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Software for Photographers

=== by Bob Sutherland ===

My old computer recently overheated causing internal damage. Many of the programs that I have been using for years will not run on a new computer. Therefore while shopping around researching my options I created this list of available software for photographers.


Photo Editing Software

  1. Adobe Photoshop for Macintosh and Windows
    https://www.adobe.com/ca/
  2. Adobe Lightroom for Macintosh and Windows
    https://www.adobe.com/ca/
  3. Adobe Lightroom Classic for Macintosh and Windows
    https://www.adobe.com/ca/
  4. Adobe Photoshop Elements for Macintosh and Windows
    https://www.adobe.com/ca/
  5. ON1 Photo Raw for Macintosh and Windows - This is a program for professionals. There is plenty of educational resources available with the program to teach advance photography and photo editing skills. The program includes a completely automatic panorama photo stitching function as one of its tools.
    https://www.on1.com
  6. Capture One by Phase One A/S for Macintosh and Windows - This is a program for professionals.
    https://www.captureone.com/en/
  7. Affinity Photo by Serif for Macintosh, Windows and iPad - This is a program for professionals. The program includes a completely automatic panorama photo stitching function as one of its tools.
    https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/
  8. Luminar by Skylum for Macintosh and Windows
    https://www.skylum.com/luminar
  9. RAW Power by Gentlemen Coders for Macintosh - If you have used the discontinued Aperture program by Apple on Macintosh computers then this is an attempt by a former Apple employee to create a modern, updated version of Aperture.
    https://gentlemencoders.com/raw-power-for-macos/
  10. Topaz Studio by Topaz Labs for Macintosh and Windows
    https://topazlabs.com
  11. Pixelmator Pro by Pixelmator Team for Macintosh
    https://www.pixelmator.com/pro/
  12. Photo Studio by acdsee for Macintosh and Windows
    https://www.acdsee.com/en/index/
  13. PaintShop Pro by Corel for Windows
    https://www.paintshoppro.com/en/
  14. DxO PhotoLab for Macintosh and Windows
    https://www.dxo.com/dxo-photolab/
  15. Exposure by Exposure Software (formerly Alien Skin Software) for Macintosh and Windows
    https://exposure.software
  16. Zoner Photo Studio X for Windows
    https://www.zoner.com
  17. LightZone by LightZombie Project for Linux, Macintosh and Windows - This is a free, open source software program.
    http://www.lightzoneproject.org
  18. RawTherapee for Linux, Macintosh and Windows - This is a free, open source software program.
    https://rawtherapee.com
  19. darktable for Linux, Macintosh and Windows - This is a free, open source software program.
    https://www.darktable.org
  20. Gimp for Linux, Macintosh and Windows - This is a free, open source software program. The Macintosh version of Gimp (and probably all versions of Gimp) require that either RawTherapee or darktable be installed on your computer if you want to open and process camera raw files.
    https://www.gimp.org
  21. PhotoViewer Pro by KrojamSoft for Windows - This program can work with JPEG, PNG and TIFF files but not camera raw files.
    https://krojamsoft.com or https://photoviewerpro.com
  22. PhotoWorks by AMS Software for Windows - This program can work with JPEG, PNG and TIFF files but not camera raw files.
    http://ams-photo-software.com
  23. Acorn by Flying Meat Inc. for Macintosh - This program appears to have a lot of tools, user documentation and video tutorials. What the program does not have is any Automatic buttons or Artificial Intelligence. When you complete a task such as panorama photo stitching with this program you can honestly say that you did all of the work yourself.
    https://flyingmeat.com/acorn/

Scanning Software

  1. VueScan by Hamrick Software is compatible with nearly any scanner that is connected to a Linux, Macintosh or Windows computer
    https://www.hamrick.com

I have been using VueScan for a few years. It is better than the software that many manufacturers provide with their scanners for the purpose of scanning printed photographs, film negatives and 35 mm slides.


Panorama Photo Stitching Software

  1. DoubleTake by Echo One for Macintosh
    https://echoone.com/
  2. AutoStitch by Matthew Brown - A demo version for Macintosh and Windows
    http://matthewalunbrown.com/autostitch/autostitch.html
  3. Hugin for Linux, Macintosh and Windows - This is a free, open source software program.
    http://hugin.sourceforge.net

I have been using DoubleTake, AutoStitch and Hugin for a few years. DoubleTake is a program I purchased over the Internet from the Echo One website. It has been the most reliable of the three programs. Some functionality of the AutoStitch program was intentionally disabled when it was released as a demo version. A new version of Hugin is released approximately once per year. Some years the Macintosh version of Hugin worked great and some years it crashed as soon as I tried to run it.

Some of the photo editing software listed up above include panorama photo stitching as one of the features within a large comprehensive program.


Video Editing Software

  1. Shotcut by Meltyech, LLC for Linux, Macintosh and Windows - This is a free, open source software program.
    https://www.shotcut.org/
  2. OpenShot Video Editor by OpenShot Studios, LLC for Linux, Macintosh and Windows - This is a free, open source software program.
    https://www.openshot.org
  3. ProShow by Photodex Corporation for Windows. There is also an Internet online version that can be used by any Macintosh, Windows or Linux computer or mobile device.
    https://www.photodex.com>

It was when I tried downloading and playing around with Shotcut and OpenShot that my old computer went up in smoke. It just did not have enough processing power and RAM memory to handle the resource intensive demands of these programs.

The reason these video editing software programs caught my attention is because I discovered they can take a folder of photographs and convert it into a slideshow. Drawings, paintings, sound and video clip files may optionally be included. After a bit of editing the slideshow is saved in a video file format ready for display on the Internet.