Newbie Wants Software Suggestions

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Bill McCaffrey, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. I am new to digital photography. I have a Windows XP PC with 100 gigabyte
    hard drive. I am trying to organize my pictures and create on screen slide
    shows. My photos from about 1996 to 2003 are mostly on Kodak picture CD's. I
    have also had Ritz Camera convert some of my old Ektachrome and Kodachrome
    slides to JPG files on CD's. In 2004, I bought an Olympus Camedia C-5060
    digital camera and have started loading pictures directly on to my hard disk
    from the camera.

    I have tried several software packages and have not found one that I really
    like. I have done slide shows with Photo Parade Essentials 5.0. I like the
    captioning feature and it lets me put the photos in the order that I want.
    It has some serious drawbacks. It cannot read all file formats (the lack of
    TIF and BMP has been particularly annoying). It also does not fill the
    entire screen of my 17" monitor.

    I got Picasa 1.5 free with my Ritz Camera CD's. I like the full screen
    slides and the simplicity of use but it does not support all file formats
    and does not allow captioning.

    I have tried using Adobe Photo Deluxe Home Edition 4.0 for editing photos. I
    like the results for fixing brightness and contrast problems. I am less
    happy with fixing sharpness. I find its cropping feature very difficult to
    use. I do not like the photo size choices. The 2 sizes I use most frequently
    are 50% and 100%. The lack of a 75% choice is frustrating. Most of my photos
    look too small at 50% and too big at 100%. This program also usually triples
    the number of bytes so that photos edited in Adobe are too big to email.

    Both Adobe and a free HP program that came with my PC called "HP Image Zone"
    have up/down and left/right arrows that let me center the picture as I want
    it. The frustrating thing is that neither of these programs will let me save
    the photo as I centered it so that comes up in the slide show the way I
    centered it in the image editing software.

    I am looking for suggestions for better software packages that are not
    budget busters (< $100). Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am not
    interested in being "artistic" or "creative". I simply want my photos to
    show reality.
    Bill McCaffrey, Apr 5, 2004
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    Jay Bollyn Guest

    I like thumbs+ for organizing all kinds of images. One can download and use
    thumbs+ for a trial period. After that you must pay, which I have done:

    Thumbs+ has nothing to do with slide shows.

    -- Jay
    Jay Bollyn, Apr 5, 2004
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  3. Bill,

    You can also give a try to Visere, a very fast image viewer that I am
    developing. It has many features that you may find useful including:

    - batch processing
    - keyboard mapping
    - lot's of display options
    - support for favorites and slide shows
    - dockable thumbnails and toolbars

    and much more. You can download Visere from:

    and you can take a look at some screen shots at:

    I look forward to your feedback.

    darian at dmmd dot net
    Darian Muresan, Apr 6, 2004
  4. Try e-magebank. It seems to do everything you want except that the cost
    is higher than 100$.
    There is a free demo at

    Olivier Bertini
    Olivier Bertini, Apr 6, 2004
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    Don Stauffer Guest

    Several years ago I tried a bunch of $30-50 programs. Eventually tried
    Paint Shop Pro, and have stuck with it ever since, through its various
    releases. While just barely under a hundred, it is still below, and is
    a very good editor that leaves you room to grow. While it is not as
    easy to use as some others, it comes with a thick, excellent manual.

    Consider whether you want or need a lot of 'automatic' quick fix
    buttons. While these are fine initially, eventually you will want more
    control, as you learn more about image editing. Some of these highly
    automated packages do not do so well when you begin to want more control
    over the functions.
    Don Stauffer, Apr 6, 2004
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