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Old Jul 24, 2006, 5:43 PM   #1
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I am sure that this question has been asked before but I could not find it on a search. I am new to this and just bought the Epson 3490. I want to scan all of my photos and burn them to CD to save them. I also want to be able to put together some slide shows and be able to do a pan or zoom on certain pictures and put it to music. Does anyone have suggestions? I can't spend a lot of money on the software and I don't really plan on touching up the photo or alterthem at all. Is there a lower cost program that will do this for me and help me burn them to CD?



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Start out free and move up if the software isn't doing what you need. You will better understand your needs after some hands-on work anyway.

Slideshow: http://graphicssoft.about.com/b/a/122245.htm

Image editor: http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/sof...us/default.asp

XP has a built-in burner that probably works in conjunction with Photo Story.

Many people like the free Picasa for organizing and archiving. I prefer to work through the free Irfanview and directly use the Windows file system.

Picasa: http://picasa.google.com/download/index.html
Irfanview: www.irfanview.com

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I forgot to add that you will probably get better images scanning the negatives with your scanner. If you do you will need some noise reduction software if any of your negatives are high ASA film. Neat Image has a trial version that is consider freeware for home users and doesn't expire.

Neat Image: http://www.neatimage.com/download.html

Noise Ninja and Noiseware are also excellent but their trial versions are limited.

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Noise Ninja and Noiseware are also excellent but their trial versions are limited.
There is a free "Community" edition of Noiseware that is not a limited trial (doesn't expire). It won't work as a plugin (it's a stand alone). But, for free software, it's pretty good.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you'll see links to download the Community Edition (the free version versus trial versions):

http://www.imagenomic.com/download.asp

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