Saturday, May 2

Essential Image Editors

+ IrfanView 4.2 [1.25MB]

License: Free
Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Limitations: No limitations


** Publisher's description of IrfanView **

IrfanView is a fast and compact image viewer/converter. It is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. Many supported file formats and features. Features include: multi-language support, Thumbnail option, Painting, slideshow, toolbar skins, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, file search, change color depth, scanning, cut/crop, IPTC edit, capturing, lossless JPG operations, effects, ICC support, EXE/SCR creating, many hotkeys, command line options and plugins.

Version 4.2 adds Basic Unicode support and new options.

+ Paint.NET 3.36 [1.53MB]

License: Free
Requirements: Windows XP/2003 Server/Vista, Microsoft .NET Framework 2
Limitations: No limitations


** Publisher's description of Paint.NET **

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plug-ins. Version 3.36 includes unspecified updates.

+ GIMP 2.6.0 [15.03MB]

License: Free
Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista, GTK+ Runtime Environment
Limitations: No limitations


** Publisher's description of GIMP **

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It is a powerful piece of software with capabilities not found in any other free software product. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert-quality photo-retouching program, an online batch-processing system, a mass production image renderer, or an image-format converter. GIMP is modular, expandable, and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image-manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

In Gimp 2.6, the toolbox menubar has been removed and merged with the image window menubar; Toolbox and Docks are now Utility windows and also the ability to pan beyond the image border has been added.

Essential Webcam Software

+ Camfrog Video Chat 5.1.129 [8.09MB]

License: Free to try; $49.95 to buy
Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Limitations: Some features disabled

** Publisher's description of Camfrog Video Chat **

Camfrog Video Chat allows you to join real streaming video chat rooms where you can hear, see, and chat with many people at a time. Instant message a user to get to know them before you Webcam chat, and add them to your contact list. This videoconferencing software also works behind most firewalls and routers. Camfrog Video Chat allows multi-user videoconferencing where you can join a room with up to 1000 users and just click a user name to begin seeing someone. Press the 'talk' button to talk to the entire room with audio. The video chat rooms are hosted by broadband users who are running the Camfrog Video Chat Room Server software so any user can set up their own multi-user video conference for other users to join. No Webcam is required to see people, but some rooms might not allow users without Webcams. Camfrog Video Chat is optimized for broadband users so it has fast video.

Version 5.1.129 fixes a problem where some one-on-one video chat connections could become disconnected under certain circumstances.