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Editors' Review

by   / November 08, 2008

Perhaps a touch less powerful than the most elaborate photo-editing packages, Corel has expanded Ulead's PhotoImpact and blown it up. The download file is nearly double the size of the last version, but PhotoImpact X3 makes a concerted effort to compete with Adobe. Positioned between Elements and Photoshop, this app delivers everything most users need: editing tools, effects, and ready-made elements for creations.

The wide variety of textures, frames, effects, animations, and brushes wouldn't necessarily justify the download, but the app is more or less a snap to use. Wizard dialogs let you instantly create attractive and functional Web-page objects, including buttons, image maps, bullets, and backgrounds. The program works with layers, too. The traditional photo-editing interface has only one peculiarity: the main docked panel, which can hold all the other panels and quickly hide and show them. It also lets you quickly switch among work-space layouts. Beginners, for instance, can display just the controls for basic editing.

All in all, this powerful graphics program will appeal to photographers and Web designers who need a significantly cheaper alternative to monster packages such as Photoshop.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version X3

Version X3 includes Corel Painter Essentials 3 Full Version, Slideshow Prep Wizard, and new crop tools.

General

Publisher Corel
Publisher web site http://www.corel.com/
Release Date January 15, 2008
Date Added January 15, 2008
Version X3

Category

Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 163.33MB
File Name upix3_tbyb_e-KEYPIX3ENPC.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,957,114
Downloads Last Week 23

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $69.99
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