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SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher Personal 1.0  Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher Personal 1.0

Make your photos perfect with SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher.
$49.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 452 (54%) 387 (46%) 31 comments

SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher Personal 1.0 was available as a giveaway on May 30, 2012!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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Edit your PDF files in 7 different formats.

Clean up your old photos, remove unwanted objects or do a little touchup here and there to produce a perfect picture out of an ordinary snapshot.

SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher can perfect your photos, making you want to frame them and hang on a wall.

Don’t miss a special offer from SoftOrbits for GOTD users – 70% off all titles during giveaway period! Use PPGCUP code to apply the discount.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7





File Size:

6.03 MB



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Since the giveaway period for this offer is over I don't know if this comment will end up being posted, since the moderators are probably no longer monitoring this thread. But I thought I'd bring up the question of why the developers of this software use a website with a .org extension. Typically, that extension is used primarily by not-for-profit organizations, whereas for-profit organizations tend to use a .com, .biz or .net extension.

If anything, I would think that a website with a .org extension in its URL would be more apt to offer something for free (all the time), and then solicit monetary donations or other forms of contribution in exchange.

It probably doesn't have any real significance - I'm just curious. (I obviously have WAY too much time on my hands if I start ruminating about such things that have no real relevance to anything at all!) Thanks for putting up with my occasional curmudgeonish rants and observations!

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

after intensive testing and reading the praises here that get random +/- votes

put it in perspective

This software has a lon way to go to match the quality of InPaint
all thumbs down !!!

Reply   |   Comment by Ton van der Oest  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Doesn't install on windows 7!!!

Reply   |   Comment by R.Smith  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Thanks SYA,... hey, delighted with the pixbuilder suggestion! It runs 8bf files as more fun filters to play with too!! AND comes in portable format!!
Also available for free that uses the 8bf filters is http://www.xnview.com/en/index.html
(just in case you haven't tried this one too,..)

I was going to try this one offered today, but sounded like I'll run into the same problem with win7 64 of a missing dll,.... just tried it,.. it worked just fine!Seems a bit sticky, but maybe that clear up once I've rebooted,.....

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

The software downloaded, extracted, installed very easily on Win 7 64 bits. Registration also took place smoothly and without any issues. A little slow or laggy at times. Also, if the user wishes to get the desired results sometimes a little work and time is needed on their part.

If you took a picture that has elements or objects you don't wish in them...well it's the shot you chose to take. Be prepared to work to some degree to remove what you wish.

Nothing you do will be perfect except a clean picture without those objects present.

The software price...for those that aren't taking part in the giveaway today....is rather steep. When there are other alternatives that offer more, work faster, have more features and possibilities...price can make or break a deal to buy. I would suggest the company pull together there other software and make a suite and include plugins for use with other programs when more work is needed and not possible within the program. This will open up far more possibilities for the users. It will also spread the name of the software and company to the public more.

With the economy as it is...consumers need to see and know that the money they pay is well worth the price in order to justify the purchase.

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

Due to the "Setup.exe" in the zip file my company virus checker won't allow it.

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

Almost every camera purchased today, whether its a simple point & shot or DSLR, comes bundled with more feature software..... so why install & use this one. After using this software I did not have an answer to this question.

But hey, for reasons not apparent it may have a niche market.

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

I just tested the SoftOrbits Pros.
The results are less impressive then Inpaint, requires more steps to finish the picture and the picture quality is less desirable.
Picture quality (when using the other tools), makes the picture blurry in order to hide the blemishes and is not up to my standards.

