47. THREE FREE PHOTO PROGRAMS: IrfanView, Picasa 2, Photo Story 3.


If you're looking for a lean and mean graphics utility, IrfanView is a top choice--and the fact that it's both free and a high-quality program makes it nearly irresistible.

Import images, view images, perform basic image editing, create slide shows, and convert files from one format to another. Crop, blur, and sharpen your images. Make modifications in regular mode or, if you have a jeweler's eye for detail, make changes in zoom mode. You can set the compression level when you save files, and it supports all major graphics formats, including .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .png, and .tif.

It is a free download:



Double click the first .jpg file and it will bring a large picture. There will be 2 blue arrows at the top of the page, one pointing left and one right, click on the right one and keep clicking and it will bring up every photo in that particular folder.

While you are looking at the photo, at the top click on Image then click on Resize, then click on Best fit to Desktop, then OK, then Control S to save. Be sure you save it in .jpg or jpeg for the best compression. You can reduce a 300 KB photo to 60 KB and you can hardly tell the difference.

If a photograph is too dark, another useful tool under Image is Enhance Colors, I click just to the right of Brightness, and then just to the right of Contrast, then click OK and Control S to save.

There is a Slide Show option under File.

If you have a problem, call me and I'll walk you through it.

My email address is: joeisaac@insightbb.com Phone Number: 859 299 6464


Find and enjoy the pictures on your computer in seconds.

A free software download from Google.

Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.

Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures – you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share via Hello™, and even post pictures on your own blog.

Take a tour of Picasa:




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Picasa2 has got to be one of the most impressive and useful programs Picasa is a photo editing, sharing, slideshow program but it's so much more—it's part of the rising Google empire that continues to do things right. Picasa is more of a complete image manager, though it has some image editing tools there is nothing ground breaking in this area and I wouldn't be so excited about the program if that's all it did. Instead the program is unique in what it does, or allows you to do. The program gives you complete control over images on your PC, with a dizzying list of tools at your fingertips. For sharing, and saving images I would match it up against any program out there, you can post images to the web or create Gift CD/DVD's, slideshows, collages, and more. It May be better if I just listed some of the features and let the program speak for itself. Your curiosity will grab you eventually will take over and you will find yourself at Picasa.com before you know it.

ORGANIZE * Create Labels which are basically "Playlists" of images (does not move the actual image) * Allows you to rate your images using stars which helps you to quickly find your favorite pictures * Password protect image collections

SHARING * Email images easily: Picasa automatically resizes and attaches pictures to email messages. * With Hello, you can instant chat while viewing/sharing images with others online * Easily transfer images to you Blog or website and add text * Create awesome slide shows * Take you images with you—they will easily play on any PC thanks to Picasa's practice of including a small exe of their program if you choose.

PRINTS and PRODUCTS * Picasa automatically resizes your photos to fit perfectly on whatever size paper you are using. * Export pictures to popular photo processing websites

BACKUP * Burn directly to CD/DVD, and Picasa will show you what images have and havn't been backed up yet to insure that all your photos are archived. * Burn "Gift" CDs with slide shows * Can backup across a network * Can create posters up to 1000% of their actual size, by tilling several prints that you later piece together as one. * Can view pictures on TV with TiVo

CREATE * Turn your photos into a movie * Make personalized Screen Saver * Make picture collages


Microsoft Photo Story 3?

Animate your photos automatically or create your own effects with pan and zoom options... Even adding transitions, captions, and titles to give YOUR story a "professional" look.

Got a voice and want to show it off? Then why not add a voice over to your photo story video...

You see Microsoft Photo Story 3 allows *YOU* to get extremely creative with your digital memories...

And best of ALL it is FREE to genuine owners of Windows XP!

Introduction To Microsoft Photo Story 3...



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You can download Microsoft Photo Story 3 at:


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