First Impressions of ArcSoft’s MediaImpression 3D
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 8:01:52 PM
It’s a Windows-based application, but fortunately runs perfectly fine on my Linux PC, under WINE. When I launch the app, I’m greeted with a splash screen that give me the option to browse my photo and video library, import new photos, or upload photos to various social networking sites (like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube).
When browsing your media collection, the screen layout resembles most collection browsing software; your file tree is on the left-hand side and thumbnails of your images are towards the right. The thumbnails are scale-able and from here you can tag, classify, and rate your files to help organize and find them later.
Along the bottom of the window is where your “action icons” reside. To work with a photo from your collection, you click on it, then select which of the actions you wish to perform.
Unlike the more complicated photo editors, like Photoshop or G.I.M.P., MediaImpression 3D tries to boil down all of it’s abilities into easier to understand tasks (like “face beautify”, “color effects”, and “easy fix” options). Although a little too ambiguous for me, I suppose it makes novice photographers a little less intimidated. However, once I choose the right tool-set, there’s quite a bit of things I can do with this application once I get into it.
Once I select the photo and choose the task I to perform, the browser window is replaced with the editor window. The editor window is specific to the task chosen, revealing only the controls and interfaces specific to it. And rather than having a bunch of complicated value tables and interfaces (like what I would get in Photoshop or G.I.M.P.), MediaImpression 3D provides simple check-boxes and sliders to work with it’s tools - as well as well organized tabs and sub-menus.
I can see how this sort of interface would sit well with novice users and photographers. Next to Fotoxx, this has got to be one of least intimidating application interfaces with which I’ve ever worked.
One thing I find a little odd about this interface (so far) is that, once you’ve done your editing with one tool-set, you have to save your file before you can close the window and move on to another tool-set. I don’t have a problem with this, it’s just different. I suppose it does force you to save your work before moving on to something else, reducing the chance of losing your work.
I’m just starting with MediaImpression 3D and learning of what this application is capable; but so far, so good. I’ll share more information as I go along. From what I’ve seen within it thus far, I have to say that this photo editor increases the value for my money I got when I bought my AgfaPhoto Selecta 16.
According to the ArcSoft website, the retail price of this application is $79.99, which is pretty reasonable for this kind of software, in my opinion. Add the fact that I got it as part of my camera purchase (of only $180.00) just enforces my opinion that my camera purchase was one of the better deals I gotten in a long time.
Once again, way to go, AgfaPhoto!
Oh, and before I forget; if you'd like to see MediaImpression 3D in action (along with some really good tutorials), check out YouTube and do a search for MediaImpression 3D.