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

I have tried many different programs supposedly offering much like InPaint and now SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher in attempt to circumvent the heavy $100 price tag for the PSP 10 I bought from Corel. I had been using PSP 7 bundled with Animation Shop 3 for over a year as a graphics designer and had outgrown PSP 7. I have yet to find anything remotely as impressive as PSP 10 or any of the Paint Shop Pro versions. Everything is in one spot, it's seamless and you have so many tools on board, you become spoiled during the free trial period. I wound up cheerfully paying the license fee and even bought my father's license for his Paint Shop Pro 12 when his trial period ended. He's a photographer and tried every freebie and low cost program out there for his photographs. He required a high amount of tools and abilities to retouch and add to his photos. At one point wanting to create calendars but he said he found the majority lacking even the basic tools (lite versions passing off as premium ones) which produced frustration at the results.

Reply   |   Comment by Deborah1962  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Easy to install and works okay but I prefer PixBuilder Studio, its free! You can download here : http://download.cnet.com/PixBuilder-Studio/3000-2192_4-74096.html?tag=rbxcrdl1#userreview

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

Hi, looking at this Program you might be immediately tempted by 2 factors: small in size, expensive.., hmm.

I can promise you one thing after testing this Program: It is by far NOT intuitive enough (if at all!) when comparing to much more sophisticated methods of removing even small, or bigger imperfections - that we are (I'm sure) accustomed to by now in other Programs.

So called healing Tools in Programs like PSPs, or cheaper, or free(!) choose their own "radius" when spotting the imperfections (you can naturally narrow that area further manually if needed) and target them really well. Here - even manually, you will be left wondering if this Tool can think, or not..

Concealer Brush? Again cannot simply "match" the color, giving you pallet of all colors instead. Scratch Remover (manual) the same. Automatic Scratch Removing after letting it find scratches on chosen radius - distorts picture something rotten(!) Selecting Areas (free form, square, marker) - only adds to the same confusion and frustration - hard work, but on smaller sections..

Lastly - and that's the only reason I might be keeping it: Emergency Image Correction:), NOT automatic mind, that also produces strange results, but because Program is light - might be handy if I need quickly to apply corrections to my liking, and..because I'm weired like that, lol.

I honestly cannot find any justification why this Program would charge such great amount of money(!!?) for not delivering anything intuitive or sophisticated. Beats me!, sorry SoftOrbits:(

That said - If Anyone finds this Program useful and fun - I only express my opinion after testing it for a while on a closeup of someone's face and my findings were not satisfactory at all, and further on scenic picture to correct image and I liked "dewy" result without reaching for "heavier wappons"..:)

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

I like it better than Inpaint. It seems to work better. I especially like the concealer brush. You can blend in the parts that aren't just the way you want them after you've removed what you wanted. This has more options than Inpaint, too. I have Windows 7, 54 bit.

Reply   |   Comment by Sylvia  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

If you are handy with Photoshop or any other quality image editor, for example Paintshop pro or even GIMP or Paint.net...this is useless. BUT I think this is useful for others who only want this kind of feature to touch up their images, so this is the audience they are targeting.
As for functionality, it worked, but not 100% of the time. If there is a simply background behind the object you want to move, it does it well. Against a more complicated background, I could not get it to work well. The area became distorted or created a "messy" image. Maybe with some practice it can be done OK. The Image Correction function to open up the toolbox for brightness, contrast and saturation was surprisingly good and the consistency was smooth. But a slider with no numbers or indicators to let you know how much you are applying makes it difficult to be accurate.
Preferences/Options were really slim; no workspace options, before & after view or icon sizing, and many other options which should be present that other image editors may have.
If you are handy with Photoshop or other image editors then I'd say this is probably useless to you.
If you are not so handy with image editors and need something to do some quick touch up functions that this software has to offer then you should download it and try it.
Lastly, the price is too steep, but I can understand that the developer would like to be paid for their development time. But anyone would be better off using a free image editor which has much more tools and learn how to use it in order to avoid paying $50. Making it into a plugin and lowering the price to about $5 seems reasonable.

