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Photo Explosion Deluxe Version 5 - Windows-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.4 out of 5 stars with 268 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Works but barely

    Posted
    NampaGent
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    I purchased the product to move from Win7 to Win10 - using PhotoImpact Pro 13 on the older system. Photo Explosion 5 Deluxe installs and runs, but crashes regularly. It's text manipulation for photos is much more limited than the old product and it lacks a lot of standard features for photo-editing (i.e. - NO flood-fill for for colors - pretty standard on even the freebies.) I have both Canon & Nikon RAW photos, which it claims to support. Note that by "support" they mean that you can download the codec for that file from the manufacturer. That works for Nikon, but the link for Canon was broken. Looking @ the Canon site shows that it is not available unless you buy a Canon editor. Fortunately I had (and moved) PhotoImpact Pro over to the Window 10 box - now the CR2 files will open. But if you don't have the older product you are out of luck. The editing features are weak, but probably fun for the kids. (Meaning Middle-school on down) Cute but not particularly practical, other than red-eye reduction. But that's free with most anything else. This would be a reasonable Shareware editor or for the very young. For actually adjusting photos, not so much. BTW - the "Money Back Guarantee" demands that every piece of paper in the mostly empty box be included, along with a sales-receipt. You pay the cost (around $15) for a tracked - package back to them (They recommend Media Rate USPS which would require you to lie to the USPS about content - this is not an audio or video recording.) If you miss something in the box they will destroy the package and again, you are out of luck. I have never rated anything a 2 before. I gave it that because it is a useful program for those wishing to put cute special effects on kids photos. It is exceptionally basic and not a full-feature product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Stay away from this. Basic

    Posted
    Realkatt
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    Every moment that you snap on camera has unlimited potential � why stop creating after the flash has faded? Your photos can become memories that truly last a lifetime when you edit, enhance and re-imagine the world of digital photography with Photo Explosion Deluxe 5.0. Updated with more than 100 new features and thousands of graphics and project possibilities, this latest Photo Explosion is more dynamite than ever. Make your shots look sensational by fixing flaws with a single click and easily adding backgrounds, text and original artwork. With more than 3,000 photo projects, including scrapbooks, greeting cards, posters and more, there's almost no end to what you can accomplish with your photos. Turn your PC into a complete digital photo studio and watch your images turn into self-made masterpieces. Discovering new creative avenues is easy thanks to a video tutorial that gets your session started. Dive right in to the user-friendly software's ready-to-use special effects, backgrounds, frames, props and more, or unleash your own imagination and use the enhanced set of drawing tools to add your personal touch. All of your subjects can look their absolute best when you apply the new retouching tools and erase flaws. When your images are perfected, share them with your friends and family as immersive slideshows or videos, panoramas, collages, prints and more. Even include loved ones who live miles away by uploading your work to Facebook, Flickr or YouTube.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    total rip off

    Posted
    AlaGlor
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    I bought this product because it says right on the box that you can use it to make a photo slideshow which I needed for a memorial service. I scanned all my photos and couldn't figure out how to do the slideshow. I called technical support number and found out they charge $9.95 for technical support. According to website you could chat online with tech support but when I tried that it said it was unavailable even though it was within the posted service hours. I was desperate so I paid the $9.95 and was told that I needed to buy additional software to make a slideshow. I paid $12.95 for the software and when my slideshow was done, I found I could only download it to a CD, I had to pay another $12.95 for additional software so I could download to a DVD.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not very useful

    Posted
    puddintane
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    First off, the whole package and presentation is pretty cheesy and tacky. It feels like watching bad foreign TV shows. When using any of the Editing tools, it is very slow and half the time becomes unresponsive and I have to use Task Manager to Shut Down. One of the main reasons I wanted this type of software was to make a photo slideshow for my fathers funeral, which the box states it will do. Well there is no mention in the instructions, so I had to go to a Forum and ask how to do it. I was advised it is an Extra that needs to be installed from the disc, called Memories On TV. OK, I installed that software and created the slideshow, only to find out when I was finished that it does not burn to DVD without the purchase of additional software for about another $15.00. Whatever....Photo Explosion is not horrible, but if I had it to do again I would spend a little more to get a known, reliable brand.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Somewhat difficult to use

