Corel PaintShop Pro

Corel PaintShop Pro

Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 492 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    X5
  • Total Downloads:
    15,142,451
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 05, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $79.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    271.01MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,084
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #22 in Photo Editors

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  • Current Version

    2.0

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4 stars

"Still the very best photo editor for the money."

January 25, 2013  |  By billthall

 |  Version: Corel PaintShop Pro X5

Pros

Very good at what it is supposed to do, and for the money the best photo editor available. No issues at all with Win 7/32. Will try on Win 7/64 shortly, but X4 runs well on Win 7/64/I7. Logical GUI which I understand, and I like the layout. I do not find it particularly crowded, and just because Adobe has made changes is no reason for Corel to make changes. Imports and handles raw from common cameras well, and other than difficulties importing Photoshop brushes I have had no difficulties at all. I perceive no differences comparing to CS%. Seems to have improved ability to handle larger files than earlier versions. Plenty of good tools. I like the one step photo fix, although it is not perfect.

Cons

Should have focused more on increasing the power of the program over adding questionable features and not particularly useful companion programs. Facefilter, for instance, gives an unnatural distortion and only works on jpg files, so that big Tif portrait you better do yourself. Improved, but does not take too much to get an out of memory error. Not really 64 bit. A bit slow sometimes compared to Adobe, but can live with it. Still no Adobe color support, but converts and does not seem to affect finished product. The "improved" Photoshop brush import tool has not worked for me. I have difficulty understanding how set up custom brushes, that is I don't understand how to do the steps equivalent to Photoshop's presets, although I know they exist because the supplied brushes work o.k. Like others, I would like to see the innate power increased, and I would like to see it work a little smoother sometimes. I wish there were some standard photos like Corel used to furnish with Draw.

Summary

A fine program especially for the money. Sort of well above average but still plenty of room for improvement. If you don't need the esoteric power features of the many times more expensive Adobe products this one can't be beat. On the other hand, still clunky with larger files. Some features are better than what is in the other products.

Yes, still playing catch up.

Frankly, if you have X4 I would advise waiting until maybe they have a native 64 bit available. I have not used the face recognition yet.

Too bad there are so many vile comments about it. For me it just installs and runs. Yes, there are times when I prefer the other program. The magic wand is not quite as selective, for instance, and I like the brush tools in Adobe better.

But this is still a really good program and if you are buying new I suggest that you go for it. It is inexpensive enough to be expendable, so if you really want to go deeper you will not have wasted much, and if it suits your needs, and it likely will, great.

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1 stars

"Worthless product backed by a worthless company"

January 20, 2013  |  By PeasCreekStudios

 |  Version: Corel PaintShop Pro X5

Pros

The only pro I can think of is their money back guarantee, that way when they can't get it running on your machine, you're not out anything but wasted time.

Cons

Well, the biggest con is that it doesn't work, and after that, the lack of knowledgeable support

Summary

What can I say, I purchased it after trying the trial version. The second I bought the key and registered, it quit working, froze up as soon as I tried to do anything at all, even open a file, tach support tried to have me install updates that there were already installed and of course ultimately hinted that the problem was my system, which of course runs Photoshop and Premier without a hitch.

I used to use this program back in the 90's and early 2000, very disappointing to see what they degraded too.

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1 stars

"More buggy bloatware from Corel"

December 14, 2012  |  By mikeatlarge

 |  Version: Corel PaintShop Pro X5

Pros

Has the features most anyone needs (and many you probably don't need).

Cons

Why does Corel feel obligated to keep adding features few are likely to use instead of simply making their products work better? Instead of X5 being a faster, more polished, easier to use version of X4, it's more bloated, more buggy, and more frustrating than X4. It's clear the marketing department runs Corel and they care more about features for their ad copy than shipping a solid user-friendly product. Also beware paid registered users get ONE free support email and after that you have to pay for support. Given all the bugs and frustrations many are likely to need support.

