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Best Free Windows 64-bit Image Editor

Paint.NET

"Paint.NET makes a very good mid-level photo retouching choice.  It has a nice set of photo correction tools including curves, and levels.  It has a very nice implementation of layers complete with blending modes, and adjustable opacity/transparency levels.  It has a fairly full pallet of selection, painting, and shape drawing tools. It is completed with a selection of filters for adding special effects to your images.  All in all, it offers a lot for a free image retouching software. … In addition to the products built in features there are a huge number of user contributed plugins that add further capabilities. … Paint.NET isn't too resource intensive and during testing I didn't notice slow downs at any point." (Best Free Digital Image Editor)

GIMP

"GIMP is currently the only freeware package I am aware of that can be called an advanced image editor.  It has a steeper learning curve than the previously reviewed editors, but it is feature rich.  It's multi-windowed interface makes it a little unusual for a windows program. If you are inexperienced at using image editing programs GIMP will likely be too overwhelming to start learning on, so I would suggest beginning with one of the basic, or mid-level editors." (Best Free Digital Image Editor)

The 64-bit version I have used is labelled unstable but I have had no problems so far. There is at least one other 64-bit version which I will review at a later date. Both versions are likely to be faster than 32-bit GIMP particularly when working with large images.

Lightbox Image Editor

Lightbox Image Editor is a basic editor that "has an attractive user interface that is simple and straight forward, and offers intuitive slide-bar adjustments for your images.  It also has split screen views to help you compare your images before and after the corrections have been made.  It includes simple tools to correct red-eye, sharpen, crop, re-size, add borders, and print." (Best Free Digital Image Editor)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Image Viewer

Zoner Photo Studio

Zoner Photo Studio "appears very professional and can even seem a bit daunting with all those menus, tabs and icons, but it's very intuitive and tooltips show up for everything. Comprehensive help and links to video tutorials are provided as well. It's organized into a manager (a thumbnail view with a folder tree and general information), a fullscreen viewer and an editor, which is quite stripped down compared to the paid version but still very functional. … the editor has a variety of tools like a handy clone stamp, a funny morph mesh and great effects that can be applied on selected areas. You can also organize into albums, geotag, build calendars, stitch panoramas, make 3D pictures and a lot of other things. Moreover, it reads many formats, including RAW, and writes to the ten most commonly used." (Best Free Digital Image Viewer)

XnView

XnView is "probably the most versatile of all viewers because it can read nearly 400 types of graphic files and convert any of these to more than 50 formats. It displays images very quickly and these may be viewed in full screen, as slideshows or as thumbnails. It's quite capable at processing images, too; you can rotate, crop, resize, adjust brightness and color, apply filters or effects, create a web page and much more. … A heavyweight champion. (Best Free Digital Image Viewer).

 

Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Editor

Picturenaut

Picturenaut "provides (all automatically) image alignment, exposure correction, color balancing, noise level compensation, and derivation of the camera curve from the source images. It supports most formats … As a modular piece of software, its most important functions can all be accessed from a command line. The downside is that you cannot alter the alignment of the image manually, but I have done tests on auto alignments and Picturenaut came out the best.  If you are looking for straightforward images without excessive tone mapping this has to be your top software." (Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Editor)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Digital Image Stitcher

Microsoft Image Composite Editor

Microsoft ICE has "four modes of camera motion to stitch your sequence of images, three fixed and one that you can adjust the distortion and that the 'Rotation motion'. When in this mode just click the 3D icon on the top taskbar, where you can tilt, zoom in and out. When you are happy with your construction then you can leave the cropping to another imaging software or auto crop. The finished panoramic image is exported into JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, HD Photo image, Adobe Photoshop, HD View Tileset and Deep Zoom Tileset." (Best Free Personal Digital Image Stitcher.)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Vector Graphics Editor

Inkscape

Inkscape "uses W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats."

Inkscape "doesn't yet support SVG filter effects, animation, and SVG fonts. It is, however, totally usable. That usability is enhanced by an excellent user interface and the impressive set of tutorials" (Best Free Vector Graphics Editor)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Flow Charter and Diagrammer

yEd Graphic Editor

yWorks develops Web-centric applications such as yEd Graphic Editor which is a Java Swing application. It runs as a native 64-bit application if you have the 64-bit Java Runtime Environment (JRE). I recommend yEd for its powerful automation features which are well presented in yWork's Flash video "yEd in 90 seconds". If you watched the video, then you've seen yEd's magical ability to import Excel data and automatically generate a diagram. It can use any of several layout types to arrange a complex flow chart or network diagram. If you need this then you won't be so concerned that other products are easier to use for basic editing and basic diagrams.

