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Today’s Freeware of the Moment comes to us by way of Marc Orchant of The Office Weblog fame (among others), a never-ending fount of productivity-enhancing knowledge.  I am constantly wanting to do minor edits to images before posting them on jkOTR and the MS Paint program […]

PaintnetToday’s Freeware of the Moment comes to us by way of Marc Orchant of The Office Weblog fame (among others), a never-ending fount of productivity-enhancing knowledge.  I am constantly wanting to do minor edits to images before posting them on jkOTR and the MS Paint program that comes with Windows is too anemic and Paint Shop Pro or PhotoShop are usually overkill.  Into this void steps a neat program based on the .NET framework, Paint.NET.  Paint.NET was developed as a computer science project by students at Washinton State University and it has evolved into a very nice image editing program.  It has some nice touches to make working with images very easy like semi-transparent toolboxes that let you see your image even when applying various tools.  While the tools available are very rich with filters, effects and a host of other fun stuff, what makes this program so useful is how easy it makes editing images while providing very sophisticated tools.  Well worth the download even if you just want to play around with a full-featured graphics program.  Whatever you do don’t miss their tutorial that demonstrates step-by-step instructions (with screens) how to work with layers and special effects.

  1. Downloaded this last night, as I was on the road with my U and hadn’t uploaded PS Elements yet (the U is new and I haven’t played with it much). It worked great for the limited run I gave it, just changing size of the photos so I could upload them to my web site. They’ve promised an upgrade in late Jan to include other features also. PS Elements 3 requires a resolution of 1024×768, and since I’m happy with 800×600 on the U, this might be a good alternative to on the road image editing. Just wanted to give my 2 cents.

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  2. Thanks Wendy. If you are like me and always resizing pics for the web site you should consider the image resizer powertoy for Windows. It puts a resize option on the right click menu and is so easy to use.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

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