Archive for the Photo Category

Flick The Pic – Quick Access to Your Photos From Firefox

Posted in Firefox, Firefox Extension, Free Storage on Internet, Photo, Sidebar, Social Bookmark, Extensions on September 22, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

I use the Flickr photo service because it’s a great photo management site but also because there are a lot of tools available so I can manage my entire online photo experience. One of those tools is the Flickr Sidebar and it’s a great way to look up pictures while you are working on your blog or website or when you want to send an email of a picture… You simply click on your AllinOne Sidebar and it gives you a list of thumbnails on your left panel. If you don’t see what you want you can either search for your photo or just page through them. If you are not using Flickr yet, you should. They are one of the best sites for managing, organizing, and sharing photos. They helped define the online photo business.

You can download the Flickr Sidebar for Firefox at the link below. 

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1717

Sadly, the one thing that Flickr doesn’t do well is organize their ‘tools page’. To download the flickr uploader that I’m using and recommending in this post click on this link.

Breedlink: Flickr Uploader for Windows

The Flickr page of tools is at http://www.flickr.com/tools/ They have a new uploader specifically for XP and a plugin for Windows Explorer that I have yet to use, so I can’t recommend. I’ll be checking those out in the next couple weeks and I’ll post my opinion on them then.

Up Yours – With Firefox Universal Uploader

Posted in Firefox, Firefox Extension, Photo, Utilities on September 20, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

This is an extension that you can’t live without if you want to storespinning blue world video and/or pictures on the Internet. And you should use the Internet because you can get a lot of free space and they have several features that you and your friends and family will benefit from.

The Firefox Universal Uploader is a ‘one stop shop’ for uploading files to several of these online photo services. You can upload to Flickr, Picasa, Youtube, Box.net(1GB of free space), Facebook, Webshots and OmniDrive.

This extension works well with everything else in our suite of Firefox extensions. boulder rollerI use 2 of the services mentioned, Flicker and Picassa. I have multiple Picassa accounts because I have multiple Gmail accounts. You have virtually unlimited space because you can sign up for as many Gmail accounts as you want and this upload manager will allow you to manage them seamlessly.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4724

Be Unique! – The Best Wallpaper Sites on the Internet!

Posted in Desktop Enhancement, Entertainment, Graphics, Photo, Web Site on September 2, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

The RoseHere is where I will post an ever expanding list of greatest wallpaper sites on the Internet. You need to check back often because I will continue to update this post. On the links below, I trimmed most of the addresses because they were very long. The links work but the links are longer than the addresses shown.

http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

http://DigitalBlasphemy.com/free 

 http://www.desktopmachine.com/

More will follow. If you know of a great site for wallpapers please leave a comment below. The only condition is that they provide multiple resolutions to search from. Then we won’t end up with sites that only have a photo or two.

Rounding Off Breed’s Graphical Suite With a Worthy Image Viewer

Posted in Disk and File Mgt, Graphics, Graphics Editor, Office, Photo on August 28, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

I’ve been looking for a good graphics viewer. FastStone Image Viewer is a very functional freeware product. It is quick to lode, easy on the resources, provides a fast and effective way to navigate through your photos, gives you a way to do some basic editing, and it provides a utility for renaming and/or resizing your photos in batch mode! You can’t ask more from an image viewer. Except… maybe they could add a way to export photos to some of the online organizations like Flicker or Photo Bucket but I’m not complaining because FastStone image viewer packs a lot of features into their viewer while keeping resources in check and ‘load time’ acceptable.Stewwy

If you are not a ‘shutter bug’ and don’t do much graphic editing, this one program will do everything you need. However, for those of us who like to experiment with our photos and design graphics for applications and web pages, there is a need for a more robust graphics editor and I’ve covered those requirements in a previous post. With the addition of the FastStone Image Viewer I think we’ve nailed down the best free suite of graphic image editing and I would compare it to anything on the market.

When you go to FastStone’s download page, you will notice there are 2 other products that might sound interesting to you; the Photo Resizer 2.4 and the MaxView 2.1. Both programs are components that were rolled up and used to build the Image Viewer. So all the functional abilities in those products are rolled up into the Image Viewer.

http://www.faststone.org/download.htm

Grab Any Image and Save In One Click!

