Photo Editing Software

I normally use Microsoft Picture Manager for cropping and resizing and enhancing photograph.. It came in a bundle with Microsoft5 Office 2007. I have it set up on 2 computers that I use. I want to install it on a third desktop, with Windows 8 OS. My query: Can I purchase Microsoft Picture Manager on its own, without purchasing Microsoft Office. Is there a free version available. Is there any other good free or low-priced photo editing program you might recommend to work with Windows 8.
Michael MurphyAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Michael,
Read this article and you'll have it for free:
How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013

And if it works for you, I'd really appreciate a "Helpful" vote on the article. Regards, Joe
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
IrfanView is another great option. Free for home use, $12 for commercial use.

In itself is a great picture viewer, with it's many plugins it becomes very good at basic picture operations (crop/resize/enhance/etc).

HTH,
Dan
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nickg5Commented:
I use IrfanView since my camera and scanner photos are all too large and need to be resized. Then once resized, I save them. Then open with Windows Picture Manager for rotating or cropping.
We also use MS Paint to erase something, create arrows to pinpoint something. Between those three programs there is not much else we can use.

IrfanView is a free download.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Michael,

I put a +1 on Dan's suggestion of IrfanView. I didn't notice your request for other good, free photo editing software, and IrfanView certainly qualifies as that. I use Picture Manager as my default viewer, but not for editing. A do a lot of editing with IrfanView and other tools (some free, some not).

Note that the download page at the site provides many links, but I recommend the TUCOWS link to download IrfanView:
http://www.tucows.com/preview/194967

This will download a single install file called <iview438_setup.exe> with no adware and no junk!

And the TUCOWS link for the PlugIns, which are required for PDF support, if that interests you:
http://www.tucows.com/preview/415586

This will download a single install file called <irfanview_plugins_438_setup.exe> with no adware and no junk!

Install IrfanView first, then install the PlugIns.

Three other excellent, free image/graphics/photo editing products are paint.net, GIMP, and GraphicsMagick:

http://www.getpaint.net/index.html
http://www.gimp.org/
http://www.graphicsmagick.org/

GraphicsMagick is fantastic for command line/batch editing. Here are a couple of articles discussing it:

Reduce the file size of many JPG files in many folders via an automated, mass, batch compression method

Create a PDF file with Contact Sheets (montage of thumbnails) for all JPG files in a folder and each of its subfolders using an automated, batch method

Btw, although my Picture Manager article talks about installing it in Office 2013, the process in that article works perfectly even if there are no other Office apps installed — and it also works perfectly in W8.1. Regards, Joe
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nickg5Commented:
I normally use Microsoft Picture Manager for cropping and resizing and enhancing photograph.. It came in a bundle with Microsoft5 Office 2007. I have it set up on 2 computers that I use. I want to install it on a third desktop, with Windows 8 OS. Is there any other good free or low-priced photo editing program you might recommend.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
You might want to consider Photo Gallery for Windows 8: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows-live/photo-gallery. It has all the basic image editing functions including batch resizing.

I do agree that IrfanView is your best bet for batch processing for resizing/cropping/renaming/conversion.
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
There is also Paint.Net which is a reasonable free image editor. It is similar in use to MS Paint but it also allows for layers, unlike MS Paint.

Thanks
Rob H
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Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
I tried this first and it worked a treat. I'm sure the other advices would also work, but 'first come first served'. Really excellent, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Michael. I'm glad that worked for you. If you don't mind taking a moment to "upvote" the article by clicking the big green Vote this article as helpful, I'd be very grateful. Thanks, Joe
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