I need a photo viewer and editor fo XP

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    I need a free third party photo viewer and editor that works well in XP. Some photos have too much red and some others are slightly blurred.
     
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    Paint.net works well, its like a simplified version of Gimp or Photoshop.I have tried both of these & much prefer Paint.net.
    Oh yes, its free, they ask for a donation at/after install, but only the one time. All screenshots I have ever posted were via Paint.net. I love it!

    The last version that works with XP (32&64) is:

    https://www.oldapps.com/paint_net.php?old_apps=12794

    You will need at least Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1*(?) which is this version:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21
    You might have to turn off your firewall temporarily

    As I recall, I installed first the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1, & then ran the extracted

    "Paint.NET.3.5.11.Install.exe" from the zip file. Dont try to get it from

    https://www.getpaint.net/

    They only have newest version, I registered at their forum, theres a lotta good info to be had there.
     
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    I use Smoothview now, and FastStone Image Viewer before:

    https://en.freedownloadmanager.org/Windows-PC/SmoothView-FREE.html
    https://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

    Note that I got SmoothView from photo-freeware.net, which appears dead. According to mywot.com, freedownloadmanager.org is safe, but I have no experience with that source. Other apps are below.

    Fotor
    https://www.majorgeeks.com/news/story/fotor_for_windows_review.html
    IrfanView:
    https://www.techradar.com/reviews/irfanview
    Photoscape:
    https://www.lifewire.com/photoscape-for-windows-photo-editor-review-1701611
    RahmanImager:
    http://www.aplusfreeware.com/categories/mmedia/RahmanImager.html
     
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    The website says this version 7.5 works with XP but could you tell me what version that you used with XP? The reason I ask is to find out if an old version of this works better with XP.
     
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    Yes! Definitely try IrfanView if you haven't already.

    Here is the official website:
    https://www.irfanview.com/

    And here is a portable version:
    https://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/irfanview_portable

    If I recall correclty, portable versions do not install into the system registry so they can operate directly from a USB key, or from the computer, without requiring a registry entry. One thing to note is that the portable version seems to include a number of extensions (or, "plugins") that are not included in the standard download. Here is a list of all the extensions/plugins for IrfanView:
    https://www.irfanview.com/plugins.htm
     
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    Thank you archaem for giving me all the links. I am definitely going to try IrfanView. I specially like its feature where I can have 2 windows side by side, of the Original Image and the New Image, for comparison at any time during editing :cool: See at this link:

    https://www.irfanview.com/screenshot/big/06_color_corrections.jpg

    I have decided to get the portable version.
     
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    That's neat! It seems like one of those simple features that can significantly enhance the performance of a software program. Admittedly, I've primarily used IrfanView for taking cutouts/snips of screenshots (as simple as opening the program, pressing the shortcut "C", and specifying the "custom rectangle/region capture" option) which is available in the portable version, but requires a plugin from the standard version, if I recall correctly. However, I recently noticed that in addition to image editing, IrfanView also has a "paint" tool. As result, IrfanView is a worthwhile replacement for a screenshot editing/writing tool, in addition to a camera-type image editing tool.

    For instance, typically if one were to edit a screenshot in Windows XP, they'd press the "PriSc" [print screen] key, open MSPaint, and edit the image in there. However, with IrfanView, the application can be linked within the "QuickLaunch" bar and used as a single tool for taking and editing screenshots. All one needs to do is ensure the "paint" plugin and the "region capture" plugin are installed, and I'm sure they're both available within the portable version.

    While browsing through the plugins, I noticed there are add-ons that enable audio and video, too! The developer of that application is awesome for creating such a multi-functional tool, and having it available for Windows XP, too!
     
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    Yes, I was myself surprised about the add-ons that enable audio and video. Awesome!

    Would you be able to tell me how I can edit (reduce) the colour saturation only of the background of a portrait, without changing anything of the portrait itself. I am quite a novice in this department.
    Thank you
     
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    Hello,

    While I am not well versed on the topic of photo editing, fortunately there is a forum dedicated to IrfanView. It seems that the Irfanview forum search option is restricted to forum members. However, I managed to find a thread with the following question -- a question that appears similar to yours, Janice (although I may be mistaken here):

    And one of the responses:
    https://irfanview-forum.de/showthread.php?t=10059

    It's worth noting that a few of the comments in there suggest GIMP as an open source or freeware alternative to IrfanView. However, since Photoshop/Illustrator CS/2 are arguably "free" from Adobe now (for folks with older machines), one is probably better off using those pieces of software as opposed to GIMP.

    The conversation in that thread is funny considering the context of this forum:
    There, occurring roughly seven years ago in 2014, the person who acknowledges that they're still using WIndows XP is politely ridiculed by another forum member. And here, roughly seven years later, is a forum dedicated to folks who are still using Windows XP because it still works!

    Anyways... In case you have not already discovered it yet: here is the forum for IrfanView: https://irfanview-forum.de/forum.php
    The IrfanView forum seems like a fairly active place, similar to this one, perhaps. Browsing through the primary message board indiactes that there have been a number of posts in the first month-and-a-bit of 2021.
    Note:
    The forum has both an English and a German section. So, if you're able to read German -- or get a tool to translate German webpages -- you can access the German language discussions, too!
     
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    I think photoshop 7 LE is now free. I think I've seen it as a free download or free to use if you bought some hardware bundle. nohing in this list would beat ps7 and it doesn't need extra installers .
     
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    Hello archaem-it's very kind of you to put in so much effort to answer my question. Thank you very much for all the infomation :)
     
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