We came across “Portrait Professional 9” in the latest issue of PC World Magazine. They called it “Digital Dorian Gray App,” because like the famous portrait in Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” its subject stayed young and good looking. In this case, the software makes you look younger and better-looking in photos. (Why would anyone want to do that?)

We tried the free trial version, which starts by asking you to choose a picture of yourself and mark the corners of the eyes and mouth and the tip of the nose. Then you get sliders for categories such as thin out wrinkles, fine shadows, imperfections, shine, etc. Enhance as much or as little as you want.

The free trial version lets you manipulate the picture but won’t let you save it. You could get around that by doing a screen capture of your work, but unfortunately, each finished face has the word “trial” marked across the forehead.  (Of course you could say you were on trial right then and not available.) The program is currently $50, at

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