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Do not upgrade if you have an older version
on November 21, 2006
I've been a loyal PSP (paint shop pro) customer since the 4.x era. I really loved PSP and have used it up to my current version which is 9, or was, until I upgraded to XI. My opinion in a nutshell is: PSP XI is not only a step down, but a whole flight of stairs down from PSP 9. Why? First let me explain what I use PSP for:
- Managing a large image library (over 70,000 images on a NAS)
- Web design artwork / digital imaging for my business
- Vectors, layers, lossless formats
- Tablet work, filters
- Personal photos on the side, with anal attention to contrast, saturation, color balance, etc.
Given why I use PSP, PSP XI is worse than PSP 9 because:
- It takes forever to start the program compared to PSP 9.
- The browser window, which I use extensively, is very slow, unintuitive (at least for a PSP 9 user), and is impossible to use for large folders (> 1000 images) because it takes hours to load all the images.
- The GUI in general is prettier, but a lot of the menus are in different places so it's basically like having to learn a whole new (okay, half new) program all over gain. Plus, the GUI seems to respond slower than with PSP 9. Personally, I'd rather have a fast, simple GUI than a slow, pretty GUI.
Personally, the speed and browser issues killed the program for me, and are the main reasons I've gone back to PSP 9. I admit, I haven't used PSP XI for more than a few weeks, and I suppose if you had the patience, you could get used to the performance of PSP XI as well as learn the new menu placements and such. But I simply don't have the time or patience, given my schedule.
My conclusion is that going from PSP 9 (or 8, which I still use) to PSP XI is like going from a lean, mean, imaging machine to a bells-and-whistles, dressed up package for people with a lot of free time. I'm not saying that it's bad for everyone; I'm just saying it's bad for me, as well as people who share similar concerns and preferences in their software.