When our software guru Stan Sholik reviewed Zoner Photo Studio 17, he noted that it's a solid Lightroom alternative for JPEG shooters, but that it's RAW tools and workflow needed work to compete.
Now the program has been updated to version 18 and looks to have addressed a few of the issues Sholik highlighted in his review.
The Zoner Photo Studio 18 rolls out a number of major enhancements from the prior version, including a brand new user interface, non-destructive editing for RAW and JPEG images and a standalone, full-screen photo viewer.
Other new features include:
- full HD slideshow creation from still photos
- a new "share" button for moving large files or for posting images to social networks
- support for preview and metadata displays on disconnected removable drives
- keyword-based navigation
- speedier operation, including a 2.5x speed boost in developing
- Support for 4K and high DPI displays
Zoner is Windows-only and costs $99 for a perpetual license of $49 for users upgrading from an older version. A free 30-day trial is available on their website.