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Old 01-08-2010, 10:36 PM   #1
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What is available as far as freeware photo software that can be used for storage and editing . I have used Irfan in the past but have been thinking about Picasa . Not sure what is out there but the easier it is to use the better. Just curious as to what others are using and why you like it.
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I just started using Picasa and I am pretty happy with it. I don't really have much to compare it against though. It's just a lot easier to use than the stuff that came with my camera, or the MIcrosoft Photo Gallery. It has a button that says "I'm feeling lucky" and it applies what editing it thinks you might need, and it does a pretty good job. Every time I use it I'm like 'yeah, that does look better'!
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For editing there's The GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program). It is an excellent open-source free program that rivals Photoshop. Current version is 2.6. Download it from:

GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

GIMP is ported for both Linux and Windoze. Documentation also may be downloaded from the same site. However I should warn you that there is definitely a learning curve since it is such a powerful program.

If you don't mind paying a few bucks there's ACDSee which is very good and fairly simple to use. Another good one is Adobe Photoshop Elements. Current version is 8. It has just about all the editing capabilities of the full version except there is no CMYK option. You probably won't use this anyways as it is primarily for the printing and graphic arts trades.

Search on ePay. It's amazing how low software prices drop when a new version is released.

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Old 01-09-2010, 06:48 AM   #4
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I have just started using Faststone. It easy to use and has good capability for what I want to do for putting out our newsletter.
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I had Shutterfly and had a computer crash. I lost about 500 pictures; called Shutterfly and they had my account but NO pictures.
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I use Picasa and have been very happy.
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...and if you want a challenge to "test-drive" some of these programs, you can enter your shots the January Photo Contest!

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What is available as far as freeware photo software that can be used for storage and editing...
there is no mention of which platform, this usually means wintel...?

storage (and organizing) and editing are VERY different issues

but here's a similar recent thread, with links to many products and OLDER threads on the topic...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f415...are-58396.html

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Picasa here - for storage and most editing. I also have an old version of Photoshop which I use for more extreme editing once in a blue moon. Picasa is easier, faster and, for most of my uses, good enough.

With any program, once you start using it and you've invested enough time to learn the ropes, you're in too deep to change. There might be others out there that I would find more helpful than Picasa, but I have all my tags and organization set and I don't want to start over. Search before you commit if there are things you'll be particular about.
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I am trying to add text, maybe with some arrows as callouts, things like that to some photos (or screen shots from my iPhone). I have tried GIMP and couldn't find an easy way to do this. Or am I better off to import the picture into Visio or something to add this? Any recommendations welcomed!
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A number of you have mentioned Picasa. It is free, does simple editing and gives you a GB of storage at picasaweb.google.com. It also has an interesting facial recognition feature. If you identify people in a few photos, the software will search your computer and attempt to find the same people in all your other photos. This is sort of neat at the local level, but I wonder where this capability might be headed on the web.
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Sorry to be way off topic but this thread reminds me that I have a project in mind to combine several photos into one (collage) and blur the transition from one to another. An example might be a mother and father in the middle with their children arranged in a surrounding oval pattern. Can most of the software packages mentioned in this thread do this? What would a photo editor call this process? How steep is the learning curve for doing something like this?

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Sorry to be way off topic but this thread reminds me that I have a project in mind to combine several photos into one (collage) and blur the transition from one to another. An example might be a mother and father in the middle with their children arranged in a surrounding oval pattern. Can most of the software packages mentioned in this thread do this? What would a photo editor call this process? How steep is the learning curve for doing something like this?

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Several years ago I tried Autopano (suggested by someone else on this forum), but it may meet your needs. It is really cool - and I can attest very easy to use - used in in creating some panorama's. It is available as a download, although I have since accidentally deleted it from my computer.

I don't know if GIMP might also help - it seems really powerful, although clearly itg is not for the timid.
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