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Giveaway of the day — Photo Stamp Remover 6.1

Photo Stamp Remover is a photo correction utility that can remove watermarks, date stamps and other unwanted objects that appear on photographs.
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Photo Stamp Remover 6.1 was available as a giveaway on December 19, 2013!

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Photo Stamp Remover is a photo correction utility that can remove watermarks, date stamps and other unwanted objects that appear on photographs. Offering a fully automatic process, the program uses an intelligent restoration technology to fill the selected area with the texture generated from the pixels around the selection, so that the defect blends into the rest of the image naturally.

What takes hours to correct using the clone tool, can be accomplished in a minute using Photo Stamp Remover.

Purchase an Unlimited personal license (with support and updates) at 70% discount

System Requirements:

Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, NT/2000; /2003/SBS2003

Publisher:

SoftOrbits

Homepage:

http://www.softorbits.com/photo-stamp-remover/

File Size:

15.8 MB

Price:

$49.99

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#39

#36 Chris G. No, unless the company that made the photos were stupid enough to overwrite the original files with ones with the logo on, they would still have the originals without the logo, and use those to create new files with a new logo. They wouldn't need this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Ghenghis McCann  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#38

#2 What a suspicious mind you have! The program cannot tell the difference between a logo and someones head, a flying duck or a brick shed.

I've given Photo Stamp Remover a pretty fair trial and remain disappointed in it's performance. Inpaint does the job far far better.

Thanks for the offer SoftOrbits, and GOTD, but I'll give this one a miss.

Revo uninstaller listed this as "Photo Stamp Remover" and uninstalled it without fuss.

Reply   |   Comment by DavidBee  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#37

This is a terrific offer from GOTD and my thanks to SoftOrbits for doing it. I've used this software many times on my photos with excellent results, most of the time. We've heard all kinds of feedback from people but let's just watch a video from SoftOrbits on how easy this program works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gXGOl7R24Y

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#36

@2 What if the company that made the photo's and put the logo on their photo's wants to update the logo? omg they couldn't do that because you've said the ONLY use for this program is to such and such. Fortunately nobody listens to your opinion on anything.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris G  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#35

After registering this I discovered it had the usual update check without an option to disable it in the Options...
I found the setting in the Windows registry (mine is XP SP3) for those who wish to change that as it seemed to disable it for me...

Modify "disableUpdates" from "0" to "1" at this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\softorbits\PhotoStampRemover

Good luck!

Reply   |   Comment by Avid Gamer  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#34

@16 Frank

"Last time gaotd had this, v5.5 in September this year, it ran fine for a couple or so weeks and then reverted to the unregistered version. So will it do it again? For the techie geeks out there, i did not use any cleaner software.
Comment by Frank — December 19th, 2013 at 7:01 am"

THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME! It reverted to the unregistered version after a couple of weeks. I sent them an email, and the SoftOrbits rep (named Eugene) replied that he would be happy to sell me the program for 50% off!!! What a scam!

Reply   |   Comment by Peg  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#33

Hi Everyone,
Installed Photo Stamp Remover 6.1 on my AMD FX 6 Core Black Edition Bulldozer 3.4 GHz On a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 System Bard with Windows 7 64bit with 16GB of RAM with no problems what so ever, The Registration was Immediate! Or, About 2 seconds! The Program Removed Version 5.5 (GOTD earlier this year!) And updated to this new version with no issues. Everything is working great! Photo Stamp Remover 6.1 works great with small enhancements to the previous version but nothing I think I would pay $50.00 Dollars for! With So many FREE alternatives out there! I know that it is FREE today and thats the point of GOTD, So, We can test and evaluate software that is/or will be on the market! Photo Stamp Remover 6.1 Works good and is relatively easy to use. That's about it for me. Even with the Discount Offered today from SoftOrbits, Of 70% Off the retail price Making the the price $15.00 Dollars! But! They want another $10.00 Dollars for Premium Support and Major Updates!? Whats the $15.00 Dollars for I question? Well, $25.00 Dollars is still to much in my Humble opinion! If Photo Stamp Remover 6.1 is something you need and can use I would suggest you get it NOW! While its free! And worth every penny of FREE! (o; Its a Great utility for free and Good at $15.00 Dollars! But, No more then that! I wounder if you payed the Retail price of $50.00 Dollars? If you would still have to pay the additional $10.00 Dollars for Support and Free Updates!?
My math says I'm not getting 70% Off then right? I hate and don't trust companies that Hide or cover the true price for there wares! Full Price should be Full Price! If they are trying to hide things or cover stuff up! Makes me wounder what else is, Or, May Not be so Honest about this Company! My 2 and a half Cants worth! Like I say if you can use it? Get it today while its FREE! (o;
1 Thumb up from me for Photo Stamp Remover 6.1 and SoftOrbits for offering the program on GOTD for FREE today! As Always 2 Thumbs up to GOTD! For all the hard work they all do to bring us some quality software and applications for us Geeks to Try, Test, Play with and Use for as long as we like for FREE! Thank You! To everyone! Have a Very Happy Holiday and Wonderful New Year! Take care everyone, But Always Have Fun! Rick D.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick D.  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#32

