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Old Aug 13, 2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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I am a newbie here and in a holding pattern waiting for my new P712 to arrive.
What kind of software is good for general picture tune up.
I have Kodak easyshare I loaded when I had the Z7590 camera, HP Image Zone that came with my HP Photosmart printer, and Googles Picasa2 which was a freebe download.
Most if not all of the pictures I had taken are at 5mp or higher. I want to be able to reduce something in size to use as an avitar.

I also have Paintshop Pro 7 that was given to me, but it has a serious learning curve.

I am old and simple. What can I say?

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Old Aug 13, 2006, 11:42 AM   #2
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Kodak easyshare is good but too much specific. Picasa or FSviewer are nice. I use ACDsee 7 its easy and works fine.

Other pro-softwares are too much to do for. I normall dont do heavy postprocessing on my images. Kodaks are best for out of camera images, you need very few retouching on those images.

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Old Aug 13, 2006, 11:22 PM   #3
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I just downloaded Picasa today and it is VERY user friendly! I had quite a bit of fun messing with everything on there. I'm not too thrilled with Kodak's software so I very rarely use it. I have Photoshop Elements 2 and really like that. For quick resizing, I use either Elements or the program that came on my Dell. Everyone has different opinions of softwares though so really, it's whatever works for you. Good luck and have fun!

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Old Aug 13, 2006, 11:35 PM   #4
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I had Kodak's software loaded until today. It seemed to slow my system, and I can't have that with my video editing. I still have Picasa installed and use it occasionally. Most of the time I use PhotoImpact, Paintshop Pro or Corel Draw. Then for quickies I use Irfanview (it's free, however the author could easily get a $100 for it).

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Or you can buy photoshop Elements which I use.....or download the free version of Photo Filtre which Boily uses and now I use as well! Real easy to use I might add and very good! Go here to take a look! It doesn't take up much space and doesn't load down the system!

http://www.photofiltre.com/


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I'm a big fan of Photoshop Elements 4. Not hard to find. I got mine for about $100 and it came with a free USB Thumb drive!:lol:
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Which video editing program do you use.

I tried the Muvee demo and found it very easy bur not worth the $100.00 for such a over automated program.



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Photoshop Elements 4. It does a lot of the hard work for you.

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Old Aug 14, 2006, 5:14 AM   #9
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I use Ulead's MediaStudio Pro 8, and VideoStudio 10 Plus.

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Which video editing program do you use.

I tried the Muvee demo and found it very easy bur not worth the $100.00 for such a over automated program.



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Whichever software you decide to go with... uninstall other applications which are redundant and duplicate the same image editing functions. Windows does not like having 3 or 4 applications fighting over which one is the primary image editor. It's a common cause of system instability and system slowdowns.

That said, I like Picassa best as a good light weight application with a very easy learning curve. I don't use it for image editing as I have Photoshop CS2, but I use it for a "quick and dirty" search engine for keeping track of my photo archives.

I agree with Big Dawg that Photoshop Elements delivers the most bang for the buck. Yeah, it's got a bit of a learning curve, but learning new things is what keeps us young.

I've also used ULead PhotoImpact for a few years and would rate it above Photoshop Elements, less powerful than Photoshop CS2. It is compatible with Photoshop plugins.

You might also want to look at Adobe's new LightRoom app. Adobe has a pre-release "beta" version free for download from the Adobe website. I've tested it and it's awesome. Has a lot of automatic functions to use while you are learning the manual functions. It's fully functional until end of January, 2007, then Adobe will ask you if you want to buy the final release version.

But please.... uninstall Kodak Easyshare and the HP Image Zone app and use the install CDs for drink coasters!
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