I am new to digital photography. I have a Windows XP PC with 100 gigabyte\nhard drive. I am trying to organize my pictures and create on screen slide\nshows. My photos from about 1996 to 2003 are mostly on Kodak picture CD's. I\nhave also had Ritz Camera convert some of my old Ektachrome and Kodachrome\nslides to JPG files on CD's. In 2004, I bought an Olympus Camedia C-5060\ndigital camera and have started loading pictures directly on to my hard disk\nfrom the camera.\n\nI have tried several software packages and have not found one that I really\nlike. I have done slide shows with Photo Parade Essentials 5.0. I like the\ncaptioning feature and it lets me put the photos in the order that I want.\nIt has some serious drawbacks. It cannot read all file formats (the lack of\nTIF and BMP has been particularly annoying). It also does not fill the\nentire screen of my 17" monitor.\n\nI got Picasa 1.5 free with my Ritz Camera CD's. I like the full screen\nslides and the simplicity of use but it does not support all file formats\nand does not allow captioning.\n\nI have tried using Adobe Photo Deluxe Home Edition 4.0 for editing photos. I\nlike the results for fixing brightness and contrast problems. I am less\nhappy with fixing sharpness. I find its cropping feature very difficult to\nuse. I do not like the photo size choices. The 2 sizes I use most frequently\nare 50% and 100%. The lack of a 75% choice is frustrating. Most of my photos\nlook too small at 50% and too big at 100%. This program also usually triples\nthe number of bytes so that photos edited in Adobe are too big to email.\n\nBoth Adobe and a free HP program that came with my PC called "HP Image Zone"\nhave up/down and left/right arrows that let me center the picture as I want\nit. The frustrating thing is that neither of these programs will let me save\nthe photo as I centered it so that comes up in the slide show the way I\ncentered it in the image editing software.\n\nI am looking for suggestions for better software packages that are not\nbudget busters (< 0). Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am not\ninterested in being "artistic" or "creative". I simply want my photos to\nshow reality.