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  1. Slapo

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    If you're in search of a photo/image editor, this thread should be able to help you find the one you'll like.
    There are many photo editors, they differ in their capabilities, performance, price, operating systems support and so on.

    Shortcuts to individual sections:

    - [JUMP=imgedit_paid]Photo/Image editors paid[/JUMP]
    - [JUMP=imgedit_free]Photo/Image editors free[/JUMP]
    - [JUMP=rawconv_paid]Raw Converters paid[/JUMP]
    - [JUMP=rawconv_free]Raw Converters free[/JUMP]
    - [JUMP=rawconv_manu_paid]Raw Converters - manufacturer's own paid[/JUMP]
    - [JUMP=rawconv_manu_free]Raw Converters - manufacturer's own free[/JUMP]
    - [JUMP=viewers_paid]Image viewers and organisers paid[/JUMP]
    - [JUMP=viewers_free]Image viewers and organisers free[/JUMP]
    - [JUMP=utils_various]A few interesting freebies for various needs[/JUMP]



    [ANCHOR=imgedit_paid]Photo/Image editors paid:[/ANCHOR]


    Adobe Photoshop
    http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/
    Yes, THE Photoshop.
    Tutorials:
    Tutorials for Photoshop can be found all over the web via Google.


    Adobe Photoshop Elements
    http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelwin/
    Little brother. Fairly capable for the price.
    Tutorials:
    Some of tutorials for Photoshop can be also applied to Photoshop Elements. Again, Google is your friend.


    Corel Photo-Paint
    http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/gb/en/Product/1191272117978
    The companion. Come in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. It used to rival Photoshop and still holds its own.
    Tutorials:
    For this one, tutorials are pretty difficult to find sometimes.


    Corel Paint Shop Pro
    http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/gb/en/Product/1184951547051
    They say it used to be speedy. It's one of the best values on the market of photo editors. Recent versions (at least X2) can open some raw files too. Jasc used to make this one.
    Tutorials:
    http://www.baycongroup.com/paint_shop_pro/tutorials.htm
    http://www.grafx-design.com/psp_tut.html
    http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/pa...sential_Tutorials_for_Jasc_Paint_Shop_Pro.htm


    Ulead PhotoImpact
    http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/gb/en/Product/1184951547051
    I haven't tried this one much, but it's similar to Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop Elements in many ways. Ulead used to make it.
    Tutorials:
    http://www.ulead.com/learning/pi.htm
    http://www.huntfor.com/design/tutorials/photoimpact.htm


    PhotoLine
    http://www.pl32.com/
    Looks very good on paper. The way it works is a bit odd, but it's fairly fast and probably only takes getting used to.


    ACD Canvas
    http://www.acdsee.com/
    Not exactly a photo editor, although I've only tried an older version, it could have improved a lot since then. It's a pretty versatile tool, though, so it might be worth a try.
    Tutorials:
    Google's your friend here as well.


    ACDSee Photo Editor
    http://www.acdsee.com/
    An interesting photo editor that could use some more polish (I had some trouble finding a duplicate object button in the 2008 version).
    Tutorials:
    Google's your friend here.


    Serif PhotoPlus
    http://www.serif.com/
    Not very well known, but it gets decent reviews.



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    the GIMP
    http://www.gimp.org/
    Probably the best free photo/image editor available.
    Tutorials:
    AS they're not that easy to find, here's my list:
    A GIMP fire tutorial.
    GIMP guru tutorials.
    pixel2life tutorials.
    A user group site.
    Gimplogy.
    Bits about the GIMP.
    A few nice brushes for the GIMP.
    Talk about the GIMP.
    Video tutorials by Jimmac.
    Official GIMP documentation.
    How to create a resizable brush in the GIMP.


    Paint.NET
    http://www.getpaint.net/
    It's decent if you install a bunch of plug-ins.
    Tutorials:
    http://paintdotnet.forumer.com/viewforum.php?f=15
    http://groups.melbpc.org.au/~bayside/Tutorial on Paint.Net.pdf
    http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/paintnet/PaintNET_Resources_and_Tutorials.htm


    PhotoFiltre
    http://photofiltre.free.fr/frames_en.htm
    Not bad for some quick editing.
    Tutorials:
    http://photofiltre.free.fr/frames_en.htm


    Serif PhotoPlus 6
    http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/PhotoPlus/default.asp
    It was a bit slow every time I've tried it, but not everybody has that problem. It's not too bad, although a bit basic.


    Photoscape
    http://www.photoscape.org/
    If yo want something simple that can also convert raws, this could be it.



