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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2007
Anybody who gives this a good review has either just acquired it or has never worked with anything else. There are several features in free software like Picasa2 that are superior to PSP11, such as the straightening tool. Also, at least when working with Vista, the organizer is very poor. Most maddeningly, while it makes it clear you can delete images from within the organizer (where they appear as thumbnails) you cannot! Instead you have to open the image, then delete it. Then go back to the organizer and refresh the set. Imagine bringing home 700 photos from vacation and culling out the worst this way. You can't. You have to load the images into a different program like Picasa, cull from there, and then transfer it over to PSP. But that's okay, because PSP, again with my OS, won't recognize images on your card or in your camera! How bizarre! Then, when you're ready to post your photos, you need ANOTHER software package! Picassa does all three of these things. New much-touted features like "depth of field" are basically useless because you have to have the hand of a brain surgeon to draw a neat line around the object you want to highlight.

Yet worst of all is the total lack of support. I originally e-mailed two questions and got back nonsensical answers, one urging me to use their phone support (at $25 a pop). I have since then sent three more e-mails. I get a notification the will be answered within 24 hours but no answer ever comes. That's just plain deceitful and possibly a breach of contract. If they say they supply online support they're obliged to do so.

And the complaints about slowness? I have a fast Core 2 Duo with 4mg on the L2 cache and 2 gigs RAM, yet it can be agonizingly slow. Yet it won't even use up all of my RAM. In other words, adding more won't do me a bit of good.

I don't know what's the best sophisticated imaging software out there, but it simply cannot be this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2007
PSP XI continues the PSP tradition of offering a very powerful image processing package at the lowest cost per package of any of its ilk in the market. I started with PSP III, and it keeps getting better. Somewhere along the way, I did go over to the dark side and acquire Photoshop (at quite a difference in cost) and it's also a great package. But, from a cost effective and user friendly point of view, PSP is the one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2007
I upgraded to PSP XI for the sole reason that I got a new system with Vista and PSP X doesn't work with Vista. I was otherwise totally satisfied with PSP X, so this review is geared towards PSP in general as opposed to specifically for PSP XI and is mostly for those deciding between PSP and Adobe Photoshop.

I have been using PSP for the past year and I have to say that I am very impressed with what you can do with it in layers, effects, blending, lighting, shadows, etc. etc. So far, I haven't found anything that you can do in Adobe Photoshop that you can't do in Paintshop for a heck of a lot less money. PSP = $80, Adobe Photoshop = $200. You do the math. I only have Adobe Photoshop because my company paid for it.

The user interface for PSP takes some learning, but it is no worse than Adobe Photoshop. It might be because I learned PSP first and got used to the interface, but I have a hard time with the Adobe interface and use PSP 95% of the time. I only go to Adobe Photoshop if I have no choice for some reason. PSP XI has the same interface and feature layout as PSP X so migrating was a no-brainer and I didn't have to re-learn the tool which was great.

The other thing I like is that PSP supports and converts between a zillion different graphics formats (some I've never even heard of) including Adobe PSD. Some of my friends use Photoshop so I import their PSD files, do my stuff in PSP and then save it back as PSD.

If you are a professional graphic artist or web designer, you probably should get Adobe Photoshop solely for the reason that it is the industry standard and everybody there uses it. I have both and really feel that Adobe Photoshop is not better, it's just become a standard like the QWERTY keyboard. If you are like me and are not a pro but want to be able to do great photo/bitmap editing and effects without shelling out $200 for Adobe Photoshop, then PSP is for you. You can still save/export your pspimage files to psd if you need to.

So, the long and short of it is this: PSP gives you pretty much all the features of Adobe Photoshop for about a third of the price.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2006
I create digital scrapbooking graphics and frequently save items in .png format - which, with this program, can't be done properly. It does not retain the transparency. If you save it with the optimizer, you get an ugly background. Without the optimizer, it tricks you into thinking it is alright because it looks transparent to you - however, opening it in any other program (such as PSE, PSCS, PSP9, PSPX, etc) the transparency is replaced by a white background. As of yet, there is no fix for this. It runs extremely slowly and keeps losing track of where my plugins are saved. It's got potential if some patches to fix these issues are released.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2006
I too was excited about the new version of Paint Shop Pro. Then I installed it. It takes 2.5-6 minutes to start it with common operations that used to be done in real time taking seconds. Also the new layout of the dialog boxes add unnessicary extra clicks and moved useful functions like quick preview to inconvinient places. This together with it crashing 50% of the time I run it.

Corel now admits that the program is really slow when you have a large image library and say they are working on a solution. If you are wondering what a large image collection is, I'm running at about 17 000 images, which Picasa handles quite fine.