    Posted
    SusanOBH
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    So far I have found the program difficult to navigate around. I do not like the way you have to open 2 different windows for the photo explosion and another for the project studio. It's confusing when trying to juggle the two and saving the projects. I just have not found this program to be very easy to use. I absolutely do not like the "adding text" part of the projects. It is not at all easy to add text to the photos without a lot of extra steps. I also tried the "glow" effects which I used a lot in my old program and it just doesn't come out the same. I have explored a lot with this program so far. There are a lot of issues with this program for me. Others may find it great. I do not. I was used to using Print Shop 6 but when I bought my new computer I could no longer use the outdated program. I will try another program at some point.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I miss Photo Explosion Version 2.0

    Posted
    Dianal7

    I used Photo Explosion Version 2.0 for years on my Windows XP computer and loved it. Since my XP no longer works as well as it once did, I have acquired a Windows 7 computer and purchased Photo Explosion Deluxe Version 5 for Windows 7. PEDV5 is not as user friendly as the earlier 2.0 version. The editing features are not as fine tuned, and the red eye correction tool, seriously? Plus, the entire program will shut down after editing 1 or 2 photos. I will continue to try and work with this program but feel I will be replacing it with another company's photo editing program. Thank you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Childish Program

    Posted
    dlp123

    I thought it would be an easy program to make a holiday card with but it wasn't. There is minimal photo editing capabilities, and all of the templates included are childish or something a grandmother would choose to decorate her sewing room with. Once you've created the card or picture that you want, you cant save it as any other file type except the one that opens in that program only. That makes it impossible to put the image on a removable storage device to have it printed. Even if you have your own printer, the image does not print correctly. I only had half of the image print, then it stopped printing and would not print again after that. Do not buy this simple minded software.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible software

    Posted
    chickintheband
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    This was the biggest waste of money on software. It locks up not only itself but also my computer. It does not have the ability to save in any other form than its own file extension, which means you cannot print anything at a store or website, you have to print it from home. It has a lot of options for things to do, but its very limited in how you can do it. It is a very frustrating bit of software. When looking for pictures it glitches all over the place and you cannot get/find the items you want to attach to your clip board. Returning it for my money back. Would not recommend. Had a lot more luck with photoshop, even though it has far fewer stock graphics to work with.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money.

    Posted
    Oakman58

    Don’t waste your money buying Photo Explosion Deluxe Version 5. Like a previous user I had a much older version of Photo Explosion and was happy with it. Unfortunately that early version wouldn’t work with Windows 7. Version 5 is slow to load photos and slow making editing adjustment to pictures. For some reason one of my photos was always loaded into the editing screen flipped 90 degrees. Also after editing one or two photos a message appears that the software has quit working and then closes without saving any of the editing changes to the photo you’re currently working on. This is very disappointing photo editing software.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    horrible program

    Posted
    mick
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    I bought this product after a salesman recommend it I saw it had a 90 day guarantee. After opening the package I found out that the guarantee i s only honored by the store of the package is not open. I installed it on my computer only to find out that it didn't do anything I need. I tried returning the next day I was told because I opened it I would have to mail it to the manufacturer. I called your corporate office and explain the situation they were able to rectify the problem. PS I was once voted one of the top 10 Wildlife photographers in the world so I know what I'm talking about. thank you Mike Fontaine

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected or paid for

    Posted
    crina
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    I searched for a program that would be as close to possible as the older version of "PIctureIt" because I need an edge finder cropping tool to make certain types of collages. I read that this program was good for collages and I'm still trying to figure it out. PictureIt was the BEST on the market and easy to use right from the start. These new programs are like studing for Chemistry and Calculus!! I am very good at restoring old photos and making amazing collages, but you are only as good as the program you use and this one is definitely not it :(

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do your research before purchasing this product!