Reply   |   Comment by RealBull  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

First time ever commenting on a GOTD program and have to give this one a SERIOUS thumbs down! Installation was easy and quick but that's where it went downhill. Have used Inpaint for years and although it is not perfect, it sure beats the hell out of this one. I loaded an image and tried the removal process................... took at least four attempts to remove and even then there were a lot of residual left over!
Sorry guys but this one is heading for the recycle bin.

Reply   |   Comment by Shadow  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

There are lots of comments regarding SoftOrbits Photo Retoucher Personal 1.0 compared to Inpaint.
I have been using the 2009 version of Inpaint 2.3 and like it better than the Inpaint versions which have since come out. Here is my comparison. As a sports photographer, I need to remove extra pucks and balls which are not needed in the photo I'm presently working on. My comparison is for doing this feature only.

Inpaint Pros
- will remove the object on the first try.
- easy to save picture (one click)
When you want to remove a partial object which is behind another object, does a good job at blending. (i.e., partial puck behind a goal post)

Inpaint cons
- need to click around the object and connect the starting and ending dots
- only has one purpose which is to remove the object (highly specialized for this feature)

SoftOrbits Pros
- Does as it says and when an object is removed, it looks as good as Inpaint
- has other useful features such as Image corrector, concealer brush and more which is very useful for what I need a program to do.
- has a drag feature to cover the object more easily done than Inpaint

SoftOrbits cons
- sometimes creates a shadow and takes a second try to get full removal. (The finished result still ends up very good)
- Does not blend well when trying to remove a partial object which is behind another object (i.e., partial puck behind a goal post)
- more clicks and a scroll to save the picture once work is completed.

Final Analysis

Both SoftOrbits and Inpaint do a very good albeit similar work to get to the final product.
Inpaint is slightly quicker from start to finish (save) and SoftOrbits can do more with the entire picture (auto corrections) that Inpaint does not offer.

Both are keepers and should have a place in your picture editing toolbox.


Reply   |   Comment by Kelty  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+42)

Have tried three times to install; each time this window pops up saying that the program is lacking: aHELL32.dll . Re-installing helps nothing. Was looking forward to trying it out, but unless someone knows what this missing ingredient is & how one might attain it, I guess it's soyanara. Pity.

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

Great to erase someone in an image. Was doubtful at first, but great job and so simple. Plus other options to enhance images. Fantastic, I keep it. THX GAOTD

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

There are several folks asking others to provide a comparison between this program and another. If I may, I'd suggest you do your own comparison because each person's needs & what they like differ. Just because someone else likes A over B does not mean that A is better for YOUR needs.

Reply   |   Comment by drkenb  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Running Windows Vista Home & XP

Downloaded installed Fine and Registered. Tried the Reg Code on the Site Demo and Registered as Well.
Noticed That when Registration Occured the Program said Thanks for Registering Stamp Remover.

Upon Further Investigation Found that Stamp Remover was Given away on GOTD A few Times.

Here is the Page if any are interested:
GOTD Page For Stamp Remover

On November 18, 2011 It had 566 Thumbs up for 63% that Liked it.
This was the Marketing Paragraph Then:

Photo Stamp Remover is a photo correction utility that can remove watermarks, date stamps, scratches, dust, stains, wrinkles, tears and other unwanted artifacts 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

It would seem The company has renamed an old software.
The software works fine but is a bit sluggish. Does practically the same as inpaint which also was offered here as well.

These were the Ideas that were suggested by various people here on Stamp Remover on Nov 18 2011:

add support for TIFF, PSD, RAW formats, etc.
132Rebrand it.. watermark removal is legally unsound.
Brand it instead as a Cloning / Healing tool for damaged photographs. It's better for that use anyway as was not very effective at removing the watermarks on my own images I tried it with.
031The (screenshot) clone/stamp of the green grass structure looks really bad if u look closely.
026Make program capable of detecting stamp automatically 018How about something similar for video files? Would be nice to apply it all at once, vs. frame by frame...
017Have the edge blur tool put back in. And allow a way for user to manually fix up small areas.
012A cloning tool would be a nice feature.
03a freehand lassoo would be better than a square/oblong select tool 02Prompt to 'save' or 'save as' if I make changes and then have a brain-fart and go to exit the program without saving 01It would be nice to be able to rotate the image
01say thankyou..it works wonderfully and does a great job
01see the before and after images side by side so I can see the differences. Maybe it's there and I just do not know how to show it. Karen

