Here’s a pretty digital masterpiece that my son and I created tonight with FastStone… and as you can see, I added text. I was able to use whatever text my computer already supports, which is nice. You don’t have to pick from a small list of pre-packaged fonts. Another really great feature is that it allows you to add all kinds of really great borders and cut in circle or oval shapes (not just squares). I am sure that all of these features are included in expensive programs like Photoshop… but I have not been able to swing that yet. This is my favorite freeware that I have tried so far. Hope you like it as much as I do!
A friend of ours has turned us on to a great new program for viewing, cropping, editing, resizing, morphing, re-coloring and otherwise just enjoying your photos: FastStone Image Viewer 2.5. I may be the last person on the block who has heard of it, but I have really had a good time using it since we got home from vacation. My digital camera is a 5 mega-pixel camera, but the flash on it is a blinding light that can give ANYONE red-eye. The red-eye repair feature on FastStone works great for everything except when the eye gives a white or amber colored glare (which is not as common). I was impressed at how professional the program seems for freeware. Yes, I did say FREE-ware. That is the best part. Maybe after I get my redesign up and running, I’ll drop FastStone a tip!