Reviews and Problems with Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
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Software Spotlight: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
29 June 2008
Excerpt: In our article Easy Steps to Better Vacation Photos, we showed the High Dynamic Range (HDR) newbie how to use Corel's Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 to easily improve vacation photos. In the slideshow tutorial, you'll notice a couple of things missing, such as a HDR save option, and a Tonemapper that seems somehow lacking in a ton of sliders.
Excerpt: Hard as it may be to fathom in our Adobe-stocked world, there are other software companies with high-quality image-editors that could make any dedicated photographer productive and satisfied. One such company is Corel, which, since its purchase of Jasc three years ago, has been steadily improving its photo editor, fixer, and organizer, Paint Shop Pro Photo, now in version X2 ($99 download, $59 upgrade).
Conclusion: This "Ultimate" update of Corel's robust photo editing software adds some new creative elements and a few extra apps to extend its functionality, and includes a 2GB USB key for transporting photos. Overall, however, its functionality is identical to that of the original Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.
Summary: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 has plenty of powerful tools to satisfy practically anyone who edits images, but using it feels like trying to row a two-person dingy that's carrying 14 people on board. With the greater competition now offered by the cheaper Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 this could be bad news for Corel.
Summary: The redesigned interface of Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2, new features such as Layer Styles, Express Lab mode, and makeover tools, combine to create a vastly improved application. It is a joy to use, making it possible to achieve professional results with relatively little effort. We're not sure that Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2 justifies a £10 greater price tag than Adobe Photoshop Elements, however.
Corel’s Paint Shop Pro Photo X2; Powerful, Easy, And Affordable Image-Editing Software
1 March 2001
Excerpt: Image-editing applications that run on a Windows PC have been available since the early 1990s. In that decade and a half digital photography has grown and changed dramatically, requiring new and different kinds of image-editing support. One of the applications that has been around for most of that time is Paint Shop Pro, now under Corel's ownership. Over the years it has...
Summary: I first used a much earlier version of this software (that was a shareware pro duct) umty uhmm years ago. Now it bears little resemblance to that early challenger in the photo manipulation field, in fact the interface initially looks very different to Paint Shop Pro Photo XI the previous offering.