Thanks GOTD and Softorbit for todays download.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Romano  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Installs seem to work it's way; but then the program wont/can't start. Program SoftOrbitPhotoRetoucher says the system needs aHELL32dll - which it did'dt find on my system ( Windows 7 home premium 64 bit ).
Would like to try it out - but if, as some of you guys said, Inpaint will do the same job I'll proberly survive...
I've never experienced this kind of problem before during installing software....

Reply   |   Comment by Mahgong  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

I like software's function. Thank Giveaway of the Day!

Reply   |   Comment by May Thy  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-45)

It works as a Retoucher, but doesn't remove stamp made by photoshop. Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)

Good its really working good

Reply   |   Comment by Subham  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-56)

Works pretty well even though I prefer INPAINT!!

As for FREE alternative, besides IRFANVIEW, GIMP and FAST STONE EDITOR, I recommend the following 2 apps:



Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+47)

Would someone do some tests of this against Inpaint which was offered here not long ago? Not meaningful to keep two different software serving the same purpose.

Reply   |   Comment by yau  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-57)

does what it says just a bit slow

Reply   |   Comment by buckoooo  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)

Not bad. Inpaint which was on offer here is similar.

Thanks for the giveaway

Reply   |   Comment by Ton van der Oest  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

I quite like the program - the spot remover seems to work quite well. Perhaps it's just me, but I'm having trouble keeping track of the little red circle against the colours in my picture. Other than that, it's fun to use.

Reply   |   Comment by JMcSal  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Since there's such a strong prohibition against using this for any sort of commercial activity, I'll have to pass on this one and continue to use InPaint, which has been given away here numerous times in the past.

You have to admit that the above description of the program and what it does is pretty ambiguous, and if it's primarily just a "rubber stamp tool on steroids" then InPaint will fill the bill just fine.

And I have to agree with commenter #1 (@Heavy Water) - The developer's math seems to be almost as puzzling as is the English on their web pages. Initially I thought that the 55% discount came into play somehow in arriving at the result given above, but even when taking the discount into consideration the numbers just don't work.

But thanks anyhow - I appreciate the sentiment!

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

Works really well on smaller areas, but requires a decent clone tool for larger areas as inconsistencies start to appear.

This would be a nice plug-in for other image editing tools such as The gimp and Faststone Editor as well as commercial products such as zoner Photo Studio and Photoshop (though I'm sure Photoshop already possesses similar plug-ins).

I'd like to see more editing features and the basic image correction tool needs an overhaul. when changing parameters such as brightness, saturation and contrast you can't see the changes until you've applied them. you should be able to see the changes as you move the sliders so that you can get it just right easier.

It would also be useful to be able to drag and drop images onto the work space and maybe include a before and after preview pane rather than just the single pane.

SoftOrbits should create a suite of tools by combining all of their image editing software and other image related programs together into one package (for example the Stamp remover, Remove Logo and picture resizer instead of selling them separately.

The help document is virtually none existent; to get help you have to be on-line and visit the developers web site. It would be nice if the developer included a fully featured help document with links to video tutorials and tips and trick to help novice users.

Finally I’d give the user interface a face lift and enable the user to change the look by adding a color changer and a selection of templates.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+81)

Thanks for the fixing the download link, from first glance this looks to be pretty good and is a keeper, the only thing i would recommand is to add a cloning to because come on how much fun is it to clone stuff, but I will post a full review when i wake up tommorow(its 1 o clock here) and after school.

Reply   |   Comment by zach  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-70)
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