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neil holbrook
12 Apr 2007

Bob, one of the most useful photo organizers around is free; this is Google's Picasa. Adobe has a free edition also. GIMP is great but most photographers who want to do serious graphics will have to spend around a century note. Paint Shop Pro is a terrific program for around $90 and reported to be the 2nd most popular graphics program world wide. Your suggestion about the Mac program is sound. Harold Heim's plug in site is a great source for plug ins.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I've used PaintShop for years, but only the Jasc versions. Corel bought the product, and I've heard they ruined it, like other software they've acquired. Too bad...

Posted by:

Phillip Forde
12 Apr 2007

Bob, I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to mention it, but there is a prgramme called PICASA. It is part of Google. It is a free programme and I swear by it. It does all the basics along with the adding of text collages and lots more. I love your newsletters by the way . I have got a lot out of them.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Of course you can mention it... that's why we're all here! Thanks for bringing up Picasa, I've heard good things about it.

Posted by:

Barney
12 Apr 2007

Re the editor's note in the first comment: I've used Paint Shop Pro for years too, and I still use it. Corel didn't ruin it: the problem is that you have to do business with Corel if you're going to use it. And Corel is nearly as hard to do business with as ACDSee is.

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David
26 Apr 2007

I was trained on PhotoShop in school so still use it. Its much cheaper to buy occasional upgrades than buy the new version. If you have some way to do it, Adobe has student pricing to get you in thats dramatically cheaper and not handicapped. Their license also allows one user to use it on 2 computers, like your workstation and laptop (or home system)

I also use some of the free tools mentioned here for specialized things - it can simply be easier. Another free tool with some great features is XNView. One tool for example creates web pages with thumbnails of selected images. You then click through to the full size. The thumbnails can be scaled to almost any size, for example, having full screen sized thumbnails of 3'x4' blueprints. Very handy and fast.

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John P.
26 Apr 2007

Editor's comment about PSP is right on the money. It has been my experience that when a quality software company is swallowed up by a bigger fish, the product immediately begins a long slow death. Such is the case with JASC. I used PSP for many years and jumped on every upgrade issued including the 1st one after Corel appeared on the scene. 3-4 paragraphs is not enough to describe the issues that PSP now suffers from. Suffice it to say that the last decent PSP upgrade was version 9.0. All recent upgrades are buggy and dissappointing. I have said goodbye to a longtime friend.

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Paula Darrall
26 Apr 2007

We use Vicmans photo editor at school along with some freebie plug - ins. This has now become an excellent freeware package.

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John Allan
26 Apr 2007

Dealing with Corel is not a problem in the UK, where there's a different distributor; so I use Paint Shop Pro for complicated stuff. But the trouble is, it's become such a complex programme, there's a sharp learning curve which rules it out for quick and easy jobs. I also use Serif Photoplus (they're an annoying company who keep trying to sell you stuff, but their software is wonderful and startlingly cheap) and for quick, easy fixes I either do it in Serif PagePlus (a DTP program, but you can do your graphics editing quickly and simoply there, then click "Export as graphic" when you're done) or in Polyview, an old, dependable, unassuming but startlingly powerful program I've depended on for years.

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Ed Gold
26 Apr 2007

I know the price tag for Photoshop is steep, but once you have the program, you can enjoy a lifetime of learning and exploring its capabilites. You can start with the simple functions, like cropping, rotating,etc. that are really simple to use, but then you can gradually, at your own speed, add to your ability to use more advanced features. It can be a wonderful hobby, and there are limitless tutorials, many free, that are available on the Internet.

EDITOR'S NOTE: And a lifetime of upgrades to pay for, too?

Posted by:

Doug Schores
26 Apr 2007

I have used a number of photo editing software programs in the past and have found Picasa does a nice job and is free.

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Nick
26 Apr 2007

I own Adobe Photoshop but rarely use it. It's way too complicated for most tasks. If you have hours and hours of free time to learn this program, then go for it. If you want to edit and be done with it, look elsewhere. I've been using an old version of Microsoft's Picture it Express and it edits photos better and faster than Photoshop any day. If you really must use Photoshop, buy an old version on Ebay for $20. It's 95% the same program.

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Doug
26 Apr 2007

Picasa looks great on screen and it does not write over the original picture files so you do not lose them. But when I print an edited version that looks great on screen it does not look good in print. If you are only organizing for viewing pictures on screen then go with Picasa. If you are printing, look elswhere.

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Ed
26 Apr 2007

I've used Alchemy Mindworks products for years and have been extremely pleased with them. And WHOA!, the prices are so right! Here's a link: http://www.mindworkshop.com/alchemy/alchemy1.html

Posted by:

Kev
27 Apr 2007

Lots of tools for photo editing, any cool and easy to use tools for video editing?

EDITOR'S NOTE: I like Vegas Movie Sudio, not free but very easy to use.

Posted by:

Carl
28 Apr 2007

There's another very good photo editing program called Paint.NET (http://www.getpaint.net/index2.html). It's a free download and quite an impressive little package.

I have to agree too with the mentions of Google's Picasa. Another very nice little program, probably best for those who don't want to spend much time editing their photo's.

Posted by:

Bob Dozz
05 May 2007

Personally I use a program named "Fast Stone" I own a copy of Photoshop as well as about 15 other editors. But when it comes to fast and easy I use fast stone. It is a full screen editor and hides the tool bars till the curser goes over them. It has a very short learning curve. I have no interest in this program I just read about in one of my newsletters. In an average month I edit about 400 photos. No pro just family and church stuff. I'm 68 years old and it was easy to learn this editor.

Posted by:

Ohil
15 May 2007

Bob, I would like to add my name to the list of users of PICASA.For a freebie, most people are amazed at what the programme can do. we have also got forums to help with most problems if the occasion arrises.

Posted by:

manoj
11 Jan 2008

I would like to my name in the list of useres of PICASA and i like to add my photos ok .

Posted by:

bmw
28 Nov 2008

Choices are nice, but there are so many times in computer land when you just want someone to tell you which one they like best. I'm there. I've looked at all the programs you mentioned in your article. Bob, can I just ask you what you use? Many thanks in advance.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Actually, I use one that's not mentioned in the article: PaintShop Pro from Corel. But IrfanView is free and does a lot, go with that if you don't want to spend any money.

Posted by:

amber
10 Feb 2009

ive been using adobe photoshop for years. I actually learned when i was 15 so its not that difficult. But as the years went on i discovered new tools off and on. COnsidering ive been basically self taught

Posted by:

Glenda
24 Mar 2009

i'm looking for an easy photo editing program for my macbook pro. I've had photo deluxe in the past on my xp pc and loved it. I also have photoshop but didn't really learn to use it. Is there an easy program for mac that does more than iphoto 9?

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