IBM PerfectPhoto v1.03 – Software Overview

IBM PerfectPhoto is an image editing suite from 1999. It comprises of three main applications:

  • Album Explorer
    A photo library tool used to “capture” images from digital cameras and scanners as well as sort and organise photographs stored on your computer.
  • Image Editor
    A fully featured image editor with a variety of tools and effects available.
  • Gallery Editor
    A tool for creating slideshow galleries in DPG format (IBM proprietary),  Windows executable, animated GIF or Windows Screensave (scr) files.

The software also includes a Macromedia Flash enabled tutorial which guides the user through how to perform various tasks with the software. A traditional user guide is also provided in a Hypertext format (HTM) to be viewed in a web browser such as Internet Explorer, a copy of this user guide is available here.

System Requirements

The software package has the following minimum system requirements as stated in the included ReadMe.txt file:

  • 133 MHz Pentium processor (or higher)
  • 32 MB RAM
  • Available hard-disk space
    • Minimum installation: 20 MB
    • Default (Program files, Sample images, Retouch Navigation
      data): 90 MB
    • All (Program files, Sample images, Retouch Navi. data,
      Online document, Templates, File Transfer Program): 200 MB
  • VGA graphics card (640 x 480, 256 colors), XGA graphics card (1024 x 768, 64,000 colors) is recommended.
  • Microsoft Windows compatible CD-ROM drive for install
  • Microsoft Windows compatible mouse
  • Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0 (Intel version)

Changelog / Known Issues

The ReadMe.txt file also includes a changelog containing the following items:

  • Album Explorer
    • Disk Space dialog’s Disk utilization calculations showed incorrect results for disk partitions with 2G bytes or more space on Windows 95 with no service pack.
  • Image Editor
    • Paint fails when applied to images larger than 2000 x 2000 pixels.
  • Gallery Editor
    • Screen savers (.scr) executing on Windows NT may occasionally fail when terminating and returning to the system.
  • Printing
    • Printing may stop when Image interpolation of Print options is set to Best quality.
  • Others
    • File association was not reset even after uninstall of PerfectPhoto.
    • You can not select the Find tab in the Help Topics dialog box that appears when you select Help -> Help topics.

While testing the software in a VMWare virtual machine we experienced no faults or issues when running the software under Microsoft Windows 98 SE.


The software includes some samples including:

  • 16 background music files in MIDI format
  • 131 photographs in JPEG format
  • 44 sound clips in WAV format


Further Reading

Test Information

Software was tested and installed from an ISO copy of Computer Buyer April 2002.

Software was run under Microsoft Windows 98SE running in a VMWare Workstation 15 environment with the following spec:

  • 256MB RAM
  • 10GB HDD
  • VMWare SVGA II graphics adapter at a resolution of 1280 by 960
  • VMWare sound card with Creative Sound Blaster driver loaded

Around 1 hour has been dedicated so far to the testing of this application.

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