The 6 Best Free Video & Graphics Apps.

DVD Shrink

www.dvdshrink.org

This app backs up part or all of a commercial DVD by running your Nero burning software automatically, to copy the DVD directly to a new one in compressed form. If you don’t have Nero ­installed, you can save the compressed files to your hard drive, then burn them to a DVD using your own burning software. For legal reasons, the site has no download link, but it helps you find DVD Shrink on other sites.

Gallery 2

gallery.menalto.com

A great application for managing a website; on your own server, or a hosted service. Gallery 2 is a great tool for organizing photos and integrating them into the site. Create and manage albums, upload photos, set permissions, and more.

GB-PVR

www.gbpvr.com

GB-PVR allows you to schedule and play back recordings from almost any current video capture card or external video capture sources. It can record radio or Net radio and plays back DVDs. The elegant default skin and a set of default plug-ins give quick access to standard broadcast schedules, and a growing plug-in library lets you add weather and other special-interest sources.

GIMP

www.gimp.org

One of the most powerful general-purpose image editors around, the latest version makes the GNU Image Manipulation Program eminently comparable to Photoshop. Features include channels, layers and masks, filters and effects, tabbed palettes, editable text tools, and color operations such as levels.

It’s hard to understate how extremely powerful and easy to use GIMP is. It’s ideal for amateur and pro photographers, Web designers, or anyone who wants to create and edit professional-quality digital images on a budget.

IrfanView

www.irfanview.com

It’s this simple: if you ever use graphics for any reason, you need this program. It’s small, it’s fast, it’s free, and it does its job better than any competitor. What more can I say?

IrfanView’s main task is to view graphics files, and it does a superb job of it. You can view just about any file format you can imagine, and display it lightning fast. It can also display thumbnails, show your files as slideshows, and play multimedia files.

Picasa 2.0

picasa.google.com

This photo-management tool from Google creates a library of the images on your computer, or on a particular drive, sorted by date. From Picasa you can edit images with a decent set of editing tools, send photos via Gmail, burn them to CD, or upload them to Blogs, photo printing sites, or Picasa’s own Web albums.

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