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Corel announces PaintShop Pro X5

By dpreview staff on Sep 5, 2012 at 16:50 GMT

Corel has announced PaintShop Pro X5, the latest version of its photo management and editing software. This latest update includes more extensive image tagging and management tools, including improved geotagging and face recognition, allowing the creation of geographically-related slideshows and tagged uploads to Facebook. Pro X5 also gains a series of 'Instant Effects' presets allowing different 'looks' to be achieved simply. The software's HDR features have also been improved, including better handling of changes between the images being combined. The software will cost $79.99, or $99.99 for the 'Ultimate' edition which includes ColorEfex Pro 3.0.

PaintShop Pro X5 also includes a 'Learning Center' palette, along with access to the online Corel Guide - which features help and tutorials to make it easier for new users to get the most out of the software.


Press Release:

New PaintShop Pro X5 Combines Photo Editing & Design Tools for a Powerful All-in-One Solution

Expertly organize, edit, and share artistic vision with ease

Ottawa, ON – Sept. 5, 2012 -  Today Corel® announced the release of PaintShop® Pro X5, the most robust consumer photo editing and creative design solution on the market. PaintShop Pro X5 delivers all the powerful editing and digital design tools needed to produce stunning images and professional works of art. With easy-to-use, pro-quality tools and built-in learning resources, every level of user, from aspiring amateur to seasoned professional, will be able to expertly organize, edit, and share their photographic and artistic visions with ease.

The latest release includes updates and refinements to PaintShop’s most popular features like layer styles, brushes and High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools. PaintShop Pro X5 also boasts new creative tools including Retro Lab, an Instant Effects palette and a Graduated Filter effect. Also new to X5 are the innovative social media integration and organizational tools like face recognition and Share My Trip which gives users the ability to share map based interactive slideshows.

“Consumer needs have always been the driving force behind enhancements included in new releases of PaintShop Pro and X5 is the perfect example,” said Matt DiMaria, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at Corel. “Our customers come from a wide variety of professions and creative backgrounds, so we’ve listened to their feedback and tailored and refined the new tools and updates in X5 to fit their specific needs. Thanks to the community’s involvement and support, we are confident that this release delivers a depth and range of features that make PaintShop Pro X5 a valuable and beneficial upgrade.”

Highlights of New and Enhanced Tools:

  • NEW! Instant Effects palette: Includes a variety of preset effects and styles such as Artistic, Film, Black & White, and Landscape, plus users can create their own!
  • NEW! Retro Lab: Create and apply old-school color and contrast effects to photos to achieve a distinctive look inspired by early or toy cameras
  • Enhanced! High Dynamic Range tools: Create intense B&W contrast, easier photo alignment, and the application of presets to HDR batch processing
  • NEW! Single RAW Photo: Allows users to create HDR results using a single RAW photo
  • NEW! Graduated Filter effect: Semi-transparent color gradients that simulate the effect of using different on camera filters
  • Enhanced! Layer Styles: Includes the ability to apply styles such as drop shadow, glow and reflections directly from the Layers palette
  • NEW & Enhanced! Paint Brush: New Watercolor brush plus enhanced ability to import Adobe Photoshop brushes
  • NEW & Enhanced! Corel Guide: Built-in instructional videos, easy-to-follow tutorials and free downloadable content such as PictureTubes™, picture frames, brushes, presets and more
  • NEW! Places: Maps photos to specific real-world locations that enable users to quickly view and search photos based on their geographical info
  • NEW! Share My Trip: Share your travel photos online with a slideshow that links photos directly to an interactive map
  • NEW! People: Face recognition technology that helps users identify and tag individuals for easier photo management and social sharing

Also introducing PaintShop Pro X5 Ultimate

Also available today is PaintShop Pro X5 Ultimate. This release combines all the powerful photo-editing and design tools of PaintShop Pro X5 with over $200 of creative extras. Users can explore their creativity with award-winning Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters, and REALLUSION FaceFilter Studio 2.0 portrait-enhancement tools. Also included is a collection of over 100 unique brushes, textures and royalty-free backgrounds, making this product an exceptional value.

