minutes of exploration.

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The main aspect you really need to become familiar with is the top bar – not the usual menu options that you’d see in any other program, but the special blue navigation bar that holds all of the actions and options that you can play around with. It’s similar to Microsoft’s ribbon interface How To Tweak The Windows And Office Ribbon Menu How To Tweak The Windows And Office Ribbon Menu That pesky Ribbon Menu. Ever since its introduction in Office 2007, I’ve been struggling to come to terms with it. I much preferred the Office 2000/2003 method of “hiding” tools that you don’t use often... Read More except not so wieldy.

  • Quick Fix: This section of the bar is where you’ll find a bunch of one-click photo fixers like cropping, contrast & brightness, color correction, red eye removal, tilt shifting, visual effects, and more.
  • Objects: This section of the bar lets you edit the photo by drawing some boxes and circles if you please, or maybe some speech bubbles or image stamps if that’s what you prefer. It’s not as feature-rich as Photoshop by any means.
  • Create: Despite the name, this section of the bar is less about creating photos and more about organizing them. There are buttons to create slideshows, albums, collages, panoramas, and other containers along those lines.
  • Organize: Again, despite the name, this section is less about organization and more about utility. Rename a bunch of photos at once. Find duplicate images on your hard drive. Burn images No DVD Drive? No Problem! Create And Mount ISO Files For Free With These Tools No DVD Drive? No Problem! Create And Mount ISO Files For Free With These Tools My computer doesn’t have any optical drives anymore. That means CD drives, DVD drives, Floppy drives--they’ve all been cut out and done away with forever. If a particular piece of peripheral gear doesn’t have a... Read More to a CD or DVD. Rotate and optimize JPG files. Lots of miscellaneous actions that don’t fit under the other sections.

Visual effects are one of the most elementary operations you can perform on a photo, but they’re just so awesome and Photo Commander makes them so easy. It really is a one-click action and you can stack multiple effects on a single photo in case you really want to touch up an otherwise subpar picture.


When you want to create a photo container – like an album, a slideshow, a collage, etc. – Photo Commander again makes it easy thanks to the various wizards that come as part of the program. No matter what you want to do, all you have to do is fill out a few fields and check (or uncheck) a few checkboxes, and voila! You’re done.


Photo Commander 11 lets you take command of your photos without requiring you to have any prior photo manipulation experience. Here are some more great features that you’ll find here:

  • Automatic photo backups as you work and easy restore.
  • MiniMap live preview of the photo you’re editing.
  • Fullscreen editing mode to cut away all other distractions.
  • Comparison mode where you can compare before and after image modifications.
  • Image conversion between multiple supported formats.
  • Share your photos through email, Facebook, Picasa, or even YouTube.

Again, we’re giving away 11 free copies to all of our loyal and beloved MakeUseOf fans and readers. As a reminder, Photo Commander 11 only runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

How can I win a copy of Photo Commander 11?

We have a new giveaway procedure in place, which will hopefully make participating much easier. You may enter using your Facebook credentials (which will require you to sign into Facebook) or by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning!

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Arthur Knowles
  • Doom Zilla
  • Henri M
  • Jennifer Barnett
  • Jill Jacoby
  • Lonja Selter
  • Lynn Karr
  • Matt Cruz
  • Salman Khan
  • Terri Mertz

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from If you require any assistance, please get in touch with Associate Editor Jackson Chung before May 30. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, May 24th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Submit your apps and software to be reviewed. Contact Jackson Chung for further details.

  1. Malkhaz Abuladze
    May 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Congratulations to the winners

  2. Kevin Nemeth
    May 25, 2013 at 9:20 am


    May 25, 2013 at 3:55 am

    no red eye

  4. Mohammad Wasiullah
    May 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    i think every photo editing should be compatible for make look clear of any type of low resolution images in simple word clear unclear images

  5. Rick Hammond
    May 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    the one click fix photo option

  6. Jennifer B.
    May 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Red eye reduction and lighting correction

  7. Kieran
    May 24, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Is the 24th already, Greetings form the Future my american friends! :-P What US time zone does the competition run by then?

  8. Joy Hirt
    May 24, 2013 at 4:58 am

    The basic functions that any Photo editor needs to have is a 1 click button, where things like Red eye, resize, auto color and brightness fix and crop

  9. kovalio787
    May 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm


  10. Sandra Frost
    May 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Touch up in one click would sort out all the problems in one go.

