Photoscape v3.4

webfork on 19 Aug 2016

Photoscape is an all-in-one photo software that lets you fix, arrange, and enhance your photos. It includes a wide range of tools, including a viewer/editor, batch renamer, RAW format converter, animated GIF maker, collage generator, paper print, splitter, contact sheet, and more. Includes a meta-data viewer for camera model, software version, DPI, etc. and file renamer that lets you for example change file names to the date the camera gave them. A "Paper Print" feature even lets you print out customizable lined, graph, or various different calendar/planning documents.


  • v3.4 is the last portable version. Later versions are adware and write settings to the AppData folder, but a method is available to make it portable.
  • The program has an update check nag screen. If you know how to disable this, please post in forums.

System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Copy contents of $INSTDIR to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch PhotoScape.exe
Similar/alternative apps: RW Paint
What's new?
    v3.4 (2009-08-28)
  • Added paper print function:
  • Located at the 11 o'clock position of the start menu.
  • New feature that supports printing of lined, graph, music and calendar paper.
  • Supports netbook resolution: All features except ‘Batch Editor’, ‘Combine’ and ‘Print’ support 1024 x 600.
  • Retouched image screen: Smaller main menu icons, new tool bar at the bottom and icons that link to the web.
  • Upgraded DPI function:
  • Enables DPI assignment when saving photos via Editor or Bath Editor.
  • Shows DPI items at EXIF information.
  • Covers more DPI when printing.
  • 'Colored Pencil' filter added.
  • 'Watercolor Pencil' filter added.
  • 5 new frames added.
  • 50 new face icons and 29 new logos added.
  • New link for searching faces on the Internet.
  • Minor bugs fixed.
  • Supports 27 languages...

Full changelog at

37 comments on Photoscape  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

a 2007-08-06 11:47

nice utility.. i got it down to 4.22 megs by deleting $plugindir,$temp,balloon,curve,frame,icon,scratch,texture,gdiplus.dll,msvpcp60.dll,riched20.dll, of course you might want the images in the directorys, and may need the dlls but it saves space :). also in options disabled cache database, so it wont write cache thumbnails in images directory.

pj 2007-08-07 09:06

If you enable cache database, it puts a cache database for each directory you view in Photoscape. Also, you can not turn off the download of a intro.jpg image from Flickr into the application's directory everytime you start the app. Although if you make the intro.jpg file "Read Only" it prevents the overwriting - this may save some write-cycles on your USB flash drive.

FriedGeek 2007-08-08 09:17

WOW! This is going to help me out so much. The amount of features, batching, and how easy it is to use is amazing!! I think I'm actually going to make a donation to the developer.

Charles Toth 2007-09-07 11:19

An automatic DL from anywhere when my app starts is a deal breaker. Too bad, sounded like a good app, tnx pj.

Webfork 2007-09-23 19:44

Although this program appears to be a little light on features compared to other available programs (notably Google's non-portable "Picassa" or Portable GIMP) some of its functions are so simple and easy, its indispensable. Its photo arrangement and easy animation tools are clean, simple, and great.

JP 2008-01-28 12:46

This is a great program. It is easy to use and seems to work well for the price :). I think you should definitely consider this program if you are animating gifs.

tc 2008-07-19 15:04

You can stop the intro photo by editing photoscape.cfg, and turning intro.photoOn from on to off. You could also edit the url, to point to a local image

guest 2008-07-23 12:45

here is what i did
intro.photoOn = on
intro.photoCount = 1
intro.photoUrl = c:\programs\photoscape

it still downloads from

PJ 2008-08-24 16:31

tc, setting intro.photoOn to off doesn't prevent the program from trying to phone home.

Guy Noben 2008-11-02 02:32

Great program, works well, but where can i find "$PLUGINSDIR" for deleting?

Nerd 2008-11-02 09:06

Guy Noben, after extracting the installer file, open the folder wherever you extracted it, and there is a folder called "$PLUGINSDIR". Just delete that folder. If you don't know how to use windows explorer, then I can't help you.

Escape 2008-11-26 15:17

would like to get some more Frames .where can they be found?

CC 2008-12-06 09:35

I agree with Guy. When you double-click "PhotoScapeSetup_V3.2.exe" to run the installer, no "$PLUGINSDIR" is created. Nor is there "$TEMP" or "[NSIS].nsi" in the location where the files were extracted to. However, if you use UniversalInstaller to extract the files, "$PLUGINSDIR" and "$TEMP" are in the folder, but "[NSIS].nsi" is not. So my question is where/how do you find "[NSIS].nsi"?

CC 2008-12-06 09:39

In the previous post, I meant to say "Universal Extractor" (also located on this site) rather than "UniversalInstaller".

Pip 2009-02-05 23:25

Any auto-download like that Flickr pic can be stopped easily with a proper, fully configurable firewall which everyone should be using if they use the 'net. Sounds like most of you uninformed peopleBT7 are relying on the Windows Firewall for protection - not a good idea.

