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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear, 21 Oct. 2011
This review is from: PaintShop Photo Pro Ultimate X3 (CD-ROM)
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Just to be clear, upon installation the splash screen declared this version of the software to be Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate. The version number was shown as v13.2.1.7

Sadly, the only thing "ultimate" about it was that it will be the last Corel software I have anything to do with. Many years ago I struggled with one of the earlier iterations of the CorelDRAW software. It was buggy and badly optimised, and the signs are not good that anything has changed.

I'd love to be able to give a full review of this product, but my experience with it ended very early.

The box comes with a DVD containing PaintShop Photo Pro X3 (Ultimate?), PaintShop Photo Project Creation, Painter Essentials 4 and the KPT Collection. There is also a CD containing WebSite X5 Special Edition (which I didn't attempt to install).

The install routine is painful, requiring each program to be installed separately, with the primary serial number needing to be input twice. There is a separate serial number for Painter Essentials 4. At no point does the install routine help with what the various programs do.

The install will spend some time configuring Direct X, as part of a lengthy process that installs around 2.35gb to your hard disk.

Also inside the box is a quick start guide and a larger manual. The quick start guide was particularly unhelpful, and was little more than an overview of obvious functions.

However, the train quickly came off the rails when I tried to run PaintShop Photo Pro X3 (Ultimate?) on my Windows 7 machine. It simply would not run past opening the workspace. The grey UI just sat there looking at me glumly until Windows reported back to me several minutes later that the program had died.

Now, in all fairness, it may have been working away cataloguing my large photo collection (41,000 files adding up to 260gb), but it was impossible to tell. There was no sign of activity other than a gently ticking hard disk.

That is where my review (such as it is) has to end.
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