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After Shot
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Jim Wendland has been a member of the Alamo PC Organization since 1997 and is retired from the Oil Patch after working in the Gulf of Mexico.

From the October, 2002 issue of PC Alamode Magazine

This product is a program made for digital cameras, by Jasc Software. It's billed as being the easy way to organize, fix, and share photos from your digital camera. The program is similar to Microsoft's Picture It! and Photo Premium. After Shot Premium Edition can be purchased locally at Best Buy for $49.99 and comes with a mail-in rebate of $10.00 or can be downloaded from the Internet . Best Buy at the Forum's camera department also had an After Shot Starter Edition on a CD for $9.99.

To run After Shot on your system, you will need: Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, or Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3 or later. 64 MB RAM . Available hard disk free space: 60 MB, A CD-ROM drive, A color monitor that can display at least 256 color, a video card that supports at least 256 colors. Jasc After Shot also requires the following applications to be able to use certain features of the programs: Quick Time, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Installation was quick and easy and the program was up and running in less than 15 minutes. It is a user friendly program and I have put it to good use in the short time that I have had it. It is a very good software product.

I'll mention a few of the many features that stand out that I have used in the last few weeks: The User's Guide is  big (126 pages) and chock full of everything you'll need to know about downloading your camera's images to your computer. All of the tool and how to's are listed in big bold fonts in the Table of Contents. Listed in Chapter 5, Cool Things To Do With Images: Annotating images (Pen, Audio, Text) . I might add that the Text annotations to photos can be done in color, in order to blend in, or stand out, in the fonts of your choice. Using the "Quick Fix" on an image is the easiest way to improve an image. The Quick Fix tool will automatically make broad corrections to the brightness, contrast, and color balance of the picture. Usually, it greatly improves the appearance of the image.

Bundled into the After Shot software is a "Camio Viewer" and is a separate application. The Camio Viewer can automatically display the images in your camera as a vertical "filmstrip" along the right side of your screen. Once the images from your camera are displayed as a filmstrip, you can use the Camio Viewer to launch After Shot. The icon for the viewer appears in the lower right corner of your Windows task bar (called the System Tray).

Vendor Info:

Jasc Software, Inc.
PO Box 44997
Eden Prairie, MN 55344-2697 
Phone: (952) 930-9800, and Fax: (952) 930-9172

I was extremely hesitant about doing this review, as I am a wantabe digital camera owner and a novice on using computer software. Also when it comes to using my typing skills that have laid dormant for a number of years I found myself getting a little nervous.

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