Posted 20 April 2005 - 03:17 AM
Just to swim against the current here I'd like to ask why you need the "best" image manipulation program? Are you planning on doing specialist photographic effects? If so then as has been said the industry standard is Photoshop.
However I believe the GIMP can do 99.9% of what Photoshop can do - it is certainly a competitive program - and the price just can't be beaten!
If however your not looking at professional level photo-editing techniques I would put in a plug for PaintShop Pro, its about one third of the price of Photoshop and it does almost anything the home digital camera owner could ask of it and probably a lot more.
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