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Last post Author Topic: What's the best image-"framer"?  (Read 17304 times)

Darwin

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2008, 03:29:05 PM »
From the outer track shareware3 is trying to take over! What will be the end of this exciting race? Stay tuned!

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2008, 03:36:53 PM »
Ive not looked but...something like paintdotnet (which I bet you have curt lol) would enable you with just a little work to make your own frames in next to no time.  Not as easy perhaps but more rewarding  :)

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2008, 04:46:47 PM »
The problem with design-your-own solutions is that they either have to be designed for each photo in turn or that you have a relatively small number of frames to choose from.

The frame making programs have a choice of options (many or few depending on the program), where there can be settings for width, colour, gradient, opacity etc and where there can be an outside and inner frame and another frame to simulate the card on which the photo can be mounted inside the frame. There are a lot of easily made choices so that each photo can have a frame designed to suit it without spending a lot of time doing the framing. When you have a lot of photos you want to frame, and you are fussy about the quality, the time that this approach saves can be huge.

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2008, 05:55:59 PM »
Grorgy was (of course) close! I have had Paint.NET, but it is too slow on my alreday slow PC, making the combination extremely slow. I won't be trying it again until I have a new mean lean power plant.

Dormouse is right on the spot. The frame I would create for A is not the one I would want to use for B or C, etcetera, making the total amount of used/consumed time huge.

The principles used in idFramer are ingenious, regarding the available frames and the way you can choose what to add:

idF.gif


I don't yet have any idea about how to add new frames to idFramer, using the same procedures as shown in the picture, but I am really hoping it will be possible in a easy way. Then this would be my next step. The next exciting part of the race... My problem right here and now is that I have not yet collected any frames, so I am in the dark when it comes to understanding what frames really are! What ARE we talking about?

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #29 on: September 09, 2008, 01:55:12 AM »
Usually .png files that you import to lay over or behind your pic. You then save as .jpeg or bmp if u prefer.

If you have MS Publisher it's easy too....

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #30 on: September 09, 2008, 03:18:53 AM »
Thanks, *Cat. For the moment I have Publisher because it is part of my Office 2007 Ultimate TRIAL, but I am not going to keep the package if my financial situation doesn't change for better within the next couple of days! Besides, I am not aware that Microsoft cared to update Publisher, so I would say that the program itself is no reason for updating my Office 2003 Standard (which doesn't include Publisher).

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Still waiting for you, CleverCat, to show some full sized framed pics...  ;)

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2008, 01:59:03 PM »
I don't yet have any idea about how to add new frames to idFramer, using the same procedures as shown in the picture, but I am really hoping it will be possible in a easy way. Then this would be my next step. The next exciting part of the race... My problem right here and now is that I have not yet collected any frames, so I am in the dark when it comes to understanding what frames really are! What ARE we talking about?
I assume you are asking questions etc on the IdImager/IdFramer forums. (IdImager apparently has the same framer engine as IdFramer, so posts about framing there are relevant and there seem to be far more users for IdImager). Alternatively, Hert (the developer) is generally extremely helpful and responsive.

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #32 on: September 09, 2008, 06:39:50 PM »
I have done very little, concerning frames, due to my change of age yesterday, but I guess I will have to get back to earth from now. The first step might be to investigate some of the frames CleverCat have been so kind to mail me, so I may understand more about the object. Of course I would also like to test idImager in order to see if there are any noticeable differences, concerning frames. As you said, they use the same engine, but  regarding frames  I would like to know if idImager is offering some valuable extras, having an in-built editor, other than idFramer does.

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #33 on: September 09, 2008, 10:03:09 PM »
Quote from: Curt
I have done very little, concerning frames, due to my change of age yesterday
Allow me to wish you a belated Happy Change Of Age Day!

I change my own age daily...

[Edit: cant proff red]

« Last Edit: September 09, 2008, 10:04:49 PM by cranioscopical »

Darwin

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #34 on: September 09, 2008, 10:19:39 PM »
I changed my age today... I am 14506 days old  :(

Seriously, happy change age day, Curt  :Thmbsup: Sorry I missed it, but I hope you enjoyed the day!
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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #35 on: September 09, 2008, 10:47:06 PM »
I change my own age daily...