#2 You have a very narrow view of the world, my friend.
Downloaded just fine on Windows 8.1 (64bit)Although the first attempt at registration failed, the second did not. I tested the program to remove an annoying Power Pole from my photo and ended with a very pleasing result. Another family photo was used to remove a stranger that had photo-bombed my shot with the end result having him obliterated from the scene. Each of these photos were then used with another well known program with similar results. however, I found that for me Photo Stamp Remover was a little easier to use with a better UI.

Reply   |   Comment by Barry Laughton  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#31

first up ... commenter Jeff's statement that only people intent on violating copyrights is ridiculous and moronic. Software installed in a snap and the first photo I removed a date and time stamp from came out AWESOME. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by scott  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#30

@2 Jeff: "The *only* reason to use this software is to remove someone else’s copyright info"

Not so... I do Web design work and some of my customers send me photos for their sites that have the "date stamp" on the photos. I ask them to not do that but honestly some of them just cannot figure out how to turn it off. It is easier for me to say, "is it OK if I remove the stamp?" I've been using version 3.1 of this software successfully since it was offered way back on May 6, 2011.

Reply   |   Comment by Sheldon Aubut  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#29

Award-Winning DxO Optics Pro 6.6 Elite Edition (similar to Photoshop) FREE till the end of the year!

http://www.dxo.com/intl/digitalphotographer-oct

Merry Christmas!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni Santa Claus  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#28

@2, Jeff, you're right that it could be used that way, but wrong that that is the only use. This software is very helpful for removing date stamps. I am sure that is its purpose, not stealing photos.

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#27

Downloaded and registered without problems.

Ran a comparison between Photo Stamp Remover 6.1 and In-Paint removing the same object in the same photograph. Photo Stamp Remover 6.1 was significantly slower but the quality of the in-fill was more believable although still disappointingly inaccurate.

Results will, of course depend on the object to be removed and the ambient background to be cloned and the photo I chose for the comparison was particularly tricky. I suspect that one program will always be better than the other depending on the particular photograph so I will keep both in the toolbox for disposing of unwanted brides (or bridegrooms!)

Reply   |   Comment by Amargein  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#26

I would have liked to have been able to try this program, but every time I try to use it. I get an error message "This program has to close, close now or check on line for a solution" and it never finds one. So I'm uninstalling it, to bad I could have used this program!

Reply   |   Comment by Beth Kenady  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

I tried it on some stock photos, the results were not good. The background from what I read has to be a "solid" color background, and that might the reason for the poor results. I tried downloading inPaint as suggested above, but the Windows download from inPaint's website had a trojan in it. Either way, I tried the application and the results were poor, could not recommend.

Reply   |   Comment by Yaateh  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#24

> Oddly the registration seemed “slow”, for some reason?

Seems it actually goes out on the Internet & returns an "activation key" (all of which it deals with, internally).

Reply   |   Comment by therube  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

I see no change log?

(One of many) earlier giveaway for reference:
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/photo-stamp-remover-5-5/

Simple clean install. Simple registration. You need not even enter any email. (Oddly the registration seemed "slow", for some reason?)

Anyway, the program is what it is, does what it does, & if it is something you can use, it is at least worth consideration.

Reply   |   Comment by therube  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#22

If you look at the 2nd & 5th examples on the Photo Stamp Remover product page you'll see the difference between this app vs. something like Inpaint -- Photo Stamp Remover can remove a watermark covering something like person's face without removing or destroying that part of the image.

