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Soft Orbits Photo Retoucher 5.0 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Soft Orbits Photo Retoucher 5.0

Removes imperfections from digital photos.
$49.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 267 (84%) 51 (16%) 31 comments

Soft Orbits Photo Retoucher 5.0 was available as a giveaway on August 26, 2018!

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If you are not a professional photographer (or even if you are), it is not always possible to take a clean picture. People or unwanted objects are the things that can spoil a really good shot, but don't hurry and delete it. SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher is also designed to work with other tasks: removing skin imperfection, cleaning up film grain and digital noise, removing scratches and spots, reconstructing damages images, etc.


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

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10

Publisher:

SoftOrbits

Homepage:

http://photoretoucher.org/

File Size:

24.2 MB

Price:

$49.99

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#16

Those people of SoftOrbits are not afraid to give themselves more than one thumb upwards.
Since 2006 they have always offered the same programs, and a figure does not matter more after the decimal point.
No reaction on the Russian site and that is a fact. All their programs were intended for Windows 2000, XP and beyond, but they do not tell that anymore.

About Us

SoftOrbits is an award winning software development company. SoftOrbits was founded in 2006 to develop tools and utilites for home users. By focusing on a several products, directing our efforts towards its development and support, and minimizing corporate overhead, we deliver maximum value to our customers.

Our goal is to create convenient, high-performance, and most effective software. Hundreds of thousands of people using our software have made the right choice. Our services are recognized among OISV, SWRUS, ISDEF members.

OISV Contributing MemberISDEF member
Contacts

Address: Russia, Smolensk
214000, 25-Sentyabrya, 54

Phone:+1 (209) 890-83-43

Fax: 0871 266 4480

Support:support@softorbits.com

Contacts

Sales:sales@softorbits.com

Reply   |   Comment by Ivanovich  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#15

I am not a big fan of this publisher. However they have addressed the issue of their programs being deactivated. Check out comment 3 on this link....

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/video-watermark-maker-1-4/

Reply   |   Comment by brenda  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#14

I installed Photo Retoucher and my other SoftOrbits giveaways (Sketch Drawer and Easy Photo Denoise) are still registered, licenses were not affected. I'm thinking this whole issue of licenses getting trashed when you install a different SoftOrbits giveaway, is a thing of the past. Has anyone had this problem in the past 6 months? I would seriously like it if SoftOrbits themselves would say something about this, one way or the other, but from my experience it's no longer a problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr.Dave  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#13

I've tried to download 9 or 10 times. Consistently says, "application not found". Guess I'll just continue to use InPaint.

Reply   |   Comment by Barbara Thompson  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Barbara Thompson,
reboot fixes most issues
if it doesn't then
start your browser in safe mode

Reply   |   Comment by MOV  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

MOV, I've already shut down the computer for the night so I guess I'll miss this one. Thanks for the response though.

Reply   |   Comment by Barbara Thompson  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

Movavi Photo Editor software does much more than Soft Orbits Photo Retoucher and it is also cheaper.

Reply   |   Comment by Bella  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

Wasn't going to try it until I saw all the controversial comments. Installed on Win 10 fine. Registered fine. Is on par with similar products (such as InPaint). This one has a manual clone tool as well, which is nice. I don't think it's a $50 program, but it is nice. Some commenters have said that there are free alternatives. I'm not aware of any. Of course GIMP can do anything, but it's difficult to use.

I'm not an employee, a paid reviewer, or anything like that. -kunkel321

Reply   |   Comment by Steve Kunkel  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Example "before and after." https://i.imgur.com/8RlwNV5.jpg This is with just one pass. -kunkel321

Reply   |   Comment by Steve Kunkel  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Just tried to use Soft Orbits Sketch Drawer from 6-21-2018.
Surprise! Deactivated .

Reply   |   Comment by JIM  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#9

Click on "get free activation key" and nothing happens. Deleted.

