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Photomizer Retro 2.0 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Photomizer Retro 2.0

Brilliant and easy image editing for nostalgia-fans and creative amateur photographers.
$39.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 204 26 comments

Photomizer Retro 2.0 was available as a giveaway on September 5, 2014!

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Brilliant and easy image editing for nostalgia-fans and creative amateur photographers. Photomizer Retro has one thing above all: A great nostalgia-function in order to give you the possibility to create charming retro images. The software turns the image editing upside down and helps you to give new photos an old splendour.

The simulation of old cameras and black-and-white films helps you to revive the very special charm of past eras. For this purpose, the program was equipped with special retro filters in order to reproduce the peculiarities of many historic cameras and film material that has not been available for a long time. Together with the new frames and the surprisingly effective Lo-Fi alternative you guarantee a lot of surprising effects in your digital slide shows and photo books. By the way, Lo-Fi is the simulation of a nearly extinct type of photography with simple equipment, like for instance a pinhole camera.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8 (x32/x64); .NET Framework 4.0 (if necessary, it will be installed); Min. 1 Gigabyte RAM (2 GByte recommended); CPU 1 GHz, (a fast Dual-Core or a Quad-Core recommended); Online Internet connection required to activate the software.


Engelmann Media GmbH



File Size:

42.0 MB



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Sodomizer Retro is a dandy at creating charming retro sceneries :) Thumbs up!

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Not needed,no install,but,Karls comment caught my attention. It would seem,that after every recent give-away completion, that a separate "confirmation" plus offering a "discount" window opens on Internet Explorer.Irregardless of whether or not you were open in IE to begin with.This is problematic,at best,slows loading and confirmation time,and burns up unnecessary bandwidth,much to my chagrine. In my case,it opens in Opera,because I loathe IE,and will NOT,repeat NOT install it.EVER.Straight to the point-I think IE is paying Devs / Sites off to have these windows open,in IE,just to generate traffic on IE. Correct me if I am wrong,please,but this seems to be an ever-growing trend amongst Give-away sites,and because of my Loathe of IE,I have now come to the conclusion that it is payola,so to speak.IE is so bad, that it is paying sites to use it.Wake up,and smell the coffee.The reason that we avoid IE ,like the plague that it is,is because it,quite simply,is irrelevant.Get on track,back to the point where you don't have to pay,or offer incentives,to be used !! Correct me if I am wrong !! Honestly,I would love to be educated if I have reached the wrong conclusion.

Reply   |   Comment by vanierstein  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Tip to the developers. Ensure that your software honour the default browser settings. As keen as I am to try this software the fact that it will open IE, as mentioned by others, ensures that I won't.

Reply   |   Comment by cryptq1  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I bought this a couple of months ago (it was $7.99 at the time) as I had just finished converting an old DuaFlex II twin-lens reflex into a digital camera by showhorning a Raspberry Pi into it. I wanted to trim the resulting photos to a square format and apply grain and high contrast to make them as like the original 2.25" prints as possible.

There is no batch mode that will let me do this. I have to trim externally and then process the images one by one manually.

The results are reasonable but too "Instagram" in style - there's no simple plain filter that just does an accurate historical effect.

Maybe worth $7.99; definitely good enough for free, but not worth full retail.

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

I appreciate the warnings above about this program requiring Internet Explorer and installing Bing without asking. I will stay away because of these. Many other programs do similar things without all the annoying side effects & security issues.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr. Dave  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I left ALL my protections in place (& with the exception of "pushy advertising") Everything installed great - I applied for & received my reg key within 30 sec. - DID NOT enter before update was installed - entered the reg key (BY THE WAY) where is SAYS "Registration Key" then click on "check reg key" & if you haven't screwed up "right click" & "copy" - Then paste your reg key - then check it & up pops a small dialogue box which says "Congratulations" you now have a fully functioning program - which by the way is great looking & I have NO PROB with speed. I am recording (digitizing) my record collection (1000 LP's) & surfing & installing & then I did a folder (sub-directory for us old-timers) and changed 300 photos & it did the changes within a couple of minutes. Running Win 8.1 64 bit - 8 Gb's Ram - 2 TB hd space - this is a dell notebook - 2 monitors (one a touch screen - the ext one - 5.1 surround sound - GREAT program & thanks again GOTD & Engelmann :)

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Roberts  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

thaks giovanni, good to get some tips from you again!, btw: where can we find you when you are not on gaotd??

