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GFF's Guide to selecting and using the right softwareBy Martin Joergensen (supported by Steve Schweitzer)
Having the right software can get you even better results when editing photos for the web.
Adobe's photo-editing battle ship, which is expensive but hard to be without, once you have tried it. It is the de facto standard for professional work, and has e huge number of facilities including the best editing, adjustment tools, automation and filters in the business. It can be expanded with plug in filters and different other tools including GIF and JPEG exports.
It is expensive, but man, it is nice! ImageReady
This is also an Adobe Program. It can be bought separately, but is boxed with Photoshop in that program's latest version. Image Ready has some state-of-the-art GIF and JPEG facilities and an interactive preview function, which makes producing properly compressed pictures a piece of cake.