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November 18, 2010

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for Mac & Windows

photoshop_elements_9.jpgSometimes, taking a great picture isn't enough. Sometimes, taking the perfect picture is impossible. For those moments, it's it's important to have good software, and Photoshop is the industry standard for photo editing and management.

The newest version of the #1 selling consumer photo-editing software, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 delivers powerful yet easy-to-use editing options that help you tell your life stories in amazing ways. Make every photo look its best. Quickly share your memories on Facebook; in Online Albums; and in printed photo books, cards, calendars, and more that look just the way you want. And automatically organize and help protect all your photos and video clips.

At Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 (Win/Mac)

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August 26, 2008

Recover Erased Digital Photos with Exif Untrasher

If you have ever pushed that little trash can button with too much gusto and suffered editor's remorse, you can now recover deleted images from your memory card. The Exif Untrasher can be downloaded for free although it is only compatible with Macs (that's a first). You will be able to recover JPGs from your memory card whether you have simply deleted the images or completely reformatted the memory card. Magic! There is other memory card recovery software worth looking at (although it ain't free)--try CardRecovery ($40) or Photorescue ($29). (via ChipChick)

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April 4, 2008

Photo Software Series: Programs for Pros

In PictureSnob's Photo Software Series, we're taking a look at a range of current photo software. Let us know your experiences and if there's another photo software that you'd like to recommend.

The Pro Stuff
What you can do with these programs is endless. It's up to you how many features you wish to use, but you'll never run out! Hands down, Adobe Photoshop is still king of this world, especially if you wish to integrate with any other Adobe Creative Suite products.
software_pro.jpgAdobe Photoshop (Amazon $624.99)
When you're serious about being top-notch.
We're talking precise color-correction, color calibration to monitors and printers, raw-image processing and streamlined workflow with Adobe Bridge (included). Most importantly, nondestructive editing: keep your pixels pure while messing around with levels, filters and retouching. If you work with any other programs in the Adobe Creative Suite, this is the program for you. If you don't know what any of that meant, stick to Photoshop Elements and spend the $500 you saved on a sweet Epson printer!

Adobe Photoshop Extended (Amazon $996.99)
For 3D and motion support.
Simply, this is Photoshop that also caters to 3D content, animation and video. Also great for medical, architectural and engineering applications -- compatible with CAD, MATLAB and DICOM data.

Apple Aperture (Amazon $189.99)
A warm, fuzzy place between iPhoto and Photoshop.
Mac only. Okay, rather than go over all the features, "Appleture" makes us want to know how this compares to Photoshop and iPhoto. We're going to examine that pandora's box in detail later, but here's the nutshell. Use Aperture if you are focused on organizing, sorting and doing minor image edits. Use Photoshop for intensive image editing. Aperture can handle more images than iPhoto can and its file management system is better integrated than Photoshop's Bridge. Aperture can also process raw files and has more manual editing options than iPhoto (but less than Photoshop). It's fully integrated with all the iLife and .Mac programs and is Photoshop-friendly -- you can export an image from Aperture, edit it to death in Photoshop, and then import it back to Aperture. Ultimately, we consider this an upgrade from iPhoto rather than an alternative to Photoshop.

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April 3, 2008

Photo Software Series: Programs for Hobbyists

In PictureSnob's Photo Software Series, we're taking a look at a range of current photo software. Let us know your experiences and if there's another photo software that you'd like to recommend.

The Hobbyist Stuff
With this batch of programs you're going to find more customized editing capabilities but still some automatic editing options. Still need to go pro if you're pixel paranoid, but these are some excellent programs that are adequate for most.
software_hobbyist.jpgAdobe Photoshop Elements (Amazon $63.49)
Consider this "Photoshop Light."
While pros could find Elements limiting, the tools here are all that most folks would need or want to be bothered with. Some highlights include compositing tools that allow you to combine photos (like swapping heads to get the best group shot) and a healing brush for airbrushing wrinkles and skin tone. There's also step-by-step assistance and templates for making cards, photo books, CD/DVD labels and such. Easily creates slideshows and facilitates uploading to web site or email. Another great feature is organizing photos with tags (basically a key word you associate with an image that allows for efficient searching) as well as the standard ability to create albums. Note that this software does often come free with some cameras and printers.

Apple iLife (Amazon $69.49)
A fantastic and fun suite of creative products.
Mac only. This is a great suite of products for WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) design. While iPhoto comes free with all Mac operating systems, you may eventually want to purchase iLife to get the latest versions of the entire product suite. So we'll focus on iPhoto here, but remember one of the great features of iPhoto is its integration with iWeb (design your web site), iMovie/iDVD (make movies) and .Mac (sharing and storage). You can organize and search thousands of photos by event, rating, keyword, date, albums--you name it. The editing tools are quality (although if you mind your pixels, edit in pro software) with many options for coloring, red eye correction and exposure adjustment. iPhoto directly connects to Apple's printing services (prints, books, calendars, cards) and offers a good amount of customization ability in their templates.

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo (Amazon $73.99)
A great, low-cost alternative to Photoshop.
Windows only. There's a depth of functionality here that will grow with you. Express Lab is a streamlined mode where you can quickly edit photos in an automated way. If you really want to get into it, you can apply layer styles to create drop shadows, reflections and glows, perfect faces with retouching tools and explore hundreds of special effects. Perhaps the best feature is the integrated Learning Center that offers tutorials on editing tricks.