    [ANCHOR=rawconv_paid]Raw Converters paid:[/ANCHOR]
    I'm not sure there are any tutorials needed if you know your way at least with Photoshop Elements, the GIMP or such.


    Adobe Lightroom
    http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/
    The youngling. It's been pretty slow on my PC, but the results aren't bad if you don't apply sharpening at higher ISOs.


    Apple Aperture
    http://www.apple.com/aperture/
    Probably one of the reason Adobe released Lightroom. I've never used it, as I don't have an Apple PC.


    Phase One Capture One
    http://www.phaseone.com/Content/Software.aspx
    Capture One 4 is quite nice. Speed is OK, so is conversion quality.


    Bibble
    http://bibblelabs.com/
    Speedy when it comes to batch conversions, conversion quality seems to be on par with most of the other converters. Available for Linux too.


    SILKYPIX Developer Studio
    http://www.isl.co.jp/SILKYPIX/english/
    A bit slow and the output quality isn't the best you can get (but still OK). It's pretty easy to use, though.


    ArcSoft PhotoStudio Darkroom
    http://www.arcsoft.com/products/photostudiodarkroom/
    It has most of the basic tools, might be good for beginners. Output quality was OK. It's no speed demon.


    LightZone
    http://www.lightcrafts.com/products/
    This one has a different approach to handling exposure tweaks. It has the basic tools and some quite interesting advanced features. Runs on Linux and Mac OS X.


    ToneUp S3
    http://www.toneupstudio.com/
    For Nikon users only.


    DxO Optics Pro
    http://www.dxo.com/
    They claim its output quality is one of a kind and some people seem to like it a lot. I wasn't very happy with its output, though.


    Picture Window Pro
    http://www.dl-c.com/
    I haven't used this one, but its specifications are interesting.


    Helicon Filter
    http://www.heliconsoft.com/heliconfilter.html
    It's a very easy to use tool, the price isn't too high and results can be decent.


    RAW Developer
    http://www.iridientdigital.com/
    Mac OS X only.


    Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements with Adobe Camera Raw plug-in
    http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html
    I've listed this combo in the paid section of raw converters, because while the plug-in can be dowloaded for free from Adobe's website, you still have to pay for Photoshop/Photoshop Elements.



    [ANCHOR=rawconv_free]Raw Converters free:[/ANCHOR]


    RawTherapee
    http://www.rawtherapee.com/
    Quite nice. You can find a mini review of it by me here: http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=48504


    UFRaw
    http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/
    It's a pretty good tool. What I like best about it is the way it handles whites. Colour transitions usually seem nice and smooth, very pleasant. Comes with a plug-in for the GIMP.


    RAWHide
    http://www.my-spot.com/RHC/
    A youngster, but already has some interesting features, namely batch processing and conversion algorithms.


    dcraw + batch scripts
    http://www.cybercom.net/~dcoffin/dcraw/
    It's a command line converter that works well with batch scripts and sometimes serves as a reference converter for other converters. You can find a tutorial how to use it here: http://www.guillermoluijk.com/tutorial/dcraw/index_en.htm. There's software that builds on it. You can find a list of that software on dcraw's homepage. There are also several GUI frontends for this neat tool.


    s7raw (for Fuji cameras only)
    http://www.my-spot.com/RHC/
    Conversion samples combined with a tutorial: http://www.mattspinelli.com/s7raweditor2c.html.


    RawShooter Essentials
    http://www.my-spot.com/RHC/
    It's discontinued but for some owners of older DSLRs, it' a gem. It had a commercial version. Adobe bought them and later Adobe Lightroom was born..


    SILKYPIX Developer Studio
    http://www.isl.co.jp/SILKYPIX/english/
    A bit slow and the output quality isn't the best you can get (but still OK). It's pretty easy to use, though. The free version is limited in featuresa and isn't updated as often as the paid version.


    Stepok's Raw Importer
    http://www.stepok.net/eng/raw_importer.htm
    A very easy to use raw converter that gives good conversion quality, although export speed isn't anything to write home about.


    Rawstudio
    http://rawstudio.org/
    An interesting raw converter for Linux.


    Rawker
    http://raifra.fh-friedberg.de/Mac/index-en.html
    Mac OS X only.


    Raw Photo Processor (RPP)
    http://www.raw-photo-processor.com/
    Mac OS X only.



    [ANCHOR=rawconv_manu_paid]Raw Converters - manufacturer's own paid:[/ANCHOR]


    Fuji Hyper-Utility
    http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital/download/index.html
    Fuji's own that has the extras.


    Nikon Capture NX
    Nikon Downloads
    Nikon's own that has the extras.


