Digital Photography Resources
- Frist Choice: FastStone because the price is right. This is a program to review, organize, edit and print your graphics. It includes basic editing features, run slide shows, eMails automatically downsized images, etc. I've even created over 5 hours of video clips showing how to use various features.
- Old Favorite: ACDSee a program to review, organize, edit and print your graphics. It includes the basic editing features you need initially and also runs slides shows. It was the only program I use for printing my graphics until I got Qimage.
- Alternatives: ThumbsPlus is another program in this class and may be equally good, I just happen to really like ACDSee. You can download both ACDSee and ThumbsPlus for a 30 free trail and then buy the one you like best. I bought the ACDSee Power Pack, but am not sure it is worth the extra cost -- I like FotoSlate for printing Album pages, but have never really gotten excited about the FotoCanvas, the more advanced photo editor included in the ACDSee Power Pack.) Before I found FastStone, I made a detailed comparison of ACDSee and ThumbsPlus ... someday I need to update this comparison to include FastStone.
- Updates: The current version of ACDSee is 8 ... I REALLY like it and highly recommend it and it's build-in Editor. Although you can download many of these programs from the internet, check for good deals on boxed versions which include printed manuals. Use internet shopping tools like: CNet.com, Froogle.com, PriceGrabber.com, etc.
There is now a photo organizer built-into Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 ... I didn't like the one built-into Adobe's Professional Editor (Photoshop 8 CS) so probably won't like this one either. (Now that CS 2 and Elements 4 are out, I still turn off their organizers.)
There is also a photo organizer (Paint Shop Photo Albums) that comes with Paint Shop Pro which I used in the past and liked.
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