#5: "I attempted to remove an object that was behind my granddaughter in a photograph. The object joined with her shoulder and although I was extremely careful in only marking the object the result smeared her shoulder into the position where the object had been."

With image editing you can come across this sort of problem fairly often, where you only want to effect a portion of the image rather than the whole thing or surrounding areas etc. The solution is to select just the portion of the image you want to work on. That sort of thing is easier when you're using a full-fledged image editor & the watermark or logo remover is part of the program or works as a plug-in, but then you're also throwing away some of Photo Stamp Remover's advantages, e.g. having an easy to use, lighter weight app that can batch correct that folder full of pictures you took before you realized the camera's date stamp was turned on.

If you want to use something like Photo Stamp Remover but need more selection tools, you can of course find & use something else that works as a plug-in, or you can open the original image in an editing app, then save the portions you want to work on, or save an altered copy of the original to work on that. Most all image editors will let you save the contents of a selection as a separate image, either directly or by copying the selection & pasting it to a new image you'll then save. When you're doing this sort of thing, saving & working with the new partial image in a format like .png that can preserve transparency can help, e.g. a white background is still a colored part of your new image, whereas a transparent background = nothing there at all.

The selection itself, often called a mask, is the area you selected, separate from the pixels making up your image. You can usually save the original with a mask intact in your image editor's own format, or sometimes as a .tif file, &/or you can often save the mask or selection so it can be loaded later. Then once you're done fixing a portion of the original in Photo Stamp Remover or whatever software, you can import or copy & paste it inside that mask, i.e. into the area covered by the mask. Specifics can vary a bit between image editors, but the main point is taking a part of an image, working on it elsewhere, then putting it back into place may be time consuming but isn't impossibly difficult.

When you 1st go to use the selection tools in an image editor it can seem to be fairly complicated because of all the options &/or tools, depending on the editing app. Usually you don't have to draw anything freehand. And it helps to remember that you can usually add to & remove from a selection, & you can invert the selection itself -- sometimes it's easier to select the part(s) you don't want, then invert the selection so it will include what you do want.

In the example above you might start with a type of tool that lets you click on different points along the granddaughter's shoulder, & then the tool finds the border where the color &/or brightness changes, drawing a smooth selection line between the points you clicked. This sort of tool is fairly common, but it can go by different names & the way you use it varies from one image editor to the next, so it is something you want to read the manual &/or help files on.

Continuing with the same example, the next step might be to use the Magic Wand tool, which looks for a range of similar colors. You set the tool's tolerance -- it's a balancing act between setting a close tolerance & having to click on more parts of the image, vs. setting the tolerance too loose so one click includes more than you want. If you were selecting the background to work on it, your selection might include some of her hair, so you'd set the magic wand tool to remove or subtract from that selection, then zoom in as necessary & click on the hair you didn't want included.

The final step before using your selection or mask is to almost always feather it, giving it a softer edge -- the human eye is designed to look for & notice contrast, so feathering your selection makes whatever you do less noticeable. And at that point in this example, with the background selected you can use whatever tools &/or plug-ins without touching the granddaughter's image, or with that selection as a new image file, work on it elsewhere & then merge the results back into place.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)
#21

@MikeR
I was unable to download the file, having received an error on the download page, but I am eager to try later. I'm certain that this GOTD should be operating much faster than you experienced, on any platform. I would think that with professional intensive video editing software, you would be running something more robust.

As a point of unbalanced comparison - as I have yet to try this software, I just upgraded to Win 8.1 x64 Pro w/ media center from Win8x64, with older components of 22GB PC3 12800 and 16000 mixed, Intel Core i7 950@3.07GHz


This is the real point here, that yes, the review was excellent and informative. It also highlights that as other previous posters have mentioned, there is no standardized quantitative feedback.

I submit that in return for the GOTD, we recipients provide better (more quantitative) feedback, couched with specifics about the platform on which we are testing their software. 8 minutes on PC3 8500 with an older processor would still be unacceptable, but it would be fair to be specific about the system it was tested on. This exchanges free software with bug reporting that is actually useful to the programmers. Through this, the companies can improve their products and may actually seek out the opportunity for free beta testing by posting to GOTD.

Also worth noting that the thumbs up or down should be expanded, also previously mentioned by other posters. Possibly dual reporting sets on the order of works as advertised, fails to work as advertised and separately, like it, don't like it. It might work fine, but fails to offer innovative features that are not free elsewhere, so thumbs up for working, thumbs down for liking. In either event, the rating system should be revamped.

