Which Photo Editing Program?

  J B 11:14 23 Dec 2005

This time of year my wallet looks worse thad a bent nine bob note, so I am looking for a free photo editing program. At present I am trying out the Adobe photoshop starter edition, but I have noticed a few others including, Irfanview 3.97, Picasa 2, FastStone image viewer 2.29.
I have read articles on Adobe in PCA, along with Picasa 2 and both are spoken of highly, however Picasa 2 I hear is a bit of a memory hog, as well as Adobe but to a lesser extent. The one that I am looking for is the one with the most features and easy to use, in other words more bang for your buck. By the way I would not discount a Microsoft offering when I am a little more flush with the readies. My OE is XP Home, Hp Pavilion laptop, Amd Athlon XP-3000+m 40gb HD. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks J.B.

  GroupFC 11:33 23 Dec 2005

I don't use any of those you mention but as well as Picasa and Irfanview, I have seen recommended here these click here and click here. You could also have a look at PhotoPlus 6.0 from click here

I think with these type of things it's a case of try them and see which one you get on with!

Good Luck!

  hssutton 14:21 23 Dec 2005

Top of the freeware tree as to be photofiltre, I don't use it a lot as I have PS CS2, but I do have it on my PC for when I want a quick fix click here don't go for the studio version as this is not freeware

  woodchip 14:23 23 Dec 2005
  Stuartli 15:56 23 Dec 2005

Picassa2 is as good as anything you will get in freeware and is very intuitive to use - Irfanview is also remarkable, but you must also make sure you download the plug-ins. It even includes an MP3 player...:-)

For just resizing pix files there's the equally excellent PIXResizer from:

click here

  J B 20:24 23 Dec 2005

Thank you all for the advice, will try out one by one then choose which one suits best. J.B.

  Wuggy 21:41 24 Dec 2005

You can download a free version of Paint Shop Pro V.7 plus update patch from here
click here

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