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cranioscopical

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Re: software recommendations - photo/graphics editors
« Reply #25 on: December 15, 2013, 07:07:23 PM »
ever tried to put a cap on your wife?

safe to say the result will probably be a negative...
You never know what might develop.
 

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Re: software recommendations - photo/graphics editors
« Reply #26 on: December 15, 2013, 09:58:09 PM »
You never know what might develop.

I'm thinking it might be a funeral plan :o

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Re: software recommendations - photo/graphics editors
« Reply #27 on: December 19, 2013, 04:28:45 AM »
LifeHacker are currently running a "what is the best Photoshop replacement" thread, which may throw up some interesting suggestions.

Results here:
http://lifehacker.co...ernatives-1483312519

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What's The Best Photoshop Alternative? (Poll Closed)

GIMP  54.82%  (3,810 votes) 
 
Pixelmator  11.4%  (792 votes)  [Mac only]
 
Paint.NET  16.2%  (1,126 votes) 
 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  10.98%  (763 votes) 
 
Pixlr  6.6%  (459 votes) 
 
Total Votes: 6,950
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Re: software recommendations - photo/graphics editors
« Reply #28 on: December 19, 2013, 05:14:48 AM »
ever tried to put a cap on your wife?

safe to say the result will probably be a negative...
You never know what might develop.
 

She might expose too much

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Re: software recommendations - photo/graphics editors
« Reply #29 on: December 19, 2013, 09:13:24 AM »
She might expose too much
There might be a way to dodge that.
 

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Re: software recommendations - photo/graphics editors
« Reply #30 on: December 19, 2013, 09:38:12 AM »
looking for recommendations for something to replace a corel paint shop pro (x2) install that has worn out it's welcome

On our W7x32 laptop it's hijacked most (all?) of the admin tools (ie control panel, devices and printers, etc) which has raised my ire so it's gotta go >:(

This is my wifes machine and she's a very light (basic!!) user, mostly minor retouching of photos or scans, so photoshop is probably overkill (not to mention that I probably couldn't afford a copy even if I could justify it).

This really isn't a software genre that particularly interests me so while I'm aware of the major candidates, I have no idea about their relative merits...

what say you?

I say, what about "Minor Candidates"?

1. I find venerable old MS Paint to be the surprising winner when all I want to do is an ugly hack of flip/stretch/zoom/paintbrush-fill one little corner/save new copy.

2. But when you actually want to do some "work", have you considered our own Vlastimil's Real World Paint? Maybe it's missing some killer feature you need from Corel p.s. Pro (the key word I picked up on was Pro!), but it looks solid.

But there's one more trick. The dev is here as part of Cody's Extended Family. So if you need one easy little mini-feature, chances are you can get it. (If it's not one of those Iceberg-Nightmares where it sounds simple and is darn near impossible!)

For example - what I picked up on for this thread - "This is my wifes machine and she's a very light (basic!!) user, mostly minor retouching of photos or scans, so photoshop is probably overkill"

Vlastimil and I already thrashed out some of this - he can make a toggle such that "only your favorite five features" are on the menu. I have basically the same problem as your wife - too much Awesomeness!

The original interface is this. I have NO idea what 90% of that does!

hardUI.png

Instead, I asked for the "newbie version". So Vlastimil put in a toggle you can see at the top right. Ask your wife if she likes this version better:

EasyUI.png

Heh Tell her Tao sent you!

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Re: software recommendations - photo/graphics editors
« Reply #31 on: December 19, 2013, 04:16:20 PM »
I say, what about "Minor Candidates"?

to which I say, they're ALL candidates :Thmbsup:

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But when you actually want to do some "work", have you considered our own Vlastimil's Real World Paint? Maybe it's missing some killer feature you need from Corel p.s. Pro (the key word I picked up on was Pro!), but it looks solid.

agreed, this one is a real contender, though clearly I'm not the final arbiter 

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...I have basically the same problem as your wife - too much Awesomeness!...

so, you've met my wife?

(also, I'm not sure if you're bragging here or complaining, but no matter, we all have own crosses to bear ;D ;D)

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I have NO idea what 90% of that does!

that's pretty much my reaction to most graphics tools.  Even if I think I know what they are I probably don't know how to use it :-[

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Re: software recommendations - photo/graphics editors
« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2013, 04:52:25 PM »
that's pretty much my reaction to most graphics tools.  Even if I think I know what they are I probably don't know how to use it

I've used a few and still struggle with new ones...

This one looks very user friendly:

Fotor is well worth a look, it does sophisticated things really easily, perfect for someone who knows what they want but don't want to get bogged down in menus.

http://www.fotor.com/windows/index.html
To do an online test-drive:
  • go to the link
  • click on "Features" on the top bar
  • Start with Basic Edits >Tap Enhance => then click "Get Started Now". A flash window will open with the tools/options on the left-hand side
  • you will have to repeat steps to try out some of the different aspects



IIRC Paint.net gets recommended for ease of use as well, but havent tried it myself.
Tom