However, yEd is not as powerful as it appears in the video. All the example diagrams are not convoluted so they were able to be arranged flat without overlapping lines, something that never happens with my diagrams. If you are a serious diagrammer then you will also want to augment yEd's limited range of node types. yEd has symbols for Entity Relationship Models (ERM), Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), Unified Modeling Language (UML) and the good old flow charts (but without sort, merge, logical AND and OR). Symbol sets are also provided for swim lanes and grouping. You can create custom symbols by importing bit-maps (PNG, JPG), vector graphics (SVG) and some Visio Shapes but within yEd they have few if any customizations. For example, they usually won't be able to change colour. Development is continuing so I expect to see future improvements in this area.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Image Optimizer

RIOT

RIOT (Radical Image Optimization Tool) is simple to use. It makes your images smaller in size by resizing or compressing.This is a useful feature for optimizing web images but it just as useful for images included in other documents. RIOT uses a dual pane view to show the original and the optimized image. You can also toggle the images in either pane (in-place compare) so you can more easily compare the changes.

The steps are simple. Open an image file which can be bitmap files including Adobe Photoshop PSD files, popular HDR formats and RAW camera images. RIOT automatically reduces the file size. You then select  the output file type (JPEG, GIF, PNG), adjust the image, and set your options. You can also select a filesize for RIOT to aim for. Finally, save the image.

 

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by rik on 16. April 2010 - 4:05  (47740)

It will definitely be done by the end of May, hopefully before then.

Rik

by Anonymous on 18. April 2010 - 5:03  (47885)

I'm having a bit of an issue with Win 7 x64's behaviour with legacy 32 bit apps. Since the last Win update many that ran well initially now need compatibility and UAC tweaking, and will usually take minutes to load. I realise this is not the venue for Windows troubleshooting, but the situation has forced me to look harder for 64 bit replacements.

IgorWare makes some fine lightweight portable 64 bit freeware (http://www.igorware.com):

File Joiner (one of the 32 bit apps that is suffering from my UAC disease is HJSplit, and this is an ideal replacement).

Small Player (a tiny audio player that plays MP3, WMA, and lossless FLAC and APE, out of the box. Sound quality is excellent).

Hasher (for checksums - I'm not using it yet).

Of course these are not multifunction "killer" apps, but each one focuses on one task and performs it very well. Highly recommended, and worth a mention in any x64 "Utilities" section.

Cheers,
Alan

by rik on 18. April 2010 - 6:43  (47888)

Alan, a Utilities section is something that I had planned to add, thanks for suggesting it though.

If things that used to work fine on your PC no longer do then I suggest you carry out virus and malware scans. I certainly haven't seen any drop in performance following the latest 'Tuesday' update.

Rik

by Anonymous on 18. April 2010 - 10:21  (47893)

Thanks Rik, but I've done full scans with a couple of recommended anti-malware/anti-virus apps. It's taken hours, but nothing was found. The problem is intermittent and sometimes even the specific icons of these apps won't show in the Start Menu. This sort of behaviour is hardly stealthy! I'm guessing something about the WoW64 emulator has changed, causing these legacy 32 bit apps to behave less predictably.

Regards,
Alan

by Anonymous on 19. April 2010 - 16:23  (47970)

i believe the new version of cdburnerxp (2064) is completely X64, now.

by Anonymous on 19. April 2010 - 16:26  (47972)

http://cdburnerxp.se/download
click on the "more download options" link to get the x64 version.

by Anonymous on 20. April 2010 - 7:20  (48017)

* I {Robert D. Jewell} am sad to be the bearer of bad news, but the
* codec(s) is no longer free--'free,' as in donation ware. Because very * few donated, it now has a price attached--although at first an
* introductory price, viz (reply to my e-mail):

"Hi,

I always want to put an ‘e’ here (that’s how the word is spelled in my language, French). I’ve corrected the text, thanks.

Marketing is a mystery and finding the right price spot is art… in particular when most customers arrives with the idea that the product somehow should be free.

That said it’s much better to sell 10’000 at $30 than 50’000 at $6, considering the (inevitable) support issues associated with more orders. I’ve dealt with a dozen “can’t download” emails just this afternoon (we have nothing to do with this as RegNow handles the complete transaction and file hosting, they probably had a server glitch or something but we still get the support emails…)
Thanks,
Axel
________________________________________________________________

" What happened to the free version?
The FastPictureViewer Codec Pack was initially released for 6 full months as "donationware" with free downloads, meaning that users electing to keep the codecs on their computer(s) were supposed to make a donation, of an amount left to their appreciation, in order to support the developement of possible future versions. We had a killer product that everyone would want so web traffic would surge, everyone would love to finally see pictures instead of just blank icons, and most would give a few bucks (or more) to support the effort! At least, that was The Plan...

