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Old Feb 10, 2010, 11:26 AM   #1
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Sorry upfront for repeating the same old question. I am new to this, looking for a simple edit touchup and viewing software. I just want something simple. Any suggestions, I was trying to look thru forum, I saw gimp? any others you would suggest. My brother has Corel Pro x2, just looks like to much for me.
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Old Feb 10, 2010, 11:42 AM   #2
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Mac or PC?
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Try the free Google Picasa for starters. It probably does most of what many users need (image management, cropping, basic enhancements for color, contrast, sharpening, etc.)

http://picasa.google.com
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I have PC, vista. I am just looking for an easy crop, exposure, and file mgmt program, is the best I could describe.
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picasa is you want a free one, photoshop lightroom is very good if you want to pay for a more advance one.
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Thanks, I am going to go try it,,,,,thank you
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Another freeware program to get is IrfanView: not really a photo editor, but a very nice viewer and batch processing for simple stuff.

When you feel that you want to move on, seriously consider the same program your brother has. It is worth a great deal to have someone handy to ask for help.
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As others have mentioned, Picasa is a great starter. When you're ready to move on to "more serious" editor, try Gimp. It's free and excellent.
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If you don't want a more full-blown (and difficult) image editor, you can do almost everything needed for basic photo editing within Xnview, Irfanview, and my personal favourite, FastStone Viewer. GIMP is pretty useful though, if you want to do more serious editing like removing a stray branch or something with the clone tool. I only go to the GIMP if I can't do it in FastStone Viewer. You could also look at PAINT.net. All are free, and just as good as anything you have to buy.
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If you need something a bit heavier duty but don't want to deal with Coral Pro/Photoshop try Photoshop Elements. Its a watered down version of Photoshop. Picassa is great (and free!) - if you can suffice with that then no need for Photoshop Elements.
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