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PHOTO FIDDLING

At a time when all software looks more and more alike, Kai's Photo Soap from MetaCreations (800 472-9025) certainly stands out. Its unique design (the Windows 95/NT and PowerMac versions appear identical) consists of a series of ''rooms'' where you perform the various functions the Soap uses to ''clean'' your digitized photos. I found that the $49.95 program made some chores, such as removing red-eye or fixing scratches or speckles in pictures, very easy. But the unfamiliar tool set is not as intuitive as I would like. Some tasks, such as changing colors in part of a picture, proved maddeningly difficult.

BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM


Updated Aug. 7, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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