    Olympus Studio
    http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/205.htm



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    Canon Digital Photo Professional
    http://www.canon-europe.com/support/software/dpp/
    It should be on the CD you got with your Canon camera. You can also download it from Canon's website.


    Fuji FinePix Viewer
    http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital/download/index.html
    It should be on the CD you got with your Fuji camera. I couldn't find a download link, if you can, please, send me a PM.


    Nikon ViewNX
    Nikon Downloads
    You can download it from Nikon's website (link above). It has superseded Nikon PictureProject.


    Olympus Master
    http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/205.htm


    SilkyPix Developer Studio for Panasonic cameras
    http://www.isl.co.jp/SILKYPIX/english/p/support/download/
    It should be on the CD you got with your Panasonic DSLR camera.


    Pentax Photo Browser and Pentax Photo Laboratory
    http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/download_digital.html
    It should be on the CD you got with your Pentax camera. I have managed to find only updates on Pentax's website.


    Samsung Digimax Master and Digimax RAW Converter
    http://www.samsungcamera.com/
    It should be on the CD you got with your Samsung camera. I couldn't find a download link, if you can, please, send me a PM.


    SIGMA Photo Pro
    http://www.sigmaphoto.com/support/cameras_downloads.asp
    It should be on the CD you got with your SIGMA camera. It can also be downloaded from SIGMA's websites.


    Sony Image Data Converter SR
    http://esupport.sony.com/
    It should be on the CD you got with your Sony DSLR. I couldn't find a download link, if you can, please, send me a PM.



    [ANCHOR=viewers_paid]Image viewers and organisers paid:[/ANCHOR]


    ACDSee Photo Manager
    http://www.acdsee.com/
    Half legendary, but not a myth. ACDSee used to be copied by other programs both in UI and in functionality for years.


    Zoner PhotoStudio
    http://www.zoner.com/
    An image viewer that got a few simple image editing capabilities in its more recent iteration.


    Corel MediaOne Plus
    http://www.corel.com/
    A media organiser, not that well know, but it can manage images as well as videos and aply some quick edit to images.


    Camera Bits Photo Mechanic
    http://www.camerabits.com/
    Comes at a price, but some people love it.



    [ANCHOR=viewers_free]Image viewers and organisers free:[/ANCHOR]


    Irfan View
    http://www.irfanview.com/
    A very nice and fast image viewer. Free for non-commercial personal use only!


    FastStone Image Viewer and FastStone MaxView
    http://www.faststone.org/
    FastStone Image Viewer mimicks ACDSee's interface a bit, MaxView is more like a pure image viewer and it does that job well. Free for non-commercial personal use only!


    XnView
    http://www.xnview.com/
    ACDSee style image viewer. Free for non-commercial personal use only!


    FuturixImager
    http://fximage.com/
    Simple and fast image viewer with some image editing abilities.


    P3dO Explorer
    http://www.senosoft.com/
    Not bad one either, a bit of ACDSee style is in this one too.


    Google Picasa
    http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopalbum/starter.html
    A popular photo organiser that also has some image editing capabilities.


    Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery
    http://get.live.com/photogallery/overview
    A photo organiser, fairly simple again, it also has some image editing capabilities.


    Photoshop Album Starter Edition
    http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopalbum/starter.html
    A photo organiser, fairly simple, but it could be enough for some.



    [ANCHOR=utils_various]A few interesting freebies for various needs:[/ANCHOR]
    http://www.microsoft.com/prophoto/downloads/default.aspx -> Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, with links to RAW codecs download
    http://www.idimager.de/?page=freeware -> various utilities for editing photos
    http://drchung.new21.net/previewextractor/ -> Preview Extractor (extracts jpegs from raws)
    http://www.mediachance.com/digicam/enhancer.htm -> Free Digital Camera Enhancer

    An article listing and testing various noise reduction programs


    I would also like to add a warning.
    It's about Pixel: http://www.kanzelsberger.com/pixel/
    I have bought that program more than a year ago and so far it looks like it's half-dead.
    Feels like a scam, although it probably wasn't intended to be one.
    The program is developed by a single guy and he sucks at keeping promises and dates more than I do... which mean he's like the devil's own .
    There was supposed to be a final stable version almost a year ago. Instead, he kept on adding features and what's available now is incomplete, buggy and not very stable either.
    It was a very disappointing purchase.


    Unfortunately, I can't help with Mac software :p
    I can update this thread with suggestion later on, should you have any.
     
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  2. Marcel

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    Chewing gum applied ;)
    I've fixed the bold tags for you :)

    Many thanks for this!
     