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

I get so much more out of the FREE PaintDotNet!
Meh, I'll pass. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Buskieboy  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have a Photomizer Retro giveaway from another website since 2013.
But that is named same as today's giveaway with the suffix "SE".

I have kept it because it has supposed filter effects for the following Black and White negative films:

Agfa APX (ASA 100)
Polaroid Polapan
Kodak Panatomic X
Kodak Plus X Pan (ASA125)

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

@batsdude/#16: http://www.photofiltre-studio.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Karl Gustav  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

batsdude #16 Go to http://www.photofiltre-studio.com/pf7-en.htm

Reply   |   Comment by roj  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

NYB (#3) neglected to mention that the Photofiltre site is in French.

Reply   |   Comment by batsdude  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

German companies are usually more pushy and persistent in their marketing than US or Chinese and Engelmann is by far the worst. That popup about their annoying and IMHO useless DriverUpdater will come up many many times in future, too, whenever you launch the program, or when it connects to it's servers online, etc. I have complained to them in writing several times, and in not so kind words sometimes, but they never respond to this issue, even if you are a paid customer. This is why, although I have most of their software installed, I never use any of them anymore and will not upgrade or even look at anything they offer. This is how you can turn a good customer into a -practically- hater. Keep pushing that driver, Engelmann, until you drive all your customers away.

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)

@7 Charles Mintoff

To register, click on ?, Registration:

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

It would have been better if the developer offered an up-to-date installation rather than having to wait for an update for a freshly installed program; especially considering it is for promotional purposes.

MAYBE it’s because I refuse to ‘turn-off’ my antivirus software for ANY software installation, but I’ve tried three email addresses and still do not have a registration code.

@7 / Charles Mintoff [Lucky you got the code] Close the program and reopen it. If it opens directly to the main window, if it’s not registered, the words ‘Evaluation version’ will appear in the upper right. From here you can left-click on the question mark in the upper left (a window will open) then left-click on ‘registration’.
A pop-up window should appear (IF IT’S NOT ALREADY REGISTERED) telling you that you have two days remaining and a box to enter your license key.

If that doesn’t work, try clicking on ‘Free trial key’; or the little lock symbol with the word ‘Registration’ in the upper left.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Cox  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Well first I DIDN'T turn off my spyware, firewall Etc as instructed for downloading. Little problem installing but having to waste even more time waiting for it to re-install the update (Complete re-install - WHY??) didn't impress me.

Opened program and lots of grey buttons, certainly not intuitive or nice to look at. Limited selection of options i.e. a few frames. minor grain changes (not worth bothering with) a few colour effects and the ability to rotate - Wow.

I would have expected something much more modern, smoother and just more professional if I am to consider paying for this but as it is, it is worse than a lot of shareware I have seen.

I shall have a bit more of a play around and perhaps I might find something I actually like about it but it isn't looking too promising.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Does what it claims pretty well and honestly 63% THUMBS DOWN is a shame.

However you can do the same with open source GIMP:



Or with PAINT.NET:


See also:

For a more comprehensive IMAGE EDITOR app, I recommend this brand new excellent product:


Enjoy!! ^_^

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+108)

Thumbs down. Began installation based on Karl's marginally good review despite the fact that many other programs including the free Picasa will do what this program promises. I was careful to be sure that there were no surprise "add-ons" being installed, yet when I neared the end of the install, I got a popup window confirming that I wanted to change my search engine to Bing.

Glad that I had not disabled my protective programs or would not have known this prog was trying to install other, unwanted programs. I stopped trying to install, but had to use Task Explorer to close the setup window because it would not close otherwise.

