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Ashampoo Photo Commander 12 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Ashampoo Photo Commander 12

Ashampoo Photo Commander 12 provides maximum opportunities for processing your photos.
$59.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 325 (56%) 251 (44%) 42 comments

Ashampoo Photo Commander 12 was available as a giveaway on September 16, 2015!

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A multimedia conversion software, which is designed to simplify your life.

Ashampoo Photo Commander 12 provides maximum opportunities for processing your photos. Easily open large photo collections and delete destructive objects quickly. Customize the colours, contrast and make your photo collection shine bright. This program will help you to express your creativity and add professional effects to your photos. You can also impress your friends and family with your own calendars, collages and greeting cards.

Key features:

  • Easier to use;
  • Smart photo imports;
  • Faster image browsing with miniature views;
  • Enhanced file manager with cloud support;
  • New designs and gradients;
  • Enhanced wizards;
  • 1-Click object management and quick-access styles.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10; Min. 256 MB RAM, Hard Disk Space 250 MB


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File Size:

258 MB



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I picked up version 9 when it was offered here and use it all the time. I look forward to using the updated version!

Reply   |   Comment by Silent Wolf  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

A big compressed file for a graphics program but only took less than 20 seconds to download. Looks great. Will install and try later.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Pan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Downloaded and installed easily on windows 8.1. Have not used yet, but thank you for offering this.
To others who have previous versions...should I remove v11 from my computer?

Reply   |   Comment by bologna  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

how do you get key - its asking me to log in after I give them my email address yet there is no place to register

Reply   |   Comment by amy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

hello. i have a problem when i install ashampoo photo commander 12 in windows 10. "The program can't start because WMVCore.DLL is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem". I have reintall again, but i get this problem again like this. please help me?

Reply   |   Comment by sinta manis  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I don't know how to edit my previous comment but I'd like to add that as a browser, AS seems to be significantly modeled on Lightroom and offers nice tools like 1-5 ratings that FS lacks (FS has only mark/unmark); it also very conveniently has most editing functions quickly accessible directly from the browser rather than having to switch to a distinct editing page. The editing tools themselves are more sophisticated and robust, e.g., showing histograms and before and after comps when one clicks the contrast/color editing icons. Looks terrific to me. Dual monitor support, please, Ashampoo.

Reply   |   Comment by brookefox  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My free browser/editor is Faststone (though I primarily use Lightroom and Photoshop for serious editing). Downloaded and installed AS after a little cookie dance. Have not tested really but did notice no dual monitor support which FS has and is often useful: use one for browsing, editing and the other for full screen image display. Ashampoo looks nice, though, on a single.

Reply   |   Comment by brookefox  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I posted the offer on FB, logged into my account with Ashampoo and got the key instantly, and installed it. It works and I did try a few of it's features with good results! Since I use their products I didn't have any real issues. I also have the full Adobe Suite so I am covered in any case.

I can see the value of this software for my friends that do not have similar products but would like to explore working with their photos. I went back and reported my findings on my FB Page and reminded them of the free install time limits.

Thank You Ashampoo and GOTD!

Have a Great Day,

Rick Martin

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Martin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I think I shall stick with LR5.6 & CS5!
Thank anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by Grandpappy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

I had the link for the Ashampoo sent to my email and although I received the download link, I did not receive the product key to keep and run the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Nancy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

GOTD sends the download link, after downloading the readme file tells you how to contact Ashampoo to register and get your product key. So it's a two step process.

Reply   |   Comment by IngeZ  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Ashampoo PhotoCommander is great when previewing video snippets (in 3gp, flv, mov etc.)as long as corresponding video codecs are installed (using PhotoCommander 11 the K-lite basic package will do).

Reply   |   Comment by polle2  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Installed and working properly on Windows 10. As usual, another good Ashampoo product.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

First time here!
Will Ashampoo remove from glasses in a photo?
Thank you in advance

Reply   |   Comment by Mirey  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

One big advantage Photo Commander 12 has over Zoner Photo Studio 16 (i don't have 17) is that the PNG transparent files show up with the 'transparent' grey/white chequered background. This distinguishes it from PNG files with solid white background. I have hundreds of PNG files that needs sorted and find this a great help. Commander 12 also shows NEF (Nikon RAW) files. Most EPS files also show up in preview as well as thumbnail (on Zoner 16 EPS files will show up in thumbnails but not always in the larger PREVIEW mode).

