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#1 DesertEagle

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:05 PM

Please offer advice: My company has replaced my trusty, but now slow XP laptop. It had Photoshop CS installed and I asked for something similar on the Windows 7 replacement. Either our license expired or they won't pay for an upgrade. My work needs are pretty light and I won't be processing underwater photos on this machine. The IT department told me to pick something free and they will install it. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

GIMP
Freeware and very powerful, but need a bit of learning as it is different from Photoshop.
http://www.gimp.org/windows/
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:25 PM

Gimp is quite painful (at least to me). Paintnet works OK. A lot depends on how much editing you need to do. Picasa is also OK.
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

For good free light editing and organizing I suggest either Picassa or Windows Essentials. The Photo Gallery and Movie apps in Essentials are quite simple and effective with solid exposure corrections tools. I really like that you can directly upload to Facebook from these apps.

http://windows.micro...essentials-home

#5 DesertEagle

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:25 AM

You might want to look at RawTherapee, too. I took a quick look at it and thought it promising.

http://rawtherapee.com/
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Posted 03 June 2013 - 05:44 PM

definitely GIMP you can find some info here: http://www.gimp.org/windows/
Now i use the image editing software PhotoStudio, it have bother versions as mac photo editor and win photo editor. Functions as remove image background, add photo effects, clear blurry photos and so forth are all allowed.