Also introducing Photo & Video Suite X5

Corel also announces the release of Photo & Video Suite X5, the economical, yet comprehensive software package for producing high quality multimedia projects for both business and pleasure. With the combined power and creativity of PaintShop Pro X5 and VideoStudio® Pro X5, this new editing suite is the supreme content creation engine for photography, design and video enthusiasts. 

Pricing and Availability

PaintShop Pro X5 can be purchased immediately as an electronic download (ESD) from www.corel.com or from Corel's global resellers. North American suggested retail pricing (SRP) is $79.99 (US and CDN). Users of PaintShop Pro X3 or higher are eligible for upgrade pricing of $59.99. Commercial and education volume licenses are also available.

PaintShop Pro X5 Ultimate is also available at www.corel.com and at resellers for SRP $99.99 or $79.99 for an upgrade.

For more information about Paintshop Pro X5, or to download a free fully-functional trial version please visit www.corel.com/paintshoppro

Photo & Video Suite X5 is available in English, German and Bilingual (English/French) for Canada. North American pricing is $129 (US and CDN) for the full version of the software. Please visit www.corel.com/photovideosuite

Media, Blogger and Community Resources

For additional PaintShop Pro X5 resources including reviewer's materials, images and videos, please visit www.corel.com/newsroom/paintshoppro.

For additional Photo & Video Suite X5 resources including, images please visit www.corel.com/newsroom/photovideosuite

Join the PaintShop Pro Community

  • Connect with PaintShop Pro users on Facebook
  • Follow our Twitter updates at @CPaintShopPro

Comments

Total comments: 62
Xzendor7
By Xzendor7 (11 months ago)

I downloaded the trial version of this application to see what it can do and it's feature rich and powerful. For me though it's biggest drawback is that it's not a 64 bit application.

I generally use Photo Elements 7 when creating my fractal art composition and work with large file sizes typically in the range of 700MB to 1.4Gb which I can open with no problem in PE7; but with PSP X5 the largest file I can open is a small 450MB .psd file.

Another problem with this PSP X5 is that it does not recognize all of my system memory. I have 12GB and the program only sees 4GB, PE7 on the other hand recognizes all the memory I have in my system.

I would invest money in this application if it was a 64bit application, but since it's still 32bit it's something I can't use. If your file sizes are relatively small and you do a lot of photo editing or photo manipulations this should be a great tool, because as I said before it has a massive amount of features.

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cknapp61
By cknapp61 (11 months ago)

Since Adobe announced their new pricing structure, I have been looking for alternatives. I downloaded the free Trial of Corel PSPx5...wow, very slow to load (I have 2Tb of photos on my system, disabled the cataloging, deleted the Database (*.db) file, still slow at loading up, it crashes and freezes on my Quad-core, 16GB RAM, 1Gb video card desktop system (Adobe CS 4 and all its programs never give me trouble). Though CPSPx5 has some nice features, the "clunkiness" rules it out for me.

I learned about SageLight Photo Editor from DP Reviews recent article on "10 photo editors that aren't PhotoShop", it was not listed in the article, but was instead suggested by someone posting a comment about the article.

I have been using ThumbsPlus as my photo manager for years (I rarely shoot RAW, Nikon D700), my new workflow looks like ThumbsPlus, SageLight, and Tiffen DFX (standalone, having to upgrade from the PS Plug-In version to avoid giving Adobe with $$ for their new marketing scheme).

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Iuri Cezar
By Iuri Cezar (Mar 17, 2013)

DPReview should add PaintShopPro X5 (Ultimate) to Software Hub/Database.

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bennito42
By bennito42 (Jan 8, 2013)

Well you'll be pleased to know this is probably my final word on Raw Files and the Canon G1X..... I have just received the following "explanation" from Corel Customer service which says in part ".....As I mentioned, PSP just decodes the RAW file faithful and the vignetting will show up in some specific focal length. For LR, they had "Auto Lens Correction" function and will apply correct lens correct to the raw file but PSP/ASP not. The reason is why we said it's not an issue but a lacked feature. Sorry for making confusion and hopefully you can accept my explanation...."
Not what I was told before...(they said it was a bug they could fix)...but anyway if you want to use it with a G1X... maybe you should foreget about RAW files and use JPEG !!!

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StevenPM
By StevenPM (Dec 5, 2012)

The Program has worked okay for me. I had issues when I first installed it. It does not come with extras included on the CD like past versions of the program did. But a Corel technician helped with that, by allowing me to down load all the files I needed.
Oh, the Digimarc plug-In will only work from Image>Watermarking>Embed Watermark now.
In the past, you would go to Effects> Plugins> Digimarc but Digimarc
does not support the program anymore.

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Tetractys
By Tetractys (Nov 12, 2012)

Awful program. Interface is kludgy and poorly designed, not as bad as Adobe, but trying to imitate that app destroyed what was Paint Shop's best feature -- ease of use. One of the most buggy apps I've ever used. Almost as bad as Pinnacle, in that class in terms of bad code. Won't load, takes forever to load, freezes, won't let you save work. A total mess. I thought X2, X3, X4 were bad. This is the worst. I've quit Corel and moved to Photoshop, which I detest. It's that bad.

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bennito42
By bennito42 (Oct 29, 2012)

Updaqte as at 29th October re Corel Paint Shop Pro X5 and AfterShot Pro. Both products still exhibit drastic vignetting / distortion when downloading wide angle RAW files taken with Canon G1X. Finally Corel have closed this file , as they said "...due to no activity for the last 10 days... Interesting !! there was no communication from Corel during tha t time that any action from their end was contemplated. I have tested both Lightroom 4 and Photoshop Elements 11 - these two Adobe products appear to handle these files correctly. I'd be interested to hear of anyone else who've experienced similar problems with these Corel products.
p.s. A letter (not email) was forwarded to the company's head office some time ago - at the time of posting to this forum (surprise, surprise) I have received no response.

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bennito42
By bennito42 (Oct 30, 2012)

Update on above ; I reopened the case with Corel re RAW files issues with the Canon G1X.... the company asked ( in part) the following " Let me just clarify some points, is Canon GX1 a full-frame sensor camera? Is the lens interchangeable? If yes, what lens are you using?..."
Interesting when a software mnufacturer hasn't got the details on hand of the specifications of the camera !!!

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bennito42
By bennito42 (Nov 14, 2012)

Corel has of the 13/11/2012 closed my case re G1X Raw Files - said it may be resolved with a service pack at a later date !!
well the "later date" is too late. Back to Adobe P.E.11

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bennito42
By bennito42 (Dec 23, 2012)

Finally received a response to my Second Case Request.... ...they wanted to close the case. Seems they have..., without comment and without resolvfe. Thanks for nothing Corel.

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bennito42
By bennito42 (Jan 8, 2013)

The saga with PSP X5 continues after 6 months of trying to get this software to work correctly with G1X RAW Files. . IMHO selling this product knowing that there is a bug in the system is False advertising. I am continuing with this matter as one of principle. Why isn't this company listening to their customers. All one can say is Caveat Emptor - BUYER BEWARE

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Ermel
By Ermel (Oct 9, 2012)

Paintshop Pro X4 is just buggy! First it takes about 20 seconds to open up, when it does open up correctly, then occasionally, it will not completely load and crash.
Seeing from other users here, why should I take a chance with X5?
Since I purchased X4, I have not seen one update to correct for the bugs, and I have not read that X5 corrected these bugs.
I may buy it second-hand on ebay, when people start selling it, if it's cheap enough.
P.S. I run WinXP on a virus-free Quad speed cpu desktop and have 4gb of memory and plenty of room on my hard drive!

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Greg Henry
By Greg Henry (Oct 8, 2012)

This software (X5 Ultimate) crashes faster than the Titanic. There's a series of edits that if I do them in a row, the program will shut itself down every single time. It's pretty much useless.

