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Subject: [Leica] Re: Photoshop?
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Sun Dec 14 08:47:00 2008
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I have to agree with Larry.  I started with Elements 4.0, upgraded to 5.0, 
then to 6.0 to get a RAW converter.  For the most part, I have never even 
considered the full featured CS software.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lawrence Zeitlin" <>
To: <>
Cc: "Lawrence Zeitlin" <>
Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2008 9:57 AM
Subject: [Leica] Re: Photoshop?

> On Dec 14, 2008, at 12:50 AM, wrote:
>> Nathan,
>> You left out a very big and recurring expense - software. Adobe's 
>> programs
>> dont come cheap - they are a monopoly and charge as such. I just  found 
>> out
>> that to upgrade from the CS3 suite to the CS4 suite is only US$770  - the
>> cost of a very good digital SLR.
>> Cheers
>> Jayanand
> We cheapies have long known that there are many low cost digital 
> manipulation programs which will perform most of the functions of 
> Photoshop. Indeed Adobe Elements will do the bulk of what Photoshop  does 
> except pre-press work for a retail cost of less than $100. Mac  users can 
> use the latest implementation of GraphicConverter, a truly  versatile 
> program, for $35. The trial version is free. In fact, if  you bought a Mac 
> laptop a couple of years ago, a fully licensed  version was included in 
> the software package. For casual image  correction work, iPhoto is 
> adequate. I have an aged copy of Photoshop  6 which does everything I need 
> except run on my new iMac. Linux users  can use GIMP for free. GIMP does 
> just about everything that Photoshop  does. I'm sure that dark side 
> computers (PCs) have even more low cost  programs available. The list goes 
> on and on. In short, unless you are  heavily involved in publishing, there 
> is no need to use the expensive  spread.
> Larry Z
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