I have always looked for software that suited my eye and my requirements . My eye ? , the interface , something quick , simple and I don't need a degree to learn to use it . At best I'm nothing more than a enthusiastic Happy Snapper taking around 4 to 5000 frames a year on cropper Canon cameras with the vast majority going on the net and never getting printed at more than around A3 or A4 . OK , software . I have gone down the Adobe route and don't like it apart from an old Elements I use for cloning out telephone wires and Garbo bins etc. I call it "Bloatware" 2.46 GIG ..
My New Years resolution for 2014 , "Find Something Holty" and I think I have . Over the past 6 weeks I have download around 4 gig of trials and updates etc and compared them side by side to see if there is anything new or with new improvements over the past 12 months . Yes, I even downloaded new Adobe stuff as well including Elements 12 .
OK what stayed , got upgraded or purchased and I will put them in no order ..
ADDED 14th FEB
The only thing to date it doesn't have that I use is a Perspective function but apart from that its great . If this program ever gets it I can stop using an old Elements 10 and then I will be totally Adobe FREE !!!!
Love the full frame viewer with the hidden menu bars that don't hog screen space and only "pop up" when you scroll over them when needed . Also I have set the 100 % magnifier to "click" so if you left click and hold down you can scroll at 100 % anywhere on the image . Finally we wont mention footprint size will we Adobe bloatware.
Footnote: These are my personal choices and comments , you are entitled to yours .