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Photo Explosion Deluxe

by Nova Development US
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Price: $71.99
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Product Features

  • Complete digital photo studio with extensive editing tools
  • 600+ professional special effects; 2,500+ photo projects
  • 1-click SmartEnhance technology removes red eye
  • Easily share images via email or as albums posted on the Web
  • Turn photos into greeting cards, calendars, and more

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000068CO7
  • Item model number: PDW
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 15, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,733 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


Far more than a digital image organizer and quickie touchup tool, Photo Explosion Deluxe is a massive four-CD suite designed for the photographic artist and craftsperson. With this broad-ranging package, you can capture still images from your digital camera, DV camcorder, or scanner, alter them to the very limits of your imagination, and display or print them in any way you see fit.

Photo Explosion Deluxe offers a stunning array of editing tools. We started with simple contrast and focus adjustments and then curled the edge of our photo as if it was lifting slightly from its backing mat. We added a few translucent soap bubbles in the top left corner, threw a softened spotlight on the subject's face, and placed some clouds and streaky raindrops throughout. We then selected an antique frame, titled it with an ornate script, and even added our signature at the bottom right. Although every parameter of the editing process is fully adjustable, the program can also perform a variety of automatic modifications.

After you've explored the central application, you'll want to investigate the extra three CDs for even more ideas and concepts. Here you'll find scores of artistic and fancy fonts, hundreds of miscellaneous stationery and greeting card templates, and oodles of professional-grade photos covering a wide range of subjects, from scenery and sunsets to scantily clad models. The fourth CD houses bonus software available only in Photo Explosion's deluxe version, including a utility for panorama stitching and two tools for configuring and exporting your photos to handheld computers. The final application, DVD PhotoPlay, allows you to build a slide show from selected images, burn it to a CD-RW, and play it on any CD or DVD player that supports Video CD 2.0.

Photo Explosion Deluxe is recommended to those who want to express themselves artistically through their digital photos. A fast Pentium 3 processor or above is suggested for advanced editing. --Gordon Goble

From the Manufacturer

Photo Explosion Deluxe delivers powerful photo editing features, spectacular special effects and professional-quality photo projects all together in one program. And Photo Explosion Deluxe couldn’t be easier to use with many tools to capture and enhance your photos, and even organize them into on-screen albums for quick access.

Use powerful tools like our one-click SmartEnhance technology for red-eye removal and color correction. Select from an enormous library of photo effects, frames, props, borders and more to achieve professional results every time. Then turn your photos into greeting cards, calendars, and other spectacular projects using thousands of ready-made designs. Even share them easily via email or as albums posted on the web. For the ultimate home photo presentation we’ve included software that lets you transfer your photo slide shows to Video CDs that can then be played on most DVD players!

For all of your creative and technical needs, Photo Explosion Deluxe is the complete, digital photo studio.

Features: • 2,500+ Photo Projects • 600+ Professional Special Effects • One-Click SmartEnhance Technology Removes Red Eye • Powerful Photo Editing Features • Organize your Photos in On-Screen Albums

