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on 28 January 2010
Downloaded the upgrade version from Corel, which also comes with Paintshop Essentials 4. Not too sure if the bonus pack is of any real use, but it was free anyway. Compared to X2, the interface has not changed much. However, this version is for Windows 7 and Vista/XP. Start up time is quick, unlike X2. Much more content and editing functions. In the advanced screens, for the novice user, it can be a bit overwhelming, however, a simple click will bring up a guide on how to use those functions. I would say that it is more complex to use than Adobe Photoshop elements 7, but X3 uses much less system resources. Some of the auto edit functions can go overboard, much like X2 did, but one can very swiftly cancel or manually adjust.
Fantastic file format support. Also new is the ability to create HD slide shows. I will have to admit that I've switched from Adobe Elements 7 to Paintshop X2 and now X3 and haven't looked back. Yes, Adobe is powerful, and in the right hands can be fantastic. But if you are like me, one who prefers simple but effective editing, this version is so much simpler to use, even in the advance sections. A new feature, as on Elements 7, is batch editing. I'm still getting to know the various menus, so can't comment too much about the creativity side of things. My initial impression at first was is the upgrade really worth it?. Well, I personally can say yes. I don't think I'll be going back to Adobe.