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Old 12-23-2011, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I'm not usually asking questions on this board, but I've got one now. I'm a long-time Mac user (desktop), professional photographer and advanced Photoshop user, but I've had to buy a cheap Windows laptop for a part-time job I've taken.

I'm looking for some kind of imaging software so I can just view photos on it. It wouldn't have to do much -- rotate and adjust density, maybe crop and do some very simple editing just for quick viewing. I'd still do all the "real" editing on my Mac but would like the ability to show photography clients in the field proofs for their selection. (Example: family shots this morning at client's home. I had to go back to studio, then load proofs to my website for them to view.)

I don't do this often and don't want to invest any money into software. I think I could use Canon's software from a few years ago, but is there something better? The PC has Windows 7 Home Edition on it. It's just a cheapie -- $300 from Office Depot.

Somewhere around here I've got an early version of Adobe Elements that I had on my wife's old PC, but I don't know if it would even run on a new machine. I think it was the first or second version of Elements.

Suggestions?
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:33 AM
 
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How about Gimp? GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:20 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Some simple alternatives:

Picasa: Picasa

Serif photoplus (free edition): Free Photo Editing Software – PhotoPlus Starter Edition from Serif

Kodak's easyshare software is free but I haven't looked at it in a long time. It may be worth looking at: KODAK EASYSHARE Software

And while you said you didn't want to spend money on it, make note that Corel's Paint Shop Pro X4 Ultimate is now on sale at Amazon for more than half off ($44 instead of $99). It's a much more elaborate program, but for the price is a good one to consider: Amazon.com: Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate: Software
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:03 PM
 
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I second Picasa. Great free program for basic editing and some effects.
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Thanks guys. I've heard Picasa recommended quite a few times in the past now that you mention it. I think I'll try it. Like I said, I just want something very basic. I've heard GIMP is good but more like Photoshop. I don't need any bells and whistles, as I'll continue to use Photoshop on my Mac for any real work.
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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I use Picnik sometimes. I like their frames which I have a problem with in Photoshop.

www.picnik.com
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:13 AM
 
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For what you describe I'd suggest Irfanview. It's not a full blown editor but more along the lines of utility program which is what you seem to require. I use it all the time for basic tasks especially for batch processing.


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