Pictures and Photo Software Apps
Picture & Photo Software Apps
for Organizing, Editing, Sharing, Transferring
A good photo software should make it easy to do several main things:
Graphics file transferring
Photo organizing and image editing are the main things to prioritize in choosing a software. Picture sharing can be done directly from your email or web program, and file transferring depends on what kind of devices and storage space you're using.
Photo organizing can be done with Windows' own Windows Exporer or File Explorer utility. However, there are a few programs that make it easier by ignoring non-picture files.
Picasa is the most popular photo organizer and editor around. Google has discontinued development and tech support for this software. However, you can still install and run it as a desktop program on your computer.
If you can't find the setup file available online, I keep a copy archived myself and can help with that.
Windows also has a line of "Photo Gallery" applications (variously associated in the past with Windows Essentials and with the Live trademark). Photo Gallery is a bit less powerful than Picasa, but it's fast and simple, and - like Picasa - also free.
Both Picasa and Photo Gallery have built-in image editing features.
IrfanView is a lesser-known photo editor that offers a good set of tools to organize and enhance picture files. You can create thumbnails and slideshows, add effects and finishing touches, and a lot of other neat things with the IrfanView program - also free.
I use each of these three - Picasa, Photo Gallery, and Irfanview - as well as Windows' own Paint (built-in and free), and a graphics editor called LView (low cost).
There are other pricier or more sophisticated programs I've used, but those listed above provide a good set of choices for most users.
If you're looking for a wider range of image apps for your computer or device, check out these favorites reviewed on the hongkiat.com website. (Some descriptions are a bit technical.)
Shotwell for Linux
Adobe Bridge CC
StudioLine Photo Basic
Zoner Photo Studio
FastStone Image Viewer