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Old Dec 31, 2009, 4:34 PM   #1
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Old Dec 31, 2009, 7:03 PM   #2
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You can use the software that came with the camera. Some of those applications are pretty good, and they will understand your camera as well or better than the third part applications. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements, Nikon ViewNX, Microsoft Office Picture Manager, and a bunch of lesser utilities.

Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, and Corel Paint Shop Pro are all good, reasonably priced, and available for a free trial download. There is also the free IrfanView.
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I use Picasa, Gimp, and sometimes BibblePro. The first two are free.
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I use Photoshop Element 7.0 and Microsoft Picture It and Photo Manager. I also use Nero 9 for burning discs.

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I have used Picasa and Paint.net, both free programs. I tried a trial download of Photoshop Elements but gave up on that. I settled on Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 Ultimate. Corel usually has good deals for purchasing it online.

Paint Shop seems to have all the necessary features that I need with a user friendly interface. You can get a trial download to see if it works for you.

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Old Jan 1, 2010, 1:32 PM   #6
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The bottom line: What are you trying to achieve and how much time can you invest? Keep in mid there is a learning curve for all software. I found the learning curve for The Gimp quicker than for Photoshop, Considering the cost, Do you sell your pictures?
Brock University offers a Photoshop course.
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Mac user here, I use Aperture and Iphoto to manage them.
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Another Mac user, I was really impressed with Aperture, not so much with iPhoto. I've been using Photoshop since Photoshop 3 and am just used to it. I downloaded Photoshop Elements and was really impressed - in the month I was using it (while my computer was in the shop) I didn't find anything particularly where I wanted the full version of Photoshop. I also use Lightroom and like it a lot (been using it since the first beta). I'm not convinced that its better than Aperture, just goes about things differently.
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Yes, I agree. Aperture does as nice of a job as photoshop, and it does thing from a different point of view, there is really no right or wrong way I think. It was nice to hear Apple will be upgrading it in april to Aperture X.
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Aperture (Mac only) or Lightroom (PC and Mac).

They are by far the two best all-round image management, image editing, and image output programs.

Lightroom is the one application I cannot live without. Photoshop CS4 and DXO Optics Pro also get occasional use.
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