I blocked it in my Firewall. But still had to activate it the first time and be online.
Oh, yeah, I got it, the online version. Maybe the disc version doesnt need to call home (doubtful).
So far I like it, but I'm coming from a 14 year old version, so obviously there would be improvements. Things run much smoother and the program isnt big at all, even after the huge service pack. Only 172 megs, the older version I had was actually bigger.
The manager/thumbnail portion is slow and clunky compared to ACDSee, but it gets the job done. They make you import shit into albums and collections, which I dont like. Its easier for me to just navigate folders on my hard drive. I hate tagging and keywording stuff. But it is fast once you get into your albums. And also has basic editing options, like rotate, resize, and those stupid instagram effects so popular today. Theres like 60 of them and you can make or download more.
(also has light grey and blue themes, if you like)
In fact I get the impression they were strongly aiming this at the casual market, with the Facebook, Myspace, and other social network plugins. But overall its acceptable, I would not swap back and forth between ACDSee if I was editing/fixing images. I could just use this.
The Adjust tab has most of your basic photo fixing stuff, color correction, noise reduction, and all that other junk. Also by default it still has that instagram filter nonsense on the side, which of course can be closed or moved, or replaced with tools you actually need.
A little more comprehensive than most other basic image correcting apps, but probably not as good as Photoshop Lightroom or whatever the hell you folks prefer to use. The most advanced thing there is the color histogram which is probably what most users dont need. But again, it can be disabled.
I do like that you can go back and forth between tabs (modes) while always looking at the same image, and you arent forced to save & close & reopen again.
Speaking of which I will review the editor later.