Here is a direct link to CPUID:
ftp://ftp.cpuid.com/cpu-z/cpu-z_1.67-setup-en.exe

For the developer's benefit, I would run CPUID, click tools, click save report as .txt, and copy some pieces from the report the following to the bottom of the post:

Processors Information
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 4 (max 8)
Number of threads 8 (max 16)
Name Intel Core i7 950
Codename Bloomfield
Specification Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz
Package (platform ID) Socket 1366 LGA (0x1)
CPUID 6.A.5
Extended CPUID 6.1A
Core Stepping D0
Technology 45 nm
TDP Limit 130 Watts
Core Speed 2538.9 MHz
Multiplier x Bus Speed 19.0 x 133.6 MHz
Rated Bus speed 2405.2 MHz
Stock frequency 3066 MHz
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T, VT-x
L1 Data cache 4 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 4 x 32 KBytes, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 4 x 256 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L3 cache 8 MBytes, 16-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control yes


Chipset
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Northbridge Intel X58 rev. 13
Southbridge Intel 82801JR (ICH10R) rev. 00
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
PCI-E Link Width x16
PCI-E Max Link Width x16
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Size 22 GBytes
Channels Triple
Memory Frequency 534.5 MHz (2:8)
CAS# latency (CL) 7.0
RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 7
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 7
Cycle Time (tRAS) 20
Row Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC) 86
Command Rate (CR) 2T
Uncore Frequency 2138.0 MHz

Monitoring
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mainboard Model P6X58D PREMIUM


Granted I don't know what any of this really means, other than I spent too much money 2 years ago to watch youtube videos like "everything wrong with life of pi" and "leonard nimoy the ballad of bilbo baggins" and "maru the cat"

Given that, I'm sure more developers would read the feedback and do something if they knew in what specific capacity their software were being judged, as we offer a much greater platform capability test than they would come up with. Not the fastest, newest, or industry standard, but the kind of systems - all different and aging, that their average user might be using. Through this, we would encourage more companies to offer to GOTD, as they are receiving valuable feedback they would otherwise have to pay greatly to replicate, both in resources and hardware. And if some company thinks they can use GOTD to alpha test software that is not nearly ready for deployment, they would suffer a windfall of quantitative negative feedback that could potentially hurt their credibility for future sales. This would be great incentive for a company to only put forward a release candidate.

Reply   |   Comment by KP  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#20

Follow Asraf here for free and next to free software including Stamp Remover and Sketch Drawer Pro among others. Look carefully - a lot are free but some are for a very small fee. Worth a look.

http://sharewareonsale.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Marcy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#19

@#1 ... Sketch Drawer feature in "Picasa 3" and is freeware.

For removing objects in your photos .. INPAINT is excellent ($20 cost) and was a GAOTD a few months ago. You select with Inpaint the area to remove and THEN you tell it the area from which to compose the fill in. The program analyzes the project and can fill in missing handrails, window and the like(ie straight edged objects).

Use Picasa and Inpaint .. and you are set.

Merry Christmas!

Reply   |   Comment by N99kid  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#18

@2 TerryB

You only do see it from seller's side. As a freeware programmer on a now defunct platform I can see it from all sides. Therefore you and the donours should also see the user's side who don't want to restrict themselves to unpaid sort of beta testing. Without people like Giovanni and many others we wouldn't visit GOTD daily.

My point towards this software: As trial download from SoftOrbits' homepage isn't possible without activating javascript unnecessarily it's a no go for me independantly of its quality. To developpers: a simple download link would be sufficiant!

As it's ADVENT/Xmas time as XP-Man (thanks for your good "PDFill PDF Tools (Free)" trick and greetings!) reminded us yesterday:
Therefore it's time to repeat yesterday's download recommendations for best OCR software also for all people having missed the links:
http://forum.raymond.cc/threads/abbyy-finereader-5-0-pro-for-free.35458/ (repeatedly - it's usable in English and many other languages!)
http://fr7.abbyy.com/ScreenshotReader/ScreenshotReader_bonus.exe

To repeat download recommendation for a good commercial "two windows file manager" being able to show lists with sizes of all folders (and files) for my and perhaps your every day use and also for deleting big superfluous files:
http://www.mostiwant.com/blog/download-speedcommander-11-with-free-serial-key/.
It's still better than freeCommander but without portable variant. The layout of (storable+printable) filelists is different, too.