    Posted
    56retired

    I was at Best Buy looking for a picture/ photo program to replace an older Micro Soft Picture It 99 version. I thought how hard could it be to pick a new picture editing program. Boy was I wrong, the Photo Explosion Deluxe 5 was a waste of the $39 dollars I spent on it. Plus, no return on opened software at Best Buy makes me think that I will never buy any software from this company again. Don't they try out what they sell? Do your research before buying this software unless you have extra money to throw away!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    USELESS

    Posted
    NATIONALPRES
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    I BOUGHT THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE IT SHOWED ON THE COVER WHAT I WAS LOOKING TO DO. WHEN I GOT HOME AND I INSTALLED THE PROGRAM AND THEN I CHECKED THE BOOK THAT CAME WITH THE PROGRAM. NO WHERE IN THE BOOK DID IT TELL HOW TO PERFORM THE OPERATION. I THEN SENT OFF A EMAIL TO THEIR HELP LINE. I RECEIVED AN ACKNOWLEGEMENT AND WAS ADVISED I WOULD RECEIVED AN ANSWER WITHIN 24 TO 48 HOURS. THAT WAS OVER THREE WEEKS AGO AND STILL NO RESPONCE FROM THE COMPANY! BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for creating special Photo Items

    Posted
    Col327
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    This is great for creating special Photo Items, I had used it before with my old Windows 7 PC but since it was not compatible with Windows 10 I went out and bought the newest version of Photo Explorer so that I can edit ,fix and create special projects etc. with my photo's. I would definitely recommend it to any one who likes to work with photo's to create special things with them

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor photo program. Not for beginners.

    Posted
    Billybob
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    I have been using photo programs for over 30 years. This is the worst program I have ever encountered. It is hard to organize pictures. It takes several steps to do what most programs do in a couple of steps. The end product is good, but no better that a $30 program I bought 10 years ago. I am removing it from my computer and going back to my old program. Trash time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good editor of pictures and videos

    Posted
    Vacationer
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    The Photo Explosion Deluxe is a good software package. However, it always wants to do everything, like gather all photos or organize all photos. I wanted something easy to edit a few photos or edit a few videos, etc. Not something that wants to go on Facebook (or my hard drive) and organize everything for me, their way. I have The Print Shop for pictures and Roxio for videos, I wanted something faster, this was not it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Tool(s)

    Posted
    Gamehunter
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    The older I get, the less prone I am to learn new and complicated PC applications. I needed a user friendly program to complete various graphics manipulations for personal use, social media posts, websites, and projects. I researched several software options and found this to be one of the best, most comprehensive and versatile, at a very reasonable price. I am more than satisfied with my choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If you want software to create projects

    Posted
    koobear
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    I bought it to make cutouts of kids heads and paste them on turkeys, snowmen, themes for the holidays - I find it easier than my other software (adobe) version 4 was easier for cutouts, but I'll keep playing with it. This is not a source for photo editing I would look elsewhere if you are looking to enhance photos. You get a few add on programs - so you get a lot for your buck -

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Product and Easy to use.

    Posted
    Sharesia
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I bought this for my husband because he wanted to get pictures of our 3 dogs and do things with the picture. He is not computer savvy but this is easy to use. It turned out to be a perfect gift as he received a new cell phone so he can now take pictures of our dogs and play around Photo Explosion to fix the pictures how he wants. Very easy to use if he can do it anyone can.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Program does not work as promised

    Posted
    witchmom
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    I bought this program to edit videos and this Program does not work as promised to edit a simple 20 min video it took 4 hours to upload to the program. I do not have all day to edit a video. I will be using my movie maker that is already on my computes that only takes about an hour to edit form beginning to end. This program is a waste of money unless your only using it to edit pictures.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend