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Camera makers usually offer free photo software with their cameras, but there's another good source: the Web. Believe it or not, there are some good free photo software programs out there.
One program – Vicman's Photo Editor (www.vicman.net/vcwphoto/) is very close to a full-featured editing application, and the interface will look familiar to anyone who's used Windows programs. The few missing features are available by moving up to the (not free) Pro version.
Other image editing and manipulation programs are available for free – or as low-cost shareware – at the Free Downloads Center (www.freedownloadscenter.com). Click on the “Graphics Editors” option, then select “Free” from the upper right corner of the screen. You'll have ten pages of free applications from you can download to your computer. Some of which are fairly sophisticated image editors.