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Note: when considering digital imaging software, first determine whether the product will
run on your platform, i.e. Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP, Macintosh, Power Macintosh,
Unix, and whether your system meets or exceeds minimum requirements.
ProShow Gold from Photodex Corp., Austin, Texas
Photographers, when you see what ProShow Gold presentation software can do with your images, you'll want a copy now. Create slide shows unlike anything ever seen before. Pan and zoom on scenes, choose from 280 transition effects and 90 captioning options, add a sound track and you'll feel like a Hollywood producer. Watch the demos, download the free trial version, decide for yourself. PC World Editor's Pick! CompuPic software lets you browse, view, edit and manage your images unlike any other program. Windows ME, 2000 and XP platform.
FotoSlate 4 - Print Your Own Photo Albums
Fotoslate4 - Really good design tool when you are printing your own albums. Need to print your photo collections quickly and creatively? FotoSlate 4 Photo Print Studio is the answer. This easy-to-use software is perfect for home users and digital enthusiasts alike, putting you on the fast-track to creative photo calendars, photo albums, scrapbooks, contact sheets, CD and DVD covers, and even T-shirt transfers. Menus and wizards. Wide range of templates. £16.80 / US$34.44 available now from www.opusalbums.com - free 60 day trial.
XnView Software, Reims, France
In French, English and German. Pierre-e Gougelet's incredibly useful and totally free XnView software to view and convert graphics files. Imports about 400 graphic file types (includes obscure and no longer supported file formats), convert those files to 40 file formats in common usage (.tif, .bmp, .jpg, .png and many more.) Resize images, copy, crop, adjust contrast and brightness, modify the number of colors, batch process, create contact sheets, slide shows, and much much more. Download the full package with the NConvert utility built-in. Totally free for non-commercial users. Windows, Linux, Free BSD.
Abersoftware, Fairfield, California
"For photographers who mean business." First released in 1983, Aberfile99 has been refined and custom tailored to meet the needs of studio and wedding photographers and provides "a client database with detailed invoicing, order tracking, client history, interactive appointment scheduling, billing, mailing, and comprehensive reporting." Album Arranger allows the user to select mats and images and layout a client's album onscreen.
Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, California
Adobe PhotoShop is the standard against which other products are compared. Photoshop Elements allows newcomers to manipulate photos and Photoshop Album is ideal for organizing digital photos. Extensive PhotoShop plug-in catalog, online information, tips & techniques for all products, gallery, 800 number. Free plug-ins and software updates. Other products include Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Adobe Acrobat and more.
Alchemy Mindworks Inc., Beeton, Ontario, Canada
Makers of GraphicWorkshop for Windows & GIF Construction Set for Windows, now with Animation Wizard (the source of many of those animated GIF's you are seeing on the Web.) QuickShow is a Windows slide show package. Check out their eye-popping demonstration page. Read online FAQ's. Shareware. Download free evaluation copies; if useful register the products for modest fees.
Alien Skin Software, Raleigh, North Carolina
Eye Candy (formerly Alien Skin's Black Box) has been described as one of the most useful PhotoShop compatible plug-ins available, making many time-consuming tasks a breeze. Eye Candy has 21 filters and also works with Micrografx Picture Publisher, JASC's Paint Shop Pro, Corel Photo Paint and more. Links to extensive examples of filters' effects. Also makes Stylist plug-in for Adobe Illustrator.
Andromeda Software Inc., Thousand Oaks, California
Developers of Photoshop plug-ins having special interest to photographers. Andromeda's LensDoc plug-in corrects for pincushioning, barreling and perspective distortion found in lenses. Other plug-ins include Photography Filters, Three-D Filter, Three-D Luxe Filter, Screens Filter, Techtures Filter, Shadow Filter, the Velociraptor Filter, Vari-Focus Filter, Measurement Filter, the new Cutline Filter and more.
Auto F/X Software Corp., Birmingham, Alabama
As one of Adobe's top three Photoshop plug-in developers, Auto F/X products add flair to any design, providing designers the ability to quickly create unique effects which would otherwise take hours to do from scratch. Products include AutoEye 2.0, Photo/Graphic Edges Volumes 1-5, Photo/Graphic Patterns, Photo/Graphic Frames, two web utility products, Universal Animator and WebVise Totality, and more.
