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Choosing Software

In some software categories, you-get-what-you-pay-for is the rule. Not necessarily so for photo-editing software. In fact, to do simple edits or repairs of the most common photo errors, many cheapo programs will do the job as well as or better than the name brands.

Even better, you may have exactly what you need on the CD that came with your camera to begin photo editing—emphasis on the word begin. Some software that comes with cameras is a stripped-down version of a bigger and better program. You can't even buy it separately, and you can't upgrade it (at least not inexpensively). For example, some cameras still come with Photoshop LE, the light version of Photoshop that Adobe gave away with hardware. When a new version of Photoshop came out you could upgrade your LE program, but only by buying the big Photoshop package. The software company that offers a stripped-down product for free assumes that you'll grow to like the way the software looks and feels so much that you'll buy its big brother when you become more accomplished.


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