Easy photo software

Rodger Whitlock totototo@telus.net
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:48:37 PST
On 28 Nov 2012, at 10:58, Kathleen Sayce wrote:

> Probably the simplest software I use for photo manipulations is Graphic
> Converter, which works in all operating systems, Mac and PC included. It allows
> imports from many different formats, saving in many different formats, resizing,
> cropping, and other useful manipulations.

You forget Linux and other Unix-like operating systems, as well as Android and 
other oses used on handheld devices.

For Linux the obvious recommendation is Gimp, but frankly, I hate it and take 
my own advice given in the next paragraph:

My own advice is to find a machine running a version of Windows no later than 
Win98 and a copy of PaintShopPro version 3 or 4. Like a lot of older software, 
it has the great advantage of being very simple and straightforward. Modern 
software is generally overburdened with features you don't need for simple 
manipulations of image files. Simplicity has been sacrificed for featuritis.

The only drawback to those old versions of PSP is that they don't recognize the 
later version of JPEGs.

Remember, everyone, that at the end of the day, it's best to aim for taking 
photographs that suit the requirements right out of the camera. If you find 
yourself endlessly fussing with color balance, gamma, and so on, anything 
beyond straightforward cropping and watermarking, you are probably doing 
something wrong.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate

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