09 Jul 12 Back in grad school days - late 80s - Pascal was a commonly employed computer language. At that time the big player, and equally lousy program, was published by Micro$oft at $495 for a highly licensed copy. Along came Philippe Kahn who figured a fairly licensed program (treat it as a book) at minimal cost, $79 in this case, and one that worked, would be a better product, and he took the market away from Gates & company in less than a year with his Turbo Pascal! On soapbox. For the past several years I have been an invited beta tester for Adobe with the usual thanks being one free copy of the product being tested. This year it appears that providing such for the company is of no value and there was no thank you given. On top of that, the have instituted very restrictive new upgrade policies and a very steep price for the product. Seems they have been studying the M$ approach to computing. Off soapbox Down Texas way is a small company known as Topaz Labs. They have been building very capable filters for use with many products, including those from Adobe. Last month they announced a new program called photoFXlab that has the majority of the functions of Adobe's Photoshop, and priced it at $79, with an introductory offer, good through the end of this month, for $30. Somehow I see a potential repeat of the Turbo Pascal approach just around the corner, and, if so, I will be most pleased. To give you an idea as to its power, the image for today was produced using photoFXlab for all the important aspects. As it is still in its infancy, there are a few things it doesn't do yet, but the company has promised all of the important ones in the next release, something this company does with all its products for free. Nikon D300s; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 18 - 200; 1/400 sec @ f /11.