With the discounts offered on both, Ashampoo Photo Commander 12 comes out a lot cheaper than Zoner 17. Commander version 11 used to freeze on me when I tried to open extra large files while Zoner 16 had that annoying 'upgrade to 17' app loading on computer startup like a trojan. I removed them both, but I will keep Commander 12 and maybe buy it if Ashampoo offer me a more generous UPGRADE price from 'paid for' version 11. I like the fact that Ashampoo make available and always allow buyers to download software no matter what version or how long ago it was bought.

Reply   |   Comment by DenisX  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Zoner shows the transparency grid in the editor but not in the viewer. Also, Zoner has way more options than Ashampoo. Better yet, StylePix Pro which has layers like in Photoshop.

Reply   |   Comment by xenox  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

ZENOX - Both Photo Commander and Zoner are only good for viewing and sorting images. They are useless at editing images. Photo editing should only be done by serious editing software of which there are many. Looking thru hundreds of images singularly in 'editor' mode will take forever.

Reply   |   Comment by DenisX  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ashampoo Photo Commander is an easy to use image cataloging app with some basic editing & annotation features. IMHO it's a good starter app for people who don't store their pictures online, and aren't really into photo editing -- it helps you keep track of your photos, lets you do some minor editing if you want or need, & lets you do stuff like print a simple card using your picture.

The popular Zoner is a step up in terms of capabilities, but that means that by necessity it's more complicated & a bit harder to use. Zoner doesn't quite make it to being a serious photo editor, but it does let you do more than Photo Commander, providing you spend the extra time to learn the software.

Corel's PaintShop Pro sits at the top of combined cataloging & editing apps, with an image editor that can rival Photoshop. It does require learning, and can take a fair amount to take full advantage of its features that include layers. PaintShop Pro can also be the best value if you catch it on sale [for around $20-$30], particularly when Corel get's ready to release a new version.

For the last several years it's been possible to buy cameras with interchangeable lenses [e.g. DSLRs] for as low as $200, & sometimes even less, making cameras that can save pictures in the RAW format fairly popular. A RAW image file basically contains all the data the camera's sensor captured. When a camera saves a .jpg photo, & most cameras that can shoot RAW will also save .jpg, it processes all that RAW data into an image you can view & easily work with. The advantage of having a RAW image file is that you can then control all of that processing yourself.

The popularity of shooting & saving RAW images has caused a number of companies to release cataloging software that specialize in processing those RAW images. Probably the most popular one is Adobe's Lightroom -- Corel has their competing Aftershot, which can be on sale Much cheaper, while you can sometimes pick up an older version of DxO Optics Pro for free. You generally do not perform your final editing in these apps, but control how the jpg images they can export look. The original RAW images are normally left untouched, so you can always create a new version of a jpg file, & Lightroom can save every processing step you perform as a sort of script, so you can apply it to all or several photos, or go back to a RAW image & change or tweak your processing without starting from scratch.

The reason for those last 2 paragraphs when we're talking about Photo Commander, is that Photo Commander, Zoner, & PSP are also supposed to handle RAW images. They do not handle processing RAW images the same way more specialized software can, & by the same token, there's little reason or benefit to using software intended for RAW images with jpg potos. It's possible to do both -- there may be cases when that makes sense to you -- but don't buy Lightroom just to handle your jpg collection, & don't save your pictures as larger RAW format files if they're just going into Photo Commander [or Zoner etc.].

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Thanks very much for your excellent commentary. It cleared up some points that have been confusing to me for awhile. I appreciate!

Reply   |   Comment by PB  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed the program on a Win8.1-64; some glitches. 2 or 3 times the program stopped working.

A effect: Focus

Another example, too much

Removal of a spot:

Or a crack in a brand new floor

And an old photo:

Or total makeover:

And panorama; strange:
The user has to place the photo's in the correct position?

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Hi, As usual those familiar with Ashampoo Photo Commanders, or having collection of previous Versions on their machines - wonder what's new!? Any new features, effects, tricks, 'goodies' perhaps?? Well, here is direct link to see what they've done since APC 11: https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pde/1818/multimedia-software/photo-commander-12
The whole list of 'new' and even bigger of 'improved', hmm. OK, lets look at one specific aspect..

