Chasys Draw IES (CDIES) is as the title says, a new and free image editing suite for Windows. According to its dev it’s built on three pillars:
“Character (no Photoshop imitations here), Performance (fast, efficient and stable) and Innovation (new techniques and out-of-the-box thinking).” – J.P. Chacha
It’s made of four modules:
“Chasys Draw IES is a suite of applications including a layer-based image editor with animation, icon editing support and super-resolution via image stacking (Chasys Draw IES Artist), a multi-threaded image file converter (Chasys Draw IES Converter), a fast image viewer (Chasys Draw IES Viewer) and a RAW camera file processor (Chasys Draw IES raw-Photo). The whole suite is UAC aware and is designed to take advantage of multi-core processors, touch-screens and pen-input devices.” - http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/
It is blessed with video tutorials, plugins (and improved plugin support) and extras. It has an art gallery you can take a look at here: http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/gallery.php?dir=paintings
The modules (a full list of features, modes and tools can be found here: http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/help.php?file=feature_list.htm) :
CDIES Artist: Here one can edit images (photos or scanned images, etc.) or paint originals or layers on other images), remove blemishes. It supports layers. A nice feature is the mobility of the layers, tools etc. on the desktop. You can add animations to images or to cursors (for the CFX designers), supports stacking, noise reduction and multi-frame super resolution.
CDIES Converter: According to the developer The main window shows the current application status. The “threads” counter shows the number of parallel working threads; on multi-core systems, this figure will greater than one, showing that files are being converted in parallel.
CDIES Viewer: This is just an ordinary image viewer. It is however, quite fast on multicore machines. It can rotate images (or animations). A features list can be found at the above link.
CDIES RAW-Photo: If you have a camera whose output is RAW (digital negative) this module will convert it to a usable format (like jpeg) and has an “Import camera settings” section, and “Adjustment” section and a “Finalizing” section. A list of features can be found at the link above.
Download link: http://www.jpchacha.com/chasysdraw/ (gold colored “Chasys Draw IES 4.06”).
Screenshots: From the dev’s website.
As usual, make a restore point before installing and a “snapshot” on an external drive.
I recommend giving it a shot if you’re in the market for a free, tool and feature rich image editor/art program.