Helas Adobe no longer offer their old Photoshop+CS2+Acrobat for download without a disclaimer that use is illegal without having bought it in the past.

And thanks to everybody for all good postings and links!
Further forgotten legal links of the ABBYY type are very welcome.

Reply   |   Comment by Somebody  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#17

Last time gaotd had this, v5.5 in September this year, it ran fine for a couple or so weeks and then reverted to the unregistered version. So will it do it again? For the techie geeks out there, i did not use any cleaner software.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#16

Installs and registers without a hitch. No crapware bundled in. Your email address can be anything you feel like inventing; it’s only the keycode that counts.

Opens smoothly and imports images OK. Window is re-sizable, which may not seem like a major miracle but you’d be surprised, the amount of software out there that’s infuriatingly fixed pane stuff.

After importing an image though, things sadly go downhill. There’s no right-click functionality, a serious obstruction to ease of use. To re-check this, we tried right-clicking and holding so as to move the image area around the screen canvas. All that happened was that the marker pen, already operational by default, blobbed itself in a thick scrawl. Use of the Undo tool achieved nothing. Instead, it was necessary to go to the marker panel, click on the Deselect checkbox, and paint out the original marks – about as clunky a retrieval process as it’s possible to imagine.

Image post-process management requires some flexibility in zoom in / zoom out controls, but this software is unfortunately restricted to fixed percentages (up from 100 thru 150, 200 and then 400%; down from 100 thru 75, 50, 25 to 13%.) The restriction is not helpful.

The bigger the image, the better where post processing is concerned, so in my case I used some recent output from a Panasonic TZ25 and images with pixel dimensions of 4000 x 3000 equating to 22.22 inches wide by 16.67 inches high at 180 pixels per inch resolution. (Note: too often is software of this kind blamed for substandard performance when in fact, the camera-phone or tablet image was substandard to begin with by not containing enough digital information for the post processing program to utilise.)

With a zoom of 75% and the Marker set to a radius of 50, three selections were made. The elapsed time counter was unable to monitor progress and stopped at 0.7s: impressive, not. By stopwatch, the process completed in a mind-numbingly long 3 minutes 31 seconds, but the progress bar’s erratic left to right motion stalled too often for comfort, giving the impression that it had actually ceased to respond.

Object removal varied from OK to hopeless. OK was the removal of a very fine, distant telephone line across a cityscape, something probably undetectable on a quick viewing of the original image. Less good was the removal of a slightly larger section of the image (a chair.) Visually disastrous was the removal ofthe biggest selection: a man’s head and face staring into the camera from the bottom edge of the shot. The replacement substituted with the greenery of an adjacent bush, but was drawn with so sharp a contoured edge as to look like Mr Hedge Man had arrived from some distant Tolkien forest.

The quality of pixel blending in software such as this is of considerable importance, and the ability to adjust that blend, even more so. I found no way of softening the blend. Hitting Undo was the only way to take the shears to Mr Hedge Man; the image thus reverted back to its former state with the selected areas shimmering in red. This time, Tools/Options/Use texture generation to remove objects was set. with a fill texture size of 20 (the number randomly chosen by us, there being no help from the developer as to just exactly what math is in play here.)

Object removal was now initiated. Bizarrely, the bottom screen progress counter suddenly displayed 129.8 seconds, as if it had just remembered how long the first process had taken to complete. This time, removal seemed to go on and on and on, with the blue left to right progress bar jerking sideways seemingly when it felt like it and staying put when it didn’t: no incremental progress at all. Our stop watch ticked on but the program’s timer continued to show 129.8 seconds, that is, the elapsed time of the first removal operation rather than the current one.

After 5 minutes 22 seconds, the progress bar was at the halfway complete stage – though of course, that obviously meant nothing: conversion activity with this software seems to be no more accurately calibrated than it is accurately timed, so a halfway point of 5 minutes 22 seconds is likely as random as anything else in the unimpressive engineering.

Conversion finally ended after an epic 8 minutes 40 seconds according to our stopwatch and a mere 4.2 seconds according to the program's own counter. Object removal and replacement was superior to the first test run, confirming that the program works best when set to Use Texture Generation. However. . .