Since Photo Commander isn't my regular every-day Photo Tool, but used occasionally for this, that and the other - I keep my eye quite firmly and follow it's Section and promise - 'PhotoDesign slideshows, calendars or high-quality collages. Create stunning panorama pictures or surprise your friends with self-made greeting cards.' AND.. have to say they STILL have the same old PROBLEM of fitting Photos of various shapes and parameters into those Designer Frames, Calendars, High-Quality Collages, E-Cards, Shapes - automatically(!!)? Why are we still left with manual fiddling and time-consuming tasks to Create something to indeed 'surprise friends'..?? Why is this part of ALL Photo Commanders still a 'poor Cinderella' - while there is literally hundreds of similar Software and Apps (both as download versions, or as online Tools) on the market doing it SO WELL and without any hassle whatsoever?? Beats me!.. I can name but a two really decent 'ancient' Photo Software which dealt with Framing and Card/Collage aspect in proper manner, otherwise the list is too long - that is Corel PSPs and secondly ArcSoft..
I suggest to Ashampoo Photo Commander Designers that for that asking price(!?) - next time really IMPROVE it, or drop this kind of Creativity altogether. IMHO.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Even better feature comparison: APC11 vs APC12 can be found here: https://www.ashampoo.com/frontend/products/php/successor.php?id=1618
NOTE: Copy and paste the link instead of clicking it - if you want to avoid sur.ly.

Reply   |   Comment by Arek  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Downloaded this program and installed it with no problems. Registration (getting the product key) was quick and no hassle. It does see and act upon my CR2 RAW images yet the processing is quite limited. Adobe and even Zoner do it better with more controls. It's way to generalized in saturation controls specifically. The programs interface is decent, with a photostrip present at the bottom of the window in editing mode. Some of the optimizing effects work well enough but it's not good for those images which require more specific and localized editing. For quick, down and dirty editing and effects processing this program serves its purpose. A keeper for those moments when I'm pressed for time.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul W.  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

The program claims to be "ideal for professional use", but this is most certainly an overstatement. No 16-bit colour depth support by itself means it is useless "for professional use". I can't say whether it is "easy to use", everything is very basic. Metadata handling is pathetic, it looses everything from the raw file and it can only write some iptc tags, without utf-8 as an option. Made me angry, like versions 9 and 10 did. Zoner is something completely different. This one will be uninstalled immediately.

Reply   |   Comment by Jacal  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Seems to be displaying my 24 bit colour depth photos nicely.
In main menu [Edit]
Scroll down to [Colour Depth]
Convert to 1-bit (2 Colors)
Convert to 4-bit (16 Colors)
Convert to 8-bit (256 Colors)
Convert to 16-bit (65k Colors)
Convert to 24-bit (16.7M Colors)
Convert to 32-bit (16.7M Colors + Alpha)

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@ric I think that Jacal refers to a 16-bits image, meaning 16 bits per color (48 bits pixel depth). http://www.photoshopessentials.com/essentials/16-bit/.

Reply   |   Comment by Calimero  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Exactly, thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Jacal  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Sorry! I had severe dental problems and couldn't answer yesterday in time! Many thanks to helpful commentors! But now:
Urgent correction of my yesterday comment (Perfect Hotkey 1.32) concerning my personal local startpage:

Somehow when copying text from editor the usual " sign (quotation mark, at my keyboard: Shift 2) was changed to another variant and startpage html code didn't work.
And here is the manually corrected version (local startpage only) as a whole:

(My Start.html is based on a local startpage from a now outdated browser named CAB for GUI computer ATARI ST/Falcon more than 20 years ago and has worked all the time. I mainly added more and more HREF lines. I published here only a short extract to show the concept. This is part of my own startpage. I have cancelled hundreds of lines. And both google and ixquick are working.)

