PSD Repair App

logo-256I had a bit of trouble this morning opening a PSD file I’d worked on for hours yesterday.  It didn’t recognize the file type even though it was saved as a Photoshop Document (PSD) file on Photoshop.  Thought I was going to have to completely re-do several hours of work.  But, on a hunch, I searched the web for a way to recover the file.  There were suggestions on how to do it by going directly into the code and manually fixing something.  I’m not really comfortable working at that level.  But, luckily, I did find an App called PSD Repair.  Now, it’s not free, but it’s not too pricey either.  And they offer a trial which recovers your image (proof it works) with a watermark (to force you to pay for it).  Fair enough.  It did recover my file, which is worth $27 to me.  So, I paid it.

Now my file is recovered.

I do need to go in and redo the spacing on my font and make sure that all my layer effects came through correctly.  However, that should be much faster than starting from scratch, so I’m satisfied.  They also have an option to recover one file at a time online at $10 a pop.  That would also work, but I figured I’d spring for the download just in case it happens again.

So, anyway. I would like to recommend PSD Repair for anyone who needs their PSD files repaired. Seems to work, it’s not too pricey, and you can check if it works for your file before you buy.

Here’s the link:

Free Adobe Software… Sort of…

Not my image.

Okay, this is interesting. Adobe is making some of its OLD Creative Suite software available for download with the activation code. Although they say they’re not actually offering it for free, they sound like they’re operating on the honor system. They want to stop having to maintain a registration server for these programs or something, so they just put them up and tell you that you should only download them if you already own a copy. But they’re not checking. Anyone CAN download them for free.

Now, these are NOT the latest versions. They’re seven years old. But if you DON’T already have Photoshop, Illustrator, or one of the other programs on here, then old is better than no program at all. If you’ve never used any version of Photoshop at all and you have been wanting to try it except that the cost is prohibitive, this would be a way to try it without the limits of that pesky one-month trial period.  Then, when the limitations of the 7-year-old software irritate you sufficiently, you can purchase the current version.  Or, how many people do you know still limping along on Photoshop 6? CS2 is better than that, at least.  I’m looking right at you Ms. Zoch.  smiley 15

So, I am not saying you SHOULD download this free software, because, of course, it’s wrong. But… If you want to… Here are the links:

An explanation of what’s going on:

And the actual Adobe download page, with activation codes:

I will leave the rest up to you and your conscience.  smiley 15