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Cheaper than the competition, not as good as the competition.
on 24 August 2012
Like Adobe Lightroom (Mac/PC) or Apple Aperture (Mac only), Corel AfterShot Pro is a digital imaging program to catalogue your digital photographs and perform basic edits on them without making permanent changes to you original photos (in RAW, Tif or jpeg formats). This is not fully fledged Photoshop-type software; you aren't able to perform minute changes to your images, but it's not meant to be that sort of program. You'll want a copy of Photoshop / Elements or Paint Shop Pro type program for that.
Actually, this isn't a new program written by Corel, for in 2011 they bought out a small company, Bibble Labs, who produced a program (naturally called Bibble) and slapped their own name on it.
Anyway, this is a fair program, but comparing it directly to Lightroom (I'd say the main competitor for £35 more) and its shortcomings start to show. It seems to lack polish in operation, the on screen processing seems to pause even on my high end PC (core i7, 12GB ram, separate HDD scratch disks), doesn't recognise some file formats (Sony ARG?)...There's also the matter of registering the software with Corel online. As reported by others, the serial number problem is something that should have been fixed way before now. It is cheap to buy, but these missing features could be infuriating to users. If you don't register you end up with the equivalent of the 30 day trial version
If you already use Paint Shop Pro, then you'll be familiar with the general layout of the program, and that could sway your choice. Other than that I would advise looking at alternatives before putting down your money.