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Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate (PC)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2014
I've been using psp7 for years and I cannot think of one time when it crashed on me. Rock solid and really quick, even on Win 8.1 However, recently I needed to edit some large scans and was running into memory problems, so thought I'd give X6 64 bit a try.

Within 10 minutes, it had crashed twice when using the magic wand tool. On the third attempt, it bizarrely shifted one of the colours in the image. You constantly have to wait 10 seconds while it is ' writing to the undo file'. It takes forever to save large files, and the ui is cluttered and depressingly dark. None of the tools are any quicker than psp7. 64bit software that can't manage the same files as its 10-year old ancestor? Really? When Corel bought psp, I stopped upgrading, as it was taking on more and more of the Corel look and feel (my experience with CorelDraw was always ghastly). Sadly, I think that worry was justified.

I suppose I'm an uncommon user of PSP, as I use the vector graphics extensively alongside the raster layers. It seems none of the original PSP tools have been made any better (although they were pretty excellent in psp7), just more and more photo retouching bloat added.

I wish manufacturers would occasionally bring out a software release that actually significantly improved the existing functionality, rather than just adding bloat upon bloat. This is supposed to be 64bit software. Should I really have to wait 20 seconds for it to save an image??? Or think it is painfully slow compared to its distant ancestors, even on a 6 month old machine with Win8.1?

And the memory problem? - Well, I can load two large images (which psp7 complained about), but the performance drops to zero, so it is unusable! This isn't a physical memory limitation - I still have 3/4GB free.

If you want photo editing software, and you haven't already got a previous version of psp, this is for you. It does (as did version7), offer great value for photo retouching (as long as the file sizes aren't too big). However, if you already own a previous version and think you'll get faster speed and improvements of existing tools don't bother.

UPDATE 2014-04-12:
I feel I had to follow on my original review with an update, as I've been using PSP X6 for about a month now and my original review was quite harsh. It would seem most of my original problems were down to lack of RAM - If you want to edit large files (around 500MB - that's a 24bit colour A4 scan at 1200DPI), you need at least 8GB of RAM. I recently upgraded my machine to 8GB and the performance editing 500MB files has improved dramatically. What had me foxed originally is that Performance Monitor was showing 3/4 (750MB) free, but PSP apparently needs much more breathing space, as a single image now takes up around 6 or 7GB while editing.

File loading and saving is still slow, but much better with more RAM.

As for the UI - You can set the theme to light grey, which is a bit less depressing. I still think there's a lot of wasted space around the title bar and toolbars, but having used it for a while, it's not bad. It would be nice if the alternative tools on the tools palette (like the shapes tool) slid out when you hovered over them, as you tend to forget there are other tools when you don't use them a lot.

I still wish they'd bring out a "supercharged" release that concentrated on speed improvements rather than extra features, and the limitation of max 20000 pixels in the XY dimensions seems a bit arbitrary and limited when stitching photos and scans given today's high resolution scanners and cameras, although apparently Photoshop also has a limit of only 30000 pixels per side.

In all, it's a fantastic bargain given the price, but 10 years doesn't seem to have resulted in a huge improvement over PSP7.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I bought Paint Shop Pro x6 Ultimate after returning a useless copy of Adobe Elements 12 (see my review for that useless product). What a difference! Be assured this is a serious image editor easily on a par, I would say better, than Adobe's product. I would recommend buying the boxed DVD version rather than the download version from Amazon as a number of people seem to have had difficulty getting support due to a fault with the Amazon supplied serial numbers. If you don't have a DVD drive it is probably better to purchase the download version direct from Corel.

The extras supplied in the Ultimate version are well worth the extra cost, particularly the plugin filters.

It's a long time since I last used Paint Shop Pro (pre Corel days) and the software has developed beyond all recognition. Excellent image editor and very user friendly, intuitive user interface. 64 and 32 bit versions for Windows and it is recommended you load both versions on a 64 bit machine, for compatibility with older plugins. Many Photoshop plugins work in this version of Paint Shop Pro. The Management system ( equivalent to Organiser in Elements) is a breeze and the effects presets are literally one-click.

Forget Elements and don't fall for the hype that only Adobe products are suitable for serious photographers. Paint Shop Pro x6 is superb and more than capable of providing the tools even pro's require.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2014
The activation code issued by Amazon does not activate this download, and purchasing this item here does not allow you access to the Corel support system (for which you need a separate code from Corel: they will not talk to you without it.)

Amazon's support information on activation keys says 'contact the supplier' but you can't, because you don't have a Corel support code.

