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Simple Photo Editor 1.3 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Simple Photo Editor 1.3

Make a perfect postcard from your digital photo!
$24.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 185 28 comments

Simple Photo Editor 1.3 was available as a giveaway on September 14, 2015!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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Convert any video to MP4, AVI, MOV, M4V, WAV, MKV, FLV, WMV and other general.

Make a perfect postcard from your digital photo! Be it a passer-by, a hanging wire or just a shadow, you can erase all unwanted objects easily in one click! Simple Photo Editor will help to select the whole object and re-create what’s beneath it, making a clean postcard without blemishes and distractions.

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

System Requirements:

Windows NT/ 2000/ 2003/ SBS 2003/ 7/ 8





File Size:

10 MB



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Danger if you use high-resolution images: This program can drastically alter image resolution details. If you start out with a 300 DPI/PPI image, and use this program for any editing feature, when you save the file, make sure you save it with a different name because the image will be reduced in resolution to 96 DPI/PPI. The program may be fine for images that do not need a high-resolution, such as web graphics; just make sure you understand that it does not respect the high resolution values (does not retain them).

After performing actions, the Undo feature may not get your image back to what ti was previously; at least if the file is saved after doing the Undo. Compare file sizes from before and after to see how the image has been altered.

Confirmed also that the Help menu does not start a Help program.

Also, the Send Feedback got me to a 404 page. They have changed page names on their website, but have not changed the data in the program.

Finally, before installing the 1.3 version, I checked with the previous version of the program. It has mysteriously become unregistered, the same as all the other Soft-Orbits programs I had installed.* I tried re-registering the previous version using the key for this version. That works, however exiting and then restarting the program again displayed that it had lost its registration again (reverted to a trial version). Therefore, very likely the Soft-Orbit programs revert to trial versions (regardless of a valid key) after a period of time has passed. Installing the new version, and using the new key allows the program to stay registered, at least for now. Since it has become common knowledge that Soft-Orbits programs become un-registered, even after Soft-Orbits has claimed that the problem has been resolved (and not just on this forum), I don't expect this program will remain registered either. Since Soft-Orbits requires the e-mail address to register, obviously they could inform all of the users that the problem has been resolved, and inform them how to ensure this Soft-Orbit programs will remain registered. Soft-Orbits has not done that. You might think I am upset that Soft-Orbits is operating this way, however I am perfectly content that they do this. I do not mind that they are destroying their own reputation. They have done nothing other than claim the program has been resolved, but have provided no details to reinstate valid registrations for those that became un-registered. The problem was pointed out in forums similar to this one long before Soft-Orbits claimed they did anything. To me that is too late. I cannot recommend their software to any organization I work with until it has becomes clear to everyone affected that their reputation has been repaired.

Soft-Orbits has produced some excellent programs, albeit generally simple versions of other sophisticated tools. Regardless, the Soft-Orbits programs has consistently filled a niche in any techie's toolbox, if only they would allow the program to remain registered. Thankfully there are many alternatives that can fill the same niche, some even better, so no great loss in any event. For everyone's benefit (and less hassle), I hope they can get their act together.

* For each program I install, I capture screens and record each step of the setup, especially including the entry of registration keys, and the result of the registration/activation process. Therefore, I have an excellent record showing that each of the Soft-Orbits programs did successfully register/activate during the initial install, however a short period later, revert back to un-registered.

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

What ticks me off the most, is that sometimes you can't properly uninstall the program that was working just fine before activation or licensing issues popped up.

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

The design is very poor. I can't use any software that the GUI of the sw is black or dark or dark gray.
Don't get it why you cant use the classic windows 7 design and why the buttons must me that ugly with no color.
Please think to redesign your softwares. So much simplicity on GUI, on dark GUI, is no good!

I reinstall it from the first second of use. Sorry.

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

Earlier today I thought I'd write a longer story. Just as well, then, that after all I did not find the time.

Admittedly I was sceptical at first about the Simple Photo Editor, for this software is really a poor-looking fellow. One of its options, though, triggered enough my curiosity so as to try it out: Object removal.

Do not expect the SPE to magically "erase all unwanted objects easily in one click. On the other hand: If you exercise some patience, and use common sense in the sequence of what you wish to mark and remove, this app will perform quite well. Yes, it did so to my own surprise! I finished off a few minor details of the resulted picture (cloning sand patches, elongating lines etc.), by reprocessing it in Paint.NET [Regardless of which Image Editor I initially use, having saved those in-between steps in either "*.tif" or "*.bmp", Paint.NET will invariably be my final stop — adding frames and/or text, minimally re-adjusting colour/brightness/contrast or whatever else I fancy.]