Binuscan, Inc., Principality of Monaco / New York, NY
Authors of PhotoPerfect for Umax, Kodak Photo CD, and Polaroid and ColorPro JobManager CMYK color separation software. Online source for binuscan upgrades, technical support and information. Excellent FAQ.
BizDesign, Inc., Dallas, Texas
Server-based software for multimedia and e-commerce. BizDesign's latest offering, ImageFolio, is a digital asset management solution that automates the building and maintenance of online photo galleries. BizDesign is also the developer of Storefront Pro, a small business e-commerce solution and Assembly Line, a collection of 15,000 royalty-free web-ready graphics and HTML templates.
Corel Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Comprehensive drawing, graphics, publishing, and photo editing tools, including CorelDraw, Corel Photo-Paint, Print House and many more programs. Also Corel's Professional Photos on CD-Rom, 600 discs, each with 100 high resolution, thematic grouped photographs, and Corel's clip-art collections. Extensive information, tips & techniques. Buy individual photos online from a catalog of 71,000 images.
Digimarc Corporation, Portland, Oregon
Developers of award-winning digital watermarking software which embeds an invisible digital fingerprint directly into photographs, video, computer images, audio, and other forms of creative property, proving authorship and protecting against copyright infringement. Available as a PhotoShop plug-in, and in other versions for batch marking and developers. Maintains a central registry and offers a free watermark reader.
Digital Light & Color, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Picture Window is a Windows 95/NT 32-bit image editing program for photographers. Turn your personal computer into an incredibly powerful electronic darkroom. Bring your photographs into your computer, enhance them using a broad range of transformations and freehand retouching tools, and create high quality prints, multimedia slide shows, photo screen savers, and much more.
GIMP (General Image Manipulation Program)
Only for those with Unix systems running X. GIMP has many of the tools and filters found in commercial offerings, layers, layer masks, channels, photo retouching, image composition, authoring, some interesting extras too. GIMP is free. There are extensive links and more than 100 free plug-ins on the Web. Adobe PhotoShop and Corel also make Unix versions of their software.
Granite Bear Development, Columbia Falls, Montana
Three studio management products for the professional photographer. Photo One is "used by the best in the business" and offers the customer, order and schedule management you expect, plus a number of features sought by larger studios. Picture Perfect and Masterpiece offer order and customer management features appropriate for mid-sized and smaller studios. Download evaluation copies of all three programs.
GretagMacbeth, Regensdorf, Switzerland
Best known by photographers for the Macbeth Color Checker, GretagMacbeth also markets ProfileMaker color management software and CMYK conversion software. Offers a variety of educational seminars. Online tutorial on the Munsell System of Color Notation.
IMSI, San Rafael, California
Although best known for their TurboCAD software, IMSI also sells desktop publishing and graphic design packages, including the HiJaak product line which includes HiJaak Digital Photo Studio, HiJaak Photo Art, Hijaak Image Manager, and collections of clip art and animations for the Windows and Mac platforms.
Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York
Kodak makes color image management software systems, software for arranging and layout of sophisticated multimedia programs to be published on CD-Rom, and the Photo CD Acquire Module, a PhotoShop style plug-in for acquiring, customizing and importing Photo CD images into PhotoShop. Kodak Image Magic Picture disk service is available from your local Kodak Premium Processing photofinisher.
LaserSoft Imaging GmbH, Kiel, Germany
Multi-lingual site. Developers of the internationally recognized SilverFast family of Mac and PC scanning software, including SilverFast Ai 4.0 (for many different USB and SCSI scanners), SilverFast DC (image enhancement for digital cameras and 24 bit tif and jpegs), SilverFast PhotoCD and more. US offices in Longboat Key, Florida.
Available now from Auto F/X
Improve Images With Just One Click!
Powerful image enhancement software that lets you instantly improve the color quality and detail of your images. Version 2.0
Reclaims Lost Colors
Removes Cast Colors
Enhances and Sharpens Details
Standalone Version and Photoshop Plug-in
Batch processing and many more features
Macintosh, Windows 98/NT/2000/ME/XP
M Media Research Corp., Hallandale, Florida
LView Pro v2.0 is an image viewer, full featured editor and file converter for Windows users. Retouching options include cropping, resizing, rotating, RGB, HSV, contrast, gamma, grayscale conversion, airbrush, and many tools usually found only in more expensive programs. Shareware. Registered version on CD includes 800 hi-res photos of southern Florida.
