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Old Nov 11, 2008, 12:22 PM   #1
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If the only choices in the world were HP Photosmart Essentials 2.5 or Picasa 3.0 (or 2.7 is you're more familar with that version) which would you choose and why?


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Old Nov 17, 2008, 7:36 PM   #2
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What is it your trying to do?

Personally I wouldn't pick either.
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Old Nov 18, 2008, 7:20 AM   #3
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I agree that neither of these is among my better options. A friend let me play with his Photoshop Elements 7.0 ($49.00) at a local electronics superstore.

It handles jpeg and RAW. Has three different levels of human interface. And I can use it without creating all new folders.


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I have a mac mini so I use iPhoto. iPhoto handles raw, allows me to do adjustments and cropping, as well as prepare cool slideshows and burn them to DVD. Not everything that I would want in software but most of everything. Very easy to use.

When I work on the PC I like to use RAWSHOOTER (it's a free program). I also upgraded to the paid version, but the free version is pretty good. You have to shoot RAW format to use RAWSHOOTER - however I haven't shot a JPEG using my DSLR for over 4 years now - I only shoot RAW format.

I've tried using Elements and I find the I don't have the patience to learn it. I also find Adobe software products to have hideous interfaces - so generally I avoid them.
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I, too, would not choose PhotoSmart Essentials or Picassa, although I prefer PhotoSmart to Picassa when showing total neophytes some software. PhotoShop Elements would be my choice (of course, I am a long-time PhotoShop user currently using CS3). But if the price is the problem, you might try downloading the free, open source, program called the Gimp. Personally, I find it has a steep learning curve among my college students, but it does virtually everything PhotoShop does — and it costs nothing.
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