I started with the Microsoft Photo Gallery program that came with my computer but it really doesn't do much. Then I tried the Olympus Master program that came with my digital camera and it's pretty good, but it doesn't have all the features that I wanted. I also tried several of the Internet programs, but generally found them confusing and difficult to use.
I am very pleased with this photo editing product. I haven't been able to spend too much time using it at this point, except to do basic editing, but I am looking forward to exploring its features.
I would definitely recommend Photoshop Elements7 to other people. I think the basic program is sufficient for my purposes, but I like the option of being able to expand what I have at some future date.
I like all the options, storing and editing available on this program. In fact, it probably has way more than I will ever be able to get around to using or figuring out how to use. But, for the time that I will put into this program and what my purposes are for it, it will be a lot of fun! It is good to have and I am very happy with it.
The one drawback that I have with it, is that I can not actually store or file the photos directly to the Photoshop program. It rather links to the items that I download or store to my hard drive. This is completely fine if I don't move any of the files around on my hard drive (ie. My Pictures and files within it on Windows) Should I move something, Photoshop loses its link and reports the photos to that file as "missing files" and it goes lost within Photoshop until it is found and relinked back to Photoshop, again. Can get rather messy or frustrating for a near amateur!