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nznhut Nov 1, 2006 9:47 AM

I would be interested in finding out what photo editing, enhancing, manipulating, etc software people use and really like, which isn't the run of the mill Photoshop, Rawshooter, Lightroom, Silkypix type of program. A little known program which may do a great job of one particular task, or one you find yourself using over and over again. Hopefully, something either undiscovered or little known to others.

I have several, but one I really like is Digital Camera Poster Creator, which takes one photo and lets you create any size/shape poster you want from it, but joining them. Here is their site:

I will be most interested to see what other gems may be revealed!

SelrahCharleS Nov 1, 2006 10:48 AM

Mine is a similar interesting little program called the rasterbator

Catbells Nov 1, 2006 11:07 AM

There's nothing run of the mill about Adobe Photoshop - it's the 'bees knees' for those that can affort it!!

rmarquez Nov 1, 2006 11:54 AM

Well, have you heard of Cinepaint?

I only recently gave it a try, after hearing about it several times. From what I understand it branched off from the Gimp (you have heard of the Gimp, right?) as its developers were mainly interested in adding features needed by the Film industry. However, it turns out to be a very powerful image editor, with raw image support included. Here is a screen shot of my machine editing a Pentax raw file. (In the bottom left is a Jpeg of the same image produced through Photoshop).

Another application that I just tried for the first time is Krita:

From the article:
"Krita supports generic 8- and 16-bit integer modes for grayscale, RGB, CMYK, and YCbCr color models, 16- and 32-bit floating-point mode for RGB, 16-bit integer for L*a*b, and 32-bit floating-point for LMS. A separate 8-bit integer RGB mode for watercolor paint simulation is also available."

Now, don't be discouraged by the fact that they are Linux programs. Linux has come a long way in the last year, and it is improving by leaps and bounds. I also recently discovered a version of linux that is very, *very*, easy to install and use - PCLinuxOS.

I could go on and on about why I think it is the best Linux distribution
currently in existance, but you'll just have to try it yourself and see if you agree. To try it, all you have to do is download the OS image and burn it into a CD. Put your CD in your computer and reboot. It will run the OS from the CD and not touch your hard drive at all. That way you can see what it looks like and how it works. If you have any questions, let me know.

HogRider Nov 1, 2006 11:54 AM

Here are 2 I use almost daily:

Picaview 32 is a very small useful utility. I would consider this program an absolute GEM.

Ther other one I use a lot, is called PureImage. Absolute great noise removal software.

Reps Nov 1, 2006 12:31 PM

A free one I use sometimes to put text/borders to jpeg images, fast and rather customizable:

Best, JR

Reps Nov 1, 2006 12:49 PM

And have played with this one too:

Best, JR

oreo57 Nov 1, 2006 1:28 PM

My mandatory plug for the underdog:
Corel Photopaint11 (or 9-13, whichever). Couldn't be without it. Almost all the power of Adobe but at much less a price....... Of course I use WordPerfect instead of Word as well

Nov 1, 2006 2:35 PM

oh no,
i wasted all these years working with a run of the mill program.. guess i'll go back to Paint.


oreo57 Nov 1, 2006 4:04 PM

That's OK, first step in recovery........:lol:

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