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[Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:25 pm
by catch22
Advice wanted:
The simplest editor possible for photo editing.
I need to add text to a photo, that's it!

So the only fancy stuff I need, is nice fonts; there's no need to edit the photo itself.
Thus the lowest learning curve possible please - it's something I have to do only occasionally.

In the irc I was advised to go with Shutter, but there I couldn't find how to delete text once it's in there, and I already managed to erase a great photo I had :roll:

Re: easiest photo editor?

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:53 pm
by all41
pinta is available in the repositories and is a basic but good
photo utility. Just open a photo, select the font, size, color and click the
T (text) icon on the left and add the text. Then flie/save as and give it a new name.
When you close out the program it will ask if you want to save the changes to the original or not.

Re: easiest photo editor?

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:57 pm
by xfrank
+1 for Pinta.
It's small, simple and yet powerful enough to manipulate pictures (also adding text, of course) :)

Re: easiest photo editor?

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:19 pm
by phd21
Hi "catch22",

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

+1 for Pinta

There is also "KolourPaint" which is super simple and quick; It is in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM). Just click the Text tool, draw a text box wherever you want it, click text box type "opaque" background or "transparent" background (on bottom left), pick a text color (on bottom), font (upper right), and font size, and type in your text, and you can resize and or move the text box if you want to as well.

KolourPaint Manual in PDF
https://docs.kde.org/trunk4/en/kdegraph ... rpaint.pdf

Hope this helps ...

Sample screen shot of KolourPaint editing a screen shot to add text and highlight certain areas
KolourPaint
KolourPaint

Re: easiest photo editor?

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:22 pm
by Pierre
using Libre Office Draw will also allow text to be added,
but you would have to save the result as a ODT
or export it to a PNG or JPEG file.

mine are just kept as a ODT file.
& then printed out.

Re: easiest photo editor?

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:45 pm
by all41
In Libre Office Draw the FontWork gallery is very cool

Re: easiest photo editor?

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:47 pm
by Bolle1961
Phatch, it's in the repo's.
Besides adding text to your pictures you ca also resize them, complete folders or just a single or multiple files

Re: easiest photo editor?

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:19 pm
by theStreak
This task would also be super simple to do using Inkscape as it (and other vector based apps like Libreoffice Draw) allow you to create a composite image comprised of objects which include other images, vector graphics and text. Just drag the image into Inkscape, select the text tool and write over the image using it... And because the text and image are two distinct objects, you can easily come back days later and delete the text that you added without affecting the underlying image in any way. Likewise, you can re-position the text in relation to the image (or other objects) if you want without difficulty. My advice is to boot up from a live CD/DVD and install any or all of these mentioned apps and just spend some time playing with them.

Re: easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:54 am
by Moem
Another vote for Pinta. And it's best to always save the changed file under a new name so you'll never have to worry about reverting the changes you made.

Re: easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:30 am
by catch22
Thank you kindly for all the suggestions.
I will be looking into each single one more in depth during the week.

I happened to pick up a magazine in the supermarket this afternoon also, with an article about ImageMagick. That's another option added to the list.

Undecided at present, but marking solved in confidence 8)

Re: [Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:57 pm
by Pjotr
A word of caution about Pinta: it's dependent on the Mono infrastructure. So if you've just removed Mono out of security concerns, installing Pinta will pull Mono right back into your system.

Re: [Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:38 pm
by phd21
Hi "Pjotr",

Good point on the "mono" sub-system security issue. "Pjotr", I have a question on that. If you have "mono" installed to run certain applications, are you only at risk when those applications are running and using the "mono" sub-system, or are you at risk all the time just having "mono" sub-system installed? I would like that answered regarding the Linux "Wine" system as well, although I no longer use "Wine" or have it installed.

It looks like the "mono-project" people are keeping fairly up to date in making sure it is secure, but I do not know that for sure. It looks as if the "mono" programs on my Mint system are version 3.2.8.

LinuxSecurity.com - Mono vulnerabilities
http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/163543/

Mono-project.com - Vulnerabilities
http://www.mono-project.com/docs/about- ... abilities/

Re: [Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:04 pm
by Cosmo.
@phd21: First one, if you run a mono-based application. (In Wine I do not accept to install Mono).

Re: [Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:28 pm
by Pjotr
The background is: Mono poses a limited risk. Because it allows cross-platform software (based on Microsofts .NET) to run on Linux, including (at least theoretically) specially crafted malware and viruses. It's not high-risk, though: the risk is limited.

But why run even a limited risk, when you have no real need for legitimate Mono based software? That's why I advise to remove Mono as a standard practice, and to install non-Mono alternatives for the two applications that are being removed together with Mono. :)

Re: [Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:03 pm
by all41
But why run even a limited risk, when you have no real need for legitimate Mono based software? That's why I advise to remove Mono as a standard practice, and to install non-Mono alternatives for the two applications that are being removed together with Mono.
Is there a tutorial/guide for doing this properly. I see tons of dependants.

Re: [Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:05 pm
by Pjotr
all41 wrote:
But why run even a limited risk, when you have no real need for legitimate Mono based software? That's why I advise to remove Mono as a standard practice, and to install non-Mono alternatives for the two applications that are being removed together with Mono.
Is there a tutorial/guide for doing this properly. I see tons of dependants.
This one on my own website, for example:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... o-and-Orca
(item 2.1, right column)

Re: [Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:29 pm
by all41
Thanks Pjotr--I knew I had seen this somewhere before.

Re: [Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:30 pm
by phd21
Thank you "Pjotr", (and Cosmo) for the replies,

I checked my "system monitor" to see if anything using "mono" was running be default, and there was not. Once I started using a program that required mono, then that changed of course. I figured if you are only using a program like "Pinta" or "KeePass2" once in awhile, then the "threat" is minimal, and only while using it. On the other hand, if you keep any program that does use the 'Mono" system, open for a long time, like "Pinta" to edit a bunch of images, or you use KeePass2, versus KeePassX, and keep that open for a long time, then you increase your risk. And, as you pointed out, why take any risk with this when it is unncessary.

On my Mint system, I have these programs that use "Mono": Sysinfo, Pinta, KeePass2, mistelix. Even though the risk seems relatively low, I am going to remove them and use programs that do not use the "mono" system. For Image and photo editing and creation programs, there are many, and I already have Gimp, KolourPaint, Inkscape, Blender3, Phatch, ImageMagick, XNViewMP, LibreOffice Draw, Krita (Calligra), and more, etc... and none of these use the "Mono" system. And, the newer version of "KeePassX (v2.x)" can now read the wonderful "KeePass2" password files directly, so I do not really need "KeePass2" either, although I still like some features that are available in that, but as of yet are not in KeePassX.

What about the Linux "Wine" System, does that have anything running by default, even if there are no "Wine" programs running? Does it pose a security threat just having it installed, or only when using an application installed in Wine? I cannot use my "System Monitor" to check that because I do not have anything "Wine" related installed anymore.

Thanks again ...

Re: [Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:42 pm
by theStreak
What risk are we talking about here, Pjotr? What makes a mono application any different from other Linux applications that get installed from the repos?

Re: [Solved] easiest photo editor?

Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:33 am
by Pjotr
phd21 wrote:What about the Linux "Wine" System,
For Wine there's the same objection as for Mono.

I advise to run the Windows application(s) that you still need, in a secure sandbox: namely within a Windows VM in VirtualBox in Linux. That's a much safer solution.

I've sent you a PM, by the way. :)