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Photo Editing And Windows 8

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bravejordy | 12:37 Sun 24th Mar 2013 | Computers
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Can anyone recommend a good, simple, easy-to-understand photo editing program that is compatible with Windows 8? I don't mean Adobe Photoshop or Gimp (I already have these) but more something that has the same or similar features to Ulead's iPhoto Express.

To explain myself a little further... I've been using Ulead iPhoto Express v1.1 for about twelve years now, it actually came as bundled software with a scanner I bought for my Windows 98 computer in 1999 (and I've since used it on computers running Windows Me, Windows XP and Windows Vista). Anyway, during this time I've kind of grown accustomed to using this program but sadly, it's not compatible with Windows 8. I have tried running the Compatibility Feature in W8 but all to no avail. I've even tried downloading a trial version of the latest iPhoto Express but it crashes when I try to run it.

Basically, the feature I liked more than anything on iPhoto Express was the way it showed an image to scale how it would look on an A4 sheet of paper (or whatever other sized paper you preferred/selected but I think the default size was A4). Being an amateur photographer, it was perfect for accurately calculating how many images I could print on one sheet of paper. Unfortunately, other photo editing programs I've tried, don't seem to have this feature (or if they do, they certainly hide it well!). If anybody knows of a program that has this feature (or alternatively, knows if it's possible to access it on programs such as Photoshop or Gimp) I'd appreciate it very much.

If push comes to shove, I can always set up my old Windows XP desktop so I can use my Ulead program but that kind of defeats the object of getting a new computer.

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You can fit as many, or as few, images on a sheet of A4 as you choose because you don't have to accept the default image sizes; you can simply resize them to fit the available space. With that in mind, the easiest software to use often isn't an image-processing program but a desktop publishing one. You simply open a blank document, import one or more photos and drag...
17:58 Sun 24th Mar 2013
There's IRFANVIEW which is Free. Google for it.
Open your picture, press PRINT and the Print Settings page will open where you can make your picture any size you require to suit the paper size.
Hope this helps.
You can fit as many, or as few, images on a sheet of A4 as you choose because you don't have to accept the default image sizes; you can simply resize them to fit the available space. With that in mind, the easiest software to use often isn't an image-processing program but a desktop publishing one. You simply open a blank document, import one or more photos and drag the handles in the corners to resize them appropriately. Serif PagePlus Starter Edition (which is compatible with Windows 8) would be ideal for such a purpose:
http://www.serif.com/desktop-publishing-software/?mc=FSSPAGEPLUS
(Other DTP programs, such as Microsoft Publisher, can do the job just as well).

Serif also offer an excellent free image-processing program, which you might like. (It's a lot easier to get to grips with than either Photoshop or GIMP but still with plenty of flexibility. It's compatible with Windows 8):
http://www.serif.com/free-photo-editing-software/?MC=FSSPHOTOPLUS

It might also be worth taking a look at the software which came with your printer. (Many people simply install it and forget about it). For example, Canon printers are supplied with Canon Easy-PhotoPrint, which is specifically designed to allow users to print multiple images on a single sheet to their preferred dimensions.

Chris
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Thanks guys for all your help.

Wak, I downloaded IRFANVIEW and although it has lots of useful features, which will come in handy for other projects, sadly it doesn't have the one I'm looking for. :o( Cheers all the same.

Thanks Chris, I haven't tried your suggestions yet, but I'll give them a whirl this evening. Unfortunately, the only thing that came with my Dell V313w wireless printer was the installation disc. My other printer is an Epson Stylus Photo R300 but I'm experiencing some compatibility issues with my new computer (this Windows 8 is proving to be more trouble than it's worth!)

Digressive point to add to my gripe about W8:- Just clicked on one the links in your post and this "wonderful" Windows 8/IE10 gave me no option to return to the post I was in the middle of composing so I had to start all over again!

That aside, I'll keep you posted on how things go with those Serif DTP and photo editing programs.

Thanks again.
>>>IE10 gave me no option to return to the post I was in the middle of composing so I had to start all over again

Irrespective of which browser I'm using, I've got into the habit of right-clicking on links, and selecting 'Open in new tab', so that the original page is unaffected by my action. (Then there's no problem returning to it).

However most of the 'regulars' here in AB's Technology section (including me) wouldn't touch any version of Internet Explorer with the proverbial bargepole. Google Chrome has quite a few fans here but Firefox is by far the most popular choice. Why not give it a try?
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/
As an afterthought.... have you tried updating your printer's software suitable for Windows 8?
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Thanks again, Chris, just been trying out that Serif PagePlus software and it seems to have exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. I haven't tried the photo editing one yet (although I have downloaded it ready to install) but I want to find my way around this one first.


To be honest (and I may be among the minority here), I'm quite happy with Internet Explorer. For me, the one I wouldn't touch is Google Chrome (in short, too many friends who've had too many problems with it). In fairness, I guess when it comes to browsers, it's each to his own.



Hi wildwood, yes, I updated my printer's software for Windows 8 (although the actual update seems to focus solely on the PrintCD feature and nothing more) but unfortunately I'm still experiencing some compatibility issues. For instance, my Epson printer will print BUT it no longer displays the ink monitor to show how much ink I have remaining in the six cartridges. I did email Epson about this problem but I'm still waiting for a reply.
Photo editing is the process of redesigning the image using a reliable tool like adobe photoshop. Adobe photoshop is a well known tool for image editing and is compatible with most of the operating system.
Further to your software update, I would suggest (and this goes for any software for anybody) that before you actually download the version update, go through the list of bugs fixed in the new version and the “What’s New” list of feature additions. While it may take a few minutes to read through, it can save you the feeling of not having got any added value from the update, as not every update might bring features you would find useful.

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