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    I know it's included with Photoshop, but I think Adobe Camera Raw should be listed, as it's almost an application in itself, and comes with DNG Converter. It works as a plug-in for Bridge, CS3 and Elements.
    You can download the latest version from here:
    http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/

    To get the best reproduction, you can also install camera profiles (only Canon & Nikon so far), and the DNG Profile Editor from here:
    http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/DNG_Profiles
     
  5. admirable

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    I would like you to look at Faststone, http://www.faststone.org/ It's free.

    I have been using it this last while as I find it's one of the few raw viewers that you can use your mouse wheel to scroll through the pics. Very handy when scanning through 400-500 images!
     
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  6. Slapo

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    As it seems there are people who want image viewers into the list, they're in!
     
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    Thank you very much for your stuff on Raw Converters. I am amazed by the quality of information on/in Talk Photography.
    I used Raw Shooter essentials, until Adobe took it off me..though I still can use it. Until this computer packs in.
    Anyway, fantastic work thanks again.
    OC
     
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    nice work, rawker look good - dl's :)
     
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    Picasa for Mac is being released today at MacWorld
     
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    Thanks andrewc, here it is, although still with a beta label:
    http://picasa.google.com/mac/
     
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    Not sure if this is appropriate but is Photomatix worth a mention or inclusion in the list? :thinking:

    http://www.hdrsoft.com/
     
  21. wanderer

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    This is also well worth a look http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/

    Very fast picture viewer - home edition is free and great for jpegs, rating and reject/keep with a single keystroke. Pay US$29.90 and get the pro version with RAW support, XMP sidecar file support, colour management and much more.

    I sound like an add! Absolutely nothing to do with me - but I was put on to this by a guy at work and was very impressed with it's speed.

    Cheers. (y)


    Inkwash Photography
     
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    I really think that any image editing software other than photoshop is irrelevant. There are very few pros out there, if any, that use anything else. If you are starting out, I'd recommend getting the trial version and having a go. Yes, it's expensive in full, but there's a reason for that. It's by far the most comprehensive and powerful bit of software out there. It's a bit less expensive than buying a good dslr, and it's of equal importance.
     
  23. cowasaki

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    Unless of course you do not require that functionality in which case there are alternatives which is what we have here! Photoshop is totally over the top for some people and Elements or one of the free software packages might do everything they want. Not everyone is going to become a pro and use Photoshop all the time.
     
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    Ditto. Photoshop is way OTT for most people and at the price of a very nice lens, while you are starting out, Elements is a much better bet, pretty much all of the features you need, much cheaper and easier to use too!
     
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    ok, agreed. :)
     
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    Are there any HDR editors available for free for those who want to have a try???
     
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    If it's just exposure blending you'd like to do instead of HDR, try TuFuse or Enfuse with a gui such as TuFusion.
     
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    Thanks guys, I'll have a go at them.
     
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    dohh!!

    didnt see this sticky..sorry
     
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    Nice list, but you might want to remove this one, since Adobe discontinued it in July 2009 and it's no longer available for download (at least not from their website).

    My dad used to use it, but his PC died and he bought a new one. Of course I went to download this to install, but it's not there anymore. So I installed Picasa 3 instead and we're both of the opinion that Picasa 3 does as much as Photoshop Album SE and much more, so we haven't missed it.

    Also I believe Canon's DPP software download is just an 'updater' to bring your current version up to the latest release, not a full version. From my own experience I believe you have to have the original CD available or original software installed in order to use the 'updater'.
     
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    Thanks for the paint shop references.....its what i have so its what i use and as i dont have a dslr ( as yet ) or the urge to be a pro...it'll do nicely

    plus i could find a local course on paintshop and not one on photoshop
     
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    so useful ,thanks very much.
     
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    @prjohns:
    I've tried Digikam as a part of Kde4 for Windows and it kept crashing after start-up, much like the rest of Kde4 for Windows on XP Pro SP3. I haven't used its Linux version for quite some time, but I'm sure that one's OK.
     
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    Picture Window Pro is much more than a raw editor. It's been my photo editor of choice for about 3 years and is much, much quicker & simpler to use than photoshop. Developed by the same guy who wrote Lotus 123, I think.
     
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    Anyone got a shareware App to add signatures to a batch of finished photos? Or a PP CS4 plugin?
     
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    You might care to try Real World Photos,
    Link here

    http://www.rw-designer.com/photo-editor
    It will do batch watermarking (and a lot more) I was so impressed I paid the 19 dollars registration fee!

    Regards

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    There's some useful info in the original posting. There's quite a lot more photo software around, some of which I've put together at PhotoSoftwareNews.com

    http://www.photosoftwarenews.com/ - Hundreds of photo manipulation programs in 40 categories from over 200 vendors, plus news.
     
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