Pros Intuitive user interface, greatly improved layer palette, best red-eye removal too available, vector text
Cons 16-bit feature is somewhat limited
Summary Paintshop Pro 9 was already the best deal out there--now version X widens the gap with any competitors. It's like an inexpensive, easy-to-use Photoshop without the limitations of Photoshop Elements.
PSPX has all of the features PSP9 had although for some reason Corel chose to not have some features appear in the menus and toolbars by default--you have to go into the toolbar configuration to add them back in if you want them. I must admit, they are mostly redundant.
One of my favorite features (PSP9 has it too) is the history palette which makes it really easy to generate scripts.
PSP9 had the hardest to use red-eye removal tool there was--it was very manual. PSPX has reversed that--now it has the best red-eye removal tool there is. They retained the old manual tool as well.
The layers pallette is also much improved--it's now similar to photoshop in that you can see thumbnails of each layer in the pallette. And if you like the way it was in PSP9, you can do that too.
16-bit editing is nice and works with all of the adjustment layers as far as I can tell, but it doesn't work with effects--ie., artistic effects or distortion effects. It also doesn't work with image arithmetic. The excellent noise reduction tool does work with 16-bit and user-defined filters work with 16-bit as well.
The bundled Photo Album 6 is fairly disappointing (can't import existing EXIF data), and it no longer includes the Animation Shop that came with PSP9.
Another plus is the Lynda.com video tutorials that come on the CD--EXCELLENT way of learning many of the features. You'll even learn little tips and tricks on the side to increase your productivity with the tool.
Pros a few automatic features to touch up photos
Cons not the general purpose graphics program it once was - although most of the features still seem to be present.
Summary Corel has changed the emphasis of this program from a general purpsoe graphics program that would do some photo editing to a photo editor that does some graphics. And the editing doesn't seem to be as good as PSP9's.
I am very disappointed in the changes - but not surprised given the manufacturer.
Pros Same as PSP 9 from Jasc
Cons Why did Corel just reissue PSP 9?
Summary Since Corel merged or purchased Jasc, I have seen nothing different from the former Jasc products. In fact, I was so happy with the former Jasc products in the past with their support I told myself that I have the utmost confidence in ALL Jasc products. With this supposed "Upgrade" to PSP 9, I have found nothing different. I feel as if Corel just released it under their name. Evidence is that when you install Corel PSP 10, PSP 9 remains installed on your system. I also experience the same thing for Corel Paint Shop Photo album supposed upgrade. HMMMMMM is this really an upgrade? I feel as if I have wasted my money on both.
Pros Slick interface and nice additions
Cons Lost some features
Summary Having used Paint Shop Pro with every version since 3.0, I have seen the ups and downs of the generations of PSP. However the first day I used version X I found myself saying repeatedly... that is cool. All the heavy duty layer functions still work great and the new Smart Photo fix saves some time by putting multiple tools in one place. Overall - Thumbs Up.
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Summary I have to admit that when I first upgraded from v9 to v10 I was very disappointed. There just didn't seem like there was much change so I kept using v9 until I had the time to play with it. Now, I LOVE the newest version! The "Smart Photo Fix" is invaluable. I have just started using the "makeover" tools (which is new to v10) and really like the teeth whitening tool. The speed of rendering all of the effects is much faster than in previous versions. Once I found where Corel moved the tools and what they renamed them to, it is a breeze to work with the interface. I think I was disappointed at first because I have owned the program since v7 and the upgrades to v8 and 9 were HUGE! I was expecting the same with v10. Though the changes may be a bit subtle at first....once you get used to it you wont go back to the previous versions.
One thing I don't understand is why they took away Animation Shop that Jasc included with their versions. That was a disappointment.
I too, loved Jasc's customer service. They were so fast to get back to you. Corel is slower to respond..but, they do respond
One thing about the updates and patches. I had major problems with the update to 10.02. On the advice of support, I uninstalled the program completely with a file they sent me. I am still waiting for the fix on that. It seems to me that not enough testing goes into the new releases before they present it to it's customers. I never had that problem with Jasc. In fact, I was a beta tester for Jasc for v9...that is when you work out the kinks (in beta) not when it is released to the public.
If this is your first graphics editing program you won't find a better one especially at this price. I highly recommend it. They have a new learning center that looks like it would be great for the beginner.