To make a long story short, it did not work. Web traffic did surge and people did love the codecs, but after 106,661 downloads from our server (and 117,738 hits on the post-install web page), only about 0.2% of the downloaders actually donated anything: one fifth of a percent of all users is a disappointing figure at best."
_____________________________________________________________________

>>"FastPictureViewer Codec Pack 2.1, now only $5.99"

>>Good solution at a most reasonable* price!

>>_________________________________________________________

>>*My guess is that $6.00 will bring in more total revenue than the 30 buck >>price?"

by Anonymous on 20. April 2010 - 9:16  (48023)

I don't know whether this is the correct response but I had 2.80 64 bit version which was working with my w7 pro. After updating to 3.00 it would not defrag unless I uninstalled McAfee AV then reinstall after defrag.So to avoid any conflict I thought it better to remove/uninstall FRD 3.0 & am awaiting their response before I reinstall it. Anyone else having issues with AV for this programme?

by rik on 24. April 2010 - 14:00  (48355)

Alan,

I certainly haven't noticed anything myself but I've been using mostly Windows based Linux server support tools over recent weeks. As you point out the behaviour is hardly steathly but could be caused by a number of things. I think this issue is important so I would encourage you to register and post details in the forum. I suspect others may have hit the same problem and it would be great to identify the cause and an appropriate solution.

I should mention that this issue is not without precedent. After many months of running 32 bit Windows Vista I found that certain 16 bit applications that worked fine under XP would either no longer run or take forever to load. Unfortunately, I never did get to the bottom of the problem.

Rik

by Anonymous on 25. April 2010 - 3:25  (48380)

Thanks for the comments re my problems with old 32 bit apps Rik. I've replaced them with 64 bit equivalents or removed them, and fingers are crossed for my other legacy stuff.

I went looking for 64 bit freeware to render digital TV (I have a Compro DVB-T card) and came up with ProgDVB6:

http://www.progdvb.com/download_progdvb_prerelease.html

At this stage I'd say it's not as polished as Media Center (MC) and the high def video quality is not as good. But it is easier to use, more flexible and offers a comprehensive interface for Internet TV. Also I don't particularly want to get bogged down in the latest flavour of DRM and the WTV file format when I record a show for later. ProgDVB dumps transport stream MPEG2, much more compatible.

In my experience MC doesn't play nice with other decoders and starts bitching that "the tuner isn't available". So it's really either MC or ProgDVB for a given Windows session.

On balance I think ProgDVB is worth considering as an alternative.

Regards,
Alan

Moderators comment:
Only the pre-release is free and is very much "crippleware". Link changed to point to this option.

by Anonymous on 25. April 2010 - 22:51  (48433)

My apologies. The Moderator is correct.

I made sure ProgDVB would do what I needed re digital TV and deferred exploring the rest of its functionality until later. Turns out, there wasn't much functionality remaining to be explored!

Oops,
Alan

by Anonymous on 26. April 2010 - 16:07  (48486)

Thanks for this list. I've started using Q-Dir and like it. However, it does not handle RAR archives as subdirectory yet (although it does handle other archives as a sub). However, it does get updated 2 times a month or so with new features, so this might be coming soon. I am going to try Double Commander when it comes out of beta.

Just a note on your MyDefrag review. You state that you use MyDrefrag's FastOptimize script. However, it has a three included optimize scripts: Optimize Daily, Optimize Weekly, and Optimize Monthly. FastOptimize might have been in an old version.

by rik on 26. April 2010 - 16:49  (48489)

Thanks for the feedback, the point about Q-Dir handling archives, RAR apart, is important and will be given a specific mention as it shows how flexible it is.

Double Commander is a 'work in progress.' The 'beta' label just means that they haven't finished all the functionality yet, the stuff already done is great.

Oops, I've been upgrading MyDefrag but copying across my custom version of FastOptimize. I've been found out, sorry :)

Many thanks again,

Rik

by Anonymous on 26. April 2010 - 18:22  (48493)

Outstanding information on this website! Layout is wonderful and the info overloads the senses in a good way! One thing I noticed was missing Panda Cloud Antivirus!
Its Windows 7 certified.
http://blog.cloudantivirus.com/2010/01/14/windows-7-certification/
And ICSA Labs certified as well.
http://blog.cloudantivirus.com/2010/03/16/icsalabs-certifies-cloud-antiv...
Keep up the good work!

by rik on 26. April 2010 - 18:56  (48498)

Thank you for the kind feedback :)

As far as AV software is concerned, I've stuck with the top two, Avira and Avast! A full review, much more than I can do, is available here.

Rik

by Anonymous on 27. April 2010 - 1:32  (48524)

OK, I gave DC a try. I couldn't figure out how to get tree views. Perhaps it doesn't have any. If not, then it is not my king of file manager. If it has trees, I will give it another try. However, Q-Dir will give up to 4 directories (and each directory can have multiple tabs!). The more I play with Q-Dir, the more I like it. Just wish the docs were more 'Readable'. I guess English is the author's second language, so it takes a little longer to get things from the documentation. Luckily, Q-Dir is pretty easy to just play around with and discover things.

