PhotoPerfect is a proprietary
Proprietary software
Proprietary software is computer software licensed under exclusive legal right of the copyright holder. The licensee is given the right to use the software under certain conditions, while restricted from other uses, such as modification, further distribution, or reverse engineering.Complementary...

While business refers to the value-creating activities of an organization for profit, commerce means the whole system of an economy that constitutes an environment for business. The system includes legal, economic, political, social, cultural, and technological systems that are in operation in any...

 photo editing software program
Raster graphics editor
A raster graphics editor is a computer program that allows users to paint and edit pictures interactively on the computer screen and save them in one of many popular “bitmap” or “raster” formats such as JPEG, PNG, GIF and TIFF....

 for Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows is a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft.Microsoft introduced an operating environment named Windows on November 20, 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces . Microsoft Windows came to dominate the world's personal...

, published by Arcadia Software AG. The first version was introduced in 2002.

The Arcadia website provides a program manual, tutorials, a user forum, as well as download options for the software — for 14 days of test use.

Program features

PhotoPerfect is similar to such programs as Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems Incorporated.Adobe's 2003 "Creative Suite" rebranding led to Adobe Photoshop 8's renaming to Adobe Photoshop CS. Thus, Adobe Photoshop CS5 is the 12th major release of Adobe Photoshop...

 and the open source
Open source
The term open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product's source materials. Some consider open source a philosophy, others consider it a pragmatic methodology...

GIMP is a free software raster graphics editor. It is primarily employed as an image retouching and editing tool and is freely available in versions tailored for most popular operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and Linux.In addition to detailed image retouching and...

, Unlike these other programs, PhotoPerfect is designed primarily to edit and improve existing photos, and not for graphics creation.
Its window can contain several movable subwindows. The screenshot shown here has, clockwise: A histogram
In statistics, a histogram is a graphical representation showing a visual impression of the distribution of data. It is an estimate of the probability distribution of a continuous variable and was first introduced by Karl Pearson...

 set, a list of available processing resources, a file directory list, and a thumbnail
Thumbnails are reduced-size versions of pictures, used to help in recognizing and organizing them, serving the same role for images as a normal text index does for words...

 strip from the selected directory.

The program operations are generally available both in a standard menu system and as icon
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s on optional toolbar
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s. Selecting an image modification option will generally open a window with a tabbed user interface — for selecting within a group of related operations. Each tab will generally contain one or more lever-operated controls, and the tab's image display has a user-operated divider separating the transformed and untransformed versions of the image.
The color curves can be controlled (with level limit control) while the resulting histograms are displayed.
RAW image format
A camera raw image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor of either a digital camera, image scanner, or motion picture film scanner. Raw files are so named because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed or edited with a bitmap graphics editor...

 files can be opened, and TIFF images can be both opened and saved. A special set of 16-bit operations is available for these. Some dynamic range improvement (within 8 bits) may also be achieved by means of the operation Merge Images DRI.

The list of available Processing resources lists the available (built-in and user-supplied) macros, batch processing
Batch processing
Batch processing is execution of a series of programs on a computer without manual intervention.Batch jobs are set up so they can be run to completion without manual intervention, so all input data is preselected through scripts or command-line parameters...

 routines and scripts
Scripting language
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. PhotoShop-compatible plugins will appear in this list, ready for use, if their .8BF files have been placed in the PhotoPerfect directory.

Extra functions (on the Extras menu) include tools for:
  • Slide Show
    A slide show is a display of a series of chosen information or pictures, done for artistic or instructional purposes. Slide shows are conducted by a presenter using an apparatus, such as a carousel slide projector, an overhead projector or in more recent years, a computer running presentation...

    : Combines images for use with a slide show viewer (FFV.exe)
  • Mosaic
    Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance as in a cathedral...

    : Transforms an image into a mosaic, using a specified set of mosaic piece images.
  • AVI
    Audio Video Interleave
    Audio Video Interleave , known by its acronym AVI, is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft in November 1992 as part of its Video for Windows technology. AVI files can contain both audio and video data in a file container that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback...

     (animation): Creates an AVI movie from a multi-burst image set, or transforms one image into a sequence, e.g. through panning
    Panning (camera)
    In photography, panning refers to the horizontal movement or rotation of a still or video camera, or the scanning of a subject horizontally on video or a display device...

  • Stereoscopic (3D) image: Generates a 3D image with red & cyan, for viewing with red & cyan glasses.
  • Measurements (of lengths, angles, areas and brightness)
  • Graphic markers: For placing arrows, circles, squares and polylines (with straight line segments).
  • Lens (fringe) correction

Some special image optimizing extensions may be bought separately from Arcadia Software, and they can then be selected from the Image Optimization menu:
PerfectlyClear, I2E, Xe847, and these combined by the option Multi-automatic.

See also

Comparison with other graphics editors
Comparison of raster graphics editors
- List :- General information :Basic general information about the editors: creator/company, license etc.- Operating system support :The operating systems on which the editors can run natively , meaning which operating systems have which editors specifically coded for them - List :- General...

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