Roxio Easy Media Creator Suite (Amazon $54.99)
A multimedia approach with endless potential.
Windows only. The glory of this software is projects that combine photos, music and video. There's a lot of press on how Roxio has tuned its program to the Vista platform. We're thinking teenagers for this one... some highlights include setting slideshows and video to "real" soundtracks (no looping) and integration with iPods and mobile phones. You'll be storing music, image and video files in one media library, which is pretty cool and smart. Burn high-definition and Blu-ray DVDs and includes dozens of movie, music and photo project themes.

Tune in tomorrow for Photo Software Series: Programs for Pros.

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April 2, 2008

Photo Software Series: Programs for Beginners & Kids

In PictureSnob's Photo Software Series, we're taking a look at a range of current photo software. Let us know your experiences and if there's another photo software that you'd like to recommend.

The Easy Peasy Stuff

If you're looking for something that Picasa or iPhoto can't already offer, these programs are focused on being easy and fast -- great for kids. With all of these you can organize your photos, do basic (often automated) editing and create and print things like greeting cards. Again, Keep in mind that these type of programs do not have pixel integrity in mind when it comes to editing photos. If plan on doing a lot of editing and you are concerned with keeping high and pure resolution of your photos, consider pro software.
software_beginner.jpgNova Photo Explosion (Amazon $19.99)
Simple and fast for beginners.
Windows only. Captures your photos directly from cameras and scanners and allows you to browse and organize your images with drag-and-drop simplicity. SmartEnhance technology will automatically adjust images in one click. Can also crop and combine two photos into one as well as use artistic effects like watercolor and fabric filters. Easily print contact sheets and create web cards and printed projects with over 4,500 templates.

Nova Greeting Card Factory Deluxe (Amazon $40.99)
Great if you want to make cards, cards and more cards!
Windows only. Nova has teamed up with Art Explosion, a massive clip art library, and with this software you get access to over 88,000 graphics. There's a built-in address book and reminder program so you don't miss birthdays and such. Create calendars (daily, weekly, monthly), cards and even a photo CD/DVD slideshow. They're touting an improved user interface and thousands of projects: certificates, stationery, address labels... the list goes on! We know a few kids who would have a ball with this.

PhotoStudio Expressions (Amazon $29.99)
Modern slideshow features differentiate from competition.
Windows only. A cool feature is creating slideshow movies -- add music, transitions and text -- then burn to disk and create custom CD/DVD labels. The slideshows are also compatible with iPods, PDAs and cell phones. One-click red eye removal and image enhancements. Can also create themed photo albums for sharing and easily print to any size with artistic frames and edges.

Stamps.com PhotoStamps (Amazon $19.95)
Opens the door to another fun customization project.
Oh, this is cool. You can take your photos and turn them into honest to goodness U.S. postage stamps. Great for kids, weddings, the pet-obsessed. There are some super-basic editing capabilities, but the only output is a stamp. Software is set up to work seamlessly with iPhoto, so we recommend doing any modifications there. Now it pays to note that you don't need this software to make photo stamps -- go to stamps.com to see what we mean. But by purchasing the software you get a free sheet of stamps (value of about $27.98) so as you can calculate, buying the software is just a big coupon. Another advantage could be saving the stamp designs over time, and being able to test-print them at home.

Tune in tomorrow for Photo Software Series: Programs for Hobbyists.

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April 1, 2008

Photo Software Series: Finding the Right Program

software.jpgAmazon does a great job categorizing the photo software options in a way that should help you choose what's right for you. We've narrowed things down a bit further to reflect the best quality brands and features. Do we all need to shell out $650 for Photoshop? No way, Bob. In fact, many free programs that come with operating systems, digital cameras, printers and scanners are plenty adequate for your average man, woman or chicken. It depends what you're looking to do -- organize, edit, create?

In PictureSnob's Photo Software Series, we're taking a look at a range of current photo software. Let us know your experiences and if there's another photo software that you'd like to recommend.
software_free.jpgThe Free Stuff
See what you've got already! Besides iPhoto and Picasa, you might have software that came with your camera, so take a look around. The focus of these programs is organization and sharing, the drawback is that after a certain number of images, they will get slow, slow sloooooow. Keep in mind that these type of programs do not have pixel integrity in mind when it comes to editing photos. If you plan on doing a lot of editing and you are concerned with keeping high and pure resolution of your photos, consider pro software.

iPhoto (Comes with Mac operating systems)
Remember that if you want to have the latest version of iPhoto you may need to purchase the iLife software suite, we're not sure how much you can automatically upgrade the software as part of your operating system. You can do everything mentioned for Picasa (below) and we like the total integration with Apple's print products (prints, books, calendars, etc.), iWeb software and .Mac interface. This allows for easy upload for sharing, printing and creating your own web site or print products. Apple is the professional favorite for color, design and quality. The .Mac web gallery is a cool feature coordinated with .Mac where you can create an online gallery where visitors can view and download photos as well as add their own. They've also introduced theme-based home printing, so you can add fun borders and text to your images and print them out at home.

Picasa (Free download from Google)

Windows XP only. A lot of folks are using this. The capabilities are similar to iPhoto in that it will locate and centralize your photos and allow you to group images into albums. You can also rate your photos, write captions and do basic editing like correct red eye, adjust contrast, convert to black & white. Picasa also facilitates emailing photos (especially easy with Gmail) and uploading photos to your web site or popular photo printing sites. There's no doubt, a lot of great features (if you don't mind contributing to the Googlepire).

Tune in tomorrow for Photo Software Series: Programs for Beginners & Kids.

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