Do you change with age?

@Darwin
94 days left...
Spoiler
mid-life crisis clock's ticking  :P


and... a Happy Change of Age Day goes to Curt.

Darwin

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #36 on: September 09, 2008, 11:30:53 PM »
You forgot leap years... but then I forgot one and still managed to overestimate my age :-[

The correct number is: 14,443 days old...

167 days left...
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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #37 on: September 10, 2008, 03:48:18 AM »
You asked... ;D

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #38 on: September 10, 2008, 04:42:22 AM »
 :-* Thanks a lot, guys, and Thanks a lot, CleverCat  :-*



Do you change with age?
- I most certainly hope I do!!!   :-[

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #39 on: September 10, 2008, 07:29:51 AM »
You're welcome! ;)

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #40 on: September 10, 2008, 11:37:40 AM »
I change my own age daily...
Do you change with age?

Hoping for some relief? Only for the worse, I fear  ;)

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #41 on: September 10, 2008, 03:36:58 PM »
Of course I would also like to test idImager in order to see if there are any noticeable differences, concerning frames. As you said, they use the same engine, but  regarding frames  I would like to know if idImager is offering some valuable extras, having an in-built editor, other than idFramer does.
Belated congratulations  :Thmbsup:

Now I have IdImager, but haven't tried IdFramer separately. IdI does have many more functions than IdF, but I doubt whether they extend to framing. IdI is fundamentally an Image Database Manager, but also has raw conversion and some photoediting and comparison tools.

However, a lot of frame editing is possible. You can have as many frame layers as you want (you simply add layers as you choose). The layers can be of any pattern/texture you choose (you can select the image you want to use as the base from any image on your computer) and you can choose whether to tile or stretch it. You can set the shape of the frame by using masks (you can see examples by looking in the masks folder, and it would be very easy then to design your own). And, of course, each layer can be of any width etc etc. And having designed a custom frame, you can save it and use it as often as you want, tweaking it as much as you want as you go. And all the frames can easily be duplicated and/or edited.

Pretty simple and pretty effective and flexible.

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #42 on: September 10, 2008, 05:25:44 PM »
Pretty simple and pretty effective and flexible.

- and pretty expensive! No matter the price you have made idImager very interesting to me. I think I will want it for Christma$...   8)

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #43 on: September 11, 2008, 11:33:00 PM »
Something different: automatting

http://www.imagetren...page_automatting.asp

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #44 on: September 12, 2008, 01:48:54 AM »
Something different: automatting

http://www.imagetren...page_automatting.asp

Wow great for slide shows for DVD player....

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #45 on: September 12, 2008, 03:41:47 AM »
Regarding AutoMatting:
1) You need to register before downloading a trial.
2) SetupAutoMattingXP.exe wouldn't install on my XP.
-   Filesize was 66kb, should have been 8½mb.
3) $50 for this one feature is maybe a little too much for me.

But I really like the capability to frame all these vertical-scape images.

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #46 on: September 12, 2008, 08:15:41 AM »
- and pretty expensive! No matter the price you have made idImager very interesting to me. I think I will want it for Christma$...   8)

Can't argue about its being expensive, though I think IdImager, with its wide range of functions, must be better value than IdFramer alone. And all the other quality DAM (digital asset management) tools are expensive, so IdI is not out of line - probably still rather cheap compared to many. There was a free version (IdI Lite), but unfortunately Hert discontinued it after the paid versions had moved on to v4; can't remember whether that did framing (I assume not since he continued marketing IdF).
« Last Edit: September 13, 2008, 07:06:19 PM by Dormouse »

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #47 on: September 13, 2008, 11:03:33 AM »
try photoscape....its free and fun


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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #48 on: September 16, 2008, 04:25:33 PM »

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Re: What's the best image-"framer"?
« Reply #49 on: October 12, 2009, 08:14:24 PM »
this is very cool i think

not exactly framing
but more then i expected

http://www.photojoy..../index.aspx?id=10005