Reply   |   Comment by joe salerno  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#8

Some examples, some originals and some results.
Some bad and some quite OK:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ao2jajyak9v4vzh/AADAsuS8b6Kb0gfR6L3myryXa

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#7

All those basic tools are touted as professional and are way exaggerated. Any photo editor can do those and even better because you can set the level of corrections, here they are preset in stone and annoying.
Watch out for the windows registries, they will be filled with hundred upon hundreds of useless stuff and the software will de-register on its own after few months.

Reply   |   Comment by Berry  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#6

Download link from giveawayoftheday is not working.
Get message OOPS pagina dont work anymore.
How can i get it for free today?

Reply   |   Comment by Bart  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Bart, maybe your Windows has leftovers from other actions with the GOTD-site.
Try to clean-up the browser, your cookies?, %temp% etc.
Restart and try again.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#5

Don't let that put you of Hettie these things happen right click again and run as administrator and it will eventually install

Reply   |   Comment by Bert  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#4

I download it, extract the files and then when I tried to open it only say Access denied??

Reply   |   Comment by Hettie  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#3

I've been using the industry standard Inpaint from Teorex for many years. It is also given away here occasionally. The best part, it's only $20.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Gary: your comment might mislead some here, seeing as how you're comparing a single-function software with a multi-function software. No matter how good a monocycle might be with its one wheel, it ain't ever going to be comparable to a 4WD Jeep.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Teorex software doesn't un-register

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#2

The last time a version of this software was offered, not a single review appeared in the comment thread. Just complaints about the developer's alleged de-activation practices. Here, then, is a review of this latest version, as tested today.

Downloaded and installed without a problem. Executable checked with VirusTotal. Result: 100% clean. Process slightly elongated as the activation code has to be obtained during the installation process itself. User is also required to provide an email address and name, but as the code immediately appears on-screen rather than being emailed, you might as well write anything in the boxes. Note that the install will also dump a shortcut to 'My Software deals' on your desktop. Delete it.

Reference to the developer's website is always advisable when using image management software. SoftOrbits provides a gallery of before-and-after images, the first of which -- "Removing tourists from a photo" -- is blatantly misleading, seeing as how no software is psychic enough to know just what hidden visual information actually looks like. The 'after' shot view of the building at right, complete with the base of its blue-painted window surround, is faked.

As the reliability of that example ruled out wasting time on any others in the developer's gallery, I instead selected a batch of different images from my archive representing different technical challenges on which to try PhotoRetoucher 5.0.

The re-sizeable GUI is pleasant enough if slightly unusual in that there's only a righthand area allocated to manual controls (the Toolbox.) No controls are at left. This means the image butts up hard to the left, an arrangement that throws the GUI off-balance. The Toolbox occupies around a quarter of the screen estate; as long as it's there, it restricts the extent to which the working screen can be extended. The actual screen-top Toolbar provides 10 different options and 5 different tools, each of the latter with its own sub-set (they appear in that righthand Toolbox.)

Image 1: First test was of a close-up picture of an owl in its aviary. A total of 24 squares of wire mesh needed to be removed. The software did quite well here, considering that this was a speed job. It didn't deliver a 100% successful result but given the time I allocated to this exercise, it performed reasonably well. So far then, not too bad at all.

Image 2: A too-dark sunset scene. I selected the Toolbar's quick-fix 'Image Correction' mode then enlarged the image as much as was feasible to re-examine the dark elements before proceeding. An irritating fault became instantly apparent: instead of the mouse icon resembling a traditional pointer, it carried on with the 'blob' shape for the removal process. There was no way of correcting this. The 'blob' obscured the very things I was trying to look at. Result: 100% fail.

Image 3: The next test was of a landscape from which I wanted to clone out a dead tree. The top toolbar provides a range of tools, including a clone stamp. Result: 100% success.

Image 4: Another image requiring removal of a visual element. However, although I selected the Toolbar "Remove" option, controls for which then appeared in the righthand Toolbox, no operation was possible because the software was still in cloning mode. It refused to proceed until I had defined a source point. All efforts to solve this problem proved fruitless. Result: 100% fail.

