If you have read some of my past reviews, you have probably noticed that I love taking pictures; the nearly 7,500 pictures on my phone from the last year are proof of this seemingly growing obsession. It stands to reason that I would enjoy creating collages and editing photos for display as well. So when I had an opportunity to review FotoFuse by Chronos, I jumped on the chance.
Downloading and installing
The hardest part about the install was actually finding the website to purchase the app. If you simply Google “FotoFuse” you can search for days and not find www.chronosnet.com. But, if you Google “FotoFuse for Apple” then you will find the website for download. (I suggest saving yourself the time and just follow the link here.)
After Googling your way to the right website, simply click on FotoFuse on the left hand side under Mac Products. This will take you to the FotoFuse page outlining the features of the software and the benefits of using it - I will share my thoughts on this below. To purchase, click on "buy" in the top right corner. However, if you already have a product key, you can choose “download” to the left of “buy” and skip the purchasing step.
After choosing to buy FotoFuse you are redirected to a page listing the various applications for purchase. FotoFuse has two different options: Single User for $39.99 and Family Pack $69.99, both of which are overpriced.
Use and function
To create your first project or a new one, you can do one of two things: choose to create a new folder, which allows you to keep your projects organized, or simply choose “create new.” Once you choose where you want to open your new project, you have the ability to pick from multiple templates. This is where FotoFuse started to lose me, because there are simply not enough template options to choose from.
Once you decide on the template you want to use, simply double-click on the placeholder to choose a photo and then drop the photo on the placeholder ... or so the instructions read. The picture above is a screen shot of the example that is displayed under the welcome folder when you first open FotoFuse, but as we all know, things are not always as easy as they seem.
If by some chance you are lucky enough for things to go exactly as stated above, then I hope your pictures fit exactly to scale. I say this because if they don’t line up perfectly and you need to adjust them, things can get much more complicated. I found quite often that the “undo” options do not work for certain changes.
Another issue I ran across was figuring out where everything was located within FotoFuse. While some of the controls are fairly intuitive, others are not. Also, not all controls work the same with every layout, image, or graphic. Frustrating.
When I first downloaded FotoFuse, I had a lot of trouble with the software freezing up on me and leaving me stuck shutting down my computer just to back out of the program. At first I thought this issue could be due to the age of my MacBook Pro, but after logging back into FotoFuse a few days later to restart my project there was an update that seemed to help with some of the problems.
After many failed attempts I finally got the hang of everything and was ready to start a new project with the intent of finishing it. That’s when I realized I did not have ANY of the artwork shown, and nothing I did revealed where the artwork could possibly be hiding. I think if I would have had access to more options, I would have liked FotoFuse much more.
Overall, I am disappointed with FotoFuse. The options are limited, and the program tends to bog itself down, making it run very slowly at times. For the steep price tag I expected more. Unless the developer updates FotoFuse to include more options in layout, text, and artwork, I would give this program a pass. For the money, there are better options for photo layouts and collages out there.
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