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Can't seem to find this being posted here... Although not as cheap as the Tesco's deals during the past couple of months (now sold out). Also note that there is a newer version of this application on Amazon for around £34.

Decent'ish Reviews here:

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/software/graphics-and-media-software/image-editing-software/corel-paint-shop-pro-photo-x2-232695/review
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banned#1
nicee find hot hot hot +++
banned#2
#3
Great deal and comes with a 2GB usb stick too.

I have always stuck by PSP as a program great value vs photoshop.

G

:)
#4
Not anymore, Just clicked on the link and it showing....

Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate by Corel
Platform: Windows Vista / XP
Price: £74.17
#5
Look below and see 8 new from £17.97 (which is the one from amazon with free super saver delivery)
#6
Great find, but some of the reviews suggest it tends to be sluggish, sometimes crashing. It can also be temperamental on Windows 7. After a prompt from one of the amazon reviewers, I'm considering downloading Picasa instead: it's Google's FREE editing software. Anyone had any experience with this program?
#7
Crapweasel;8692973
Great find, but some of the reviews suggest it tends to be sluggish, sometimes crashing. It can also be temperamental on Windows 7. After a prompt from one of the amazon reviewers, I'm considering downloading Picasa instead: it's Google's FREE editing software. Anyone had any experience with this program?



I installed Picasa a few years ago and it seemed to work very well. Can't say that i've used it much though, but that's just me.
#8
Crapweasel
Great find, but some of the reviews suggest it tends to be sluggish, sometimes crashing. It can also be temperamental on Windows 7. After a prompt from one of the amazon reviewers, I'm considering downloading Picasa instead: it's Google's FREE editing software. Anyone had any experience with this program?


It's very basic.

Photoshop Elements is good.
#9
I don't find it basic at all. I use it on windows 7 and it has never crashed. It also runs quickly. Highly recommend it.
#10
Picasa is really only a for very basic photo touchup work. The Gimp is some better free image manipulation software.
#11
Crapweasel
Great find, but some of the reviews suggest it tends to be sluggish, sometimes crashing. It can also be temperamental on Windows 7. After a prompt from one of the amazon reviewers, I'm considering downloading Picasa instead: it's Google's FREE editing software. Anyone had any experience with this program?


My major complaint is that it seem to ransack my default applications for viewing files, so after installing it, if I clicked on a .jpg image, my laptop would go into a coma for 30 seconds whilst PaintShopPro X2 started up.

So, yes, it's very sluggish to get going, but quite friendly and helpful and easy to use once you're in there. And you can do some very funky stuff (like removing backgrounds) with it.

Mind you, on each laptop I've owned, one of the first apps I install is still my copy of Paint Stop Pro v7. It's a few years old, but loads (almost) instantly, and has enough bells and whistles for day-to-day use.


By the way, Amazon has a very good deal on the new version, Corel PaintShop Pro X3, for £33.97, this week only:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corel-PaintShop-Pro-X3-DVD/dp/B0032Z7T2W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=software&qid=1274856867&sr=1-1

Haven't tried this version though, so no idea if it's worth the extra money.
#12
fluffy-k
Picasa is really only a for very basic photo touchup work. The Gimp is some better free image manipulation software.


I've just tried Googling "gimp image" to have a look at this software, and I'm really not sure I'm looking at the right thing....
#13
Anyone know if the X2 works with RAW images? I can see that the X3 does, but nothing mentioned for X2.
#14
I own this software and have had a number of problems with it, all centred around the browse function (or "organiser" as it is now called).

Basically this allows you to right-click on a folder in Windows Explorer and then "browse" it for images. PSP is launched and you see all the images in the folder as icons. This worked great in version 7 (which I still use on other machines) but in X2 folders with anything more than a small number of files can cause the software to implode. Processor usage goes up to 100% (or as near as it can get) and you usually have to force-close the application using Task Manager.

X2 also remembers your browsed folders between start-ups and seems to try to check all the folders before launching. You therefore have to remember to manually remove any largish folders that you may have been lucky enough (or patient enough) to have browsed earlier.

I also have an issue whereby if I launch PSP in browse mode from Windows Explorer the images are not initially displayed. I have to switch another folder that I have browsed before, and then switch back. The icons then appear.

This whole process is incredibly frustrating, especially when Version 7 handled it so well. If, like me, you use (or think you will use) the organiser a lot, then I would seriously think twice about buying X2. These problems are not just mine - they are documented on the Wikipedia page at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corel_Paint_Shop_Pro

A quick Google search will also reveal a lot of similarly frustrated users.

Great price though if you are going to be using some of the advanced editing features.
#15
UncleMike
My major complaint is that it seem to ransack my default applications for viewing files, so after installing it, if I clicked on a .jpg image, my laptop would go into a coma for 30 seconds whilst PaintShopPro X2 started up.

>Right click
>Open With
>Windows Picture and Fax Viewer (or if on a Mac, Preview)
>Set as default
>Open

All your life's problems solved.
#16
foolsgold99
I don't find it basic at all. I use it on windows 7 and it has never crashed. It also runs quickly. Highly recommend it.


I was talking about Picasa being basic.
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#17
Paintshop has not been the same since Corel took over Jasc. What was once a cheap shareware alternative to Adobe's offerings (before Elements came along) is now bloated and heartless.
#18
UncleMike
I've just tried Googling "gimp image" to have a look at this software, and I'm really not sure I'm looking at the right thing....


Very simple URL http://www.gimp.org/ .You might also want to checkout the Resynthesizer plug-in http://www.logarithmic.net/pfh/resynthesizer.
#19
Iarwain
>Right click
>Open With
>Windows Picture and Fax Viewer (or if on a Mac, Preview)
>Set as default
>Open

All your life's problems solved.


Agreed! Also with regards to it trying to load all you libraries each time, this too can be disabled. This is a great price for it.
#20
I used to use PSP all the time, but it has become overly bloaty for my needs and is surplus to requirements. Most of the time I simply use Paint.NET; it's free and a tiny download (3.5MB) if you already have the .NET libraries installed.

http://www.getpaint.net/
#21
mfraser
Very simple URL http://www.gimp.org/ .You might also want to checkout the Resynthesizer plug-in http://www.logarithmic.net/pfh/resynthesizer.


Errr, I think my attempt at humour got lost there.

I said I googled for "gimp images"... and something different popped up.

Gimp... geddit...? Gimp...
http://www.blog.joelx.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/gimp.jpg

Ahhh, never mind.
#22
Very nice deal.

Nice software too, lots of functionality
#23
Cheapest is now £50 :-(

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