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Digital Camera Owners Dream December 28, 2002
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I am a computer & digital camera junkie! I love taking photos and sharing them with my family and friends via email. I also print alot of them on paper. I have had several small programs that offer some slide show options, but they can only be viewed on a computer.
When I saw this software I was hoping that it was what I was looking for, and sure enough it was.
Photo Explosion Deluxe is very user friendly. It has good photo editing features, but my favorite feature is the ability to burn a cd that can be played on your DVD! I purchased it on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas night my family was sitting in front of the tv watching a slide show of our Christmas Holiday, complete with a music background!
Each of my grown children left that evening with an extra Christmas present and memory! They each went home with a copy of the DVD!
I highly recommend this for anyone who loves the digital photo world as much as I do!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this software ... July 31, 2003
Bought Photo Explosion Deluxe this week, and I can't tell you how pleased I am. I own them all - PhotoSuite, Photoshop Album, PictureIt and several others - and Photo Explosion takes the cake by a mile.
It's extremely easy to use, for starters. The developers have really thought things out because it's much easier to navigate than the other programs I own - and you don't get this annoying bar along the left side that asks you a battery of unending questions like PhotoSuite and PictureIt. (Those products remind me of a DOS program where you're constantly prompted press 1 for this, 2 for that.)
And I was really surprised by the VCD burning functionality. I bought Photo Explosion chiefly to clean up photos and print them - which it does really well and with tons of beautiful options for projects and designs. But the video slide show feature is really cool. You can add music, as well, and the quality of CD it produces is much better than I've seen with other standalone programs. Other reviewers have complained that there aren't enough transitions, but I did some research on that point, and it turns out that those features require a different kind of file called MPEG 2, which explains why many of the VCDs I've made with some of the fancier programs (not Photo Explosion) have not worked on some DVD players.
Anyhow, Photo Explosion Deluxe is a great buy...and much better than the other options out there. Enjoy ...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I just bought this thru Best Buy - could have got a better deal thru Amazon - oh well. This product is amazing and very user friendly. I really love the fact that it comes with its very own manual not a help guide you can print out yourself wasting all your paper. It does everything - the props are very realistic, the shapes & edges so cool. I have filled in very dark pictures using the watercolor feauture and made poor pictures look like works of art. Not to mention that I can create my own photomontages, collages, & very unique artistic scrapbook pages. It took me an hour to scrapbook an amazing page including fixing up photos. I will never spend money on scrapbook pages again! So much fun!!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice program lots of features March 22, 2003
By Maxine
Photo Explosion Deluxe exceeded my expectations. It is a nice complimentary program for PSP and other similar programs. It has loads of features including masks, frames, albums and far too many others to mention here.
The only drawback I found is the slideshow feature which causes an windows error when launched. People I sent this to also experienced this same error.
But other than this flaw I absolutely think that Explosion for the money is an excellent buy. It takes a little playing with but once you figure it out you can achieve just about anything you want with your graphics.
If Nova fixes the slideshow problem I would most definitely give this program a five star rating.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Potoexplosion Deluxe October 20, 2004
The editing portion of the software is completly separate from the CD portion of the software and does not store in the same file. CD's can hold upto approx 500 photos but the softwware will not accept more and allow you to discard down to burn 500. I was told by Nova Development that the merging of photo shows was not being supported by the company since the CD writer was a free add on to the program. The box and program info did not indicate that. I offered to purchase the full program but it is not available anywhere.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustration tamed October 25, 2004
I recently wrote a review for this item due to a launching issue. Very angry, I made numerous calls and emails to Nova. At last I was able to converse with a rep who was more than helpful and made right with all my issues. I am pleased with my outcome with Nova and the response, making sure I was a satisfied customer. I only rate this 4 stars as I am just now using the program and am very excited with what I've been able to accomplish in the past 3 days. Thank you Nova for your help.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spend you money on another title January 17, 2003
I have yet to understand why this product received such a good review from the editor. It's not easy to use. There is no natural flow and progression when you attempt to make projects. Not to mention the layout of the design screen is elementary and not very pleasing to look at. If you use this product make sure that your pictures are in folders that aren't more than one folder deep on your hard drive or you won't be inputting them easily into any projects. This product has caused me nothing but irritiation it feels like it is more suited for Windows 98 than Windows XP, I refuse to believe this product was designed and produced since computers came in the 75Mhz variety. Save your money and use it on something else
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gave as a gift. they said it was great
Published 7 days ago by Wanda
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not work
It does not work. Took it to several computer geeks and no one could get it open. Not worth returning.
Published 13 months ago by Patsy Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars best photo editing
I had this on my old computer and nothing was as good as this. I didn't like the newer versions. I run windows 7 and it works fine..
Published 16 months ago by Lynn
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I've tried almost every photo editing program available and this one is, by far, the worst. It routinely crashes in the middle of whatever you're doing, and it's almost impossible... Read more
Published 20 months ago by kolag13
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT user friendly
I am very proficient with computers and most software. This is NOT user friendly! Their tutorial is a joke. Read more
Published 21 months ago by tiggergirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Photo Explosion - horrible support
Bought Photo Explosion - version 3.
It would not install - support told me to remove my McAfee and then it would install. Read more
Published on March 16, 2010 by Deb94541
2.0 out of 5 stars For the beginner perhaps?
I bought this thinking it was similar to PSE but only cheaper. I used it for awhile before uninstalling it and using the free PSE I got with my camera (after that got an upgrade... Read more
Published on January 6, 2009 by Susanne Shrewsbury
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun making then watching
Time and time again this program has allowed me to create wonderful VCDs for all my life's important events. Now at every important large family event a slide show is expected. Read more
Published on March 21, 2006 by AJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Get something else
I worked hard on a VCD project for work using Photo Explosion. I didn't think it was that easy to use, but it was okay until I got ready to burn. Read more
Published on March 20, 2006 by Jay George
1.0 out of 5 stars A great (...)coaster
Very limited photo touch up. When it comes time to burn you might as well have customer service on the phone. Pretty much a total piece of crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published on February 7, 2006 by True metal lover
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