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Photo Explosion Deluxe 3.0

by Nova Development US
Windows Vista / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Print using dozens of formats; burn CD photo slide shows to watch on TV
  • Digital photography software with powerful editing capabilities
  • Capture stills from digital cameras, Web cams, and DV camcorders
  • Create unlimited number of albums; find photos fast with keywords and tags
  • Improve photos with one-click Smart Enhance; produce incredible animations

System Requirements

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

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000J54PAC
  • Item model number: PRW
  • Date first available at October 2, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,098 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Digital photography software with powerful editing capabilities / Print using dozens of formats; burn CD photo slide shows to watch on TV Accounting Automotive Beauty Salon Computer Service Consulting Construction Counseling Education Healthcare Home Repair Insurance Landscaping Legal Maid Service Manufacturing Personal Trainer Plumbing Service Public Relations Real Estate Restaurants Retail And Much More! System Requirements - Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000 or XP Pentium 166 MHz or faster 256 MB RAM CD-ROM Drive Beautiful results with all popular inkjet and laser printers, including HP, Lexmark, Epson and Canon

From the Manufacturer

Photo Explosion Deluxe made history as the first software of its kind to deliver powerful editing features, spectacular special effects, and professional-quality photo projects--all together in one program.

Now Photo Explosion Deluxe 3.0 makes digital photography even easier. And it’s packed with exciting new features, all designed to let you get the most out of your digital camera.


  • Get photos from digital cameras, camera phones, scanners, CD-ROMs, and online photo-sharing services.
  • Capture stills from digital cameras, Web cams, and DV camcorders.
  • Create an unlimited number of photo albums.
  • Find photos fast with keywords and tags.
  • Improve your photos with one-click Smart Enhance.
  • Add unparalleled special effects.
  • Balance color and correct red eye.
  • Make use of a huge variety of painting tools.
  • Transform text with eye-catching effects, warp, and shape options.
  • Add backgrounds, frames, props, and balloons.
  • Turn photos into incredible animations.
  • Transform photos into spectacular panoramas.
  • New! Morph one photo into another.
  • Print your photos using any one of dozens of formats, including contact sheets and thumbnails.
  • Create sensational projects--albums, scrapbooks, certificates, greeting cards, posters, postcards, t-shirts, and more!
  • Built-in e-mail support makes it easy to send photo projects.
  • Burn CD photo slide shows you can watch on TV with background music!
  • Share your photos on PocketPCs, Palm handhelds, and mobile phones.
  • Turn ordinary photos into a montage masterpiece, creating a stunning single image composed of thousands of tiny thumbnail photos.
  • Photo gifts including photo neckties, blankets, and handbags.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it! December 29, 2007
I used to have Microsoft's Image Composer (now discontinued) that came with FrontPage '98. What a great, intuitive little program that was for cutting out parts of photos and combining them into collages or new photos! It came with no manual, yet I was able to teach myself to use it just by playing around and trying things out. It was that easy, and it was a lot of fun!

This program claims to have many of the same functions IC did: cutting out pieces of pics by tracing an outline, resizing or recoloring or otherwise manipulating these pieces, and then combining them into a new 'photo.' Unfortunately, this program is so counter-intuitive and inflexible that you can't just play with it to figure things out.

Which would be tolerable if the manual was helpful but, of course, it's useless. It spends 70 pages describing the 'workspace' and how to 'organize your photos' (as if any moron can't do that by creating directories on their PC). After all that, there are only 10 pages on how to use the selection/trace function, how to resize, etc. And it doesn't seem to explain anywhere what to do to 'select' something once you've cut it out of a photo.

The worst part of the program is that you have to create a separate file for the place you want to combine all your images. This is stupid. Why can't you just work on one base photo, add to and alter it, and then do a 'save as...'? That would be simple. This program makes you create a 'project,' which requires sifting through dozens of their templates to find one that you can twist into something like what you want. Why not just let me work without a template? Not fun and certainly not functional.

The templates are very restrictive. For example, you can't size the space of the project once you create it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you can RETURN IT! :( February 23, 2008
I bought/returned this product yesterday. On my Windows XP Pro computer, it begins installation, runs for a minute, then reports: "Runtime Error R6034: Application made attempt to load the C Runtime Library incorrectly. Please contact application's support team." This error code is not referenced on Nova's support page, although a number of other error codes are.

