Corel Paint Shop Pro X review: Corel Paint Shop Pro X

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MSRP: $99.00

The Good Nicely revamped interface; excellent browsing and image editing tools; includes a solid photo organizer and raw-format support.

The Bad Some quirky behavior; not all tools do a decent job.

The Bottom Line Corel Paint Shop Pro X is a good investment for digital photographers at any level.

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7.8 Overall
  • Setup 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 7
  • Support 8

From its inception, Paint Shop Pro was designed to be a feature-rich image-editing program at a price that Adobe Photoshop users would envy. We've always liked the program--it has features not found in Photoshop and is easier to use. With version X, Corel morphed it into an even friendlier app aimed squarely at digital camera users. The old tools are still present along with a few new ones, but the most obvious change in version X is the helpful, task-oriented user interface.

The program ships with a photo organizer, Photo Album 6.0; a utility for editing and converting raw-format images, Pixmatec Raw Shooter Essentials; and a two-hour training video on CD. As always, Paint Shop Pro is a pretty good deal. It's far easier to master than Photoshop, and for a great price, you get a sophisticated image editor that can handle anything you throw at it, plus a nice photo organizer and raw camera support.