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Software Poll Question: Which Do You Use

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Alanroseman, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Hello,

    Curiosity getting the better of me, I decide to create an informal poll. You may choose more than one.

    Which software package do you use most frequently?

    The applications are listed alphabetically, not by personal preference, so no food fights....

    If you select "other" please take a moment to expound if you would be so kind.

    You could mention your favorite other in the message title when creating your reply. In this way viewing members could have a quick look at the workflow of others...
     
  2. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

    892
    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    My workflow's still too confidential to make it in the poll's choices...

    Repost:
    It's in my signature... digikam most often. And solely for electronic publications, I sometimes add a couple of corrections on 8bits / srgb pictures with The Gimp..

    Cheers,
     
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  3. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    I wish more folks would expound on Other

    Hi Mauve,

    Any special reason for your choice of Digikam?

    I'm trying to imagine what else the folks choosing "other" are using...
     
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  4. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    In my case, Alan, Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2, NeatImage (noise suppression) and BDSizer (to resize the pics for websharing)

    Have a nice day,
    Rafael
     
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  5. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Thanks for sharing

    Thanks for the enlightenment! I should probably go back and add Border FX to my vote.

    Alan
     
  6. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    OTHER: BorderFX Aperture Plug-in

    i'm guilty of not mentioning or even voting for my own 'other".

    BorderFX Aperture Plug-in

    I use this on nearly every image I upload to the board...
     
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  7. Grant

    Grant Mu-43 Veteran

    The pole is looking good now. While I use both Aperture and Photoshop on about a 50/50 bases. All my images go through Aperture and all my images that I plan on showing go through Photoshop. I also use two of the Nik products as well as Photomatix but on a less regular bases.
     
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  8. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Hi Grant,

    Thanks. If enough folks take the time to mention the "other" applications they use we may have some helpful new threads to start.

    Thanks for taking the time....
     
  9. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

    892
    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    Paramount : native linux build, 16 bits workflow, ICC aware.

    Filing abilities above everything else. You can embed any tag you ever wish either into the pictures, or as a sidecar in the database - including GPS geotags ; and of course, all tags are searchable.

    Most powerful export function : flickr, picasa, smugmug, standalone gallery ready to export to your personal website, and much much more (FB, piwigo, 23, even an ipod...) you name it, you've got it.

    CA, optical distortion corrections; save your lens parameters and apply them to photo batches.

    Extract pictures from raw files, with custom ICM no less.

    Correct anything you want with powerful filter, sharpen, apply borders, whatever...

    If you're not happy with anything and know a bit of C++, make a patch against the dev tree and submit it to Gilles Caulier, the lead developer. He's friendly and responsive. My patch to improve the black and white converter was added to the main branch in less than a month. As far as I know, nobody has complained yet. :biggrin:

    Digikam is standing at a cross between Picasa for filing and Light Room for editing, with a few aces of its own up its sleeves... There are Windows and Mac OS X build too, for those sticking to lesser operating systems :)tongue: just kidding).
     
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  10. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Photoshop by a nose... Lightroom right behind

    So far...

    Photoshop by a nose... Lightroom right behind...Aperture coming up strong from the outside....

    Increase the results... take a minute to vote!!
     
  11. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Alan,
    I use LR on an iMac. I have the Nik Suite that handles conversions etc.
    I also have PS up to date but really only use the Image sizing and Canvas features.
    I'll normally make a 8 x 12 image on a 11 x 14 white canvas.
    That provides a mat look and keeps printing to a standard size without cropping the image.
    Silver Effex2 is a great way to convert to B&W. It offers filters etc but the most important feature is, the control points. That allows burn & dodge anywhere on the image.
    I catalog my images by a date setup that keeps everything organized and easy to find.
    I hope this helps the thread....
    Thanks for this, your pal.... Don
     
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  12. pjohngren

    pjohngren Mu-43 Top Veteran

    560
    Oct 15, 2010
    I use Photoshop - old version 7 - and love it for what I use it for. I also really like FastStone Image Viewer for downloading, viewing, naming, sorting etc - and it is free, though I ended up contributing to it, since it is so good as is their 90 page free tutorial.

    But Alan - what about in-camera processing, which is doing more and more of my work? I guess that is not really 'software' - in fact it is probably hardware or part of the "firmware" perhaps. It certainly seems incredibly fast, efficient, effective, accurate, consistant, and hassle-free as well as taking absolutely no time at all and as part of the camera, it is also "free."
     
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  13. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England

    I feel a workflow thread looming on the horizon.....
     
  14. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Hi Peter,

    Good question. The "in camera" work flow would be centered on the cameras jpeg engine. That said, I was aiming at how we get them out of the camera, and into our respective computers.

    Without those applications we couldn't post to the board, or display our work.

    Thanks Pete.
     
  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Ya think.....?
     
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  16. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    661
    Aug 9, 2010
    I use BorderFX to add borders to photos exported from Aperture that I'm going to have printed by MPIX. Works like a charm!
     
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  17. Krang

    Krang Mu-43 Veteran

    202
    Feb 19, 2010
    I use Lightroom 3 for most of the time. I think it's brilliant. Powerful non-destructive editing, with by far the best interface.

    I use Photoshop for major touch-up brushwork, and stitching multiple images together. Then I put the results back to Lightroom and do the image control stuff there.
     
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  18. nursenicole

    nursenicole Mu-43 Regular

    76
    Feb 24, 2011
    boston
    never heard of BorderFX til today! thanks for the new toy ;)
     
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  19. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Hello Nicole,

    I also use BorderFX on every image that I post, and many that I print. Excellent control of image size, for MU-43 and other uses.

    Really really nice piece of software... I give it :2thumbs:
     
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  20. FOsteology

    FOsteology Mu-43 Rookie

    16
    Feb 4, 2010
    Texas
    I used Olympus Master for a couple years. Mainly to import images from the camera.

    I've been using PSE 8 for a couple months. Recently acquired LR3, but haven't become comfortable with the software. PSE seems a little more intuitive for me.

    Considering Aperature 3 as I hear it's easier to use than LR3, and a little more intuitive.
     
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