Thursday, January 15, 2009

Photofiltre – Powerful, free and portable

Are you looking for a feature-rich free image editor software that is also portable? Look no further, because we have Photofiltre.

It is powerful. It’s a freeware for non-commercial use. And it can be made portable in a few simple steps. Not only that, there are some features that Photofiltre gives that I even couldn’t get in Paint.NET. Two such features I discovered are:

  • Complete control of placement of the photo on a sheet of paper while printing, including automatic centering and original size (according to dpi). Paint.NET only gives us a choice of templates and does not give good control over how you want the photo to be placed on the paper.
  • “Paste Special > Assemble” which makes it easy to stitch images together. I used to do this in Paint.NET the hard way, but with Photofiltre, it’s as easy as cake.

Paint.NET remains my primary image editing freeware as Photofiltre has a steeper learning curve compared to the earlier. But Photofiltre serves as a secondary editor when I’m out travelling or using a public computer. It’s a great software to put inside your camera’s memory card, which would help you when you’re on a vacation and end up using a public computer.

The creation of the portable version is very simple. Just follow these steps.

  1. Click here to go to the official Photofiltre download site.
  2. Download the ‘French version / zip file’ link. We are not downloading the English version because it is not portable and needs to be installed. The zip file, as the website says, does not have to be installed. Don’t worry, we will take care of the language barrier.
  3. Extract the contents of this ZIP file into a folder named ‘Photofiltre’ (or whatever pleases you).
  4. Under the section “Language files for Photofiltre,” download the ‘English / Anglais’ link. You can also choose any other language if you like.
  5. Extract the contents of this ZIP file into the same folder we created in step 3 above. You will be requested permission to replace two files. Say ‘yes’ to the request, otherwise the help files will remain in French.

That’s it! Do keep Photofiltre updated whenever you can.

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