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Old Aug 21, 2006, 5:27 AM   #1
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What free software for photo managing and some editing is BEST???

I found some review here:

http://re.awarded.in/re/photo-editing-management-software-review.html


What you think about it and what soft use you for photo managing?

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Old Aug 21, 2006, 8:12 AM   #2
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It depends on what you're doing.

If you need a more powerful image editor, you may want to look at the Gimp from http://www.gimp.org/

Another alternative based on it is GimpShop at http://plasticbugs.com/?page_id=294

If you're shooting raw, take a look at UFRaw at http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/ (and it's available as a plugin that works with the Gimp).

Google's Picasa is good for a browsing tool with some basic editing features.

I also use Irfanview at http://www.irfanview.com for some things.

If you're running Linux versus Windows, then there are other free tools to choose from (Krita, F-Spot, DigiKam, and more).

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Old Aug 22, 2006, 4:13 PM   #3
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I like (and use) FastStone Image Viewer:
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

This program is a full featured browser, editor and orgainizer. And support for RAW file formats! Definately give it a look...
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Yes... I forgot FastStone.

I use it from time to time. I've got it installed in both Windows XP and in Linux (via Wine, which allows a number of Windows applications to run under Linux, sometimes faster than they do in Windows).

There are lots of free image browsing/editing packages around.

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Old Aug 23, 2006, 11:14 PM   #5
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and more???
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if you have Linux you can use

dcraw: to transorm raw file to jpeg/tiff
digikam: www.digikam.org
ufraw: based on dcraw

Also Lightzone is free for Linux, but not for Windows and Mac ...
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I looked at Photo filtre the other day & was quite impressed. It isn't as versatile as Photoshop, but it seems to have several similar functions.

These two sites offer descriptions & downloads of it -

http://www.photofiltre.com/

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/photofiltre.html

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Old Sep 19, 2006, 6:51 AM   #8
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Muso -

All I can add is that the best bargain in a photo editing program that I know of is an original disc of Photoshop Elements 2. Lots of these are for sale on eBay. That's how I got mine. Elements 2 is powerful & I think much more convenient to use than any other Photoshop version that I've tried.

All that Elements 2 lacks (so far as I'm concerned) is a really fine & easily used color balance adjusment function. However, if you can also find a disk of Photoshop LE, it fills that gap - if you need to - very well, with a color balance adjustment function much like that in Photoshop 7.0.

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Hey there, ok, I use picasa for quick and dirty editing, {does the basic, -- colors, sharpen, crop} and for management.. its free from google. I really like it... Ive used Gimp-- i HATE that software to much like photoshop{yes i HATE photoshop too} the only thing with google, is if u use a format other than bmp, jpg, or RAW, google freaks a little... I use microsoft digital image for most of my manipulations.. and if i save it as one of their formats {i think its png???} picasa will read it for a half a sec, then shut down.. rather sucks... but, i fixed that problem, as if i have a project that i have to save, i save it to my second hard drive, and picasa doesnt read there. anyway.. tahts my .02

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