The Good: Cyberlink PhotoDirector is the new king of Photo Editing Software. The new 64-bit operation makes it extremely fast. The new and improved noise reduction allows you to clean up photos taken in even the darkest corners. The new features such as multi-shot HDR and lens profile-based image correction make it incredibly advanced. And coming in with a great and easy user-interface at half the price of Lightroom, gives it the final push to the top.
The Bad: No geo-tagging and no fast-email button.
The Verdict: Costing half of Lightroom while packing twice the punch says it all. Add to this the advanced features, incredibly intuitive layout, creative editing tools and one-stop approach to photo editing, and we are believers. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned photographer, this is a great choice.
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What makes Cyberlink PhotoDirector Ultra the best photo editing software?
When speaking to most editors, even at AlwaysReview, many swear by Lightroom, Aperture or Photoshop for the even more advanced creatures. Interestingly, this changes nearly always when we introduce them to Cyberlink PhotoDirector Ultra. It is by far the quickest and most powerful photo editing software in its price range. It’s even so impressive, that most wonder why they have ever paid double or more than double for the established order. Yes, this is a big claim. But once you yourself will be introduced to the pure splendor of the 64-bit operation, the multi-shot HDR, the lens profile-based image correction and the nothing short of marvelous noise reduction, you too, will be a believer.
So what’s new in the latest version of Cyberlink’s PhotoDirector? The biggest change by far is the 64-bit operation. This will allow you to finally start making use of those 4GB of RAM most computers have stashed away these days. And considering the amount of truly hi resolution photo’s being taken today, even on smart phones, this is a luxury that you will enjoy. In non-technical terms: Importing, exporting and adjusting your photo’s using Cyberlink will be faster than with anything else on the market today.
We mentioned it earlier. And what a glorious addition it is to the goody bag of this already extremely popular photo editing software: The new noise reduction is amazing. For those unfamiliar with the term: Noice reduction is the reduction of the white snow-like pixels you often see in pictures taken without a flash (often with high 'ESO', to fall back into jargon). Using high quality noise reduction can significantly improve the quality of your photo’s and is definitely something you should explore.
The new and improved bracket HDR is another one of those features on this photo editing software we could speak about for days to come. Accessible from Edit Mode, bracket HDR allows you to move up to 5 shots taken from the same object to the editing area. By clicking the merge button, the photo editor will combine the images (taking a few seconds on most systems) into one. To explain how this can help you, imagine the following: You’re on a beautiful beach watching the sunset. You take out your camera and take the most breathtaking photo of a beautiful night sky only to find out that the beach is pitch black in your photo. You of course take a second shot in which the beach looks glorious, but now the sun is way to bright to enjoy that beautiful sunset. That’s exacrtly where HDR comes in. It allows you to combine these two glorious photos into one, giving you both that beautiful beach and that fantastic sunset. Are you excited? We are!
The interface of the latest version of the PhotoDirector hasn’t undergone hefty changes. But then, there was only little to improve on, in comparison to its predecessor. The new version of the photo editor is amongst the least intimidating and cluttered in the industry, allowing even the most novice users to experiment and improve their photo editing skills. Even compared to the more basic consumer orientated programs such as Corel Paintshop, Cyberlink wins on user-friendliness and intuitiveness. The sharing buttons add to this joy. Facebook and Flickr are easily used and you can directly upload to Youtube.
All in all, we hope that you have noticed our enthusiasm for, what we consider, the best photo editing software available today. Cyberlink’s PhotoDirector is truly impressive and wins the hearts of even the most diehard fans of the competition. A great choice for any photographer!
Why choose Cyberlink PhotoDirector Ultra as your photo editing software?
Easy to use and intuitive interface for professionals and new users alike
All-in-one photo-editing suite
Great photo organization
Sorting by face detection
Quick enhancements of picture quality
Easy edit of the appearance of the individuals in the picture
Constant customer support
Access to a large community of budding and professional photographers
Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8/8.1, 7, Vista and XP 32bit (Windows XP Service Pack 3 is required)
Processor (CPU): Intel Pentium D 3.0 GHz CPU with hyper-threading or equivalent AMD CPU
Graphics Processor (GPU): Graphics card with 128MB VRAM
Memory: Minimum 2 GB is required
Hard Disk Space: 1 GB of disk space for application and documentation
Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768, 16-bit color or higher
Operating System: Mac OS X v10.6.8 or higher
Processor: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Memory: Minimum 2 GB is required
Hard Disk Space: 1GB of available hard-disk space
Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 display
Supported file formats
CR2, CRW, JPEG, PNG, TIF, RAW, BAY, IA, ERF, RAF, 3FR, FFF, KDC, DCR, MOS and PEF are some of the supported file types. It is easy to import pictures from the following major manufacturers. Canon, Minolta/Konica Minolta, Casio, Nikon, Olympus, Contax, Epson, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Pentax, Hasselblad, Phase One, Imacon, Ricoh, Kodak, Samsung, Leaf, Sigma, Adobe DN, Mamiya, Leica and Sony. It is possible to find other camera models supported by Cyberlink PhotoDirector Ultra not listed here. Enjoy the free trial option to decide if your camera model is supported by the software.
