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Astroimaging software FREE!!

Postby cwardlaw » Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:52 pm

Hello again,
I have tried to download a recommended version of Photoshop cs2 which should have been free but i have only been allowed a 7 day trial which others in the imaging world have been using free for some years.
Can anyone advice on what I may be doing wrong, anything else they can suggest in the way of free photograph packages or an other ways ahead. I have a PC which now runs windows 10!!! oh dear I should not have downloaded that!!
Many thanks

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Re: Astroimaging software FREE!!

Postby Aratus » Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:13 pm

Beware of 'free downloads'. Downloads are free, of course, but after you install the software you may well be asked to pay. Its like saying that you get 'free delivery', but you still have to pay for the product.

Many astrophotographers go for a program called 'Gimp'.http://www.gimp.org/
It is free software, which keeps up with the professional programs pretty well.
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Re: Astroimaging software FREE!!

Postby Gfamily2 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:14 am

cwardlaw wrote:Hello again,
I have tried to download a recommended version of Photoshop cs2 which should have been free but i have only been allowed a 7 day trial which others in the imaging world have been using free for some years.
Can anyone advice on what I may be doing wrong, anything else they can suggest in the way of free photograph packages or an other ways ahead. I have a PC which now runs windows 10!!! oh dear I should not have downloaded that!!
Many thanks

CWardlaw

What are you intending to do?
Simple adjustments of brightness, highlights and shadows can be very well done in in Faststone Image Viewer,
Paint.net is more versatile and has layers capability
The Gimp is 'full-featured',is free and has a similar learning curve as Photoshop; but without the dedicated astro plug-ins

All free, other alternatives exist.
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Re: Astroimaging software FREE!!

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:33 pm

How can I be one with the universe when we don't know what 96% of it is.

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