Graphics, Video and Sound Editing Software on the Desktop
My primary one is Paint Shop Pro, the latest version (X4) but it costs $80. There is 30 day free trial offer. It is a lot cheaper than Adobe Photo Shop and somewhat cheaper than Adobe Photo Shop Elements.
GIMP 2 http://www.gimp.org/
If the image
does not have a lot of dental than 2000 is adequate and results in a much
smaller file, in one example it cut the file size from 2.3 Mb to 0.8 MB with
an almost imperceptible loss of quality.
Another trap with GIMP is if you want to
go back and try reading the image with a different resolution, you have to
close the original image out or it will just read it with the old resoltion.
PDFill PDF Tools 9.0 is also a good program to convert PDF files to JPG files as well as other tricks with PDF files. This is also free.
Audacity (An audio file manipulation
program) I have not tried it yet but it looks good.
Windows Live Movie Maker, or Windows Live Movie Maker, you probably already have it. Type movie in the search box or START > PROGRAMS > WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER in Windows XP. If not, it free from Microsoft. One problem with it is that it will only output files as .WMV files. WMV which is a Microsoft developed format and Apple computers an phones can not read. The big advantage of this program is that you can rotate the image so you can rotate a landscape image to portrait or invert a video that you inadvertently recorded upside down. You can input files in a wide variety of formats. I am so used to doing this with pictures that I get caught when I take a movie and if it fits better in Portrait, I just shoot it that way then have trouble displaying it. When you go to save the file (the icon one in from the right side) use the drop down menu to pick the size of the image, it defaults to a huge size. 640 by 480 ("For my Computer) is usually adequate and is a lot bigger than Facebook displays. You can load bigger files to Facebook, they will automatically cut it down to size.
VLC Media Player, free Can
edit video files more promising
than Windows Media Player, Will also work
with DVD movies, PC Magazine April 2010
Edit digital Videos with Avidemux,
Have not tried.
Edit digital Videos with Avidemux, http://www.download.com/Avidemux/3000-13631_4-10829933.html?hhTest&tag=lst-1&cdlPid=10857009 Have not tried.
Picture organizing software
I believe in sorting out my pictures my self.
I sort my pictures by year then by major category like FAMILY, HIKES etc. then by specific hike etc.
File manager can display the picture in various sizes, try VIEW > LARGE ICONS etc.
My first sort is just clicking on the picture which should bring up Windows Photo Viewer unless some other program has hijacked .JPG files.
Photo Viewer has the ability to rotate the picture or delete it. This is your first functions to use anyway.
Once you get the pictures you want to save, I can lead you through the steps to burn a CD or DVD.
I use Costco to print. The pictures are typically ready to pick up in an hour or 2.
Rev 12/27/12 fixed