30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
good functionality for the price,
This review is from: PaintShop Pro X5 [Old Version] (CD-ROM)
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I'm a long time Adobe PhotoShop user, but lately have been turned off by the price. Even version upgrades from Adobe cost hundreds of dollars each. If you're a professional photographer (i.e. making thousands of dollars from your photo shoots), then the Adobe features and compatibility may be worth the price of the software to you. I cannot really recommend Adobe PhotoShop to amateurs simply because of the price.
PaintShop Pro has enough functionality for most amateurs. It has a photo organizer similar to Adobe Lightroom. There is also a layer-based photo editor similar to Adobe PhotoShop. The photo editing features cover all the basics. For beginners, there is a one-button optimization mode and also a one-screen manual editing mode that both work fairly well. Advanced amateurs have enough other features to keep them busy for a while.
Casual photographers are unlikely to ever need more features than this program offers. Advanced amateurs will probably want to experiment with several programs before deciding which one best meets their needs. PSP is cheap enough to experiment with for a while before moving on if you like something better.
I am running PaintShop Pro on a several-year-old Windows XP computer with no problems.