Summary

If you have an older version you're happy with don't upgrade as you might be unhappy. If you're shopping for photo editing software, look elsewhere. Even most of the free software has fewer bugs than X5. And beware just installing and uninstalling the trial is likely to take a toll on Windows because of the huge size, large number of files, registry changes, etc.

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3 stars

"Don't buy the support"

November 26, 2012  |  By crbbndiver

 |  Version: Corel PaintShop Pro X5

Pros

Program has great capability

Cons

You better know how to use the program out of the box. I bought the "Priority" phone support option, and can't ever get them on the phone. They have horrible hours and are closed for a holiday every time you turn around. Closed for Cyber Monday???? I called the sales side and that is what I was told. When they are open, it is very difficult to reach a Paintshop Pro support rep. They are WAY under staffed.

Summary

If you are a Paintshop Pro veteran, you will probably like the program. I'm not and I can't get the support that I paid for. That makes the program useless to me. I use other programs the majority of the time.

I definitely do not feel like a priority to them. I would not buy anothefr Corel product unless things change.

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1 stars

"Just another rip off."

October 13, 2012  |  By bariskos1947

 |  Version: Corel PaintShop Pro X5

Pros

Yes it's a good program.

Cons

???????????

Summary

I already bought X2, now I am on windows 7 and these robbing gits want me to pay for it again. Coral.. GET STUFFED.

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3 stars

"So-so upgrade"

September 13, 2012  |  By pmishler

 |  Version: Corel PaintShop Pro X5

Pros

Small improvement or two in base application. Useful features in additional applications that will come with it.

Cons

The downloadable trial version contains none of the features demonstrated in the promo email.
The improvements in the base application (i.e., from X4 to X5) are minimal

Summary

In my opinion, not worth the upgrade price without the ability to evaluate the whole package.

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1 stars

"Do not download infected!"

September 06, 2012  |  By techcrazey

 |  Version: Corel PaintShop Pro X5

Pros

If you want a challenge and have time to kill and want to get fustrated and rip your hair out trying to remove a rootkit! then this is for you.

Cons

see pros above

Summary

just dont do it!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version X5
  • Enhanced: Manage, adjust and edit modes
    Create stunning photos with powerful image-enhancing tools and use the streamlined Manage, Adjust and Edit modes for a more intuitive photo-editing experience
  • Enhanced: High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools
    Create stunning photos with intense visual contrast using enhanced High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools, including the ability to preview a photo's alignment, add moving objects, create black and white HDR photos and apply presets to batch processes
  • New: Single RAW Photo
    Use the new Single RAW Photo feature to split an individual RAW photo into three exposures and then selectively recombine them to create an HDR-style effect
  • New: Graduated Filter effect
    Use the new Graduated Filter effect to apply semi-transparent color gradients to your photos to simulate the effect of using different camera lens filters. Enhanced gradient tools allow you to make quick and easy adjustments -- for example, darken or tint the sky a particular color without affecting the rest of the photo.
  • New: Instant Effects palette
    Use the new Instant Effects palette to choose from a variety of preset effects which are organized into style categories such as Artistic, Film Styles, Black & White and Landscape. Thumbnails make it easy to select the effect you want or choose from your own custom made presets. You can also apply multiple effects to a single image to create a unique photographic look in just seconds
  • New: Retro Lab
    Bring a vintage look to your photos using the new Retro Lab. Apply old school color and contrast to your photos to achieve a distinctive look inspired by early lo-fi cameras.
  • New: Connect photos and people
    Take advantage of the new Find People feature which uses face recognition technology to scan and identify people in your photos. You can then tag specific individuals in order to better organize your images. For added functionality, you can also link tagged individuals with your Facebook and Flickr contacts
General
Publisher Corel
Publisher web site http://www.corel.com/
Release Date September 05, 2012
Date Added September 05, 2012
Version X5
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 271.01MB
File Name PSPX7_TBYB30.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 15,142,451
Downloads Last Week 1,084
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $79.99

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