I was on hold with Nova for 20 minutes before they took my call. Within 5 minutes the rep stated "There is no resolution to this error. The developers are aware of it but haven't been able to fix it." Without my even asking, he immediately said that he was e-mailing me refund info. Fortunately my local store let me return it, since it won't work on my computer, so I was spared that hassle.

The box states the program works with Windows XP (and Vista, which I highly doubt). I don't know why they are even selling it, given that it is severely flawed. When I returned mine, where I'd gotten it for a bargain at half Amazon's price, I strongly encouraged them to remove the program from their shelves, given my conversation with Nova.

If you pursue trying to get around this error, I'll save you a little time by reporting some comments I found about the problem during my research, before giving up and returning it:

- There's some various discussion about a missing "manifest" in the program's code, eluding to why this program can't work properly. (I never did understand what a manifest is.)

- One said to download/install Microsoft's NET Framework 2.0, and to also uninstall Windows Defender if you're using Windows XP, but others said those things didn't work.
- Another said uninstalling MSN Messenger worked for them, but others said it didn't work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't do it! September 20, 2007
I wanted to try this product because I used an earlier version and found it to have the best and easiest to use cloning tool around. I began having some loading problems with the original and decided to upgrade to PE deluxe 3. It would not install. I called tech support at Nova and had 3 conversations with them. I found the reps to be very rude and not much willing to help. I think the problem is that this software is flawed and the reps don't know what to say to the customers. I spent 3 hours working with a tech rep from Dell. He was really nice and wanted very much to help but was unable to find an answer. He felt that the software is flawed in some way. If this software would install and function it would be easy to use and quite enjoyable but at this point Nova needs to take it off the market or fix the bugs. They boast about being friendly and willing to help with support. I did not find this to be true.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use, and Priced Right! December 21, 2008
I was looking for a simple program for editing and and was surprised at the features packed in this inexpensive program. Have had it for a year and have edited 100's of photos using cropping, adding text,adjusting color, sharpness, and more. Is it for the pro photographer? No, but you can't beat it for the every day person needing to make revisions to their photos. And for the money you won't be dissapointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't get it to work! October 29, 2007
When I first loaded it it worked great. Then kept getting errors. Then didn't work at all. I tried deleting it and putting it back in my computer but had error and would not let me. emailed them but no response.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great software, but had no need the the PHOTO ...
Great software, but had no need the the PHOTO version. Works ok for those that use it for photo, etc.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Eason
2.0 out of 5 stars For me it was a dud!
I guess I don't have the tech. knowledge for this one. It worked well up to a certain point and I could never figure out how to go from there. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Grannie B
1.0 out of 5 stars Too BAD
too bad. this is the non useful item I have ever ordered
I re-grate it a lot. take it out of the market. do not sell it again.
Published 7 months ago by Youboty Gwion
4.0 out of 5 stars better than Photo Explosion 4
Photo Exp[losion 4 too technical for me Thats why I went back to #3 . I enjoy using it very much . For my needs its perfect
Published 14 months ago by M. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE my Photo Explosion 3 - NOTHING'S BETTER!
I am happily back to using PHOTO EXPLOSION 3, and I am LOYAL to this editing program because it's THE BEST! It is easy, it works, it does what I need. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Helene Stephens
1.0 out of 5 stars Great if you only want to use it a couple times
I purchased two versions of this software and had the same problem each time. It worked originally, with some bugs during initial installation. Read more
Published on August 11, 2012 by Megan Garza
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it too!
I sure wish I had read these comments before I purchased this program. I had been using Kodak's Easyshare program that I had from several years ago. Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by KLundman
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Product
Shipped quickly and was reasonably priced but the product itself was not what I thought it was going to be. It did not do nearly as much as I was hopping for. Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Careful with this product--IT'S ADDICTING!!!!!!!!
It's so much easier to use than Adoby Photo Shop and way more affordable. I purchased this product three times, and have most of the editions.
Published on May 7, 2010 by Karla
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few good ones for Vista
Yes it works with Vista! This program has been a long time favorite with XP and I was devestated when Photo Explosion Delux would not work on my new computer. But 3.0 does! Read more
Published on December 3, 2009 by Verna Spearman
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