No reply to my email for support. No support phone number. Calling the sales line they say you have to submit your "1 free support request" online. Of course the store won't take back open software so my only recourse is to contact my credit card company and put a refund request on it.

Really sad how this program went downhill so much after Corel took it over. I'm a bit slow, but won't fall for it again.

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bennito42
By bennito42 (Oct 7, 2012)

4 weeks gone bye... Contacted Corel & have opened two (2) Case reports...... Still no answer as to why Raw files from Canon G1X (wide angle lens settings) show marked vignetting and distortion. ( refer to my previous comments a month ago)

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DaveCamerason
By DaveCamerason (Sep 22, 2012)

Just downloaded PSP X5 and the bug Corel introduced when they first bought JASC is still there. Save a PNG file using inches and when you open it the dimensions appear in cm, and they don't round accurately. Too bad they couldn't have fixed this in six releases over as many years, even when they hear about it as a reported bug year after year after year.

Don't count on any glitch getting fixed given this level of disregard, but if you can use the sofware as is, go for it.

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bennito42
By bennito42 (Sep 12, 2012)

Recently I trialled Lightroom 4 and found no problems in downloading and editing RAW files from Canon G1X. However using both PaintShop Pro X5 and Corel AfterShot Pro, I have encountered unacceptable vignetting and distortion ( most apparent at wide angle zoom ).
The only way I could overcome this was to download my Raw G1X files directly to my computer, use Adobe DNG , convert them before editing in PSP 5.
One can only hope this can be fixesd quickly.
On the other hand I have found the ease of use, and the actual editing features excellent.

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GK UK
By GK UK (Sep 11, 2012)

I've used PSP X2 previously and quite liked the product. I never got round to X3 or X4 but I thought I'd give X5 a look as I was interested in the ND filters. Having downloaded the trial version I find that ColorEfex Pro 3.0 is not included unless you buy. Not much of a trial if you can test one of Corel's main selling points! However, I did like the single raw feature. Other than that, most of the other changes since X2 seem to just bloat the product and have little appeal to me.

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (Sep 10, 2012)

I hope it is now 64bit.

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contadorfan
By contadorfan (Sep 8, 2012)

I bought X4 last fall. For this beginner, the basics were easy to use. The learning curve is very steep, though, if you want to learn all the bells and whistles of the full editing/drawing program. That is probably true of any full featured photo editing software. Fortunately I bought a good book to go with the software, and hopefully some day I'll have a great set of editing/drawing skills. On the whole, I'm happy with PSPx4 and plan to stick with Corel for a long time. No Adobe for me!

As much as I like PSPx4, I love, love, love AfterShot Pro. Super easy, super fast, wonderful results. One can't say enough good things about ASP.

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Marc Martin
By Marc Martin (Sep 6, 2012)

The main gripe I have about Corel Photo-Paint X4 is that I cannot save TIF files with 16-bit color. 16-bit support seems limited to input files and a few select image enhancement features.

Worse, the program actually makes you think that you can save a 16-bit TIF, but if I then take the saved TIF and look at the histogram, I find that there are only 256 distinct levels of RGB information, not 65,536 (using the "wide histogram" plugin in Photoshop, or the freeware application "Histogrammar").

UPDATE: oh wait, I see that this news article is about PaintShop Pro, not Photo-Paint. Never mind...

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Kevin Coppalotti
By Kevin Coppalotti (Sep 6, 2012)

X4 was a leap forward, this is more like X4.1

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Sep 5, 2012)

There is still one thing that would keep me from buying this as my image editor: Color gamut. Still no Adobe RGB, Photo-Pro, or LAB?

Oh and one other thing, there is no mention if it will support Canon RAW files? Hopefully someone can answer this.

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John McCormack
By John McCormack (Sep 6, 2012)

X5 does support the Canon S100 RAW files. I just downloaded the trial.

