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    "My Favorite Of The Top 3 Free Photo Editing Downloads"

    April 30, 2012  |   By scauriemma


    1. Easy To Use
    2. Intuitive Layout
    3. Their Website Offers Video Tutorials On Almost Every Single Function of This Software - (
    4. A Vast Variety Of Different Functions and Capabilities For Viewing, Editing and Printing Photos.
    5. View And Edit many different types of image files including, but not limited to, .jpg and RAW.


    1. Sometimes it could take up to twenty or thirty seconds to load large photo databases into the program. My photo sets are all taken at the highest resolution available on my DSLR.


    This past Christmas I received a new Canon DSLR camera. I was not happy with the Canon photo editing software that came bundled with it, but wanted something to give me the ability to edit both .jpg and RAW image files. However, I did not want to spend up to hundred dollars or more for Photo Shop or similar photo editing software. After reading reviews for the top three free photo editing downloads from CNET, those being IrfanView, PhotoScape and FastStone, I became even more confused and unsure, so I decided to download all three and try them each out for a few months. After playing around with each one extensively I have found that I am continuously lured back to PhotoScape for its ease of use and extensive capabilities. IrfanView seems very basic to me and in my opinion would be better suited for a novice photographer or someone who is doing basic editing. I also like FastStone, but still prefer PhotoScape for most editing and I think it does a slightly better job. I am also drawn to PhotoScape's on-screen layout. While some may find it different than more familiar software like Photo Shop, I actually find it different and refreshing to use. I also like the fact that PhotoScape offers separate video tutorials on almost each of its functions on its website. You can check it out before making a final decision at ( Can't make up your mind; then do what I did. Download all three, try them and see what works best for you. I have since deleted IrfanView and have kept PhotoScape as my main editor and FastStone as a back-up. Good luck and happy picture taking!

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