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Jul 30, 2006 6:10 PM

i know that programs cost money. you'll usually pay a minimum of 90usd for a full fledged graphics program. here's a couple that will cost you nothing except some d/l time. my advise to all is get a program and stick with IT. quit bouncing around with a lot of them. that way you never learn very much..
first one is under developement by washingtone state univ.
it has a photoshop feel and is free..

second one is 'the gimp'. many have heard of it. there are at least 2 versions of it.

then there is the gimp shop, which has a photoshop feel.

all 3 of these are almost as powerfull as photoshop. upgrades are free. there are many free tutorials online for all of them.. expect, as with any hi-end program, a steep learning curve.


Wingman Jul 30, 2006 8:04 PM


Thanks for the links. I will check them out. Are any of the three mentioned better than the other two? Jay

mtclimber Jul 30, 2006 8:54 PM

Roy -

That is a very kind offer.


Jul 30, 2006 9:09 PM

mtclimber wrote:

Roy -

That is a very kind offer.

what did i offer??? i'm afraid now.. forget whatever ''offer'' i made because i'm not here... all three of these are great, you can't go wrong but i aint holding your hand learning them..

ennacac Jul 30, 2006 9:18 PM

I use Graphics Converter, which isn't exactly free ($29), but it is the closest thing to Photoshop I have found and it will open files nothing else will. Actually it was free with my latest OSX version, but not the Pro version.

Graphics Converter PRO
v6.60 Build 60708 An easy-to-use and powerful batch graphics converter and image viewer. Support 500 graphic formats, and the version v7.x supports vector images.


mtclimber Jul 30, 2006 9:20 PM


'way to go! You appreciate it if you put some time and effort into it.


Gumnut Jul 31, 2006 5:18 AM

i have been using GIMP for years
(so it cant be that hard lol)
and with UFRaw i can bring my pentax raw files directly into GIMP
and the GIMP community is pretty helpful and friendly (much like this group:-))

Rob22315 Jul 31, 2006 7:50 AM

Another inexpensive alternative is Paint Shop Pro. Version 10 can currently be had for $30 or less. There will probably be another release this fall. The upgrade will probably be cheaper than buying the newer version.

It now has many 16 bit functions and a few great things that not even PS has (Red eye removal, great noise reduction, clarify tool). PSP's one big shortcoming is not-so-great color management.


Rufus T Firefly Jul 31, 2006 8:38 AM

Here's another freebie, PhotoFiltre.

NonEntity1 Jul 31, 2006 10:11 AM

I don't know if this would be of any use to anyone but Creature House Expressions is a free vector art program that is compatible with .jpg, ..bmpand .tif. It might not be something photographers use (or it might,I am still too new to this) but I mention it because I know my daughter uses it interchangably with GIMP to create art on her graphics tablet.


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