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August 13, 2005

Digital Photo Software?

We used to have A-See-Dee-See ACDSee (thanks, Jared) for photo editing. I liked it. After the last computer update, it's gone. *grump* Can't find the disc (seems like the discs for most of our software didn't make the trip back from Ukraine.)

Anyway, I have pics of the first day of school, but I need to crop them and size them before uploading and sharing them. Any recommendations for *free* and easy photo software that I can download? Thanks!


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If you just want to do cropping and simple picture editing then I suggest IrfanView. I use it mainly for viewing(it loads picture really fast) but it can also crop, resize, sharpen, rotate, etc. Oh, and it's free. Can't beat that.

For something with more functionality, I like Paint Shop Pro. The current version is $79 but I may have an earlier version which doesn't require registration. I can look for it if you're interested.

Posted by: brian at August 13, 2005 10:30 AM

Irfanview: I have used it for many years. It's freeware. Click here to get to one of its websites from which you can download it. If the URL link does not display at "Click here,", it is:

Posted by: Wayne Leman at August 13, 2005 11:04 AM

A package I love that is Open Source and totally free is The Gimp.

It can be downloaded from:

First install the GTK+ package and then install the gimp. You shoud also go ahead and download and install the help files.

More information can be found at: http://www.gimp.org/

The Gimp is a pretty advanced and feature-full image editing software. Much like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. Therefore I have to admit its not totally intuitive and has a bit of a learning curve. I love it though. Here is a photo I vandal- um edited with the Gimp.



Posted by: scott@fattriplets.com at August 13, 2005 11:06 AM

We us IrfanView. My computer-geek brother set it up, so I have no idea what is involved in that part of it. But I do know if it's the one he recommends, it's a good one!

Posted by: Missy at August 13, 2005 12:33 PM

PSP 4. you have to hunt around the site (jasc.com)to find it, but it's easy & good for straightforward stuff like cropping, resizing, adding text, minor fixes etc...

Posted by: Andrea at August 13, 2005 01:17 PM

Some people like the gimp (google for it) but I could never get it to work on my old computer.

We used Picasa:

It's good at cropping and basic stuff.

Posted by: kristen at August 13, 2005 02:45 PM

I'm a Photoshop junkie myself, but I've turned my wife on to Picasa (now owned by Google). It's fairly easy to use, very powerful, and free. My wife loves it. I've used ACDSee in the past, and I think Picasa blows it away.

Posted by: Jared Bridges at August 13, 2005 03:20 PM

Thanks for the recommendations. I really appreciate them. For starters, I downloaded Picassa. It was the one that sounded most familiar--and being the google fan that I am, that they are sponsoring Picassa now was the clincher. Pics of the first day of school will be up soon. *grin*

Posted by: TulipGirl at August 13, 2005 08:47 PM

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