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Active RetireesTM | 39 Active RetireesTM | 39 TECH GUiDE Reviews Picasa Picasa is a free photo-editing program and is available to download from picasa.google.com Owned by Google, Picasa is exceptionally straightforward to use and the price point is phenomenal – it’s free! Picasa is perfect for beginners and casual digital photographers who want to sort all their pictures, do quick edits, and share and save their photos securely. Picasa also comes with one free gigabyte (1GB) of hosting space for you to back up your photos online. If you are struggling to understand the program, type ‘Picasa tutorials’ into Google search to find user guides. GiMP: The GnU image Manipulation Program GIMP is a free program and is available to download from www.gimp.org Offering significantly more editing options than Picasa, GIMP is one of the most powerful free image editing tools available. Beginners may at first be unsettled by what looks like a complex program, but will quickly become more comfortable as they progress. Type ‘GIMP tutorials’ into Google search to find user guides. Drew Patchell is Webmaster at YOURLifeChoices website. W: www.yourlifechoices.com.au ‘Save’ or 'Save as'. (see ‘Save’ or 'Save as'? box, right) Choose your software There are many software options available, from professional (and sometimes expensive) choices such as Adobe Photoshop, to Apple and Microsoft programs such as iPhoto on Macs or Microsoft Office Picture Manager, to several free online programs, including the two at right, Picasa and GIMP. •• 'Save' or 'Save as'? Once you have finished editing, use the ‘Save as’ feature to save the new photo under a new filename instead of saving over your original file, so you can keep both. Edit, then select ‘Save as’, choose where you would like to save the edited photo, enter a different filename from the original filename (for example, just add ‘version2’ to the end of the existing filename) and save it. You now have the edited version saved, as well as the original that you can always go back to. ProS + User-friendly interface and functions + Quick and easy editing + Free + 1GB free, secure online backup ConS – Slow on old computers – Some aspects of the program can be difficult to learn ProS + GIMP has every tool you need for editing digital photos + A large variety of tutorials available free online + It’s free ConS – Three-window layout – Requires the user to learn the software
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