Consumer Reports rated digital photo editors including freeware

Discussion in 'Photography' started by catherine yronwode, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. I just noticed Consumer Reports evaluated & rated, for the first time I've
    ever seen, freeware digital photo-editing sofware such as
    - Picasa 2.2.0
    - IrfanView 3.99
    - Corel Snapfire 1.10

    You can find the results at

    Picasa got a 46 rating, Irfanview a 45, and Snapfire a 42 out of 100.
    In comparison, "not freeware" Adobe Photoshot Elements 5.0 rated a 74 while
    Corel Snaprie 1.00 Plus rated a 51 with ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Manager,
    Microsoft Digital Image Suite, and Roxio Easy Media Creator in between.

    They also rated digital camera editing software, but I can't imagine anyone
    using those ad laden bloated excuses for registration so I won't delve

    catherine yronwode, Jul 1, 2007
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    Lord Possum Guest


    I am heavy into graphics, and mainly try to keep abreast of
    all the freebies. The newest thing to come down the freebie
    pike is .. PhotoScape 3 (Google that) or try here:

    At this point, after a couple days of playing with it,
    all I can say is ... WOW. Haven't found another freebie
    anything like it. Lottsa commercial stuff, but no freebies.

    Lord Possum
    Lord Possum, Jul 1, 2007
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    Gordon Guest

    Subscription required, fortunately I have one. I've used all three and
    was always left wanting. Frequently someone will suggest Picasa when
    discussing editors...

    Gordon, Jul 1, 2007
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    Bear Bottoms Guest

    Dang Catherine...they are eating you up. Nothing wrong with a free
    subscription from consumer reports. They have good material. Please take
    the typical boorish behavior of some here with a grain of salt. Keep on are very welcome here. You certainly have much to
    your interests indicate.
    Bear Bottoms, Jul 1, 2007
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    Mark Warner Guest

    It's not free.
    Mark Warner, Jul 1, 2007
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    Bear Bottoms Guest

    OOPS...something wrong with that!
    Bear Bottoms, Jul 1, 2007
  8. Oh my. I didn't mean for the point to be the Consumer Reports link ... the
    point was that Consumer Reports RATED PHOTO EDITOR FREEWARE such as
    Irfanview, Picasa, and Snapfire.

    I thought it was interesting as I had never seen a review on CR for
    freeware before.
    catherine yronwode, Jul 1, 2007
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    Charles Guest

    Kill the messenger! Thanks Catherine.
    Charles, Jul 1, 2007
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    Bear Bottoms Guest

    It's ok. The information you gave was interesting. Everyone is testy right
    now :) Look past it and have fun here. I'll look forward to your
    Bear Bottoms, Jul 1, 2007
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    ray Guest

    In typical CR style - too little, too late. GIMP is the premiere
    OpenSource photo editor, so they didn't even bother.
    ray, Jul 1, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    It was. Your single OP was of far more interesting than almost all
    of the many dozens of OPs from another of this newsgroup's Rich
    denizens. :) I wonder how many times ad-based magazines include or
    seriously consider photo editor freeware in their software reviews.

    Added note: This message is being re-posted, since it wasn't sent to
    all of the OP's included newsgroups, and didn't mention that the
    newsgroup referred to in the body should be r.p.d.
    ASAAR, Jul 1, 2007

  13. SOmething wrong with posting out of your ass in the first place.
    Oliver Costich, Jul 2, 2007
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    Bear Bottoms Guest

    Hi angry person. All ya gotta do is give the gal a break eh! She brought
    some interesting info and everyone is 'doing' her. Not in a loving way.
    Nor is yours.
    Bear Bottoms, Jul 2, 2007
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    M.L. Guest

    I just noticed Consumer Reports evaluated & rated, for the first
    CU did a report on IrfanView and other editors a few years ago. They
    were not impressed with Irfanview.
    M.L., Jul 2, 2007
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    M.L. Guest

    In typical CR style - too little, too late. GIMP is the premiere
    Consumer Reports places heavy emphasis on ease-of-use issues, so they
    wouldn't have liked GIMP anyway.
    M.L., Jul 2, 2007
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    plb49 Guest

    Have you seen Paint.NET?

    Looks interesting!

    Paul B.
    plb49, Jul 2, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    I don't care for Picasa as an editor but it is good for organizing and
    tagging.It does write the keywords into the IPTC data so they can be
    seen by other programs.Helpful if you exchange pics with other people.

    p.s. I do think Picasa's red-eye and fill-flash work on par with some of
    the payware.

    Dave, Jul 2, 2007
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    Tim Guest

    I don't think any of those three would qualify as an image editor. Viewers
    or organizers, with at best a few low end editing capabilities.
    Tim, Jul 2, 2007
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