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Sep 6, 2012)

I just downloaded the trial as well. This is definitely a step up from X2. And it recognizes my Canon CR2 RAW files as well. Nice. Now, about the Adobe RGB color gamut...

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eduguedes
By eduguedes (Sep 6, 2012)

To configure the AdobeRGB Color Gamut, go to the menu File> Color Menagement> Workspare Color and select the color profiles that you want to default. Then go to File> Color Menagement> Color Menagement will be done as and select color management ..
I hope I helped.
(Forgive the bad English).

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Sep 6, 2012)

Nah, there doesn't appear to be an AdobeRGB color gamut on PSP, which means Adobe will not share it with their competitor. I'll enjoy the free trial, but will probably get Elements 11 when it comes out.

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Klindar
By Klindar (Sep 6, 2012)

Apologies if we are not talking about the same thing but if you go into PSP's "Color Management" setup under "File" you can work in any color space you have installed on your PC, including Adobe RGB and Pro. You can choose converting your image to that space or assigning it etc. I usually work in aRGB with PSP or even in the uniquely defined color space of my wide gamut monitor and no problems at all. My only complaint is that color management is not implemented as conveniently as in Photoshop. For example, to change color space you must close all open images ... a nuisance when you must do it but I seldom change my color space preference anyway.

Best wishes,
JH

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Sep 8, 2012)

EmmanualStarchild: "Nah, there doesn't appear to be an AdobeRGB color gamut on PSP, which means Adobe will not share it with their competitor."

That statement makes no sense at all. AdobeRGB is an ordinary profile, easy to read the coordinates, documented widely, downloadable for free and implementable by anyone who wants to.

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jezsik
By jezsik (Sep 5, 2012)

I like the "Single RAW Photo - split a RAW photo intro three exposures and selectively recombine them for stunning results." This smells of HDR, but they treat HDR as a different feature. I'd like to see the results of this split process. For me, X4 was worth it just for Nik Color Efex. It's a pity they don't provide more/better plug-ins.

Given the list of new "fun" features, it really bugs me that they keep putting the "Pro" label on the software. I wish they'd add some pro features or spin off a "light" version of PaintShop for the scrap-booking, facebook crowd.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Sep 5, 2012)

I haven't tried this, but the reason they treat HDR as a different feature is because it's different, for a couple of reasons.

If you redevelop a single RAW at three exposures and recombine, you can never exceed the actual dynamic range of the sensor, plus, the dark areas still have as much noise as they ever did. But the advantage over HDR is that a single exposure can capture action without ghosting.

If you use real HDR, you are taking actual bracketed exposures that give you much longer tone coverage than the sensor can with one exposure. Also, with real HDR the dark exposures place the image's visibly dark tones in a light part of the exposure, so that your shadows have no noise after combination processing.

So Corel is doing the right thing by keeping this technique and real HDR far apart of each other.

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Mirfak
By Mirfak (Sep 6, 2012)

I wonder if you can apply noise reduction on each split exposure separately!

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JaFO
By JaFO (Sep 6, 2012)

The name is the least of the problems and at least it doesn't have 'pro feature' like cost.

(and why are 'professionals' not allowed to have fun features ? ;) )

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Defenseman13
By Defenseman13 (Sep 5, 2012)

The HDR tools interest me, I wonder how they compare to Photoshop.

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Andrew Booth
By Andrew Booth (Sep 5, 2012)

Corel: where once-good applications go to die.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 5, 2012)

If they were that good, they wouldn't be on the auction block for Corel to pick up.

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (Sep 10, 2012)

Actually they got a pretty good deal. Corel wanted to buy them badly. Lots of money was flying into people pockets.
And in contrast to many other applications corel bought PSP actually sells... so it isn't dying.

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iamachair
By iamachair (Sep 5, 2012)

Thanks for alll you posts (b4 mine). I am still using X2. My 1st impressions of X5 was pretty much the same as everyone else's--just more fluff without substance. I was waiting to see if X5 added any major improvements. I'll get X4.