  11. Sandra Frost
    May 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Visual Effects in my opinion.

  12. Walter B
    May 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    red eye reduction is a must

  13. Connie
    May 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Ability to open a large variety of images (ie. not only JPEGs but RAWs as well)

  14. vadarsagar
    May 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    i think that a photo editing tool should be consist with
    1) The Ability to expand the software yourselves
    2)Support of scanners and digital camera
    3)Advanced Image Enhancing and editing tools and functions
    4)Tools for precision repairs and editing
    5)Tools for creating Computer Graphics and Rich Text Fonts
    6) Gradients, Patterns and Textures, Special Effects too.

    from my side

  15. kovalio787
    May 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Great photos manager and editor. Great giveaway!

  16. cheridene
    May 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Red eye reduction!

  17. Therese
    May 23, 2013 at 6:46 am

    cropping, red eye reduction, and brightness

  18. Dan
    May 23, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Every photo editor should have the ability to crop and resize photos

  19. Nolan
    May 23, 2013 at 5:12 am


  20. Jack
    May 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    basic functions that every image editor should have

    lighting and shadows
    contrast and brightness
    red eye filter
    focus and clearity

  21. salim benhouhou
    May 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    can deal with all major photo extensions

  22. Dimitri de Marneffe
    May 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    precision selection tools

  23. Junil Maharjan
    May 22, 2013 at 6:46 am

    simple interface and great tools.

  24. Matt
    May 22, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Red eye reduction, color enhancement, some effects (blur, pixelate, etc), resize, crop.

  25. Catherine M
    May 22, 2013 at 1:18 am

    batch processing

  26. Dee Wheat
    May 22, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Crop, rotate, and color correction.

  27. Doom Zilla
    May 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    resizing and cropping ...? *think* ( :) )

  28. Krysia B
    May 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Red eye correction, Straighten, Lighten, Crop, Rotate.

  29. Keith W
    May 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Crop, resize, colour correction, contrast adjustment, keystone correction.

  30. Angel V
    May 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Brightness/contrast correction, crop, resize, rotate.

  31. Rayna Miller
    May 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Quick fix & resizing.

  32. Aguarius
    May 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Quick Fix
    Very good software

  33. Haci C
    May 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    One click quick fix

  34. Totoliciu Dan Catalin
    May 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm


  35. Mathew Schriner
    May 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Looks like a simple, yet powerful software.

  36. Grr
    May 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    In your opinion, what are the basic functions that every image editor should have to offer?

    All image correction features.

  37. Rashelle Puno
    May 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Resizing for instagram use... :)

  38. mieszko200
    May 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Very good software! Fantastic giveaway!

  39. Jerry Ireland
    May 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm


  40. Tim Britton
    May 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Color correction, blemish fix, lighting correction, multiple file formats.

  41. Rodolfo Arrigorriaga
    May 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I may be a little slow in the uptake, but I can't find a clear link to apply for the giveaway.

  42. Scott M
    May 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I use Corel Photoshoppro when I'm in a hurry or don't need to do any serious modification to my photos.Its an inexpensive program and easy to use.I use Photoshop when I am working on something more complex.

  43. Madein Canarias
    May 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Crop, Quick Fix & Auto Correction. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  44. romajaga
    May 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Nice giveaway!

  45. James Kennedy
    May 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Re-size, quick fix, variety of filters

  46. Lönja Selter
    May 21, 2013 at 7:50 am

    histograms, and a levels function or curve, as well as contrast brightness etc

  47. Jerzy
    May 21, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Very good software;
    Nice giveaway

  48. yuitre_
    May 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Quick resizing

  49. Nevzat A
    May 21, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Crop, rotate, auto and manual photo fixes, screen capture, one-click social and cloud sharing, open/save as/convert to many other file formats.

  50. Malkhaz Abuladze
    May 21, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Ashampoo Photo Commander 11 has everything what I need, namely : 1. good photo optimization function, 2. a lot of effects, 3. recize and crop option, 4. red eye removal... and mamy more. Thanks for the giveaway

  51. Kay Fritz
    May 21, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Red Eye Reduction. Furthermore I love the Collage Function.

  52. Tate
    May 21, 2013 at 4:31 am

    color correction

  53. Peter van Sluis
    May 21, 2013 at 2:09 am

    One click fix

  54. Cliff Hosler
    May 21, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Exposure, White Balance and Color

  55. Kristina
    May 21, 2013 at 2:04 am


  56. Chris Knopff
    May 21, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Multi format rendering.

  57. Laurie Thompson
    May 21, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Quick fix

  58. James Johnston
    May 21, 2013 at 1:46 am

    auto correction for lighting, color, and few other basics. Although, most camera have red eye reduction its must for those images still have bad red eye.

  59. Jill Jacoby
    May 21, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Red eye reduction!

  60. null
    May 21, 2013 at 1:27 am

    In your opinion, what are the basic functions that every image editor should have to offer?

    • Aseem Kumar Chawla
      May 21, 2013 at 3:59 am

      I think it would be the histogram display.

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