This photograph was taken on a Portuguese beach this summer. It's not out of paranoia that I did not upload the large-size originals, but I simply would not have my grand-daughter's image travelling the cyberspace. I believe that this small animated [before/after] .gif shall give you a fair idea of what today's GOTD may accomplish.


P.S. Sorry, but I'll be deleting even this small pictures within the next 24 hours.

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

Installed the program on a Win10-64 Pro; no glitch

Cloud removed:

First one bird, then another bird.
Then selection of the big bird:
Removal of the big bird took some time: 15 min.

Selection of all the windows and removed with Inpaint-function:

There is a difference between Inpaint and Texture:

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

Good Morning!

I downloaded, installed and registered "Simple Photo Editor 1.3 on a Win 10 Pro system in under 10 minutes. No issues observed.

I imported a photo of my step daughters room. She's a Cornell graduate, 35 and I would just say that the money a quarter million
was wasted. Social grace, neatness, organizational skills are not improved at Cornell. Needless to say this photo had hundreds of
items worthy of removal. I completed a number of enhancements as well. The only normal object in the room was a lamp I loaned her
and I was able to crop it and print a photo. On the bright side Bambi was always a straight A student and her scholarship paid for
her Cornell Degree.

I am keeping and may6 upgrade this Give Away.

Thank You GOTD and SoftObits!

Rick Martin

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

If/when you select Remove from the menu or menu bar, Simple Photo Editor lets you choose how you want to remove something -- Inpainting, Texture generation, or Quick Remove. You use the selection tools to mask what you want to go away -- on a small jpg it was fast & Undo instant, so no big deal to try all 3 methods. If you click on the Tools menu, one of the choices is Remove Background -- that gives you the option to select both the foreground & background individually, & gives you 3 options for the background, including Photo. If you click on the View menu you can change the GUI's theme, so if you don't like dark gray you don't have to live with it.

Simple Photo Editor itself is a small app that adds the program's folder, Start Menu &/or Desktop shortcuts, & 2 registry keys -- one for uninstall, & the above referenced softorbits key. That makes it pretty painless to try out. It's not going to replace a more full-featured image editing app, but it's not a one-trick pony either. And since it can save in lossless formats like .tif, Simple Photo Editor can fit into your workflow -- you don't have to do all of your editing here. If the image editor you like to use doesn't include good inpainting options, you can still use it along with Simple Photo Editor.

If you're going to use the built-in inpainting tool in P/Shop, there's a great chance you'll use selections [masks] to control when, where, & on what the tool works. In most image editing apps you can almost as easily save just the part(s) of an image where you want to use inpainting, & open those in Simple Photo Editor [or Inpaint etc.], saving the results as a new file that you'll open in your preferred image editing app, where you'll copy/paste the results into the original image.

Yes, that may be too much bother for some folks -- whether something is worth the extra time & trouble is up to you. Sometimes inpainting is the best choice, & sometimes you'll get better results with a cloning tool, though to use a cloning tool without leaving traces can often be pretty difficult. If you're not happy with the results, splitting an image into one or more parts for inpainting may be almost the only alternative, & it can be quicker than going through a bit of painstaking work with a cloning brush, though this is definitely one of those "mileage may vary" things, where it depends on the image, your standards, & your skill level.

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

Installed the program on a Win8.1-64; no glitch

Disappearance of a leaf

Also a shrub; a little bit to much area selected:

This one needs extra step:

Also this one needs extra steps:

And this one didn't give good results:

And sometimes are the results strange:
Is this bad or good?

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

So how does this make a postcard... the exact title and subject line sent to my email:

"Make a perfect postcard from your digital photo!"

I go to their site but no examples. No examples here either. I don't need another photo editor. I want to know what I was baited for... exactly how to get the To: and From: lines and postcard writing area and all that graphic stuff attached to my photos, easy, that no other editor can do. I don't like being pitched on it, to come here and find nothing about it! No examples in all the posts above either. It would be great to see some postcard examples of what it can do.

Reply   |   Comment by Ruth Collis  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

It doesn't want to install on Win 10 pro 64bit unfortunately. I tried even "run as administrator". It starts with a default asking for a confirmation of an installation and nothing happens after.

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

This happens to me a lot on my 64-bit systems. It seems to occurs most frequently when the installer is Java-based.
You can try this - it works for me most of the time.
1) Open an Administrator command prompt where the setup file has been extracted(Win+X, choose "elevated command prompt", or see http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2790-elevated-command-prompt-open-windows-10-a.html for other ways).
2) If your setup file (often "setup.exe") is in C:\GAOTD, first execute:
to make sure your setup file is there and what's its called. If it's "setup.exe", then
Obviously, pick another file name to execute if it makes sense. See if that makes it install. Good luck.