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John McCormack
By John McCormack (Sep 5, 2012)

I got an email from Corel offering X5 for $59.99 as an upgrade (I have X4 now.) Will X5 replace AfterShot Pro? Rumor has it that AfterShot Pro may die a slow death. AfterShot is the best RAW converter for the money and much faster and easier to use than LightRoom. I hope ASP stays around. Doubt I'll give X5 a try until they drop the upgrade price.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 5, 2012)

Totally different products. Aftershot Pro is a RAW workflow app, and PSP is a full featured editor. It's like the difference between Photoshop and Lightroom.

And as for the slow death, why would Corel buy Bibble only to let it die?

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bennito42
By bennito42 (Oct 29, 2012)

"...Aftershot Pro is the best RAW converter..."... you're half
right (maybe) . Like PSP5 ASP works fine with RAW files from Canon 5D, but cannot handle RAW files from Canon G1X.... be sure to "try before you buy.."

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JimsPC
By JimsPC (Dec 9, 2012)

I have used converters from PSE10, ASP, ACDSee6pro and Olympus2 using the same images with all settings at 0 (to TIFF), then put the image sets side by side @100% and 200% in PSE (calibrated monitor). I did this because ASP seemed to be more than soft it was very spongy and I wanted to see the difference. Its a toss up over PSE and ACDSee for raw conversion of EM-5 raw files in detail, they are similar in colour as well.
ASP has some great features but RAW conversion is not one of them. It is the worst converter I have used. ACDSee is slightly richer than PSE converter, that is good as I have adopted ACDSee for its superior light handling.
No Aftershot pro RAW conversion is not good. Pity the rest is a good usable package.

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Mirfak
By Mirfak (Sep 5, 2012)

Most important thing they could have added was 64-bit support. This is one of the least featured update that I can recall.

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GtoJon
By GtoJon (Sep 5, 2012)

Completely agree!

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bigfatron
By bigfatron (Sep 6, 2012)

Despite being 32 bit, it does handle large files remarkably well. X3 you could kill with 16 bit TIFF files as it had a memory leak whereas this (and the same was true of X4) is great in that regard.

Plus with it being 32 bit you don't have to worry about obtaining 64 bit plugins.

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LSHorwitz1
By LSHorwitz1 (Sep 5, 2012)

Yawn.....not a compelling set of improvements for current X4 owners in my opinion.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 5, 2012)

Agreed. But Adobe has been releasing annual versions of Elements with similar minor add-on effects and wizards, so Corel probably has pressure to keep up for the side-by-side comparison charts.

The best deal right now is going to be PSP X4 Ultimate. It's $50 on Amazon today. The Ultimate bundle already has Nik Color Efex, which includes Film effects, X-processing, GND filters, etc. So who cares if Corel has those built in with X5?

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (Sep 5, 2012)

Its not much of a upgrade from X4 Ultimate . The upgrade price is not worth it yet for ND filters and few brushes and some social networking stuff. I will stick around for awhile , at least until the first service pack.

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worksafe
By worksafe (Sep 5, 2012)

Still no Mac version.

I left windows in 97 and PaintShop Pro behind. I had thought Corel would have made a Mac version when they bought Jasc out, but grey matter at Corel does not exist.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 5, 2012)

Mac users still only make up 10% of the market and most (all?) macs include iphoto, etc, which limits potential sales even further. I think it is more of a numbers game and I'd image some brain power was used in coming to that conclusion.

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Defenseman13
By Defenseman13 (Sep 5, 2012)

Lol WHAT? I love people like you that throw numbers out regarding Mac users. Do you realize how huge 10% is when running a business? And how about the number of working professionals that use Macs compared to PCs?

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Sep 5, 2012)

tkbslc, that Macs take up 10% of the market is irrelevant here. In photography, Macs have a much larger share. One number I saw said that 50% of Photoshop sales are to Macs.

The 10% figure is only for the total market including bulk purchasers for office cubicles, where computers are bought like copiers and water coolers.

Where creative human beings actually choose the computer they want to use, the Mac is a much higher share. That is why the Apple retail stores are some of the most successful in the retail industry on a per square foot revenue basis.

