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Photo printing and editing software 
I work in IT and have a user who has real problems with memory. His job is to go into the field, take about 10 or 12 shots with a digital camera, and then print these out on a page or two with small captions under each picture. I need some REALLY SIMPLE software, that can take 6 to 8 pictures, arrange them on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, allow a caption and then print. 
That is all it has to do. No editing, just paste them together and print. I am considering an old Polaroid and a typewriter. 
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

HP Photosmart Essential 1.9 has the ability to print thumbnails, and should be user friendly since it's made for this type thing. Here's a link: 
I'm sure there's many more out there, WindowsMarketPlace has all types of other free programs you could try also. There's links to it in a few other posts in threads here if you search.

photoshop: photo editing and resizing question
I use photoshop also. I have an image that is sized at 8x10. I want to resize down to print out a 5x7. Mathematically, I feel I should be able to do that since each side should reduce by 1.5, but when I try to resize it, the picture does not come out as a true 5x7. I have the "constraints" box checked so the picture does not distort. I have now adopted the habit of just cropping each picture to the size I want but it seems like such a waste of time. I feel I must be missing some vital piece of information to allow me to resize. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong??? 
I'm not exactly sure how you are going about resizing your photographs. Therefore, I'm just going to provide you with the resolutions for the different sizes of photographs. 

Wallet - 3226 x 2304 
4x6 - 3456 x 2304 (Full Resolution) 
5x7 - 3226 x 2304 (Same as Wallet) 
8x10 - 2880 x 2304 
11x14 - 2932 x 2304 
16x20 - 2880 x 2304 (Same as 8x10) 
20x30 - 3456 x 2304 (Full Resolution) 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. 

Irfanview is sweet photo editor
Yeah, Irfanview is sweet. I would recommend keeping it and making it your default image viewer because it opens so fast.

And yeah, Photoshop does have some special mojo that isn't found in other programs. That's why it's on the top rung of the graphic editing ladder. You're just not going to find anything that works exactly like Photoshop that is free. There are lower-end alternatives, but that's just what they are.

I would do some searching on google. There are quite a few free programs out there and you just might find one that doesn't have all the functionality of Photoshop, but it might do a fair job of saving and optimizing images.

Here's one result from a search for 'free image editor'.

Here's an image viewer that I've been getting some good use out of lately. I haven't done much saving with it, but it's pretty full-featured for a viewer. You'll have to google it, but there is also a 'Faststone Player' for video files that works quite well.
Faststone Viewer

Photoshop and you found GIMP: which photo editor is better?
So you can't afford Photoshop and you found GIMP is too X11 (not Aqua) and slow, you can try another open source image editor - Seashore 
\Seashore is an open source image editor for Cocoa. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMP's technology and uses the same native file format. 

According to a user report, launching Seashore is almost instant. (GIMP.app takes 20 seconds on his Mac). 

Thanks to Jack Lin from applewoods for mentioning this.

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