First a few things you have to look for in finding good photo software programs. Like, how easy the software lets you transfer the pictures from your camera to your computer. You will want to see how easy the tools are to use to edit your pictures. Organizing your pictures is also an important part for keeping them together. TopTen Reviews reviewed 5 of the best software programs they feel are out there. Top 5 they rated best are ULead Photo Explorer, Corel Photo Album 7, ACD See, CompuPic, and IMatch.
ULead Photo is the easiest to use and has features for photos, videos and music. It does cost about $29.99. It will let you organize and add your images, videos, or music to a specific album.You can zip and unzip files without having a separate program. It has multiple ways you can import images from camera, scanner, removable media, web page, or camcorder.
Corel Photo Album is also about $29.99 and is easy to use software. This one has more features than any of the other ones reviewed. It will automatically search your computer for images and will organize them by date. You can also organize them by names, recent downloads, or collections. It has PhotoRecovery which restores any photos you might have accidentally deleted off of your memory card. This has a lot of easy functions and is a top choice for amateurs.
ACD See is a little more expensive at about $48.99. Just like the others it has a wide variety of functions. It is a good program for using with on-line media. It does take longer for people to learn how to use this software than other programs. If you are familiar with using Zip files, PowerPoint, and uploading to photo sharing sites, you will be able to work with this software to its full extreme.
CompuPic is also more costly at about $49.95. This program can read over 100 different file formats and can also write over 20. Although, this software is more difficult to use than the others. It is easier to use than equal software programs at organizing. But it still might be hard to use for beginners. It does have a very good help section with phone and email support.
IMatch is the most expensive at $64.95. This software is for professional photographers, agencies, libraries, and serious photographers. This program is good for large image databases and allows you to search pictures by names, date, file formats and more. It has all the basic editing tools and features, but it also has more like oil painting effect, aging effect, and lots more.