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Olga 05-11-2004 07:39 PM

affordable software?
I was looking at Photoshop Elements (that's in my price range and the real stuff is far too sophisticated for me) and I wonder whether it will offer me more options than the current software that I am using at the moment: ADSee (a relatively old version) that came with my digicam and MS Photoeditor that is part of my MS Office package.

what do you say?

mimi 05-11-2004 07:53 PM

Re: affordable software?
Hi Olga -- I have PS Elements, and I am very satisfied with it. Like you, the "real stuff" is far too sophisticated for me, and PSE is pretty easy to master or at least the basics are. I'm not familiar with ADSee, but PSE definitely gives me more options than MS Photoeditor.


green 05-11-2004 08:31 PM

Re: affordable software?
There's free alternative on you want. You can find around image editing software that are totally free and just as good as the commercial stuff.

The most famous one is the Gimp (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>). It is just has complete as Photoshop. It use layer, filters, has the same tool than photoshop, their name might differs a bit. But just as Photoshop it can be complicate to use.

Here is a <a href="" target="_blank">link</a> to page that list 10 free image editing software. The page is in french but from there you can have access to the software homepage and you'll be able to download them to evaluate them. No string attach as they're totally free.

Olga 05-12-2004 04:46 PM

Re: affordable software? ACD PhotoCanvas?
wow i didn't know you could get it for free! green, thanks, I have looked in to reviews (eh ouais, je parle francais) and tried to download some but gimp site does not work, and other freewear downloads looked a bit risky for my work laptop, or simply didn't work.

i looked into my current ACDSee and thought i might just upgrade to get their photo editor also, anyone has any opinion on ACD FotoCanvas? at least that would not require learning new package from the scratch...

Jazator 05-16-2004 03:57 AM

IrfanView 3.90
The Powerful program of the viewing and editing the scenes. Supports more than 30 formats of the files,different view mode and a great deal another.


Olga 05-16-2004 11:11 AM

free viewer or photo editor?
Thanks for your replies. So now I have a choice of a free viewer with SOME editing options or a low cost editing package which I narrowed down to two: Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro, both as old as 2002 btw.

I am still leaning towards a photoediting SW... any more advices?

tuffellow 05-17-2004 09:03 AM

Re: affordable software?
If you go to, you can download a free 30 day trial of photoshop elements to see if you like it or not. After the 30 days, I suggest downloading the free 30 day version of the full photoshop CS if you have some free time, as it has some incredible features (but not worth the $800 for people like us if you ask me!)


Olga 05-17-2004 01:42 PM

Re: affordable software? still no luck
tuffellow, I did download the trial version of P Elements but after some effort (like, downloading extra bits just to open the zipped file!) I still couldn't make it work on my PC (I use Windows XP) and since they don't support Triouts I couldn't ask the Adobe for help. I couldn't get help from anywhere else either, incl my co's IT dept, as it is a private use software so I gave up on P Elements... just deleted it to clear the space! was kind of frustrating.

I am now downloading the Paint Shop Pro trial version, see if I have any luck with it. Those trial versions require above-average knowledge of computers just to get them work!

I also downloaded Satori PhotoXL which is free but now I can't find any beginner-level tutorial to go with it. I have never used any specialist graphic or photo-editing software. Books are all either very basic level (like, which software do you need to buy) or pro-level (lots and lots of them on Photoshop I noticed).

And all I want to be able to do is to make selective changes to areas of a picture, which my ADSee can't do for me. And I don't want to spend $$$ and enormous amounts of time on a pro-level software.


noel 05-18-2004 05:36 AM

Re: affordable software? still no luck

I use a simple yet powerful photoediting freeware which might be of interest to you:
Photofiltre 5.6.1
Its a light 1.7MB download at:
Unlike Irfanview, this program has all the basic photo editing tools of the larger programs, including a lot of filters; you may want to give it a try it.
You can also download a useful histogram plugin (300k).

A couple of tips:
-the first thing you will want to do is to go to Tools/Preferences and increase the number of stored changes (default is 4, rather low).
-the blur and clone stamp tools are in the right hand column menu, below the paint tool and partially hidden by the selection tool menu (at least in my v56 ).


Olga 05-21-2004 02:23 PM

Re: affordable software? update
OK if anyone is interested to know where I ended up... I downloaded a trial version of Paint Shop Pro 8 (60 days) and it worked and it had a user-friendly leaning tools so I am happy with it for now :)

I am also reading Digital Photography for Dummies at the same time and am learning quick. Amazing how MUCH difference a good photoeditor can do to the image.

Once I get hang of PSP and am nearing the end of the free trial period I'll look into free SW options that you ppl suggested. Thanks for much for yr help!!


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