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Old Nov 1, 2006, 5:09 PM   #11
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These are excellent references, and I hope we get more. By the way, I don't consider the programs I originally referred to as "run of the mill" - let's edit it to "widely used and/or well known"!

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i wasted all these years working with a run of the mill program.. guess i'll go back to Paint.

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Old Nov 1, 2006, 5:56 PM   #12
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My vote would be Irfanview, a freeware program that has caught on with many digital photographers. It has been mentioned on this forum before and is easy to use and doesn't take the resources some of the programs do nowadays. It is surprising how many of the common things you can do verywell with it. Here is a link to there website - Bruce

http://www.irfanview.com/

Did I mention it is FREE. I don't know how he can do that, but its been free for years. He does accept donations via PayPal though. With the number of digit cameras out now, he probably gets all he needs that way.

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just kidding
there are a lot of programs that do single quick fixes. what i've done is use them as a teaching guide to PS. whatever they do i'll try repeating it in PS.. good way to learn.

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Funny, I do the same thing for Corel.. Read photoshop tutorials and then repeat it in Corel. You shouldn't have got me started :blah:


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Old Nov 1, 2006, 11:11 PM   #15
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hey

i do the same with GIMP too' try replicating other programs precedures

i tried cinepaint when it was filmgimp ages ago, i may need to revisit it

my favourite is autostitch
http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.html

i have used it heaps
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Old Nov 2, 2006, 9:43 AM   #16
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I use Google's Picasa to load images from the camera, and also to organize my many, many folders. It seems much faster than the pentax software, and is easier to use and navigate.

It also has some basic photo tweaking features - lighten, B&W, etc... that let you easily and quickly play with your shots WITHOUT modifying the original.

The newest version is also tied in to the online google picture share web albums, which is another nice feature. And, it is free!

http://picasa.google.com/



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Old Nov 3, 2006, 9:17 PM   #17
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I'm surprised that no one has mentrioned PhotoImpact by Ulead. They were the originators of PhotoShop believe it or not.

I understand that PhotoImpact has been bought-out by Corel but the announcement is yet to be made.


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I use Photo Impact all the time and love it. I spent less than 50 bucks for Paint Shop Pro and Photo Impact together. I just didn't mention it because I thought the original poster asked for small and rather unknown applications. Photo Impact is great. It's HDR blending function rocks!

Photo Impact being bought by Corel -> now that scares me. But than, better being eaten by Corel than Adobe (:evil!
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Not sure if anyone has already mentioned this But here's one we use at work
"Paint Dot net " http://www.getpaint.net/
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Old Nov 3, 2006, 10:44 PM   #20
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Hi Everyone

Great thread!

Anyone tried Andrea Mosaic? ( http://www.andreaplanet.com/andreamosaic/ ) The user interface leaves a little to be desired, but it's fairly easy to use and the resulting mosaics look pretty good. There are more fully featured mosaic programs around, but this one is free.

I also use Hugin ( http://hugin.sourceforge.net/ ) as a graphical front-end to the Panorama Tools suite. Not as simple as Autostitch (mentioned previously) but more flexible.


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