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Nearly Perfect...Several Bugs...No Resolution
on 30 March 2013
I have been an advocate of Corel software for many years, and on the whole, I have never been disappointed. Often Corel is compared to Adobe and their respective packages, but for me, Corel is the better of the two.
Installation is very straightforward. From start to finish it took no more than 10 mins. Having just purchased the software which was originally released in September 2012, there are two critical service pack updates which are installed as part of the Installation. There is also an optional help file which can be installed in case you are off line.
I'm someone who needs the software to be as simple as possible, and this software meets that requirement. I'm not someone who is madly in to photo editing, but I use it for touching up photos, cropping, printing etc, pretty basic tasks. However, within the package there are literally hundreds and hundreds of applications/effects etc, no doubt some I have never uncovered. My expertise simply is not there. There are some built in tutorials if you want to learn these more in depth tools etc. The interface is very simple, three tabs at the top and within those you have everything you need.
In this version there are two additional NEW features, but I'm having trouble with both. The first one the ability to map your photos using Google Maps, so you view where you have taken them. Having used this, I'm finding that some photos have mapped twice. Likewise, with the new face recognition software, I'm finding that the software is not identifying the faces correctly and tagging them multiple times. I've spoken with Corel via their 90 day complimentary support, but I have no resolution yet. Having said that, will I ever need to use this feature? My photos are already tagged with the place/country in which they were taken.
Overall, I am giving this software 4*. On the whole, this is an exceptional bit if software, highly intuitive, easy to use, and with a wealth of tools for both the amateur and professional editor. However, as I think the software is not fully free of all bugs, I'm not awarding 5*. Strongly recommended.