So, I’ve stirred things up in my little corner of the world by buying a new laptop computer running on Windows 8. (updated to Windows 10). I’m skimming off a layer of ‘scum’ by choosing NOT to install some programs that were necessary on my old computer.
First on the chopping block is anything put out by Adobe. The Adobe PDF Reader is easily replaced by less bloated, less exploited software. Windows 8.1 has an App called ‘Reader’, which will likely serve my needs.
Adobe Photoshop Elements – that proved tougher to find a replacement for. I would have had to upgrade to the latest version (high resolution display issues), and while the price to do that was not a significant factor, I didn’t want to continue to contribute to their ‘our way or the highway’ attitude.
The most intriguing alternative for photo processing and editing is GIMP. It has all the tools I need (including layers) and lots of features I haven’t got a clue how to use yet (which is where I was at with Photoshop Elements too…)
GIMP is overkill sometimes, which is why I also use a program called FastStone Image Viewer. I like it because it displays my image folders and files exactly as they are on my computer. No importing, no proprietary databases. I use this program to add my Copyright and resize the images before I upload them.
Windows 8.1 has an App called ‘Sketch’ which quickly turns any photo into a sketch. There are over 30 options for the type of sketch you can make. Here are just a few of them:
Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
– Edward Abbey –
How have you stirred things up lately? Skimmed off any scum?