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Digital Photo Album Applications

Picasa 2

Picasa is brilliant! Picasa organises your entire collection while you watch, scanning the images on your computer and automatically sorting them by date. Move and re-name pictures from inside Picasa. Click here for really cheap prints.

Want to clean up messy folders and move pictures around on your computer's hard drive? Simply drag and drop pictures from one folder in Picasa to another. Picasa will make the change permanent after double-checking with you.

Make an album

Use the "Albums" collection to tag your photos into quick groupings inside Picasa. Viewing and sharing the pictures you grouped under an album is easy – they make great slideshows and movies or you can email them to friends. Click here for really cheap prints.

Add a star rating

Give a gold star to any photo you love: it turns your favourites into visual standouts at a glance. Picasa even has a star search that reduces your entire photo collection to the best of the best in less than a second.

New computer face recognition technology (Neven Vision) is being incorporated into Picasa to help automatically sort and catalogue your ditgital photographs. Neven Vision comes to Google with deep technology and expertise around automatically extracting information from a photo. It could be as simple as detecting whether or not a photo contains a person, or, one day, as complex as recognizing people, places, and objects. This technology just may make it a lot easier for you to organize and find the photos you care about. We don't have any specific features to show off today, but we're looking forward to having more to share with you soon.

Keep one picture in multiple albums

Picasa creates a new “instance” of each photo you label without taking up more space on your computer, so you can put the same picture into multiple albums.

Password-protect collections

Have photos you want to keep to yourself? You can add passwords to any of your Picasa collections (this does not affect which pictures you and others can see on your computer’s hard drive).

Free 250MB online photoalbum

With Picasa Web Albums, you get 250MB of free storage--enough to post and share approximately 1,000 photos for free

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Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition

In my opinion a decent application with good functionality, however it obviously lacks the extra functionality of the full version.

You can discover the basics of digital photography with Adobe® Photoshop® Album Starter Edition software, the free software allows you to view, find, fix, and share your photos.

  • Fix common photo flaws — like red eye, color, and brightness
  • Attach photos to e-mail, or send them to mobile phones. Make your own prints, or order prints, photo books, and more online.
  • Find any photo in a snap with automatic organization that lets you view all of your digital photos in one place using a familiar calendar view.

Photograph Editing and Processing Applications

The Gimp

(GIMP) is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. The terms of usage and rules about copying are clearly listed in the GNU General Public License.

GIMP is a popular open-source image editor originally developed for Unix/Linux. Often lauded as the "free Photoshop," it does have an interface and features similar to Photoshop. Because it's volunteer-developed beta software, stability and frequency of updates could be an issue; however, many happy users report using GIMP for Windows without significant problems.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. Here is a really cool tutorial to create 3D picture effects (tutorial)

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.

Screen shot of GIMP


Serif PhotoPlus For a long time, Serif has given away previous versions of their software to entice users to purchase the current version. Currently you can download a completely free, fully-functional version of PhotoPlus 6. PhotoPlus 6 features an export optimizer, editable text, image slicing and image maps, selection tools, smart shapes, third-party plug-in support, red-eye removal tool, and photo enhancement tools. PhotoPlus 6 works on Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, 2000, NT4, and XP.

Powerful photo editing features aside, PhotoPlus 6 is incredibly easy to use. All the tools you need are laid out in a convenient toolbar and handy tips appear on screen while you work. Effects and filters are accessed with user-friendly drop-down menus.

PhotoPlus 6 is an incredible image editing software that enables you to create, manipulate and enhance photographs, bitmap graphics and web animations. From special effects to smart tools, you'll find all you need to produce professional looking images for print, multimedia,and the web.

  • Creative Tools Paintbrush, airbrush, clone, smudge and erase tools with adjustable brush settings including size, shape, softness and fade are all at your fingertips.
  • Digital Darkroom Enhance, repair and tweak your photos for the best results possible. Adjust brightness, color hue and saturation, contrast, sharpness and more. Even remove red-eye!
  • Layer Effects Add Bevel or Drop Shadow layer effects for a sophisticated 3D look on text or other image elements. The layer manager lets you alter and preview specific image layers. This is how the professionals do it.
  • Versatile Deform Tool This “Swiss Army Knife” of image tools lets you rotate, resize, skew, reshape, or add perspective to any selection or layer. Easy to master, yet incredibly powerful. Animation Allows you to easily edit or create animated GIFs for use on the Internet or in presentations. With a few simple clicks, an entire animation can be created for you.

Screen shot of Serif Photoplus


Paint.Net Paint.NET is a free image and photo manipulation software for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. Paint.NET started development at Washington State University with additional help from Microsoft, and continues to be updated and maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Paint.NET features layers, painting and drawing tools, special effects, unlimited undo history, and levels adjustments. Paint.NET is completely free, and the source code is also available for free.


Pixia Pixia is the English version of a popular free painting and retouching software that originated in Japan. It features custom brush tips, multiple layers, masking, vector- and bitmap-based drawing tools, color, tone, and lighting adjustments, and multiple undo/redo. Like many freeware editors, there is no support for saving GIF format. Pixia is also available for many other languages. Pixia works with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, and XP.


VCW VickMan's photo editor This award-winning graphic editor offers a variety of painting and editing tools and features including a text tool, gradients, selections by color or region, color replacement, editing in any scale, special effects and so on. The free version used to be an enticement to upgrade to the Pro version, but as of December 2006, the Pro version is free.

Digital Photography Storage Solutions

Hard Drives

Portable Firewire or USB hard disks are extremely useful for backing up your photographs (especially if you are keen on taking video footage or use a high-end camera). You can use them as temporary storage to backup your fixed hard drive and can be used to transport your photo data easily especially as you can run your favourite cataloguing software e.g. Picasa directly from the hard disk just incase it isn't installed wherever you are taking your photographs. Western Digital provide a very affordable and reliable USB drives, see below:


DVDs are an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. The entry level DVD has a storage capacity of up to 9GB, however new formats and disk technology (e.g. Blu-ray) will enable storage of around 20-400GB. You can buy DVDs at around by ~50 for less than £10

CDs CDs are a similar optical digital disk format however have a significantly lower capacity

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