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Old Feb 3, 2003, 3:10 PM   #1
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Default Photoshop Elements 2 vs Minolta DiMage Viewer

Would appreciate hearing any reason to use DiMage rather than PS Elements 2 to download, edit & print. Just got my F100 and am trying to avoid wasting time with DiMage if it's not advantageous.
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Old Feb 11, 2003, 11:23 AM   #2
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Let me put it this way:

I used the Olympus comewith software with the new 5050. I even uploaded the advanced version of the software. It wasn't worth the money.

A dedicated program that is not included with the camera has to be superior in my opinion unless the camera includes a real software program of merit. Some brands did include Elements 1.0, but usually its second reate stuff that merely allows you to get the picturers off of the camera and onto paper.

Does the included software allow layers? Can it alter prospective? Does it allow multiple images to be printed on a single page? Etc. Most of the real editing programs have these provisions.

I use Elements 2.0 and find it has many more featurers then I'm capable of using at this point. It has a learning curve but, when the curve is negotiated it allows for some awsome results. Think of what Photo Shop could then do.
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Old Feb 11, 2003, 12:01 PM   #3
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Just got my F100 and am trying to avoid wasting time with DiMage if it's not advantageous.
Some Minolta cameras use a wider colorspace than the sRGB used by the PC. What DIVU does is, it allow the program to convert this wider colorspace into sRGB. You can usually tell this when the color picture from the camera is flat and not as saturated.

The other purpose of the program that come with most cameras is to convert the raw output from the camera to a normalize jpeg or tiff formats. Raw format is usually proprietary and you can't import it directly at this time into any Photoshop unless you get a plug-in... :?
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