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Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate Reviews







Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate [Old Version]

  • Complete photo editing and digital design that’s affordable enough for anyone
  • Remove objects seamlessly with the powerful new Magic Fill
  • Unforgettable images in less time with faster-than-ever PaintShop Pro X7
  • Includes Perfectly Clear automatic image correction
  • Reallusion FaceFilter3 portrait enhancement tools

Achieve your photographic potential with Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate. Along with the photo-editing power of PaintShop Pro X7, the Ultimate edition includes Perfectly Clear automatic image correction, Reallusion FaceFilter3 portrait enhancement tools, and a creative collection of brushes, textures and royalty-free backgrounds. Seamlessly remove unwanted elements in your photos with new content-aware Magic Fill. Enhance photos quickly with popular brushes that are 30% faster. Get creative with

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  • Thomas Regner says:
    290 of 309 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Ruined By Popup Ad Spam, November 4, 2014
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    Thomas Regner (Connecticut, USA) –
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    This review is from: Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate (CD-ROM)
    I have been using Paintshop Pro for years, and finally bought this version naively thinking it would be nice to update the version I have had for the last 5 years or more. But whatever merits this once-delightful program may have are moot given Corel’s brazen and despicable practice of using it as a vector for unwanted advertising popups.

    You cannot even close the unwanted ad, it immediately pops up again, over and over, unless you kill the underlying PaintShop process in Task Manager. No matter how many times you’ve been forced to view the exact same ad, the program continues to display it ad-infinitum every time you close it.

    Just in case this isn’t insulting enough, the ad I’m currently seeing actually advertises the same product I already own.

    An option under Help called Message Preferences that looks like it might let you turn the ads off has no apparent effect.

    Conveniently, they wait until the warranty support period has ended to unleash this hell on their paying customers, denying you the ability to complain to them about it. I guess they don’t want to see the same message over and over and over and over!

    UPDATE 2014-12-13

    Just want to add that it turns out there is a way to defeat the popups, although you have to hack the program a bit to do it. You can just search for “How to Disable Messages in PaintShop Pro” and you will find the instructions. They work like a charm.

    Some other guides suggest that in order to keep the unwanted “Messages” folder deleted, you should create an empty text file in its place named Messages (with no .txt extension.) I did so, but I don’t know if this is strictly necessary.

    To address some of the comments below:

    1. I understand how the ads are supposed to work – you are supposed to get one popup ad (typically for a Corel product, but this is surely not any binding obligation on their part) when closing the program, if Corel has pushed one out to you. If you check the box to not see it again, you’re supposed to not see that exact ad again (but may well be served a different one next time.) The behavior I was getting was clearly a bug in the program, causing it to spew the same ad over and over again, blocking the program from closing fully. The moral of the story should be, if you’re going to force ads upon your customers, you’d better get it right, or face wrathful reviews like this one.

    2. To those who point out that hey, ads are everywhere these days, what’s the big deal, I would point out that companies will take any advantage that their customers will tolerate. Being resigned to it only guarantees it will continue. And there is already a class of software supported by advertising – this is called, appropriately enough, “adware.” Adware should be, and usually is, labeled as such. And until the recent annoying trend to the contrary, adware was always an opt-in concept: you can be hit with ads, or you can buy the program. I bought the program.

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  • Joanna Daneman says:
    78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Photo editing software with enhanced features, September 23, 2014
    By 
    Joanna Daneman (USA) –
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    This review is from: Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate (CD-ROM)
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    Paintshop Pro X7 Ultimate is aimed at the wildly popular Photoshop Elements, aka PSE which is a cut-down version of Photoshop and so widely used that “to photoshop” is the term we use for digital editing (much to their dismay!) Can any other software attempt to compete with it? Paintshop Pro X7 Ultimate isn’t a bad attempt at all.

    For one thing, it’s a lot faster to load and use. The single most annoying feature of the later versions of PSE (I use V12) is that it is slow to load. I almost dread having to quickly edit a photo because it takes a minute or so to load up the editor. Paintshop Pro seems much less bloated, though it is as feature-rich as PSE.

    It took me nine minutes on my HP Win 7 laptop to install this software, which isn’t bad and again, speaks to less “bloat” in the software. The interface is divided into three areas: Edit Manage and Adjust.

    Since you are probably wondering what the difference between Paintshop Pro X7 and X7 Ultimate are, there are three extra features–plug-ins and some additional content in the Ultimate version:

    Perfectly Clear by Athentech Imaging: so-called “intelligent” photo correction
    Reallusion FaceFilter3 Standard: photo retouching tool for portraits
    Creative collection: Extra brushes, textures and a number of royalty-free backgrounds
    Registering on the website will let you download some plug-ins, brushes and content.

    The upgrades from previous versions include a new Magic Fill that lets you remove unwanted objects (the pole sticking out of your fiance’s head, someone who photobombs your wedding on the beach shot) and it selects from the background to “clone” images to fill in something that matches.

    The brushes have been made 30% faster. If you are a current user of Paintshop Pro, this may encourage an upgrade.

    Text and Shape Cutter tools: You can cut out text from background or create patterned text. If you like to make those vintage postcards “Greetings from Dubuque!” with scenes inside the text, this is for you. I like this effect for stills that end up as video titles.

    Improved Materials Palette featuring Color Harmonies with color suggestions to choose colors that work well together.

    The Red Eye and other tools are apparently enhanced. I tried the red eye on a dog photo and it was excellent. You can choose from cat or dog eyes and get rid of that zombie glare that comes from the reflective layer in dog and cat retinas.

    There is support for XMP files to read and import RAW data, however, this is still (from reports) not at the level of RAW data handling that serious photographers demand. I do not particularly understand RAW nor use it (I should…) but this is still not to the level of what Adobe Lightroom does.