That conversion speed was hopeless (and this on a PC with 4GB RAM and quad core processor which happily runs intensive professional video editing software.) We actually thought the giveaway period itself might be over by the time Photo Stamp Remover finished its work.

Anyway. . . We decided to give it one last chance with the relatively simplesingle task of removing a distinctively thick electric cable strung out across the width of the image and with nothing but the sky behind it. Yet again, the program's elapsed time counter failed to initiate, and instead remained resolutely stuck at 4.2 seconds. And, yet again, it felt like we'd all reach pensionable age before the software had gotten anywhere near to finishing a task so elementary that rival offerings from developers like Teorex (Inpaint) and Tintguide (Picture Cutout Guide) would've raced through it in seconds.

Finally. . . the electric cable was successfully removed and replaced by the background sky. No complaints -- except that for a straightforward substitution, this took waaaaaay too long: 211.19 seconds according to the software's own counter (the figure only appeared at the conclusion of the process) and an almost unbelievable 6 minutes 52 seconds by our own timer.

Verdict: Photo Stamp Remover 6.1 is a heck of a way from being worth anything like its $50 retail price (or, in this instance, the cost of re-installing it should you download it today but need to re-install in future.)

I'm personally not as overjoyed as many appear here appear to be with InPaint, seeing as how the Open Source freeware original for all this kind of"seam carving" and "exemplar painting"** does just about as good a job as Teorex or any other commercial developer has ever managed. Even so: SoftOrbits' own performance is leagues behind that of its commercial rivals.

Thanks then, GAOTD, and SoftOrbits, but no thanks. At $50, nobody's going to expect Photo Stamp Remover 6.1 to compete with Adobe CS (my own personal post-processing software) but it should at least manage to impress in one or other area of operation for that kind of money. It doesn't, so. . . Uninstalled.

** If you're interested in seeing just what all these different developers are actually charging money for, there's good, informative reading to be found at these links:

http://white.stanford.edu/teach/index.php/Object_Removal.

And also here:

https://code.google.com/p/seam-carving-gui/

https://code.google.com/p/seam-carving-gui/downloads/list

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+56)
#15

The previous giveaway of this product was ver 5.5 .This is 6.1,IMHO worth a download to see improvements (or lack thereof). Another tool to add to the graphics toolbox as multiple tools might find the ONE that works for your needs. THX GOTD & SOFTORBITS

Reply   |   Comment by Bobby Baker  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#14

System: Windows 8.0, HP Pavilion with fast AMD multi-core processor.

The program installed with no issues at all. Unlike #4, I had no issues or lack of control when I started the program up. I tried it out on a test image, and it worked fine. However, it sure does look a great deal like Inpaint!

Unlike Inpaint, however, I did not see any easy way to change the "pen" size used to select the area to be worked on,which is one of my most-used tools in Inpaint. I was able to accomplish pretty much the same effect by using free-form or shaped selection boxes, but in my opinion there should be a simple option.

Bottom line: It works, does what it says it will do and looks like the author has a good start on what could evolve into a full-featured program, but its just not there yet - and at $49.99 - Well, I would hope that they're just test-marketing this price point to see if it will sell. I know that countless hours of work go into creating a program like this, but $50 is just too much.

Thanks, SoftOrbits, for letting us try your program. Keep at it!

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Magill  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#13

This is just a "smudger", not a remover, in the truest sense of the word.

For some unexplainable reason, Revo Uninstaller Pro does not show it among the removable programs.

Reply   |   Comment by CJ Cotter  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

We will try to offer a Sketch Drawer for a giveaway in the nearest feature. Now you can purchase it's regular version with a 70% discount, see the link above.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Reply   |   Comment by SoftOrbits  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+45)
#11

Installed an registered on a Win 8.1 64 Bit System without problems.

Clear and simple interface, does what it claims. Easy to use with different results depending on the object (of course!).

This tool like the others have one disadvantage. The automatic process takes the cloning information from the direct neighborhood. XP-Man #5 tells the result.

A good cloning tool like the well known expensive Photoshop with the cloning stamp lets the user define, from which area the cloning information should come. This is absolutely necessary when you want to remove objects or correct defects in front of (architectural) straight lines, sharp contrast or other well defined areas. Blue sky and green grass or desert dunes are on the other lower end of the difficulties.

