Don't-Miss Photography software Stories
Microsoft's free photo editor offers very good organization tools, but only basic image editing.
These presets help you speed through and master Adobe Lightroom's Develop module.
This slick-looking free software lets you easily create photo books, calendars, and greeting cards.
Serif PhotoPlus X4 offers significant improvements in non-destructive editing and 16-bit support, but it still needs better control over RAW conversion for its photo enthusiast market.
Individual apps and the whole bundle get a refresh with new features, but both suffer from inelegant integration with Adobe's included organizer app.
The new version has an excellent array of features and creative tools, but Adobe needs to combine the editing with the organizing.
This compelling upgrade handles noise better, offers more-advanced RAW processing, and supports a smoother workflow.
Qik Video is a good way to live-stream video when you have a good data connection, but it has some annoying configuration and sharing bugs.
Photoshop CS5 adds enhancements for smoother workflow and greater creativity.
For photo editing, Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 has some great tools and versatility. The package is poorly integrated, however, and the new front and back ends leave a lot to be desired.
ACDSee Pro continues to be an important program in a key area of photography that users often overlook, but version 3.0 is uneven in concept and execution.