Looking for a simple easy to use editor, preferable free

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I was looking for a image viewer that could replace Windows Photos and XnViewer. It fits the bill nicely. Thanks.
Just curious why you wanted to replace XNView and why Fastone seems better. Myself, I usually use Irfanview for simple viewing, but for IPTC labeling and searching I usually use XNView.
 
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Hi @ac12, how about PhotoScape? I just ran across it and it has Windows and Mac versions. A free version as well as a paid version. I don't use it, but it looked interesting. http://x.photoscape.org/

9/17/21 Update: I opened Photoscape X on my Mac, and just for the heck of it, looked for an .ORF file and was able to open it in Photoscape. I can't even get Apple Photos to open, for some reason, but AFAIK, Photos won't open some .ORF files. So, ten points to Photoscape there.

@ac12, the white balance control in Photoscape looks really easy to use. Just pick out a spot that should be white and click on it and it'll change the white balance. Pretty cool.

Here are some reviews of Photoscape X. https://budgetphoto101.com/photoscape-x-review-best-free-photo-editing-software/
https://onecameraonelens.com/2020/1...ng-software-you-probably-didnt-know-you-need/
 
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Hi @ac12, how about PhotoScape? I just ran across it and it has Windows and Mac versions. A free version as well as a paid version. I don't use it, but it looked interesting. http://x.photoscape.org/
One thing that caught my eye is that it has an animated GIF creator. Corel PaintShop Pro used to come with a separate, very nice animated GIF program, but they stopped supporting it. Now suddenly GIFs are all the rage again and, well, they blew it!
 

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Paint.net.

Seriously. And it's based on Microsoft Paint so they'll already recognize it. I read that MS was planning to upgrade MS Paint then decided not to, so the programmers that were working on it kept it alive.

I use it for quick edits on JPEGs. Totally free open source and supported, there are new updates several times a year. It can be as simple as you want, but is powerful enough to have layers. Also has some effects, a decent cloning tool, and the followers have developed a ton of plug-ins.
 

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Just curious why you wanted to replace XNView and why Fastone seems better. Myself, I usually use Irfanview for simple viewing, but for IPTC labeling and searching I usually use XNView.
I edit images with Lightroom or Gimp. But I needed a program to show my finished pics or whatever in full screen. Since Windows Photos sucks, I tried XNView, but it displays a white background, which I don't like. FastStone seemed better and the full screen display is customizable. But one thing that I can't do easily (as far as I know) is to open multiple instances to compare images.
I used Irfanview many years ago and since you mentioned it, I tried it again, but I still think FastStone is better at displaying images in full screen.
 

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If you want something more akin to Photoshop, something specifically designed for photo-editing - layers, levels, curves, saturation, cropping, resizing, corrections, cloning, dodge/burn, etc. - then I guess there is also GIMP.
https://www.gimp.org/
 

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I edit images with Lightroom or Gimp. But I needed a program to show my finished pics or whatever in full screen. Since Windows Photos sucks, I tried XNView, but it displays a white background, which I don't like. FastStone seemed better and the full screen display is customizable. But one thing that I can't do easily (as far as I know) is to open multiple instances to compare images.
I used Irfanview many years ago and since you mentioned it, I tried it again, but I still think FastStone is better at displaying images in full screen.
You can select up to four images for comparison in FSV.

Many items are revealed in full screen view by moving the cursor to each of the four screen edges.

Reading the manual at least once is very beneficial.
 

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The second reason, is that I am looking for an EASY to use editor for the students at school.
Except for that one issue with bright highlights, I would use Picasa at school.
Kids have SHORT attention span, so anything requiring involved learning won't fly.

Paint.net.

Seriously. And it's based on Microsoft Paint so they'll already recognize it. I read that MS was planning to upgrade MS Paint then decided not to, so the programmers that were working on it kept it alive.

I use it for quick edits on JPEGs. Totally free open source and supported, there are new updates several times a year. It can be as simple as you want, but is powerful enough to have layers. Also has some effects, a decent cloning tool, and the followers have developed a ton of plug-ins.
I just looked at Paint.net ( https://www.getpaint.net/index.html ) and it does look to be just what the OP is looking for. I haven't tried it yet, but @Brownie knows what's what.
 

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You could try looking for a free copy of Aurora 2017, it was available a while ago as a free program with s bunch of things, including subscriptions (which you can then cancel). If you forget the HDR side of it is an exceptionally decent editor - layers, masks and all if you want to go that far.
 

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