10 Top Imaging Applications
Our favorite software for photographers, from beginners to pros
The last year has been a big one for photo software, with several of the top applications getting significant updates and the introduction of new software alternatives for photographers. The big news most recently is the latest update to Photoshop, but perhaps even more significant is Adobe's introduction of Photoshop Lightroom.
First Look: Photoshop CS3 Beta
The latest version is almost ready, with a streamlined workspace and new features you’ll definitely want to check out
The long-awaited upgrade to Photoshop CS2 is finally on the way, which is especially great news for Mac users, as Photoshop CS3 will run natively on the latest Intel-based Mac systems. For Windows users, it's ready for Vista, too.
Short Report: Adobe Premiere Elements
Adobe has created a winner in this easy-to-use video-editing software
Having just used Adobe's new video-editing program to create a soccer video for my daughter, I can tell you that Premiere Elements is designed to make professional-level editing more accessible to everyone. My editing went faster and easier than any video editing I've ever done before.
Short Report: Corel Painter IX
Bridging the gap between photography and painting
Corel Painter IX's wide selection of customizable brushes, tight integration with Wacom pressure-sensitive graphics tablets and easy-to-get-started interface make it the best painting software we've used to date. While Painter IX is primarily a painting program and not an image processor, you don't have to be a painter or have any training in the craft to enjoy experimenting with your photographs.
Buyer's Guide 2006: Image-Processing Software
The digital darkroom keeps getting better with improvements in features and ease of use in software programs
The big news this year is the new version of Photoshop, CS2, of course, but Adobe isn't the only one at work to make our digital darkroom work better, more efficient and easier. Corel has put its own touches to the venerable Paint Shop Pro, offering a fresh version that keeps all the old features, but puts them in a photographer-friendly interface, while Microsoft has made significant upgrades to its Digital Image program.
Buyer's Guide 2007: Digital Imaging Software
From basic fixes to professional tools for the most demanding enthusiast, there's a photo app
Whether you want to spend time enhancing your images or you simply want to organize, print and share them, it's almost certain that you'll be spending time at a computer running one of the many digital-imaging programs available today.
High-Definition Video For Enthusiasts
New cameras and software are making HD video capture and editing available to anyone
Digital video has revolutionized video for the enthusiast, bringing with it many advantages: more capability, more control, more speed,higher quality and easier editing. The drawback has been that standard-definition (SD) video is standard TV resolution (640 x 480), while high-definition digital (HD) video has been too costly and complex for most nonprofessional applications.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0
Powerful new tools and fun features make this version of Photoshop Elements well worth the upgrade
Every release of Adobe Photoshop Elements raises the bar a bit more and brings the feature set closer to its big brother, Photoshop CS2. Elements 5.0 is no exception, with a number of enhancements that will appeal to both casual and serious photographers, as well as a new group of users who have avoided traditional digital-imaging software in the past. The latest release (currently Windows only) makes organizing and editing images easier and gives you more control over advanced image corrections than in previous versions.