Free software for photo and image editing

Because I am involved so much with web site design projects out of my Los Angeles office, I constantly have to deal with playing around with photos and images for my clients’ websites. Most ecommerce software and content management solutions don’t include sophisticated editing tools. And I am constantly on the lookout for free software to do simple tasks like making color corrections, printing, managing photo albums, or any of 100 other routine image-editing tasks. If you have a budget to spend on your digital photography passions then a commercial program like Adobe Photoshop is a great solution. But if you are low on a budget (hint think of the economy now) and you just need the basics like the ability to resize and crop images then you can find some good free software alternatives I’ve found below on a recent review from download.com.

When working on a recent web design project, I found a quick and easy download for doing some basic editing in a program called IrfanView, The tiny download weighs in at 1.24MB and literally can be installed in seconds. Once you’ve got it running, open the image that you want to edit and select Image > Resize/Resample to edit the size of your photo. To crop, click your cursor in the top left corner of the area you want to crop, then drag the cursor to create a rectangle. Select Edit > Crop Selection, and voila!

Another free application is Resizr, created by Matt Miller back in 2006. Resizr is a free online tool that lets you upload an image from your hard drive or via a URL. You can then rotate, crop, and resize your image, as well as make edits to brightness and contrast. You can even adjust levels and convert PNG files to JPEGs.

Enhance your Windows Calculator with FreeCalc from Moffsoft

Moffsoft FreeCalc is a great replacement for your existing Windows® calculator. They have taken the standard Windows calculator functionality and added great features:

  • Adjustable calculator size – Make it any size you want and Moffsoft FreeCalc will remember the size and position next time you use it.
  • Tape – Save, print, or clear the simulated paper history tape.
  • Color schemes – Select a color combination or use your Windows color settings.
  • New keys – Clear Tape {CT}, double zero {00}, triple zero {000}, and memory subtract {M-} keys have been added.
  • Visible memory value – You’ll always know what’s in memory because it’s displayed on the calculator status bar.
  • Option settings – Flat buttons, always on top, tray icon, run on startup, and hiding the tape are some of the calculator options.

So next time you are in need a quick fix with some calculator action don’t hesitate to use your new MoffSoft windows calculator. You can download it here from Moffsoft.