Corel AfterShot Pro
Digital photography over the past few years has become, not only the popular choice, but the standard. While there are many photo editing platforms available, After Shot Pro is Corel's affordable entry into the photo workflow marketplace($99.95). Corel has taken the core technology from its acquisition of Bibble Labs and its own PaintShop Pro and has developed a compact and efficient photo management and non destructive editing tool.
Not only is the installation of AfterShot simple and quick, but upon opening the software the user will find everything they need all on one screen. Photo management is handled on the left side of the screen, while editing functions occupy the right side. All edits are non-destructive, and with photos that are similar in colors and tones these non-destructive edits can be easily applied to a group of photos. One added bonus with AfterShot is the capability of viewing multiple versions of a single photo, allowing the user to evaluate various correction modes.
AfterShot provides an excellent photo management systems that allows organizing photos in either catalogs or folders and allows photos to be found quickly and easily using a vast metadata toolset. Loading of large photos is surprisingly fast.
One drawback I found with the software is the lack of a redeye correction tool, an absolute necessity for the average consumer. This is one feature that needs to be added.
Overall, I found AfterShot to be a formidable entry into the photo workflow marketplace with its affordability, ease of use, and speed. I think that professionals as well as consumers will find it a valuable software package.