Cyberlink PhotoDirector Ultra User Reviews
4 years ago
Perfect Alternative to Lightroom
Over recent years, I’ve used Lightroom mostly. I’ve always kept my versions upto date and overall was very happy with the software. When a friend offered me a peak into Cyberlink PowerDire Read More ...
Over recent years, I’ve used Lightroom mostly. I’ve always kept my versions upto date and overall was very happy with the software. When a friend offered me a peak into Cyberlink PowerDirector Ultra, I of course couldn’t resist.
To keep it short, I can honestly say the PowerDirector is a very good competitor to Lightroom. If you are like me, a user of Lightroom, the switch will be without any trouble. The interface is very easy, intuitive and similar and the workflow will feel very familiar. I’ve been using my Canon 550D for both JPED and RAW shots and my latest version of Lightroom had real trouble with the RAW images. Powerdirector didn’t.
The features on both software packages are the same as far as I can tell. Adjusting the white balance, hue, exposures, saturation, red eyes, cropping, and printing is all very easy in both photo editing software. I’d say that Cyberlink Powerdirector Ultra does a slightly better job at offering the tools. Just makes is a bit easier. On top of that, the auto-save feature before editing photo’s in Powerdirector is fantastic. It can really get you out of trouble on occasion.
Let’s be honest: At half the cost of Lightroom, yet packed with all the punch in a super intuitive package, I can see why more and more photographers are switching to Powerdirector. Unless you prefer to keep paying for you Lightroom upgrades and there is some switching cost holding you back, I’d advice taking Powerdirector as your new and improved photo editing software.
Although I’m not a professional photographer, I know my way around these programs. In the past I’ve been using Corel’s Photoshop Pro, Serif’s PhotoPlus and Cyberlink’s Po Read More ...
Although I’m not a professional photographer, I know my way around these programs. In the past I’ve been using Corel’s Photoshop Pro, Serif’s PhotoPlus and Cyberlink’s Powerdirector quite extensively. Cyberlink varies quite a bit from Corel and Serif as it doesn’t use a layer system and instead offers an easier and more intuitive interface.
The installation of the photo editor is as simple as you would expect. CD and product key are provided and even if you don’t have a drive for CD’s, you can simply download the program. So both options work fine. The package comes with a guide, some tutorials and online support. Overall though, it’s the wide community using Cyberlink and posting Youtube tutorial videos that really gives it the edge.
As you might know of the other big photo editors out there, like Corel, Serif or Photoshop, these programs use a layer system to adjust and play around with your photos. Cyberlink doesn’t use this type of system. Rather it uses a more intuitive interface, that is a lot easier to grasp and use. The layout of the interface, having back and forward buttons to allow you to compare the altered and original image are great. It makes the entire experience very easy. Especially the description that pops up when you hover over a button makes understanding the lay out a piece of cake and a lot of fun.
Overall, the program uses 5 main screens, spanning from Edit, Slideshow, Print, Adjustment to Library. As you would have guessed, the Adjustment screen gives you most opportunity to alter the basics of your images such as brightness, tone, contrast and more while offering you a histogram to make it easier. Of course, the program also has an automatic feature that will adjust the photos for you. This works really well actually.
The Edit screen is where the fun starts. Here the impressive features such as Photo Effects, People Beautifier, Object Removal, Photo Merge, Extract, Compose, Frames and Watermarks are. Luckily, Powerdirector automatically makes a duplication of your original photo, so that whenever you feel you’ve gone to far, you can always get the original back. Trust me, this is lifesaver!
Within these two screens, Edit and Adjustment, you can find all the photo editing features you could ever want. It are these features packed in a more intuitive interface in comparison to the competition, that make cyberlink the best photo editing software for me. I would recommend this tool to any beginning or experienced photographer that is interested in giving his or her photo’s that extra edge..
I would advice anyone to choose Cyberlink as their photo editing software. It’s the best combination of powerful features at a sharp price with a great intuitive user interface.