    Is it worth giving up PSE 12 for Paintshop Pro X7 Ultimate? If you find PSE too slow and annoying, and if you are relatively unfamiliar with PSE, this software is as good and it’s faster. My problem is that I’ve used PSE since its first version and have upgraded to almost every version thereafter (I think I skipped maybe two of the 11 subsequent upgrades and now use the current version.) So I have a problem in that I’m so familiar with the tools and interface, that I’m lazy about learning a new one, although I was impressed with the speed of Paintshop. One thing I REALLY like; the software defaults to the Edit tab, something PSE does not do. PSE boots up with a splash page, then you choose Organize or Edit. You can do editing from Organize (as you scroll through your photos, you can click on Edit to take you over to the Editor tools) but again, it’s slow to do that. I typically open PSE up in Edit mode and so, it’s an extra step from the splash page to get where I want to be. Paintshop Pro goes straight and quickly to edit.

    I was NOT impressed with the digital “art media” compared to PSE. The chalk, sketch, and other media were not as good, in my opinion. The other filters that render different effects, like “chrome” where the picture is converted to looking like shiny metal, were as good and again, a lot faster than PSE. The text cutout tool is easier, by far.

    Summary: This is a good amateur photo editing package. If you do a lot of portraits, it’s well worth the extra twenty bucks to go with the “Ultimate” version, for the portrait touch-up package. It’s faster.

    System OS Support: Windows XP (SP3)/Vista/7/8, Minimum CPU: 1.5GHz with SSE2, Minimum GPU: N/A, Minimum RAM: 1GB (2GB recommended), Hard disk space: 1GB (2GB recommended)

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  • Eric T "ejt" says:
    59 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hit and Miss, September 18, 2014
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    Eric T “ejt” (Marion, IA United States) –
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    This review is from: Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate (CD-ROM)
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    First off, if you are looking for an Adobe Lightroom replacement, this is NOT it, which is unfortunately what I was hoping for. I give it 4 stars as a inexpensive layer editing software as it is still a fairly powerful tool, but would give it 2 stars if you are looking for a well featured RAW developer and photo cataloguing system like Lightroom. I averaged set it to 4 star rating since I don’t want to downrate it for something it wasn’t really designed to do.

    Who and what I do:
    I shoot photography for fun and sometimes for work (weddings mostly). I need to be able to quickly process through a batch of 1000 photos. I need to be able to sort my images into professional work and personal work. I rarely touch layers or merge photos, etc. I shoot exclusively in RAW.

    Setup:
    Straight forward, but install is slow. I had some special requirements, like running off a drive other than the C drive, which this software allows. Just make sure to change your scratch drive in the preferences after install (where it stores temporary files).

    Use:
    I opened the program and went to import some photos from an SD card. I first looked for an import dialogue; couldn’t find anything other than for importing other features (not photos). I knew I was in trouble when I couldn’t find a simple import utility. Went to the manual and the directions said I had to manually copy my photos to the disk using Explorer or something else.

    I manually copied my photos in, and browsed to them under the navigation pane. They were all there. If I double click on one it will open a full screen preview and you can quickly sort through the ones you want to keep or not. I found I could go through them quicker if I used my left hand on the arrow keys, and right hand on my mouse to click star rating. Unfortunately, there is no shift-<shortcut key> to cycle through very rapidly like in Lightroom (shift 1 would set rating to 1 and move to next photo with one keystroke).

    There are options to group RAW+ files together or view separately, which is nice. In Lightroom 5 you have no way to view the original camera JPEG and edit it by itself, without importing it separately.

    Adjust Pane:
    For quick image manipulations you need to go to the adjust pane. This is where you will find your Lightroom like settings to quickly change exposure, clarity, white balance, etc. I found clicking on the sliders annoying because if I adjusted one it would refresh the image after a while (slow compared to Lightroom), but once it adjusted the image, it took focus from the sliders so I had to click on the next slider to bring focus back, and click a second time to actually adjust it. Made for a lot of extra clicks.

    Also, the instant filter adjustments are slow, and sometimes you can’t undo them. Just depends on the individual filter. I found this highly frustrating as I had to revert my images many times before I found something I liked, and with how slow it is at applying the preset it was sort of frustrating.

    HDR:
    Built in HDR tool is okay, and is fun to play around with. Nice that it is included with the product.

    Edit Pane:
    Before you can edit RAW files you have to convert them to TIFF or some other standard image format. This is the pane where you do all your layer editing. Only problem I had is the instructions were overly specific and used terms like Tool Options Palette which took me a while to figure out what it was referring too, none of the window boxes were obviously labeled with what they were. This isn’t a big deal, but there is a steep learning curve to the tool. Someone more familiar with layer editing would probably be comfortable here.

    I found brush strokes a bit limited, I didn’t see any brush with many points included by default, like for smudging to make look like an oil painting. You can import and edit brushes, but I am not familiar enough with it to do that.

    Performance:
    Overall, the performance is fairly good, but sluggish when you make changes in the adjust module, or apply some filters. This is unfortunate as a program like Lightroom is so fast, even with working on large images because of how it processes a smaller copy for a preview, but it works so well. I don’t like to adjust exposure sliders and have to wait 1 second for it to update, drag it again (also remember issue with having to click back in the box to return focus to slider before dragging it).

    Recommendation:
    I personally wouldn’t buy this program as I need something like Lightroom, but I wanted to explore alternatives. I find the lack of cataloguing and other organizational tools too limiting. However, if you want navigating your own image folder structure and editing files in place, on a smaller number of files (I wouldn’t want to process a thousand wedding photos for example with this),…

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