Editing Your Photos – Options are Endless!

Purchasing Photoshop software is so old-fashioned!  These resources are 100% free and work with Windows, Mac & Linux (unless otherwise noted).

FotoFlexer Love the effects this one offers. Try “sketch” for those cool drawn-looking photos that everyone’s getting, and of course try “wrinkle cream” for those one-of-a-kind, yet less flattering pics. Make a collage and upload it at lightning speed on Facebook and other social media sites.

Wow! I didn't know I even needed "Wrinkle Cream!" Thanks, FotoFlexer.

Lunapic is awesome because it’s web-based, so you can use a picture from the web with a URL instead of uploading from your computer. Then you save the improved “Cosmetic Surgery” picture on your computer.

FixPicture makes it incredibly easy to resize photos.

Picnik is similar to FotoFlexer. It doesn’t have as many effects to offer (at least, not to non-account holders like myself) but it’s as easy to use. Also, you can get your collage keepsake fix right there.

Picasa – You don’t even need the internet for Picasa!  Once you’ve downloaded the editing software made by Google, you can retouch your friend’s wedding photos, saving her thousands of dollars. This one is an old fave of mine. Many meaningful cat-photos have I added sepia-tone nuances to.

XNView is my favorite despite its previous Windows-Only status. It’s another free download, and you can even work with screenshots.

MeeSoft (Windows only) offers advanced image editing, enhancement and analysis software. The creators claim that it offers the most image enhancement features found in conventional image editors plus a number of advanced features not even available in professional photo suites. The software is usable with scanners, too.

ImageResizer was created as a clone of the Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP (which allows you to right-click on one or more image files in Windows Explorer to resize them) to extend support to non-XP and 64-bit versions of Windows (including 2000, Vista & 7).

Woah, look at me astral projecting in Pajaro Nat'l Forest with this super cute dog! Okay, you're right. It's weird. Using FotoFlexor's "Blended Image" function is more fun for those "If they mated..." pics.

Chat Freely, Simply.

Love chatting! It’s like a dirty little secret. Not many people of a certain age or older will own up to a lot of chatting but there’s a reason why so many interfaces – Yahoo IM, AIM, Messenger, Facebook, et cetera – exist. Someone out there is doing it. A lot of it. Thanks to internet 2.0 (soon to be 3.0!), we chatterers don’t have to confine ourselves to a single provider, or spread ourselves thin using several pop-outs at any given time.

We can use all of the chat operators we want with just one of any of these chatter boxes. And since everyone is at facebook, you might as well be able to chat with your friends, without even logging into facebook.

Digsby is the first 3rd party messenger to support facebook’s chat feature. It is a cross-platform messenger available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. No hacks or plugins are required. Just register for an Digsby account and login with it. Once you are logged in, click Add Account. Now in the Accounts tab, click Add IM Account and select Facebook Chat from the list

Pidgin is an opensource 3rd party IM that has a large user base but sadly till today there is no official support for facebook chat. The only way to connect with Facebook chat is through a plugin. Grab the Facebook Chat Plugin for Pidgin and with it you can log into the Facebook servers, grab the buddy list, send/receive messages, add/remove friends, receive notifications, search for Facebook friends and set your Facebook status.

Once you have installed this plugin, you will find Facebook listed among the supported IMs.

Adium is a free opensource IM for Mac OS X. The latest version(1.3.3) has a built-in support for facebook chat, just login with your facebook account and you are good to go.

If you are only interested in using the facebook chat and not all the other chat funcions, you can try the Facebook Chat Standalone.

If you’re looking for the app that does it all, look for Trillian. Chatty interoperability on just about every device I have (not the Atari, sadly).