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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.

Fast and automatic rotating based on EXIF orientation tag.
PMView. OS/2, Windows. Lossless rotating while updating EXIF orientation tag.

Perform lossless rotate before using any other tool that might mess up the EXIF orientation tag.
FastStone Image Viewer. Windows.
Lens correction. Photoshop. Mac OS, Windows. Corrects lens pincushion/barrel distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting.

Perform lens correction before using any other tool that might mess up EXIF data.

Both know many cameras and lenses.
PTLens. Windows (Standalone & Photoshop plug-in).
Lossless cropping. FastStone Image Viewer. Windows. Preserves aspect ratio if required.
JPEGCrops. Windows.
Merging (panoramas). AutoPano. Windows, Mac OS X, Linux. No comment.
AutoStitch. Windows. Free.
Canon PhotoStitch. Mac OS, Windows. Not for sale, comes with Canon cameras. (Based on Lead.)
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. Adobe Bridge. Mac OS, Windows. No comment.
Creating web galleries. Scry spiced up with Exifer and PhotoSwipe. PHP. No need for generating. Tweakable. Example.

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