Photo software

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Thames_side, Oct 17, 2005.

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    Thames_side Guest

    I have ACDSee supplied with my camera. It seems OK but not teribly clever.
    Can anyone tell me what is the best software to get for storing, sorting and
    modifying digital photos.
    Thames_side, Oct 17, 2005
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    MartinS Guest

    IrfanView is pretty versatile, for the price. (It's free!)
    Of course, it doesn't do everything that Photoshop does.
    MartinS, Oct 18, 2005
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    Rob Weekhout Guest

    Thames_side schreef:
    Try Picasa2.
    Distributed by Google (!) and its free :

    * Beautiful user interface

    * It can also easily make a rather nice (but straight forward) web page
    of pictures you choose.

    * It can do several photo-enhancements, but the original file is NOT
    affected !! (it creates an .ini-file, where the enhancements are stored in)

    * you can make backups

    etc. etc. etc.

    Please give it a try !

    Rob Weekhout, Oct 18, 2005
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    Brigitte Guest

    Thanks Rob. I like this program.

    Brigitte, Oct 19, 2005
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    Rob Weekhout Guest

    Brigitte schreef:

    One important thing.
    I have read several reactions from new Picasa-users that they didn't
    like the way Picasa handles your folders on your harddisk.
    They all thought Picasa made a mass of it. Nothing of that kind !.
    Remember that all your subfolders are being seen as "stand-alone"v
    folders within Picasa.
    So when you give your photofolders a name like : "yyyy_foldername" you
    can find them easily in your Picasa library.

    One other thing : your menu-item "tools"
    (or is it the menu-item "extra" ?, because I have the Dutch
    Picasa-version !!)
    has an option something like "folder-watcher" or something like that.
    Here you can tell Picasa what folders should constantly be watched and
    which absolutely do NOT.

    Further on :
    read the on-line manual
    visit the picasa forum
    read the online support-page of Picasa
    mail me if you want to know more and hate to read manuals ;)
    remove the "NOSPAM" from my emailadress.

    Rob Weekhout, Oct 19, 2005
  6. Hi,

    I agree that Picasa2 is excellent. It sharpens nicely with one
    keystroke, can crop manually or to a format, can change brightness,
    contrast, color, etc.. Verticals can be rotated to appear vertically
    onscreen with no detail loss or pixel loss. Your changes are kept
    separately from the original image, which remains pristine and lossless.
    It is free.

    Morton Linder, Oct 20, 2005
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    Brigitte Guest

    Brigitte, Oct 20, 2005
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    Thames_side Guest

    Thanks for all the input. Picasa certainly seems popular. Anybody tried
    Adobe Photoshop Elements?

    Thames_side, Oct 22, 2005
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    Markeau Guest

    ACDSee is excellent, well at least the full version is ... I use it
    for photo management and as a front-end to 3 different editing tools:
    - Adobe Photoshop CS2
    - Adobe Photoshop Elements
    - Microsoft Digital Image

    ..... I suggest downloading the Elements trial at
    Markeau, Oct 22, 2005
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    I use Serif PhotoPlus for serious editing and did use Irfanviewfor for quick
    image adjustment resizing/resampling etc. It's my default viewer.
    I recently downloaded FastStone. This is an excellent replacement for
    Irfanview and is superior except for batch resampling/renaming, for which
    Irfanview is still tops.
    After all the fuss over Picasa, I dowloaded and tried Picasa2. In the
    absence of those mentioned above I suppose it would be a good choice, but I
    much prefer FastStone.
    The choice of a more serious editor is more difficult. Prior to retirement,
    I could evaluate applications as part of my job for free. I certainly can't
    go out and get say elements, Photo Shop, Paint Shop Pro determine
    which I like best. Since I already use Serif PagePlus and have been doing so
    for many years, I was able to get PhotoPlus as part of a good offer. It does
    far more than I will ever use. I did download The Gimp, this is probably
    excellent, but I don't like the interface and probably will continue with
    what I have. I should add that I use my own scheme for storing cataloging
    pics, so that might be a factor in what I have said above.
    Dave Cohen
    Dave Cohen, Dec 3, 2005
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