October 30, 2008
Free Is Even Better Than Cheap!
Still trying to make inroads into the new iMac... finding suitable programs to replace non-transferable old comfort zones. Not really complaining, I knew this would be a tall order, and I knew those old programs were labor intensive beyond the comfort zone and would have to be replaced at some point... the mac makes it imperative... like DO IT NOW!
That said, have I mentioned how cheap I am? Those old programs had been passed along from computer to computer for, literally, decades. I tried a sample of Photoshop years ago but I liked my (cheaper) Paint Shop Pro and stuck with it. Did everything PS did and I could make my images web ready without a thought. Looking around for a mac replacement, I found that what most free or cheap editing programs currently don't do is give me a tool to square up a painting from a photo that wasn't taken dead on. After much searching, afraid I was going to have to part with real money... I found Gimp... and not only do they have a mac version... it's open source and FREE!!! Supposed to be very much like Photoshop... I don't know PS well enough to say. I played with it enough to know that I can learn the techniques I need to know. HIGH FIVE!!!
My Database (a Windows program) could be transfered to Google's spreadsheet but it would be be so labor/learning intensive that I thought I'd look at programs designed for artists and after wadeing through heavy, expensive gallery setups, I found a little $30 program designed by the husband of an artist... called Artist's Butler and I'm giving it a trial spin.
Once some of these are practiced enough to feel comfortable, I'll download Sandvox, a web editing program for macs. Want to be sure I have time to fully explore during the free trial before commiting. As is, I'm still working out off two keyboards and two monitors... wish me luck.
Gotta run, prep for road trip tomorrow, work to do that doesn't involve sitting in this chair!