Posted in Firefox, Firefox Extension, Photo on August 22, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson


Save Image in Folder is a real time saver for everyone that wants to save images they see on the web on their personal computers. You might say, “I can do that now by just right clicking on the image and selecting where to save it”. Yes you can but this extension saves you at least one time consuming step. Here once you right click on your picture you see an item “save image in folder” and when you mouse over that selection it lists the folders that you have input into the system and you just select the folder you want to save it in and you are done. You can set it so that if it hits a picture with the same name it renames it… You never have to open a save window. It is so much easier and such a time saver. This is a great example of how Firefox beats the crap out of other browsers… You have got to get this extension!

Once you install the extension, open up the options from the extension window and define the folders where you want to save images, and you are ready to roll.


https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=614

Graphics Editors Galore – A Suite to Satisfy Everyone’s Needs

Posted in Graphics, Graphics Editor, Photo on August 21, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

This is a unique section in my freeware blog because I am listing more than one product. That is because there are certain things that each product does that I feel are necessary in a suite of ‘best of breed’ software.

Gimp is an advanced graphics editor that you can do nearly anything with but it is so customizable that it takes time to learn, time to boot up, and time to configure the tools to make them do what you want them to. Gimp is well worth spending time on and learning. Most of the time I need the capabilities of this ‘Cadillac’ but there are times when I need something more swift and agile as well.

Paint.Net is a good medium class Photo and Graphics editor. This product supports layered editing and has some of the more complicated tools bundled into functions. Paint.Net is a program that most users can sit down and master in an afternoon. The one thing it doesn’t do is cursor focused smudges, blurs, and other functions. If I am wrong about this please leave a comment pointing it out. Like most good user supported code, there are a healthy number of plugins that you should look over and consider downloading and installing.

Photofilter allows this cursor focused ability mentioned above and has been my editor of choice for many years but the company that developed it is taking their product into the fee based market. I can’t blame them, it is a product that has a lot of value. The new product is named Photofilter Studio and it will set you back about 30 bucks. However, the old version of Photofilter is still available for download. The freeware product does not support layers but it does nearly everything else including the cursor focused smudges, blends, and other functions that I mention is absent in Paint.net. They have bundled all the plugins into one and I highly recommend that you install this suite of plugins.

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Downloads

Photofilter

If you are new to working with Graphics programs like this, download this program first and see if it does everything you need. The only thing it doesn’t do is support layers, and that ability is in the shareware version of the product but not this freeware one. Most people don’t need layers so you might be able to get away by downloading this one application. However, don’t forget to come back if your interest in Graphics Editors grows, to download the other two, more robust, graphic editors.

http://photofiltre.free.fr/frames_en.htm

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Gimp

You have to download and run 2 installations for Gimp the first time you install it. Both files are on this page, one is the run-time environment, and the other is the product itself.

http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

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Paint.net

Unfortunately Paint.net requires Microsoft .Net V2 or greater. You should have this installed anyway but if you don’t it isn’t a problem.  It’s a mystery to me why a graphics program needs .net…  The second url is a link where you can get their plugins.

http://www.getpaint.net/download.html

http://paintdotnet.12.forumer.com/viewforum.php?f=16

Snapshot Your Screen

Posted in Photo on August 20, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

Gadwin Printscreen is everything you could expect in a printscreen management program. I’ve used it for years. You can set it up so when you hit the ‘printscreen’ button on your keyboard, it changes your cursor so you can select exactly what you want to take a picture of. It’s like cropping the area you want to keep. I’ve got it set so it stores the images in a jpg format but you can also select; png, tiff, gif, and bmp. You can choos if you want to name the picture automatically and just store it into the directory automatically, or you can have it bring up the picture it has just taken so you can name it yourself (which is a quick process). You can have it stamp the date and time on your photos and you can pick what resolution you want your photos taken at. To sum things up, Gadwin Printscreen gives you all the options you can think of in a printscreen manager. I can’t imagine what the shareware version of the product does!

It’s a snap to download and install. It sets itself up to start when your system does. Make sure you get the freeware version of the product.

http://www.gadwin.com/download/