Image 5: An old photograph, taken indoors and with too much noise. I used the Toolbar "Denoise" button. Again, the controls for this appeared at right but the surprisingly unchanged blob of the "Remove" option reappeared as the pointer when hovered over the image. As this was getting beyond tedious, I used the righthand Auto option to clean up the picture. The software then changed the image to total. . . black. Though this is certainly one way of getting rid of noise in an image by getting rid of the entire image, it's not a method I'd particularly recommend. Result: 100% fail.

Image 6: Another landscape, another old photograph, from which I wished to remove scratches due to deterioration. I needed to maximize the image as much as possible so as to enlarge the scratches, and as that's impossible with the "Toolbox" showing at right, clicked on the close button for that panel to allow the image to occupy all the GUI screen estate. Only then did it become apparent that no means existed via which to restore the Toolbox. It had gone. And it wouldn't come back. A small downward arrow that may possibly have managed its opening and closing was non-functioning, and stayed that way throughout repeated attempts. The GUI was now effectively crippled. Result: 100% fail.

The test was abandoned at that point as there's nothing to be gained in persisting with software whose functionality repeatedly fails due to programming glitches.

Verdict: of all the image post-processing programs I've used in recent years, both freeware and paid-for, PhotoRetoucher 5.0 takes the award for Worst In Class. I really don't know what the developer thinks it is doing, publishing software which in my experience of it today doesn't actually seem to know what it is doing either. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+153)

MikeR, such a long explanation was not necessary for me. I have not downloaded software from SoftOrbits for a long time. Not even trial versions.
For some things related to retouching, MS Paint can also be used.

Reply   |   Comment by Ivanovich  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

MikeR, Kudos for a systematic and well reasoned evaluation.

As for the program becoming deactivated, this has not been confirmed with recent versions, to my knowledge.

But in the past, it was also pointed out that the program adds a great lot of registry entries.

Reply   |   Comment by tomcat  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Ivanovich, I have to disagree with you. An explanation that actually addresses the functionality of the software is a welcome change. Too often these comments only address the installation process. Who cares how easily the software installs if the program itself is useless?  I found his long "explanation" very informative.

Reply   |   Comment by Phillip Lipton  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

MikeR ..

right on .

Thanks for sharing your experiences with Soft Orbits Photo Retoucher 5.0 .

I'll hang on to my ( Inpaint 7.1).

Reply   |   Comment by insomnia Sun '  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

MikeR, merci de cette évaluation exhaustive. Pour ma part je me suis contenté de la retouche sur rayures de photos scannée (vieille photos) et l'emploi est assez agréable ...si o n'utilise pas le système en automatique

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#1

This is SoftOrbits. Please be aware that many MANY regular users of GOTD have found that their software mysteriously loses its registration when a new SoftOrbits package is installed.

It's happened to me. I avoid this company and will do so until they give some sort of promise that they will stop this mean and deceptive trick.

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Fred, you are totally right.
I am glad others mention that too, because I am bored to mention it every time another softorbit software is appearing here and they do appear often.
It is just lost time and you will get angry when you open the software a couple of months later to find out it is unregistered trial.
Downvoted every time.

Reply   |   Comment by nek4d  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Fred, agree that SoftOrbits is a company to be avoided. Whether the problem with their Giveawayoftheday offers is due to a shortcoming of competence or integrity is a moot point as the end result is the same - an unhappy user.

Reply   |   Comment by Tal  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Fred, They have worked on the problem. I use to have it happen. So far , so good. No more registration problems.

Reply   |   Comment by reenie  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Fred,

I just checked my previous version of SoftOrbits Retoucher from February's giveaway.

It deactivated, no surprise here, and when started it calls for an input of a registration key. Since I keep all registration keys, I did input the key, and pressed the Continue button, but when I pressed that button, everything disappeared from the screen.

I thought, maybe I needed to restart SoftOrbits Retoucher , but after restarting the program it again shows as deactivated.

Worth noting is the the fact that SoftOrbits stated in the past that they had fixed this annoying issue.

Yet, the deactivation of their "giveaways" continues.
What a shame!

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  26 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
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