Macromedia, Inc., San Francisco, California
Tries their best to get you to download Shockwave (one of their products) before entering site. Developers of Authorware for developers of interactive web and multimedia programs, Director Multimedia Studio, FreeHand, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash. Also xRes, Extreme 3D, Fontographer and more. Trial downloads, gallery, tech support, list prices and 800 numbers.
MicroFrontier, West Des Moines, Iowa
Digital Darkroom(tm) is an exceptionally easy-to-use program for importing images from scanners or digital cameras and performing basic image editing and manipulation. Ideal for the beginner to casual user. Perform common adjustments and apply many basic filters quickly and easily! Supported platforms include Macintosh and Windows 98/98/NT. MicroFrontier also has several graphics editing programs for the Macintosh and Power Mac, including Color It!, Enhance, and wwwART.
Micrografx, Inc., Dallas, Texas
Developers of the full-featured Picture Publisher still in use by many photographers and web designers (including this web site) because of ease of use and a retail price only 20% of the cost of Photoshop. Corel acquired Micrografx in 2001 and quietly abandoned further development after releasing Picture Publisher 10. In business this is called acquiring market share.
New Mexico Software, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Creators of software tools addressing the major issues and concerns involving graphic images on the internet. Image Assets tools permit high-speed transfer of high-res graphic images, can use a single image in multiple resolutions, offers fingerprinting, encryption, watermarking and authentication of images as intellectual property, and a search engine capable of locating and retrieving images by color, shape, brightness or texture.
Paint Shop Pro (Corel Corporation), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Paint Shop Pro is an award winning, budget-priced image creation, manipulation & viewing program for Windows. Supports Adobe-style plug-ins. Image Commander is an image viewing and conversion utility. JASC Media Center organizes multimedia files into albums of thumbnails. Illuminatus creates multimedia publications/presentations for publishing on floppy or CD. Download shareware versions for evaluation. Paint Shop Pro was orginally developed by JASC Software
Pegasus Software, Tampa, Florida
Developers of ImagXpress image processing software. Other programs include The JPEG Wizard software compression tool, PICShow slide show program, PICVideo Motion JPEG compressor, PICPress image editor, compression utility, and graphics conversion program, CaptureStudio image and video capture program, and RapidVUE browser plug-in.
Perfect Niche Software Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona
Source for Cradoc CaptionWriter software, the world's best selling slide labeling program. DOS, Win and Mac. Comes with money back guarantee, labels can be printed with 3, 4 or 5 lines per label, uses 1 3/4" (35mm) & 2 1/2" (2 1/4 mount) wide labels, supports most printers (see list.) CCW works with Perfect Niche's Photo Management System database program which is also available.
Photodex Corporation, Austin, Texas
Home of award winning ProShow Gold presentation software, the indispensible tool for photographers who want to create compelling presentations with digital images. Pan and zoom, motion effects, Hollywood style transitions and captioning tools. Watch the demos, download the free trial version, decide for yourself. PC World Editor's Pick! CompuPic software lets you browse, view, edit and manage your images unlike any other program. Windows platform.
PhotoDisc Inc. (Getty Images), Seattle, Washington
Royalty free digital stock photography on the Web. Browse, select, buy online and download from more than 60,000 available images. Extensive CD collections of royalty-free photographs, including starter sets, fine art, backgrounds, objects, collected works of individual photographers, and thematic volumes. In The Loupe online magazine features photographers and Design Mind is a designers' resource.
Pixel Photographics, Melbourne, Australia
Designs and creates digital imaging software, specifically for the photographic industry. Sold worldwide, more than 800 installations to date. Solutions for school photography, event imaging and retail photographics, including CompositePhoto, a suite of software applications designed by school photographers for school photographers.
Quark Inc., Denver, Colorado
Developers of high-end software for the electronic publishing industry; QuarkXPress is the page layout tool used by many publishers and most newspapers. QuarkImmedia is professional design software for multimedia and internet publishing. Download a free demo of QuarkImmedia. The QuarkImmedia Viewer for Win and Mac is also free. Online Gallery and user forums.
Roxio Inc., Santa Clara, California
Roxio acquired MGI Software Corp in 2002 and markets PhotoSuite photo editing and VideoWave 7 video editing software, Toast CD and DVD burning software and the Easy Media Creator image management program.