How to construct your own startpage:
As GOTD allows comments with some html commands (see section "Leave a comment" please) I here had to exchange angle brackets to square brackets [] before publishing. You have to change them back before usage.
First steps: Please change left square brackets to left angle bracket (smaller-than sign) everywhere and
right square brackets to right angle brackets (greater-than sign) by change command of your editor in the following html script lines:

[font size=2]
[P][STRONG][IMG SRC="html/r_ball.gif” width=13 height=13 ALT=""]
Search [A HREF="http://www.ixquick.com/"]ixquick[/A] || [/STRONG]
[A HREF="http://www.google.de"]Google[/A]
Please add duplicates here and edit to your needs! (Leave out this line before storing!)
Last step: Save the resulting file as e.g. START.html and declare it startpage (home) in your browser.

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)

Downloaded, installed, activated just fine. Registration e-mail was instantaneous, per usual, with Ashampoo.

It's not as robust as Zoner but it is easier to use and doesn't force an advertisement every other launch like Zoner does.

Reply   |   Comment by Rolo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Have tried for an hour now to get it to download. Either a little bit is downloaded or nothing at all and then it just stops. Have tried different web browsers, but none seem to work.

Reply   |   Comment by xcartster  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

It´s no good idea to download big files with the browser - why you don´t use a DL-manager? There are so many good freebies...

Reply   |   Comment by Jimmy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Ashampoo Photo commander versions have been passing here for some time now. This new version seems to be a bigger change in the workflow than previous versions according to several reviews. This is how PC12 looks in "explorermode" with dark skin: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11463671/gotd/photcom12/00.JPG (With the very very small sprocket wheel to can choose between display options.)
This is the editor interface: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11463671/gotd/photcom12/00c.JPG
There are two bars, one menbar blue with uppercase letters, but small, and a big letter buttonbar. They don't seem to communicate with each other like in offices ribbon bar. Tried some things like cropping a picture. There are 4 options.
Rectangular select works logically. but the freestyle crop only produces a menu (after closing the selection) without a crop option...
Contrast and colors: very easily set, but in the dark skin very difficult to see. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11463671/gotd/photcom12/03contrastcolors.JPG
There are lots of effects, https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11463671/gotd/photcom12/03effects.JPG , but sadly you can only set the strength. There is for instance a dotted mesh effect, but you can not set the size of the dots...
There are some nice features like the color accent feature. Choose a color and only that color will show in the picture, rest will be greyscale. But... I was somewhat baffled by the way it operates: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11463671/gotd/photcom12/04.JPG
Well, some optimizing then, it should offer a lot: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11463671/gotd/photcom12/07.JPG
Strangely optimizing is not done with a before and after picture standardly, you have to set it manually to do that.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11463671/gotd/photcom12/08.JPG . I found it irritating that it often sets itself back to "compare off" mode.
My conclusion: There are a lot of functions, but frustratingly I could not find a general way for things to work (so working intuitively was possible). The uppercase small type menu, and the big type bar below don't seem to interact logically. The very simple functions i tried were implemented in a way that I really needed the directions in the windows that popped up; few things worked intuitive and logical in this program. I can't determine what is the use of this program. In my opinion the picture/movie manager part of the interface is not very well thought of. As a picture editor there are some nice features but very few settings available to give it the personal effect. I like ashampoo products a lot but this is not one of them. To me, version 12 is a step down.

Reply   |   Comment by Calimero  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+71)

Slightly annoyed because I bought this from Ashampoo less than a month ago.

Personally I don't think its as good as programs like Picasa or Zoner, it definitely doesn't handle large collections on network drives very well, keeps saying "not responding".

Reply   |   Comment by BlackKnight_UK  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

The paid for version is version 15. I hope you didn't buy version 12

Reply   |   Comment by ron  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Been waiting for over an hour for my registration code.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

Look in your spam box

Reply   |   Comment by BlackKnight_UK  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

For some reason it does not like my Hotmail account; a throwaway e-mail address was successful.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Downloads & Installs on Win 7 without any problems. Nice program. Will Keep.Thanks Ashampoo for making it available!

Reply   |   Comment by Joe T  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Have been keeping a copy of Ashampoo Photo Commander in my PC since version 7.
Been stepping through the changes to Version 8, 9, 10, 11 and now 12.
But nowadays mostly use ACDSee Photo Manager. The other good Photo manager is Zoner.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)

ACDSee Photo Manager are for advanced users.
I don't have enough time to download it, could someone suggest a better tools.

Reply   |   Comment by Snake-in-the-Eagle-Shadow  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
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