In my eyes quite useless, but not only this software, all automated tools of this kind.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#10

Failed the launch the program

WIN XP SP3

Reply   |   Comment by Radu  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

I tried it before and the the photos look ok. It all depends on what kind of background you have. If you have a solid color background the the result is good. Inpaint is easier to use and costs $20 vs this that costs $50.
As for Comment 1 from B M
Try Photoscape free while waiting for the sketch Drawer. It has a sketch drawer filter and oil paint filter and a few other.

Reply   |   Comment by ASBY  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#8

Does what it claims but honestly there's no need to pay 50 bucks for doing that....

http://www.magix.com/us/free-download/photo-designer/functions
http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/paintnet/tp/clone-stamp.htm
http://www.rw-designer.com/image-editor
http://liquidrescale.wikidot.com/en:examples + http://registry.gimp.org/node/27986 + http://registry.gimp.org/node/144
https://github.com/bootchk/resynthesizer
http://www.scriptol.com/design/gimp/removing-objects.php
http://www.photo-toolbox.com/free/clone-stamp-tool.html
http://photo-toolbox.com/free/photo-blemish-remover.html
http://www.gimpology.com/submission/view/how_to_remove_a_watermark_the_fast_amp_easy_way_
http://nps.nookkin.com/features.ndoc
http://www.pcdon.com/032209IrfanviewCloneTool.html

Don't want to install anything in your system?

http://clippingmagic.com

==> ^_^ LOL <== Enjoy !!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+134)
#7

@1 SoftOrbits Sketch Drawer is as you think, it's a great programme and as they are doing 70% off it is worth thinking about buying, converted over to £ it equals £9 +, have a look on their site. Anyway to-days give away is also a nice bit of kit, can take some time to complete individual photo's while others take seconds, I like it and have been using it for ages, not everyones cup of tea, and no doubt we will be getting a long list of alternative freebies, but this is free for to-day so what have you got to lose, give it a go, no like then unistall, simple as. Wishing everyone on GAOTD a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Reply   |   Comment by Popz  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)
#6

Simple no-nonsense installation, unfortunately that was the end of the good news.
I attempted to remove an object that was behind my granddaughter in a photograph. The object joined with her shoulder and although I was extremely careful in only marking the object the result smeared her shoulder into the position where the object had been.
I have had much better success with other similar and cheaper programs, at $50 I want perfection and this didn't give it.
Removing from my computer, not worth the space.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+55)
#5

Installed fine on Win 8 BUT when I tried to use it, it made my PC go crazy! For about 5 minutes I couldn't even get process manager to respond. Several aps and windows kept flashing on and off at fast rate, all at once. Finally got process manager to work and stopped it, and all went back to normal. Can't imagine why it did that & I've never had that happen before so no idea how to solve it. I'm too scared of ruining my PC with it now, so uninstalling. Sorry! It probably will work fine on most PCs. Don't pass it up because of me.

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#4

Re #1 and 2: that product has been given away!
On 4 February 2013

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/sketch-drawer-rerun/

Reply   |   Comment by gergn  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)
#3

@1 I'm sure if it was in their commercial interest they'd launch that here, too. But this is essentially a promotional site. Wishful thinking is fine, but that's not why we comment here.
We give feedback on a product as offered.
That being said, your recommendation of their other product will no doubt be welcome if it encourages purchases.

Reply   |   Comment by TerryB  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-77)
#2

The *only* reason to use this software is to remove someone else's copyright info so that you can steal their photo. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes the removal of copyright info illegal and provides for additional penalties over and above the fines for the theft. DMCA convictions can result in prison time, not just fines.

I wonder what SoftOrbits would say if someone stole their code, removed their name from it, and sold or gave it away. That is *exactly* the same thing as what this programme is intended to be used for.

It's not just my opinion that using this software is illegal, Google the DMCA and you'll see it is the law and has been for over a decade.

Of course, this comment will be removed if it's even allowed in the first place, but it needs to be said. Shame on SoftOrbits for producing this software and shame on GAOTD for helping to distribute it.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-73)
#1

I Love this program I have been using it for a couple of years now,it does what it says it does,

great program BUT, I have seen it on here so many times already
what I would really like to see on here and I have been waiting very patiently is the SoftOrbits Sketch Drawer it looks like an amzing program also,
so what do you say softorbits will you put the SoftOrbits Sketch Drawer on here for us someday soon???

Thank you GAOD and softorbits, but I'll pass today 8=)

Reply   |   Comment by B M  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-55)
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