FastStone Image Viewer is awesome

I’ve been doing digital photography for many years and have come across a number of applications that claim to be “photo managers” with functions for fast viewing, basic tasks like cropping and re-sizing, etc. I realize it quite often comes down to personal taste, so you are welcome to completely ignore this post 🙂

I mainly work with adjustments, cropping, and re-sizing when I work with photos. For most post-shoot processing, I use Lightroom. I was once a fond user of the ACDSee products, used as my “Swiss Army knife”. But ever since I ran into the FastStone Image Viewer, I have uninstalled most other similar utilities. Being a fan of Shareware, and similar, I have registered the product for commercial use, and it’s well worth the money!

If you’re looking for a very fast viewer, manager, and “Swiss Army knife” for your photo management, give FastStone Image Viewer a go. It’ll handle all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, TGA, and camera raw files. Oh, and it’s not bloatware 🙂

Now, if I could only have the FastStone Image Viewer for Linux too ….

You’ll find FastStone Image Viewer here: faststone.org

Adobe really doesn’t believe in saving the environment with boxless Photoshop Elements

When a customer was going to purchase 10+ licenses of Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 10 for some simple photo editing, I contacted our distributor to inquire about the possibility of just getting one set of media and then some sort of electronic license. It seemed like the smart thing to do, electronic distribution of the software had been even better, but we’d settle for one box and 10+ license keys.

After having received the response from our distributor that “Yes, this is possible; here’s the item id you need”, I went to check the pricing, finding that it was roughly 15% more expensive than buying 10+ boxes! I was also told that the customer could use the same license key for all the purchased copies. So a natural follow-up was “Ah, so this means the user can also increase the number of seats the license is valid for?” The response was a “No, that is unfortunately not possible.”

So not only does Adobe present zero incentives for using the alternate method of licensing/purchasing, it also makes it more expensive than buying 10+ boxed products.

WTF?!

#fail #license #adobe #photoshop