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

I installed on Win 10/64bit.. installed with Admin rights.. asked for License and took just fine.. I have other things with Win 10 installed fine also... I did nothing special.

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

Help not working when selected in program although the file is in the directory.

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

"as I can work out (though I may have missed it) there is no way to select the area that it’s going to use to replace the area to be removed."

If there isn't it's hard to see how some of the specimen images on the web site were achieved using this program alone.

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

Your post prompted me to have another look. Still can't find a way to use an area away from the image to infill. I almost agree with you regarding the images on site. They are pretty good no doubt, but with a good algorithm I think they can all be achieved by using the immediate adjacent pixels- even the guy in front of the building where his shoulder is placed in the removed image there is nothing too specific painted in.
Maybe I was a little over critical but...... I have often got the best result by having the ability to choose- perhaps I'm a bit picky!!!

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

Does registering a SoftOrbits program still REMOVE registrations from other SoftOrbit programs ?

Reply   |   Comment by Stewart Wallace  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

We fixed an issue with activation. Can ensure that current giveaway will not lose it after feature installation of any other our software. However, some old giveaways in some cases may lose activation (not for all users, the most will have no problems). Sorry about that.

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

@Stewart Wallace,

Yes, sir, I'm afraid the problem DOES still exist. (See my post ... #4.)

Reply   |   Comment by Mick  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

My SoftOrbits " Photo Retoucher " has gone back to trial...

Reply   |   Comment by justkenny  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

My SoftOrbits ” Photo Retoucher ” has also gone back to trial !!??

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

Yet again, after installing today's giveawayoftheday program, activation from my paid for version of SoftOrbits Digital Photo Suite has been removed. I get the message "Activation error. The license key has been already activate." yet today's offering functions correctly.

Reply   |   Comment by Mick  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

Yes, Mick (4). I too am often asked to enter a registration / activation code on giveaways here - although that was done when apps were installed - and I always disable updates.
I now make a note file of the registration information and keep it in the installed folder. Often, but not always, reentering the information will fix the problem.
In all fairness, although I am very careful with any ‘cleaner’ it may be of my own doing that this occurs. However, I still recommend copying your registration info.

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

Downloaded ok on Windows 10 64bit. Have to submit email address to get reg key.I don't like this address harvesting in principle but I'll go along with it. Typical grey on greys interface which I find is difficult to see- at least on my screen; had to adjust angle to get any sort of contrast.
Didn't think the drag and drop image was working, there's no kind of outline moved but when you move away from drop zone there it is.
Does a bit more than just removing image so is a bit of a jack of all trades which could be good, BUT as far as I can work out (though I may have missed it) there is no way to select the area that it's going to use to replace the area to be removed. For me this is a complete deal breaker as your stuck with what it deems the correct replacement pixels. This means then that it will work reasonably well on simple backgrounds but throw complexity or a pattern at it and it's lost it- and you can't help with suggested areas.
So from me thanks but no thanks; it doesn't do it for me. I'll stick to my old favourite INPAINT which I find is about the best going if you spend a little time with it

Reply   |   Comment by Revcoling  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

I have Windows 10, and I couldn't get it to download. I used the download link for email too. The message I got was that Windows Photo Viewer did not support the program. I contacted a Windows Tech and was told that Windows 10 does not have Windows Photo Viewer...instead it has Windows Pro. The tech said I would have to contact the software people that offered the program I want and ask them to make it Windows 10 compatible. So how did you make it work for you? Actually, I haven't been able to download ANY photo editing programs from GAOTD, all for the same reason.

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

On opening a fashionable dreary looking interface is presented.

As with most removal (editing?) programs of this type it is most suitable for uncomplicated images. That is images where the background is more or less homogeneous.

A test on a more complicated image produced unusable results whatever method of selection used.

It would have to be much better for me to be willing to pay $25 for such a limited functionality.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+48)

It was here offered before, but perhaps not the same version.

It looks convincing at first but when actually trying to remove objects, you will find, your clone-brush in Photoshop works way better. I do not recommend SoftOrbits Photo Editor on grounds that it is imperfect for the job it advertises. But still, give it a try and see for yourself.

Reply   |   Comment by xenox  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)

You're comparing a $25 giveaway to a $20 _per_month_ subscription product--of course it won't be as good.

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

How about comparing this with FREE IrfanView, Inkscape or twisted Brush? :D

Reply   |   Comment by Darkraver  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
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