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You can do many things with digital images and there are even more tools do those things. Many of these tools can do most, if not all, of those things. Unfortunately, there is no tool that does every job the best. This page shows which tool I use for what job and why.

Feel free to comment or ask questions.

Tasks Tools Platforms Comments
Viewing. PMView. OS/2, Windows. Fast and automatic rotating based on EXIF orientation tag.
Lossless rotating while updating EXIF orientation tag. Perform lossless rotate before using any other tool that might mess up the EXIF orientation tag.
Lens correction. PTLens. Windows: Standalone & Photoshop plug-in. Corrects lens pincushion/barrel distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting.
Perform lens correction before using any other tool that might mess up EXIF data.
Knows many cameras and lenses.
Lossless cropping. JPEGCrops. Windows. Preserves aspect ratio if required.
Lossless removal of red eyes. The JPEG Wizard. Windows. Screws up the EXIF tags, but those can be restored.
Lossless adjusting of contrast/brightness/color/tint.
Merging (panoramas). Canon PhotoStitch. Mac OS, Windows. Not for sale, comes with Canon cameras. (Based on Lead.) Example.
AutoStitch. Windows. Free.
EXIF manipulation. jhead. Mac OS X, Linux (source available), FreeBSD, Solaris, Windows. Cool command line tool.
EXIFutils. Mac OS X, x86 Linux, Windows. Cool command line tool.
Regional processing using layers. Photoshop. Mac OS, Windows. No comment.
Creating slides shows.
Creating web galleries. Scry spiced up with Exifer and PhotoSwipe. PHP. No need for generating. Tweakable. Example.

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