The format of the activation code issued by Amazon is not correct, according to the Corel support information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2014
I purchased Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate [Download] and the licence key didn't work. I have tried getting through to Corel Support as instructed by Amazon but was blocked because I didn't have a support code which I was informed was on the box BUT I PURCHASED this software over the internet. Wasted a lot of money on telephone calls without a resolution.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2013
Used to have a software package that came with a with a previous Canon Camera, but no longer compatible with Windows 7, so needed an editing package. Am only really a long time hobbyist - just like to be able to 'mess about' with photos, as my originals are not that great. Have been pondering for a couple of years to buy photoshop elements, but there always seemed to be a lot of negative comments. Read some magazine online reviews recently and the Corel Painshop Pro X6 Ultimate seemed to get a mention. There seems to be plusses and minuses for both photoshop and Paintshop. 2 things decided me to but Paintshop. Firstly for PC users Paintshop Pro X6 has updated and now operates on 64 bit , whereas photoshop operates on 32 bit (unless you're a mac user then its 64 bit - that sounds discriminatory against PC users, but there you are!). I am not a 'techie', but I get the impression that a 64 bit does things faster and easier. The second reason for going for paintshop was that again there were several online mentions of paintshop pro (cost me £70 on Amazon - ordered it late Sunday, ordinary post, and arrived Tuesday morning -impressive) being very similar to the Photoshop CS5 software that sells for around £600! Obviously the £600 software will be a lot more 'professional' but at a tenth of the price, I thought I would try it. First impressions after using it for a week are positive. With the 'Ultimate' for about £10 more than the normal pro X6, you get another disk with 3 extra bits on it, plus free standard membership to Corel Paintshop, so I would go for the Ultimate for the small price difference. I watched quite a few of the tutorial videos on the Corel Learning Centre, before I even opened my DVD, and it is REALLY WORTH spending that time to get a feel of it. Also when you are using the software there are lots of text tips also. Again, it is worth spending time just navigating the system, as there are so many 'icons' and 'dropdowns' it may look over the top at first glance. I keep finding something new, which is great and I am sure more techie aware people will find a lot more. Haven't used the 'layers' yet to edit, but they look very interesting. Software loaded very straightforward and quick (second add on disk, probably took as long as first. Also, (which I have done -was recommended default )- You can choose to install the software as both a 32 bit and 64 bit package - 2 separate packages - as some plug ins/other devices someone might use may only be 32 bit. Have spent hours (fun!) looking at all the different effects and so far I am glad I bought it. Seems fair value for the cost.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2014
I don't know about the rest of you but this software is very slow in its processes once I get more than about 4 layers on my photo. The brush seems to drag slowly and saving a document takes about 10 - 15 seconds. I'm using this on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64bit. 12 GB of RAM and an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Processor 3.4GHZ. Why is this program so slow to use. I never have any issues when using Photoshop CS6 or any other Adobe program. PSP would be an excellent bit of software if it wasn't so slow. Anyone got any comments?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I was already using PaintShop Pro X4 (PC) and so when I was given the chance to try this version, it seemed like a good idea. I have been using this package to work with RAW files from my Nikon D3200 and the package is useful for that. All the pros say that working with RAW is the way to go, but you need a package like this to be able to really get the most out of them.

Of course this is a decent package, but it's not PhotoShop and as this has basically become the industry standard when talking about photo-editing, this is the main downside. In practice and for most uses, I quite like this software and have found it easy to use - although I must say that I found X4 slow on my laptop. So this upgrade is very welcome as on first use it appears to be significantly faster - it appears to be stripped back and this is having a good effect.

Maybe ironically, as it is called PaintShop Pro - I suspect that this will be mostly used by amateurs who don't want to shell out for full, professional editing suites. But this does have everything most people will need and it is a significant updgrade. There is an extra CD which has bonus add-ons - like FaceFilter3 and a few other extras like brushes, textures and backgrounds. Personally I don't think these are worth the bother of loading, but the big plus for me is the faster peformance and when you have a lot of photos to process/edit - this is a significant factor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2014
Been using PSP since version 1 and this the best yet. The last few versions have had good features but were a bit unstable and prone to lock or crash, but this one has remedied the gremlins and added a few new features. I like it. I dont use it very much for photos, which is probably one of its strongest features, but use it for mainly for creating electronic artwork for websites, resizing images, and downsizing image colour/resolution of screen captures to optimise file size for websites or presentations. It's much easier to use than Corel Draw for art work. The only thing I worry about is the price which keeps creeping up with every version. I think software buyers expect software to improve, in order to keep upgrading, so why the price hikes as well ? Are you listening Corel?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2014
I upgraded from 32 bit PSP X5 mainly in anticipation of the improved speed that should be achievable with 64 bit software on Windows 7. However, I am disappointed to find the speed increase was quite minor on my Intel 3Ghz i5 with 8 Gb RAM. Disabling the frequent "auto saves" even though this carries risks - but the progam has proved very stable. You will notice more benefit if upgrading from older versions I expect.

Still good value though. Install the 32 bit version in parallel if you want to use the excellent Effex 3 s/w that came with earlier versions.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2014
The serial amazon sent me doesn't work. It appears to be missing numbers and letters. Corel doesn't want to deal with it because i didn't buy it off of them and have no support code. I spoke to amazon support and they said they would get me in contact with the team that deals with software downloads....frustrating, sometimes its best not to save a few pounds if it causes you loads of hassle.
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