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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:56 pm 
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.

Software listed:

- Photo/Image editors paid
- Photo/Image editors free
- Raw Converters paid
- Raw Converters free
- Raw Converters - manufacturer's own paid
- Raw Converters - manufacturer's own free
- Image viewers and organisers paid
- Image viewers and organisers free
- A few interesting freebies for various needs



Photo/Image editors paid:


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/paintshopprotutorials/Essential_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.



Photo/Image editors free:


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%20on%20Paint.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.



Raw Converters paid:
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.



Raw Converters free:


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.



Raw Converters - manufacturer's own paid:


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



Raw Converters - manufacturer's own free:


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.
You can download it here: http://support.sony-europe.com/dime/digistill/alpha/alpha.aspx?site=odw_ukl_UK.




Image viewers and organisers paid:


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.



Image viewers and organisers free:


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://picasa.google.com/
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, it also has some image editing capabilities.



A few interesting freebies for various needs:
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 much with Mac software :p
I can update this thread with suggestion later on, should you have any.

If this list seems to be familiar, it's because you might have seen it on talkphotography.co.uk forums.


Last edited by Slapo on Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:41 pm, edited 10 times in total.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:41 pm 
Slapo wrote:
Fuji FinePix Viewer
http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital/download/index.html
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..

Samsung?


Useful list though.

I have it on a CD that came with my S8000fd. I can confirm it can indeed process the Fuji RAW format (not that my camera uses RAW). I tested it with a Fuji S6500fd RAW file I downloaded.

FinePix Viewer wants 600 MB to install if I remember correctly. On the Fuji site are only updates. They are too small to be the full version.

Ben


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:44 pm 
Cam-I-Am wrote:
Samsung?


Useful list though.

I have it on a CD that came with my S8000fd. I can confirm it can indeed process the Fuji RAW format (not that my camera uses RAW). I tested it with a Fuji S6500fd RAW file I downloaded.

FinePix Viewer wants 600 MB to install if I remember correctly. On the Fuji site are only updates. They are too small to be the full version.

Ben


Thanks for the correction, Cam-I-Am.
It's the same way with Sony's converter. I can't quite see the reasons for that, but there surely are some.
Perhaps it is on their ftp servers somewhere or available after a request.


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Excellent list Slapo, thanks for that - I've made it sticky.

If anyone has any further suggestions, please reply and perhaps Slapo could add them to the list.

Thanks!

If you have any specific questions about any of these programs though, best start a new thread or better still, update an existing one in this section. Let's leave this thread as a list of imaging software.

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Hi Slapo,

Excellent thread! This may not properly fit your criteria as an editor but I use IrfanView (freeware) not only as convenient file viewer and converter but also as a quick and easy way of cropping and tweaking trivial stuff like CD cover art.

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Bob Andersson wrote:
Hi Slapo,

Excellent thread! This may not properly fit your criteria as an editor but I use IrfanView (freeware) not only as convenient file viewer and converter but also as a quick and easy way of cropping and tweaking trivial stuff like CD cover art.

Bob.


Hi Bob,

thanks for the suggestion, but for now, I'll keep it without image viewers/browsers/organisers, as there are way too many that could enter the list. I'll do a bit of research, as there aren't that many good ones out there, but I'll use a short list of mine as a start. It can be found here http://www.slapo.net/index/obsah/software under Image viewers.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:12 pm 
Updated with image viewers and a link to an article listing most of the good noise reduction software.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:14 am 
Fantastic work Slapo....

Really a great work..... it was very helpful for me...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 5:12 am 
Nice job Slapo - really useful and user-friendly overview. Thanks for putting that together!

Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:02 pm 
I had noticed earlier that the Samsung name had reappeared. I guess you haven't yet corrected your original local copy that you paste in the thread and with an updated version the correction here became undone.

I waited a while in case you'd spot it. But it's been a while now so I thought I'd mention it again.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:05 pm 
Ah, thanks again, Cam-I-Am.

I've fixed it as well as the local copy, which I thought was fixed :oops:
It should appear again.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:38 pm 
Hi all! (and specially Slapo)

here is another editing software which could be of interest:
http://www.codedcolor.com

and a panoramasoftware (German):

http://www.thsoft.de/index.html

Kind regards,

ngc94277


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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 3:44 pm 
Slapo wrote:
Google Picasa
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopalbum/starter.html
A popular photo organiser that 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, it also has some image editing capabilities.





Wrong URL for Picasa. It's http://picasa.google.com/.


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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 5:48 pm 
Anyways, here's something I thought might be interesting:

http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-9714054-12.html?tag=mncol;txt
http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-9714110.html?tag=mncol;txt


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:48 pm 
Thanks for the links ngc94227 and edovie, thanks for the correction as well.

The article on cnet is typical headline lure, unfortunately :P


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