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I have an older version of Photoshop (6.0; last available update 2007). But I'm looking for something easier to use that I don't have to buy. (As we all know Photoshop is $$$!)

Although I dl'd Gimp I find it a little unwieldy & confusing. The Gimpshop version is not especially up to date & doesn't seem to even have as much as my antiquated Photoshop.

I have Windows VISTA with 2 GB of RAM that runs at 2.13GHz. Lots of free disc space. I do a fair bit of editing of u/w digital photos, so something that I could do easy colour corrections to would be good.

What are your recommendations?

Thanks, all!

Not sure about the extent of the editing you want to do, but have you looked at IrfanView (http://www.irfanview.com/)?
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Anything you move to is going to be a fair amount of new learning, you're looking for an exact photoshop clone, and you're not really going to get one.

GIMP is still your best option, you're just going to have to learn where everything moved to.

What do you mostly use photoshop for?

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I would say GIMP is probably your best bet too. I used GIMP before I bought PSE8, an after using it for a long time, I got used to all of the controls. In GIMP, I find that all the controls are not as "in your face" as PS, so you have to search around for them.

IRFanView also works good too. I have downloaded it and used it without much difficulty.

What about the software that came with your camera? If you have a digital SLR I'd imagine they gave you some kind of photo-editing program. The one that came with my Canon (DPP) is really not bad at all, and is sometimes a time-saver over using Photoshop.