I don't use, nor like iExplorer. Uninstalled

Reply   |   Comment by Bill Marsh  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)

It would be nice if the developers would check on the user's default browser, opening Internet Explorer has in the past driven my computer into meltdown, fortunately not this time.
Once the rigmarole of installation and registration had been completed it opened up to quite a usable interface, I do like the split screen.
Became very interested in photography in the 1950s and none of their filters except the last one, Panatomic X stirred any distant memories.
The film grain effects were far too weak even at maximum when compared with the early days of really high-speed film, 200 ASA say of Royal X Pan, where the grain looked more like gravel.
The sepia filter, sepia being even before my time, it didn't do too bad a job of, but it is hard to catch the wonderful depth and richness of a true sepia photograph.

A true retro filter system would have been a wonderful program, where you could emulate the glorious Leonar Grandamo (spelling!) range of papers, or some of the developers that enhanced the edges, or even the effects of developing film in a paper developer as used by newspaper photographers.
Sadly it did none of these, but today's digital photographers may find it useful, but it's not retro!

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)

Installed Software and received the serial code but cant find where to insert it can anybody tell me

Reply   |   Comment by Charles Mintoff  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

Installed OK, I also hated that fact that it opened IE, I never use it. Also, on the registration page, where you enter your name and Email, its still in German, but that isn't too much of an issue.

I was sent TWO emails with my registration code, did they think one might have been sent to the spam bin?

This looks like interesting software, I often post vintage photos of my village onto our FaceBook community page, now, it seems I can make my own "vintage" photos. :)

Fairly easy to use, OK, its a keeper but I'll also look at the other "freebies" mentioned above.

Thanks GATD ... and thanks to the software publisher.

I wont comment on the use of it, its straight forward, idiot proof in fact, and the results all depend on how the person at the time has the settings, so anything I say wouldn't mean much to anyone else, except, as I said, its pretty straight forward.

The only bad point was the opening of IE against my will... most publishers detect the default browser and use that.

Reply   |   Comment by Henk Van Helmond  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

Sorry, was thinking of virtualPhotographer http://www.optikvervelabs.com/

but photofliltre is very good too:)

Reply   |   Comment by NYB  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

Installed and registered the hard way on a Win 8.1.2 Pro 64 bit system. Is an extra installed WebReg.exe really needed, Engelmann??? And why do you insist to call the Iexplorer to promote your "super easy driver updater"?

Okay, after installation, the program can be updated immediately to the newest version.

An stylish understandable resizable interface opens, you can select filters to give your pictures the "oldfashioned" style, select grain structure and frames.

In the middle screen the before/after effect picture is shown with a slider to control your settings.

If you ever wanted to make your modern Nikon to a pinhole camera - you can take this. A good working set of so called "retro filters".

I am happy, that with my modern equipment, I have no longer the X-Pro II style with false colors.

Does as a stand alone software, what (installed or extra) filters in other photo software do.

Engelmann has renamed the "Run" button to "Start optimization now". It's really a question of definition.

I'll keep it as a tool to play with.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+86)

Seems interresting, but I will stick with free and portable Photofiltre 7 (http://www.photofiltre-studio.com/pf7.htm) Does all this and much, much more.
Thank you anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by NYB  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

Automatic image improvement
Amazing results with underwater photos of fish
Ability to convert 100s of images in a single batch
Very simple to use
Optimize for web, image frame, archive, even make an HDR
Only the parts of the image that need touch up are adjusted.

The image information (EXIF) is sometimes not visible in the main screen
Slow processing with large number of images
The photos did not rotate based on their meta-data
Lack of manual (But honestly, its not necessary)

Overall, it is a handy image editor that can rekindle the spark for vintage and revive old memories through photos.

Alternative Recommend:
SoftOrbits Photo Digital Suit @ http://www.discountandfree.net/discount/softorbits-photo-digital-suite-personal
PicMonkey Free @ http://www.picmonkey.com/
Fotor Photo Editor free online @ http://www.fotor.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Tang  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+94)

I have using a related free photo and image watermarking software, called Image Watermark Studio.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-129)
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