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Old Dec 20, 2006, 11:04 AM   #11
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Being primarilly a Linux user, I use the GIMP, along with a few critical plugins (like UFRaw) for most interactive processing, and ImageMagick for batch processing of files.

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Old Dec 20, 2006, 12:18 PM   #12
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RawShooterPro for RAW photos, Paint Shop Pro for all other post processing. Note that Corel just released an update for PSP XI.

I also have Silkypix and CS2 but those take a back seat to the above. I like Picasa too but use it less.

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Old Dec 20, 2006, 12:56 PM   #13
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Adobe PhotoShop CS3 beta, and Adobe LightRoom beta4.
The speed of CS3 seems to have really been optimized it seems to do everything everything much faster than CS2, and has a lot of great new functions.

Here is a youtube preview interview on CS3

Oh, I primarely use Linux and downshift to Windows when I have to.

Rawshooter was one of my prefered pgms, but it is now owned by adobe so it may not live for long.
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Old Dec 20, 2006, 1:08 PM   #14
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Adobe bought Macromedia too and seem to be running both platforms at the same time instead of getting rid of one or the other. They seem to like being in competition with themselves, that way they get all the profits.

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Old Dec 20, 2006, 6:40 PM   #15
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Pentax Photo lab for raw conversion to TIFF, no tjpeg.

Noise Ninja

The Gimp for final croppig, exposure tweaking , resizing and final sharpening.

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Old Dec 20, 2006, 9:36 PM   #16
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I really like a program called IDImager (WWW.IDImager.com) . I don't use it as an editor, but it's by far the best I've seen for organizing pictures and has some really nice workflow features.

The thing I like best is its extensive EXIF and XMP support. Instead of importing pictures into a proprietary database to manage them, IDImager creates a catalog, and the full "key" of each image is stored in the EXIF keyword fields. This means that if I want to switch to a different product someday, I won;t lose all of the time I've spent grading, organizing and cataloging my pictures. It's all there in the correct EXIF fields. It also means that if I would ever somehow lose my catalog index, it's not a problem. It can be rebuilt entirely from the EXIF info.

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Old Dec 20, 2006, 10:53 PM   #17
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Well Thanks Everybody.

I use A Mac with Photoshop Elements v3 plus Pentax Photo Browser and Laboratory v3.10 and iPhoto v6

I didn't know about Image Capture, but I will try it and I have just downloaded Adobe Lightroom b4.1

I am surprised at how many artistic people don't use Macs.

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Old Dec 21, 2006, 2:10 AM   #18
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Long time Paint Shop Pro user here, am now using PSP7 and PSP9 (v9 has some advantages in noise removal but printing is terrible).

GIMP and some plugins - usage increased lately.

Image Analyzer and some other nice freebies for the ease of use and special functions like deconvolution.

If I have to - Neat Image for noise removal, but usually PSP9 does the job on JPEG's for me.

UFRAW and RAWShooter Essentials - my first 2 RAW processing tools since I got my dSLR a week ago.

DCE Enhance if I got lot's of photos and need batch processing.

Autostitch and Hugin for stitching.

Irfan View for viewing.

So quite a bunch, I try to focus on GIMP and Image Analyzer mostly. GIMP because it's free and runs on Windows and Linux and offers lot's of tools.
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Old Dec 21, 2006, 4:21 AM   #19
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i use windows only cos i dont know how ti use linux

for editing i use GIMP (free)
with the ufraw plugin (free)
i have also adobe lightroom beta (free)
and raw shooter essentials (free)

if i need to batch convert i use gallery constructor (free)
but i always tweak in GIMP afterwards

also autostich (free) to stich panoramas ( i couldnt get the hang of the more complicated ones)

i am a cheapskate

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Old Dec 21, 2006, 8:49 AM   #20
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I've been a Paint Shop Pro fan dating back to the Windows 3.1 days. I use Version 9 and version 11 depending on what features I need.

It has pretty much everything I would want/use out of Photoshop, and you can get it for <$50 if you look hard enough.
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