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Old 09-08-2007, 08:13 AM   #1
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Default New Paint Shop Pro Photo X2

Corel just release Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Some of the new features include layer styles, HDR photo merge, Express Lab (a special mode for performing common operations quickly), visible watermarks, and more. You can see the list at the new features page.

I won't be able to test drive this one. If anyone is trying the new version, please post your thoughts.
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Old 09-10-2007, 05:35 AM   #2
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Corel just release Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Some of the new features include layer styles, HDR photo merge, Express Lab (a special mode for performing common operations quickly), visible watermarks, and more. You can see the list at the new features page.

I won't be able to test drive this one. If anyone is trying the new version, please post your thoughts.
Looking at the new features, it seems that this is an entirely new piece of software, using the Paint Shop Pro registered trademark name. There is a 30 day trial period, so perhaps I might try it. Especially appealing is the concept that I could lighten or rotate many different pictures in a folder without picking up and putting down each one in turn, something I do with some frequency with real estate house pictures.

PSP X2 is US$99.99 or $59.99 as an upgrade, but I may be to far back for an upgrade. Worse, upgrades generally remove the old version, something I don't want to happen. Still, these prices are modest compared with Adobe Photoshop CS3, US$649 on their web site.

I would not buy an upgrade from PSP 8, especially since I bought PSP 6 on eBay, after finding many features that I liked gone in the upgrade to PSP 8.

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Looking at the new features, it seems that this is an entirely new piece of software, using the Paint Shop Pro registered trademark name.
Not really, this is PSP XII, Corel's third release since buying the program from Jasc. Their first release was PSP X, which was equivalent to PSP 10. A quick look shows it to be an interesting update on PSP XI which I currently use. I'll give it a tryout.

   
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I wonder if it'll be as much of a resource hog as V10 (which is fine on my shiny new desktop, but struggles on the 3-YO laptop)? Looks like a definite contender to slot in between PS Elements and the full CS3 - and at an attractive price.

I'll be interested to hear how you get on with it.
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David - Irfanview can do lots of batch actions - and is free.

PSP10 coexists with V7 on my desktop. I keep both as V7 has a couple of speedy features I use without firing up the heavyweight (and I still remember the V7 keyboard shortcuts better. How many times have I inverted the colours of an image rather than resizing it as I intended - many is the answer.)
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David - Irfanview can do lots of batch actions - and is free.

PSP10 coexists with V7 on my desktop. I keep both as V7 has a couple of speedy features I use without firing up the heavyweight (and I still remember the V7 keyboard shortcuts better. How many times have I inverted the colours of an image rather than resizing it as I intended - many is the answer.)
Irfanview can also do quite a few things from the command line, meaning that you can create simple batch files to do some fairly complex stuff with it. It's gotten to the point that I'll do one-offs in PSP but fire up Irfanview for anything that involves multiple files.

   
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