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ACDSee Photo Editor


Software for Photographers

ACDSee 9 Photo Manager ACDSee Photo Manager: Makes variable thumbnails, manages thousands of images, batch modification, fix common photo problems like red eye, create slide shows and screen savers, and copy photos easily to CD or DVD.  Read our review.
ProShow Producer by Photodex: A HIGH END slide show/presentation creator. This is, bar none, the best and most powerful presentation software we've ever seen. Read our review.

MicroGraphx Picture Publisher: The easiest, most intuitive photo program ever, and it's really cheap. Only problem is Corel bought it up, and then discontinued it. However, you can find the free trial version online, you can buy an older version (that does NOT work with Win XP), and you can find a new version that works with WinXP but at the same price as Photoshop.
Adobe Photoshop: This is the industry standard. It's also the most non-intuitive photo program I've ever used. It requires hours and hours of learning to use it anywhere near its capacity.

Video Editing Software

Windows Movie Maker. Not gonna believe this, but it's one of the easiest video editors in the world, it's free, and has just a few minor drawbacks.
Pinnacle Studio Version 11 Pinnacle Studio 11. I've been using it for years; it's easy to learn, easy to use, has some fabulous features. Had some problems with version 10, but just had to wait for this version to come out.
TMPGEnc MPEG Editor 2.0 Premium. This is one powerful, easy to use, and inexpensive basic MPEG editor. Read our review.
Pinnacle's Avid Liquid 7 Avid Liquid. This is the closest program to a full blown professional video editor. Avid is the company that makes video editing software for Hollywood. If you can't afford to spend half a million dollars or so, but want your work to look as professional as possible, this is your best bet. In its class, it's the easiest to use too.
Adobe Premiere Adobe Premier Pro. One very powerful video editing software package. But like all of Adobe products, it's expensive and hard to learn. If you have a lot of patience and a lot of time on your hands, and a thousand bux to blow on this, then hey, it's your baby.

DVD Creation Software

DVDit Pro by Sonic. This is a medium end DVD creator. For the home video enthusiast, this has everything you'll ever need. Read our review.
Roxio Creator. A low end CD/DVD creator for with lots and lots of features.





Over the years I've 
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letters asking me about
the software I use
in my photography.
My background in 
software development,
and now in photog-
raphy has allowed me
to test many fine 
products, and yes,
a few dogs.
Here in this section
you will find my re-
views of all the soft-
ware I've used.
Many of the programs
I'm using were sent to
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and we thank our 
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various software 
Adobe Premiere