Excerpt: It's the only software of its kind, but Painter has never rested on its laurels, and this is a significant upgrade to Corel's painting and drawing program. The main screen remains much the same, but loyal users will appreciate the lack of surprises. Dragging the Mixer palette off its dock now enables it to be resized, giving you more room to experiment. The Colours selector can also be enlarged, and you can nudge the selected tint with the cursor keys for finer control.
Excerpt: For natural media artwork, Painter is second to none. Instead to trying to take on the 800-pound gorilla of the imaging world that is Photoshop, Corel has stuck rigidly to Painter's core functionality. This may confine it permanently to a niche, but what a niche it is.
Pros: Faster and produces more realistic work than previous editions.