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Corel has launched the latest version of its PaintShop Pro image processing software. PaintShop Pro X4 has been updated in response to user feedback and adds a series of photography-targeted tools including HDR tools, a 'selective focus' processing tool and the ability to add vignetting to images. The speed and accessibility of the product have also been addressed, along with the addition of tools for sending images to social networking sites. PaintShop Pro X4 includes over 75 new and enhanced features designed explicitly to meet the needs of today's photographers.
With new photo editing features, dramatic improvements in speed and performance, enhancements to the user interface and convenient ways to share through social media, PaintShop Pro X4 delivers the depth of professional features and range of creative possibilities that our community was asking for at a lower price point than other professional editing software.
While they use PaintShop Pro for a variety of creative purposes, all of them share a desire for artistic freedom and the ability to achieve their vision quickly, with tools that are intuitive, powerful and efficient. With the community's input and support, we believe we have a release that delivers the depth and range of features that makes this a fantastic upgrade for our users. Corel PaintShop Pro X4 offers major advancements in professional editing power, performance, usability and sharing.
Feedback from the PaintShop Pro community helped isolate the development priorities for this release and directly influenced the impressive set of new features and enhancements within the following four categories:. The enhancements to the overall stability and speed of PaintShop Pro X4 are obvious from the moment I open and run the program.
The updates to the user interface allow for a brighter, cleaner workspace, while the dual monitor support gives me the real estate I need when I am working on an image. PaintShop Pro X4 gives me more opportunities to be creative, while helping me accomplish what I want to do faster than before. Commercial and education volume licenses are also available. To download a free fully-functional trial version or for more information about Corel PaintShop Pro X4, please visit www.
Launching simultaneously with the latest release of PaintShop Pro X4 is the Ultimate version of the product. Just got it as a Chrissee present. Owned and loved Jasc's PSP7. At the time, I felt it was a credible alternative to Photoshop with a much more intuitive interface. Although I purchased some of the Corel versions over the years, I was always disappointed by slow buggy performance.
After trying X3, I gave up completely and switched to Serif which seems more reliable at least. Although I am trained on a number of Adobe's products, I find their price structure so disagreeable that I am unlikely to ever purchase a standard version or suite for my own usel.
I truly hope that Corel continues to fine tune PSP. Once they have a modern product as stable as PSP 7 was, but without the Protexis add-on people here have commented on, I'll gladly purchase a copy or two. Some filters are buggy that worked fine in X3.
Nothing worth the upgrade period! Best was version 7! No reponse from support! I have used PSP for a long time and i am a fairly heavy user. I also had issues using Topaz plugins on 16 bit color. These are resolved in PSP version X4. The HDR lab seems to work pretty good and the additions of Fill light and vignetting are certainly welcome. X4 seems to get sluggish when I have several 16 MP pictures opened and I am using a number of layers on one.
I'm using a AMD 3. I didn't see this in X3 though. Overall I think it is worth the upgrade. Annoying quirks and bugs as usual for PSP. I purchased the full version of PSP 4X and have been using it extensively for 4 days. The workflow tab layout is almost like LR in that respect, but UI is still cluttered and duplicated; a new or novice user would be confused by the duplication. The sliders are finiky, jumpy, and inconsistently between windows and entering values by keyboard does not always work.
Using the mouse wheel to move scroll bars in thumbnail screens jumps you all over the place and usually sends you back up to the top of the screen. THE WORST part is that the program seems to slow down and get more buggy as you use it; on day five it's not only hangs itself but other window applications as well.
I have to open task manager to close the program. Thumbnail previews are now blank. I hope I can resolve these issues. Just went to download the day trial and noticed the Akami Download terms and conditions. No thanks, I don't need or want a download application which sends data to every Tom, Dick or Mary. This is much better looking with superior information displays, easier to use and just as functional.
You will need a plug-in for clone brush which is the main photo tool still not supporting 48 bits. There are lots of good ones out there. It's a shame Corel did not try to mount a serious challenge to Adobe using this fine product as a foundation but at least now there is hope. And yes, they ought to support Apple where many photographers live. This would greatly expand their base of loyal supporters.
