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Old Jan 23, 2003, 10:35 PM   #1
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Good eveing everbody.

What software do you recomend to go with a C-4000.
I'll need something with written instructions that'll
explain everything. I'm a beginer.
I'm not too happy with the stuff that came with the camera.
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Old Jan 24, 2003, 7:38 AM   #2
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Software to do what?

Download to the computer?

Organize your photos?

Light duty editing?

Professional editing?

Posting to the web?

There's lots of programs out there, all depends on what you're trying to do.
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Old Jan 24, 2003, 7:56 AM   #3
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Start with Camedia 4.0 that comes with your camera. Learn the basics from this program. You can edit, organize your pics, download your pics, and it provides some templates. Once you have learned the basics then move to the more professional packages. You may find that you will need nothing better than your Camedia software.
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Old Jan 24, 2003, 10:32 AM   #4
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Hi Kentary,

With all due respect , don't wait to pick up some software
for what is termed "post processing".

Post processing means improvement of your photos to
your eye (cropping, rotation, brightness, contrast, etc).

I recommend Paint Shop Pro 7 and its "plug in" additional
software called Virtual Painter. Both are awesome and
easy to use. You are looking at about $130-140 for both
software.

Read more about them at:

http://www.jasc.com

Good luck, Kentary!
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Old Jan 24, 2003, 11:45 AM   #5
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I want to
edit pictures
email pictures
May be I do have to learn Camedia, It doesn't
seem to be too user friendly. Think it could be "User Error"?

I have a free trial of Dell Picture Perfect Picture, that will
expire in a day or two. That seems to be friendlyer.
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Old Jan 24, 2003, 12:36 PM   #6
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I agree with Phil, start out with Camedia. Play around with it, see what it can do, make notes of what it does that you don't like or what it can't do, and when you've outgrown it, then you'll have a better idea of what to look for.
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For "quick and dirty" post processing, I haven't found anything to beat CompuPic. It's only about $40, and it does everything I need except panos, and the Camedia software supplied with your camera will do that just fine.
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Old Jan 25, 2003, 8:33 PM   #8
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Camedia sux, to think I paid nearly 600 for my C5050, I was expecting decent software, but Camedia sux real bad..

Why should we pay the extra for the so called Pro version, after paying over the top for the camera?

Go figure?
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As several folks have said - use what you already have until you figure out what you want to do that it won't do. Then you will have a much better idea of what kind of software you want to pay for. The free software that comes with cameras, scanners, ... are all limited, but you cannot expect a $600 program to be included with a $600 camera.

In the meantime, get a few freeware programs. Irfanview is a good thumbnail viewer and has a good set of batch utilities. Also look for a EXIF viewer - the best place to ask about that is in the forum for your camera. Seems most cameras have some of the EXIF data (exposure, white balance, distance to subject, focal lenght, ...) in their own format.
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