Again, thanks for a great post on all x64 software.

by rik on 27. April 2010 - 5:16  (48539)

Glad yoy like Q-Dir. Can you explain what you mean by tree views?

Thanks,

Rik

by Anonymous on 27. April 2010 - 12:54  (48562)

I'm sure what they meant was what is called "Folders" in the standard Windows (well, XP anyway) Explorer windows. The nested listing of folders on the side of the window.
I'm a fan of "Folders", too. That is why I have been using FreeCommander. I'm not sure if they have a 64 bit version or not.

by Anonymous on 27. April 2010 - 12:55  (48563)

Sorry, not sure if tree is the correct term. A listing of the directory structure going down the side, Q-Dir does this and calls it Tree View. You can set up None (for no tree view), One 4 All 4 (So one tree for all panes) or All Have One (for a tree view for each pane).
Even Windows Explorer has this. In Organize/Layout, and select Navigation Pane. So Q-Dir calls it a Tree and Explorer calls it a Navigation Pane. But, I could not find how to turn this layout on in DC. Perhaps it has and I couldn't find, or perhaps it does not.

Thanks

by rik on 27. April 2010 - 13:12  (48565)

Hmm, I'll have a look at FreeCommander and see.

Rik

by Anonymous on 27. April 2010 - 14:45  (48568)

Very well done! I feel I have a fairly good better understanding of
some of the best quality software available out there now that
I have visited this site.

In regards to antivirus software, I have tried AVG, Avira
Antivir Personal Edition and Avast! Free AntiVirus. And in
my own personal experience, I would say AVG's detection rate
is probably the least effective in detecting malware. And
I would pretty much agree that Avira is probably slightly
better than Avast! in the detection rate department. Without
a doubt I think Avira is a first rate antivrus product.
However, in my own humble opinion, I would rate Avast!
slightly higher than Avira OVERALL because I feel Avast!
clearly is more comprehensive in protection as well as
also having more features . Avast! has some features that
not even some of the paid AVs that I used in the past
had. Moreover, I found Avast! not to be quite as intrusive
as Avira was. Avira would constantly flash "nag screens."
With Avast!, I have hardly noticed it was even running.
This is a minor issue in my mind, however, if all things
are equal or negligible, I would probably be swayed into
opting for the least annoying software in my decision-making
process.

For my own personal use, I have decided to go with Avast!.
However, after reading this report, I may decide to add
Avira as well.

Thanks so much for all the geat insight!

Joe

by rik on 27. April 2010 - 15:13  (48569)

Joe, thanks for the feedback.

Both Avast! and Avira are great applications, either should give you great protection. Currently I use Avast!, but with the (not so) recent Avira 10 I might switch. Depends :)

Rik

by Anonymous on 27. April 2010 - 15:27  (48570)

Hmmm...Rik. You've given me food for thought. I have to look into this
Avira 10, now!

by rik on 27. April 2010 - 16:14  (48575)

Before you change I suggest you check out our review. There's much more stuff there than I can produce.

Rik

by Anonymous on 27. April 2010 - 18:27  (48583)

Thanx, Rik. I think I will :)

by Anonymous on 28. April 2010 - 21:38  (48662)

This article is topnotch! You all do great work for us less knowledgeable users.

Question: I can't seem to be able to find my Network files with Double Commander. Is is possible, and if so how?

by Anonymous on 28. April 2010 - 22:03  (48663)

Does Double Commander allow access to network files? I can't see network drives.

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 0:34  (48670)

Hi Joe,
As a beta tester for Microsoft Security Essentials I can tell you, you will have virtually no false positive w/ MSE and no nag screens or pop ups wanting you to buy it b/c it's free! Not to mention the fact that the download is less than 13mb. I'm excited to say that it protects @ the binary level as well and the UI is less complex than both Avira and Avast!. The editors have so smartly sandwiched MSE between Avira and Avast on this website and I applaud them for that. Security Essentials is something of an enigma in the AV world. It's flying under the radar but slowly amassing a large following. Check out the five star reviews for this 5 star gem!
http://download.cnet.com/Microsoft-Security-Essentials/3000-2239_4-10969...
Happy trails and computing!

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 0:52  (48673)

I wouldn't use Avira. Google "Avira screenshots" and you'll see what I mean.
The user interface is way more complex than Microsoft Security Essentials and sometimes when it's downloading updates from their server it takes forever.

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 4:54  (48678)

Many thanks for the kind feedback.

The network drive functionality is 'under development' and having written code like that myself I doubt it will be long in coming. I'll monitor progress on this and report back as soon as it is available. I'll also update the article to indicate that this is an issue.

Thanks again,

Rik

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