Also dump the annoying copy protection scheme and do this the Adobe way with a serial number transfer mechanism. PSP was a wonderful program when Jasc had it, but once Corel took over it just dove. I gave up on it for a while and tried X3 but it's so sluggish even on an i7 machine it was a joke compared to even Photoshop Elements. I will wait for review before purchasing this version I'm using the X3 right now and been happy with it.
One thing I like about Paintshop is its user-friendly interface. However, it does feel like the X2 and X3 were both unable to exploit of the multi-core processing features in most PCs these days. I hope the X4 is able to capitalize on hyperthreading and multi-core CPU machines and juiced up GPUs, hence would be faster takes ages to execute stuffs as simple as removal of digital noise especially on an 18mp pic even when my machine was a turbo-boosting Core i5.
Other than speed issues in the previous versions, I am all for Corel Painshop Beware download versions of software from Corel. I bought Coreldraw and now I have made more changes to my machine than they allow, the software will not work unless I reconfigure to one of the previously seen configurations different 2nd hard disk.
They will not re-enable my software without a further purchase even though I am still using the same machine. I haven't even changed the drive that the software is installed on. I will never be purchasing any more software from them. I have had the same problem with them. Had a recent computer problem and had to rebuild the system and PSP X3 would not activate. An error message stated the serial number had been used and that was it.
Corel did not respond to any of my emails. Very poor show. I've been using Serif Photoplus because it has these kinds of power features, but in software terms it's poor: buggy and terrible implementation unusable batch processing, for example.
They evidently don't follow the principle of eat-your-own-dog-food. There is a hack to make it not run all the time. Spyware can and is used to enforce licenensing. Protexis claims your system info is not communicated to their servers, but that the application using Protexis can examanine your system to ensure license complaince. Does that make it spyware? Maybe not if it really and truley never communicates yoru system info to protexis or the corel.
My main issue with Protexis is that I like to run a clean system. Especially when uninstalling PSP left protexis software and if I rember correctly the running process on my system. So I take then that if if I buy this latest version of paint shop pro I will have to use it on a machine connected to the Internet? I use my Mac for that. As already stated, the lack of a mac version is a killer for me. I have yet to find anything like it for mac.
I used Paintshop for years before obtaining Photoshop and now have both. Adobes upgrades alone cost more than a whole new license for Paintshop and IMO the value is poor when you consider what Paintshop does. I bought Photoshop when it became apparent Corel were dragging their feet in regard to Paintshop fully supporting 48 bit images and supporting only 32 bit plug-ins these are Photoshop compatible, BTW.
I would also prefer that Paintshop be a true 64 bit piece of code as that is the way the world has gone. No matter for now as Windows runs all this legacy stuff to perfection. I'd disagree with you when you say " The interfaces are similar".
I find the Adobe UI to be one of the most unfriendly that I have come across. Bought it today and installed. Looks like Corel is getting serious about competing with Adobe The only important feature that still does not work with 48 bit images is the clone brush but found a free plug-in that's actually better. It's tough going back to CS5 after using Paintshop again. Still not a 32 bit app but a minor criticism. Also agree Corel's copy protection can be a pain under some circumstances.
That's the one area where they might want to do it the Adobe way. Corel may finally be listening to customers. In regards to user interfaces, I don't see how anyone can compare PSP to Photoshop since PSP'S interface is so customizable, unlike Photoshop which has to have one of the worst user interfaces one can imagine.
Corel launches PaintShop Pro X4 image processing software
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Corel has launched the latest version of its PaintShop Pro image processing software. PaintShop Pro X4 has been updated in response to user feedback and adds a series of photography-targeted tools including HDR tools, a 'selective focus' processing tool and the ability to add vignetting to images. The speed and accessibility of the product have also been addressed, along with the addition of tools for sending images to social networking sites. PaintShop Pro X4 includes over 75 new and enhanced features designed explicitly to meet the needs of today's photographers. With new photo editing features, dramatic improvements in speed and performance, enhancements to the user interface and convenient ways to share through social media, PaintShop Pro X4 delivers the depth of professional features and range of creative possibilities that our community was asking for at a lower price point than other professional editing software. While they use PaintShop Pro for a variety of creative purposes, all of them share a desire for artistic freedom and the ability to achieve their vision quickly, with tools that are intuitive, powerful and efficient.