I do not think you will be disappointed, Gimp has been called "the poor man's Photo Shop", and for good reason.
I use both, and prefer Gimp over Photo Shop for several tasks, on of them being Gimps "Free Hand Select" tool, to me, it is much more precise and easier to use.
I have now had a chance to use FastStone - not extensively but enough to know that it has some really helpful desirable capabilities - I just need to figure out some of the "How-To's" I'm going to give Gimp a try next. I think that I tried it once before and didn't have much luck but that was years ago and I have a better understanding of Photo Editing overall and so I think that probably the problem was not with Gimp but with me. I'll post back after I've had a chance to try Gimp which will probably be this weekend sometimes.
I will say I have not had much luck with Photo Shop including problems downloading and activating the trial version once downloaded.
I really need to make time to organize my pictures I have them stored here and there with duplicates here and there as well problem is they are named differently and I'm not quite sure how to go about this mess I've created. I lost nearly all my photos probably 15 years ago which caused no end of grief - they were irreplaceable. I had them backed up somewhere that was going to close and when I followed their directions to download wouldn't you know at that very second, there was an apparent power surge - my computer went down and my pictures floated off into cyber space never to be seen again. I was hoping the site I had them stored on would be able to help but sadly was wrong.
So the fact that I now however annoying it is have a bunch of pictures here and there with different names all jumbled up is somewhat offset by the knowledge I don't have all my eggs in one basket so to speak. The problem with that is that I'm not sure if I have ALL on each different site. So you see I have lots of work to do and the first job is finding the time and the determination to set right the problem. I think it will be a daunting task so starting out in a positive mindset (NOT on a day filled with frustration) will be key to my success.
I saw a discussion among tech types about how much back up is enough. They seemed to prefer at least one but preferably two hard backup disks in my possession and a couple of off-site storage. Redundancy will hopefully forestall another disaster like before. Of course I have to actually implement sorting and copying and organizing. Maybe its the next obsessive compulsive craze - how much backup is enough and if its all properly executed. A middle road seems reasonable, disaster is always a possibility but I'll give it my best shot to hopefully prevent.
I can see where organization (something which is not something I'm that good at). I suspect I have pictures within the past few years that are out there in places I've forgotten about or couldn't access.
So: recording the site, the email, the user name, the password, etc. is something that needs doing. Then you run into the problem of losing this information. I HATE PASSWORDS, I realize their importance but it does seem like they have a way of not being what I know they are and other various and sundry problems.
As you can see I have a few good ideas but the devil is in the details - I don't want to get so hung up on all this that I feel overwhelmed and decide not to do it.
I know myself well - that's a tendency I have - overthinking and shooting myself in the foot.
Wish me luck?
Thanks everybody for some very good suggestions.
Edited by JayJax, 12 August 2015 - 08:58 PM.