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Re: [webdesign-552] photo editing

From: Richard T.
Sent on: Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:46 PM

When Corel made me an upgrade offer last year for PaintShop Pro, I decided to ask around at DPreview as to other applications.
I didn't get a great response, so I looked a bunch of applications myself.
After all my looking around, Corel kept making offers, each time with a lower upgrade price. Just around January 3rd, they hit $29.95 for a DVD with free shipping. So I went that way.

My forum entries are in the link below at DPreview.

I found free software, low cost software, high end software and all manner of software. Not in my list is Paint.Net which is 64 bit on Windows, and Serif PhotoPlus X6 which is 64 bit and quite cheap as well.
I had been looking for specific functionality and restricted my search to those that appeared to provide that.
Nikon DSLR camera owners would be wise to consider Nikon Capture NX2. The Nikon Raw NEF file contains profile data for the camera and Nikon lens in use, this is used to make automatic corrections for aberration and chromatic distortion. I have been led to believe that the actual MCU in the lens provides the calibrated data that gets embedded in the NEF, thus the actual corrections are specifcaly for that serial number lens, and not simply for then lens model. DxO Optics Pro extensively tests and characterizes various lenses on various cameras and their software is amazing stuff. It will download the appropriate lens and camera calibrations for the image being worked on. The company does extensive development and testing for many major manufacturers, so they do know their stuff. SilkyPix is a high end applications from Japan. It does an amazing job.

There are two major interfaces being used in the photo world, the traditional menu driven UI and a new wordflow based UI, operating on loaded or imported images. The difference is subtle in the mechanics, but you can liken it to Word 2002 UI and the new Word 2010 Ribbon differences. Not quite the same, but the metaphor is there. Most of the new workflow based image processing applications are cheaper than the traditional variety, and there is a new learning curve for people familiar with the older way.

Each of the applications listed have trial periods, so you can install them, try them out and remove them relatively easily. I am a fan of CCleaner, it works, I have used it a lot, don't skip the registry backup step, you do so at your own risk and then one time I skipped it, I had a frustrating four hour repair at hand. Anyhow, CCleaner revealed that many applications do not properly clean up after themselves during removal, so CCleaner may be the only way to resent file type settings and missing file references. Do not despair, even Microsoft does not completely clean up on an uninstall.
I hope you find this list useful.

Photo Edit Application

Of, why do I continue to use PainShop Pro, cause I can do manipulations and work with layers that some of the lesser packages do not accommodate at all, and the upgrade was so cheap, this time.

Regards, Richard Tomkins

On 31/01/[masked]:39 AM, Erick Daniel Cardenas-Mendez wrote:

Someone asked yesterday for recommendations on a simple photo editing application. I immediately pointed to GIMP, but on second thought GIMP isn't really simple, it's just a free and open-source Photoshop. There's still a learning curve involved with the tools it provides. I love it and know it pretty well now, but mostly because I've toyed around with it for some time.

However, if you want something simple, then I would point you to the Picasa desktop application, made by Google. It gives you the type of quick editing tools that you find on most mobile picture apps. 

I used it years ago, and it was pretty good at the time. I can't comment on the latest version.


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