Portacrazy 2009-05-20 22:08

Umm, I followed the instructions to extract with Universal extractor, but like CC, I have no NSIS.nsi file anywhere? I ran the program in sandboxie and it is stealth enough. It writes to the appdata folder in vista and also makes entries to the registry. Am I doing something wrong? Any insights?

Portacrazy 2009-05-20 22:12

edit to above comment: I meant to say it is not stealth, sorry.

Marbal 2009-10-09 23:37

Version 3.4 is out. Is it still stealthy?

weGIF 2009-11-20 19:32

This is great help because of its instructional information. I have tried using Photo Animation Software for more quality weGIF animation software.

Veiko 2009-12-06 08:52

Warning, this application sends some information to the developer web site, every time I start the program. Dear developer, respect my privacy and build an option to turn off this "feature" please!

Wegif 2009-12-09 03:07

Very nice software. Try also WEgif Photo Animator Software. Want to do more with your digital camera? WEgif create, view and share animated pictures. Auto align images, animate.
Gif Photo Animation

weGIF 2009-12-13 20:24

This is the best application and very helpful. Here's another good idea,try Fantastic WEgif Photo Animation to Animate Your Photos. Gif Photo Animation

Frank T. 2010-05-24 12:40

Portable? I installed v. 3.5 (moste recent one) and got these files:

c:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\PhotoScape\photoscape.cfg
c:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\PhotoScape\phoobj.cfg
c:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\PhotoScape\favorite.lst

JP Loken 2010-05-25 09:54

To Frank T.:
I have used version 3.4, and now version 3.5, from a USB-stick quite often.
I have never not got any files on my computer.
Are you sure you have followed the instructions above on how to extract? (You have to extract the downloaded exe-file.)

Mark26 2010-05-26 17:11

Perhaps he has PhotoScape on is harddrive. That can make a difference as to this kind of behaviour.

DevNull 2010-05-30 00:24

I too am experiencing the creation of folder "Photoscape" in the "Application Data" folder. I copied the contents of this folder to the same folder as Photoscape.exe and deleted the folder but the files were recreated when I ran Photoscape v3.5 again.

I have extracted previous versions of Photoscape and run them, but have never installed it on my PC.

In my opinion it appears that application is no longer stealth or portable (because the settings will be left behind). I have not yet checked to see what settings are stored or if they are important.

Files which were created:

c:\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Application Data\PhotoScape\favorite.lst
c:\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Application Data\PhotoScape\intro.jpg
c:\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Application Data\PhotoScape\phoobj.cfg
c:\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Application Data\PhotoScape\photoscape.cfg
c:\Documents and Settings\$USER$\Application Data\PhotoScape\photoscape.log

joby_toss 2010-05-30 06:47

@DevNull: you are correct!

vgamesx1 2010-07-01 20:44

@pip: well it seems to me that you are the one that is uninformed because firewalls only stop internet connections they don't stop any kind of virus (other than a worm) so downloading a different firewall is almost point less and a waste of computer.

Trust me theres stuff in windows firewall that you don't know about.
why? cause you never looked.

NOTE: also if I remember right windows firewall was on a 1 of top 5. So no windows firewall don't sux that bad especially when you got to add the port manually unlike others where it just asks to add a program and your done.

Kho 2010-07-02 19:12

How To Extract guide needs updating.

webfork 2010-11-30 18:33

Kho: retested extraction process and it worked fine. Are you extracting 3.4? Please post in forums if you continue having problems.

Albert 2011-03-29 11:57

very good utility for printing I 'll try the portable version


Mark-B 2012-04-24 17:44

The current version of Photoscape is 3.6.2. The program can be extracted with 7zip, but the settings are in
\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\PhotoScape\
which means that it's not portable.


rogerthedodger 2012-12-18 23:17

Download link dead, "says file removed for violation"


lautrepay 2012-12-25 07:04

@ rogerthedodger: DL link fixed. Thanks.


Maatje 2013-03-15 15:32

quote @tc: You can stop the intro photo by editing photoscape.cfg, and turning intro.photoOn from on to off. You could also edit the url, to point to a local image

I installed on USB with 7zip.
In addition to tc's message: if you make photoscape.cfg read-only, it will keep it's settings in the cfg file.

I also deleted the plugins dir (unwanted toolbar in there), and renamed the file PSMsgHook.dll in the main folder to PSMsgHook.dllold.


webfork 2013-08-19 19:33

Although I've moved over to freeware options for most things I do, I've maintained use of Microsoft Photo Manager for years when working on my own photo collection. Today however, I was on a machine without it so I got PhotoScape up and found I actually prefer it.


webfork 2015-02-26 23:23

Every few months I discover something new and cool with this program.  Animated GIF tricks, photo edit functions, framing tricks, and photo collages. Today it was dragging and dropping an image onto the program icon and seeing the wealth of edition, annotation, and symbol tools available.


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