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micksh6
By micksh6 (Sep 6, 2012)

Mac market share may be 10-12% only in US. Worldwide it's much smaller, 6-7%. This shows how few people care about Macs outside US, and Corel is not US company.

As for Adobe sales - their Mac sales are nowhere near to Windows sales. Few years ago Mac sales percentage was 23% according to this:
http://gigaom.com/apple/why-do-software-companies-support-the-mac/

Software development for Mac and Windows is entirely different. From business perspective it doesn't make sense to spend huge amount of efforts porting product to Mac if much larger Windows market is not saturated.

For Adobe it's simple - Apple invested in Adobe and Photoshop started on Mac. Then, once you have product core working it's relatively easy to add new features to both Windows and Mac versions.
For Corel Mac support would be like development of a new product from scratch.

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Ralpho
By Ralpho (Sep 6, 2012)

There are apparently no solid figures available for Macs in use worldwide -- Apple probably knows but isn't talking -- but estimates exist that 80-million Macs (and perhaps up to 100-million when you include older, pre-Intel chip versions) are currently in use. Not too shabby. Corel makes a pretty fine product, and yes, it would take a lot of R&D to gear up a Mac version of PaintShop, but that could mean MILLIONS of copies sold to the Mac creative community on a continuing basis, who are sick of paying $600-$900 for the bloated and overpriced Adobe Photoshops. If you were the CEO of Corel, why wouldn't you start down that road, knowing that the market is just sitting there waiting? Come on Corel, it's the 21st Century --get over the anti-Mac 1980's huff and climb on board!

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Sep 7, 2012)

micksh6: "Corel is not US company."

Even though many of its customers and employees are? Corel used to be a public company, until heavy debts and losses prompted a private group to take full control. Who the current shareholders are, or whether the company is making money, perhaps few in Toronto have a clue.

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fuego6
By fuego6 (Sep 5, 2012)

-10 for more bloat... more "retro" filters, "share your trip!", bleh... Corel=bloatware. Bring back JASC please...

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 5, 2012)

Gotta keep up with Adobe, don't they?

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magneto shot
By magneto shot (Sep 5, 2012)

+1 for alternative to adobe. Corel have been around as long as i remember, i hope folks will give them a chance...

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Robert Kovacs
By Robert Kovacs (Sep 6, 2012)

If they would support Linux, like Aftershot Pro does, I would give them a chance. I would definitely purchase a copy for my Ubuntu workstation. Aftershot Pro works great on Ubuntu.

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JaFO
By JaFO (Sep 6, 2012)

Folks won't give them a chance, because anything that isn't Adobe or Apple is crap by default no matter how ridiculous the price/performance ratio is for that product.

Besides ... anyone with little effort can get Photoshop for "free" ( 'arrh!' ;) ), which kind of makes it impossible for anyone else to compete.

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crimliar
By crimliar (Sep 9, 2012)

As a happy amateur I've been using PaintShopPro since it ran under DOS and GEM! Version X4 was at least up untill the last service pack a complete disaster. It wouldn't properly recognise the correct color space from my Sony A77 and couldnet even be relied on to rotate images correctly. So for me X5 was Corels last chance, so far I've found no issues, and it is substantially faster (about 300%!).

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Pkphoto
By Pkphoto (Sep 9, 2012)

Using all this time Corel's software it would be nice to say that PspX4 is good to use it in two screens workspace but I can' t find until now enough reasons to go to X5, and I do prefer sometimes X3 . Recently I am using both X14 and Adter Shot Pro, and I found that many things are not bad to use After Shot Pro even if all the files are not recognised as the RAW from Fuji's S5.

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apmadoc
By apmadoc (10 months ago)

Ok, I'm also on the hunt for a Photoshop alternate based on the new CC plan

I downloaded PaintShop Pro X5 trial version. I tried it for 20 min and concluded. It's not going to fit my needs
1. 16 bit application
2. Lack of 16bit TIF support
3. File Size limitations

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