I would recommend trying to find Paint Shop Pro X right now and maybe upgrade to 12 when it comes out, but make sure to download the trial version when 12 comes out, because I agree, each version that Corel has come out with has been worse. Though I would call 10 a side step as they did add some good new features.
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42 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2006
I have been using Paint Shop Pro products for well over ten years. I started with version 3 and have upgraded through every version up to the current version XI. Jasc software, the original manaufacturer sold out to Corel after version 9. Version 9 was wonderful as every version before it was nearly perfect and sold at a very competative price. At version X, Corel took over from Jasc. I upgraded and was very disapointed in almost every aspect of their new program. Well it's been almost a year now and once version XI was released I purchased it hoping the problems with version X were corrected. Not only were the original flaws and bugs still in the latest version but major new bugs were there as well. The loading and transitioning through various folders to view and work on images have become extremely slow. While you await the program to load and then transition from one folder to another (you can wait up to 2 minutes for this to occur every time) if you click on anything at all, the system can lock up where restarting the program is the only fix. Calling Corel support is useless, they tell you this only happens the first time you start the program and will not happen afterward. THIS IS NOT TRUE. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the program at least three times with no improvement at all. I have a new PC that is used mostly for photography and it fast enough to handle any other program out there including video media and other photo software. My PC is not at fault as Corel likes to say each time I call.

Corel, you have lost a long term user of this program and I am quite sure many more will follow suit. You have had almost two years at working with Paint Shop Pro and it is obvious that you can't resolve the bugs you have added to this once very fine program. The current version of Paint Shop Pro is absolute GARBAGE......DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY on this product.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2007
Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 has been described by experts to be very close to Adobe's Photoshop CS in functionality, yet it costs hundreds less. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 is also much easier to learn than Photoshop, while including a ton of customizable editing firepower. PC World magazine says Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 is easier to use than Photoshop, with an excellent red-eye removal tool and good background manipulation features. Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 allows the user to work with multiple layers of the photo--this feature is common in better software, but not seen as often in less-robust software. Experts say it is easy to grow into Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 once you master the basics, as you are not confined to the wizard system for editing photos. While some software forces you to work only with a wizard (which takes you through a process, step by step), Corel lets more adept users stray away from the handholding of a task wizard.

Anyone with an interest in digital photography and digital images will want to give serious consideration to this latest version of Paint Shop Pro Photo 11. In version 11, Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 continues to impress with all its many, many features that are packaged in this very reasonably priced program. Customers who own an older version of Paint Shop Pro will also want to upgrade to this new version. Students learning digital image editing also can use Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 to begin learning the many things that can be done today with computer images.

The Corel Corporation now owns Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 and long time customers of WordPerfect and Paint Shop Pro will be delighted to learn that Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 continues under the arm of Corel.

With this latest version 11, Paint Shop Pro continues to impress with its extensive array of useful features that are all nicely designed in a very user-friendly design and priced very reasonably. While Adobe's Photoshop CS may continue to dominate the high-end, technical level of digital image editing, Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 now combines more powerful features than ever and is certainly much less costly than Photoshop CS. Paint Shop Pro Photo 11 has become a "heavyweight" in the digital image editing software market, and will definitely appeal to all customers who use an older version, as well as serve as an excellent entry-level program for those new to digital image editing. Once customers become accustomed to the power and functionality in Paint Shop Pro Photo 11, I suspect most will be hard pressed to move to any other digital image program for any reason.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2007
I bought this because I have been using Paint Shop Pro for years .
Corel put in a message center , which you are supposed to be able to turn off ...NOT !For over a week now , I get this pop-up from the message center to buy the new version ...pretty annoying if you want to use the program and have that window in the way constantly ! I called Corel and they gave me a "tip" on how to get rid of the messages , well that only worked until I reset my computer .I have been messing around with my registry and everything I could think of . NOTHING worked so far!Looks like I will be asking them for my money back .I don't need to be paying good money for a program that is pressuring me into buying a new version which I couldn't use unless I change my operating system !They must have been taking lessons from Microsoft !If you are smart , stay with an older version which still came from Jasc .
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2006
I've been using PaintShop since version 9 which coincided with my serious interest in digital photography and photo editing. I originally chose the program because 1) A friend, a professional photographer, was using it as his mainstream toolbox and 2) because it was a wonderful value.

I'll freely admit that I'm still learning to use the power that PaintShop offers but am thrilled with an apparent speed increase (on my hardware platform)in processing editing commands. The new Time machine set of effects are wonderful as is the depth of field edjustment. Having worked in the PC field for 30 years now I rather enjoyed the way Corel has handled the browser, too.

During the time I've used the product I've had just a couple of instances that required tech support and must say that the folks answsering the phones have been just fine. The same is true for all the Corel products that I use WordPerfect Office, Snapfire Plus and CorelDraw. Fine products which are admirably supported.

Before I began this review, I took the time to have a look at pre-existing reviews and must say that I am frankly quite puzzled at the vehemence with which a couple of reviewers attacked Pro Photo (one of them twice). It has proven to be a fine, affordable and extremely easy to use program that also offers the "leg room" for growth to the user.

Bravo, Corel!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2006
When I first purchased the software, it crashed almost constantly. However, Corel got its act together and an update corrected many of those problems. Good job, Corel!

This is a great product, with many outstanding features. And excellent documentation that guides you quickly and easily, step by step through every single tool.

I highly recommend this 5 star product to you!
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