Signum Technologies Ltd., Witney, Oxfordshire, England
Developers of SureSign digital fingerprinting / watermarking copyright protection software and VeriData data integrity software. Products include SureSign Writer Photoshop plug-in, SureSign Server batch processing software, SureSign Bureau digital watermarking software for photo labs, and SDK software development kits. Download free demo version. SureSign fingerprint detector plug-ins for Photoshop are widely distributed and are also free. VeriData iDem is a PC application to ensure the integrity of digital images subject to legal scrutiny. Signum is a spin-off from Highwater Designs of Cheltenham; SureSign was formerly called FBI digital fingerprinting software.
Strata Inc., St. George, Utah
Developers of programs for cutting-edge 3D design, multimedia and digital video software. Studio Pro is a full-featured 3D modeling, rendering and animation program. MediaPaint creates "Hollywood-style" special effects and paint for digital video and multimedia. VideoShop (PC version soon) includes everything needed to edit videos. Vision3d is design software for animators and multimedia designers. Image gallery and QTVR video.
SuccessWare Inc., Fairfax, Virginia
"Studio management software designed to make you more money" for both Windows and Mac users. Three applications Success Tracking, Success Pricing and Success Planning cover the full gamut of marketing and record keeping tasks facing every studio photographer, including client inquiries, client information, sales and expense records, statements, direct mail campaigns, and much more. Free demo versions.
Timestone Software Corp., Melbourne, Australia
Developers of imaging software for professional and portrait pack laboratories. Timestone's Neo family of applications allows small to large labs to create high volume digital packs, page composites, ID cards, template designed packs, magazine covers and more. The software also enables larger labs to drive high speed digital printers. Windows NT printer drivers are also available for many of the more popular printers.
Ulead Systems Inc., Torrance, California
Makers of award-winning graphics software for the Windows 95 and NT platforms. Programs include MediaStudio Pro for digital video editing, PhotoImpact, WebRazor, Ulead Cool 3D, Gif Animator, iPhoto Express, plug-ins and more. Download trial versions. "Free Stuff" includes Ulead's Photo Viewer, free background tiles, Gif Animator Lite Edition, and free animated gifs.
Virtus Corporation, Cary, North Carolina
Pioneers in interactive 3-D programs for business, entertainment and education markets. Virtus 4.0 is their flagship product. Users can quickly visualize and create 3-D prototypes and multimedia presentations with a drag-and-drop interface and familiar 2-D drawing tools. Includes over 500 pieces of pre-built content to quickly create any model. Owners of previous Virtus programs can upgrade to Virtus 4.0 for $99.
Vivid Details, Ojai, California
Makers of Test Strip, a PhotoShop color correction plug-in for those who prepare digital images for prepress. Download demo version. Sales of high resolution, royalty-free photos on CD, 12 thematic volumes and sales of individual hi-res stock images. Toll free number. Suppliers of stock photography bundled with Adobe Pagemaker, Fractal Painter, Linotype-Hell proprietary software, Macromedia xRes, QuarkImmedia, and Strata MediaForge.
B2B - Internet Print Ordering Software
Chiizu Australia, St. Leonards, NSW, Australia
Provides internet photo sharing, image storage and e-commerce technology to photofinishing companies. Products include workflow management software, image storage hardware and software. Chiizu creates easy-to-use photo sharing web sites branded with a client's distinctive look. Offices also in Tokyo, Japan.
FotoWire Inc., Menlo Park, California
Fotowire develops and markets software for photofinishers, minilab operators and retail camera stores which allows consumers to upload digital photos and image files for printing on traditional photographic paper. Founded in 1996, FotoWire software is offered by more than 280 internet print services in 24 countries. Power Mac and Windows PC versions. Branch offices in Merritt Island, Florida and Geneva, Switzerland.
PhotoAccess Corporation, Seattle, Washington
Provides photo retailers and labs with the technology to add online digital print fulfillment services to their existing businesses. Flexible options to fit your business model. Photo management tools, e-commerce packages for pro photographers and more. Retail partners include Adorama, Shutterbug camera stores in Oregon, Dumoulin photo, video and electronics stores in Canada, and many others.
Pixology, Guildford, Surrey, UK
Pixology's internet print ordering software allows consumers to upload digital images to participating digital photofinishing labs. Images can then be printed on photographic paper and mailed direct to the customer, personalized photo gifts can be ordered, including mugs, tee-shirts, photo posters and more. Software is branded with the partner photo lab's identity. Windows PC compatible only.
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