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121. eZedia MX
$119.99 list($129.95)
122. Taos Image Finder- Digital Photo
$24.95 list($49.95)
123. DVD Moviefactory 2.0
$699.88
124. POWER PRODUCTIONS StoryBoard Artist
$124.99 $124.97 list()
125. Pantone, Inc. GB1106 Pantone Metallic
$9.96
126. LEARNING COMPANY Family Fun Creativity
$1,499.99
127. Adobe Video Collections V1.0STANDARD
128. MAGNET MEDIA FILM Inside Editing
$299.99 $293.08
129. Adobe After Effects Professional
130. Paint Shop Photo Album 5 Deluxe
$29.49 list($99.00)
131. MovieDV Suite For Laptops
$1,679.25
132. Adobe VIDEO COLLECTION PRO V2.6
$24.99
133. Microsoft Entertainment Pak 2004:Imaging
134. complete home architect 2.0 design
$39.99
135. Macmillan Imagine It!
$1.99 list($8.99)
136. Morphing Mania Screen Saver [CD-ROM]
$7.75 list($19.99)
137. PC Paintbrush Clipart Collection
$7.99
138. Digital Photo Album (XP Compatible)
$9.79
139. PageFiler (PC CD Jewel Case)
$24.50 list($109.99)
140. Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8

121. eZedia MX

Asin: B00007FY5Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eZedia
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122. Taos Image Finder- Digital Photo Database (Windows XP)
list price: $129.95
our price: $119.99
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Asin: B00065E0MI
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: New Mexico Software
Sales Rank: 13196
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Taos Image Finder -initial impression.
I have been using image database programs for quite some time. Since Taos Image finder was new it perked my interest.I will admit that the GUI is very pleasing and if you have a newer high quality video card you will be impressed with the programs abilty to display and adjust pictures in real time. One area where the program falls short however is in search ability. I was not able to consistantly have the program find what it should doing various searches of an 8,000 picture plus database. This included searches on file size, file name, and hotword entries which had been made prior to the searches. Using two other programs of the same type and the same picture collection produced perfect results each time. In my opinion this program shows much promise. If the internal database and search engines are improved it would truley be a class "A"piece of software.I look forward to future releases to see how this application progresses.

5-0 out of 5 stars GPU Power
This is one slick application. If you own one of the bleeding edge graphics cards, like the GeForce FX or 6800, and you wanna take a game break or you think your graphics card is not being exploited enough, then this is what you need to throw at it. Photo managemnent with a fluid neat user interface. And it's not just the GUI, it actually has some nifty features not found in other similar apps, like the ability to pick a color and find all images having that color or the ability to pick an image and find images that are 'similar' to that. But by far, the coolest feature in this app, is the ability to perform color correction in realtime in fullscreen! That is just sweet.

I don't know why Amazon is charging 119 bucks for it, when on their website (www.taos3d.com), it sells for 99. ... Read more


123. DVD Moviefactory 2.0
list price: $49.95
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Asin: B00007KDWC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: ULead Systems
Sales Rank: 4851
Average Customer Review: 2.69 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easily produce professional-style DVDs
  • Capture video directly from camcorder to DVD or CD
  • Archive and share movies, photos, business presentations, and more
  • Edit +RW and -RW DVDs again and again
  • Create CD labels and case covers

Reviews (13)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but could be Much Nicer
First of all, this program is worth its price. It's straightforward, stable, and creates very nice DVDs -- once you get used to it.

Major gripe: It cannot accurately calculate file sizes. It may show that a certain DVD program will fit on a DVD after file conversion when it actually won't: it ends up creating files which are too big, ultimately giving you a notice saying "will not fit onto disk" after hours of transcoding.

Minor gripe: It will not let you set the default font type, size, and color for project menus, meaning that if you have 6 clips (titles) with 6 chapters each, you have to manually set the font and its properties individually 36 times, not including the top menu.

Don't let Movie Factory do your video encoding. What I do, and recommend, is using another program to edit and prepare each clip, including the encoding to DVD-ready MPEG. (I use Ulead Video Studio 7, and it does a great job.) Then import the MPEG files into Movie Factory and have it make the DVD. That's what works great for me.

It's a combination that's inexpensive and gives impressive results.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay Away
Take my word, stay away. This program has bugs.

5-0 out of 5 stars It can create VCD on a CD-R with a CD-R drive.
You don't need a DVD burner to create movies you can view on your DVD player; A VCD is burned on a CD, you can only burn about an hower of video but you don't need a DVD burner. If you burn several short videos it is easy to create a custom interactive menu. This program doesn't do anything but burn videos, it doesn't burn music CD, it doesn't burn a data CD, it does what it does well and I'm glad I have it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I wish there was an rating option of less than zero. After spending hours trying to make this piece of crap work and upgrading my DVD-RW to a SECOND ULEAD compatable device, I've given up trying to copy VHS tapes to DVD using this. If its not telling me my input device isn't compatable then its telling me it can't calculate the space. I went back to Sonic MYDVD and in about 30 seconds I'm copying VHS tapes. Its obvious the world of computer video software is in its infancy and there's bound to be problems but when you have vendors like ULEAD claiming that their products are all things simple, then the industry will have problems converting more people.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good author/burning, basic menu/editing, pitiful transcoding
Ulead's Moviefactory 2.0 (MF2) is among the cheapest DVD authoring tools available. The same price group also includes Cyperlink's PowerProducer and Sonic's MyDVD. But MF2 has the best features and is the most reliable among the three. I've been using it to record TV programs and burn them onto DVDs, and the results looked very close to the original broadcast with no audio sync problems. It has worked perfectly with my DVD rewritable drive (Sony DRU500AX) and has not created a single unreadable disc. I've used several brands of discs: Memorex +R 1x and 4x, -RW 1x, and +RW 2.4x, Verbatim -R 4x, Ritek -R 4x, and also generic brands like Meritline -R 2x, Princo -RW 1x, and Leda -R 4x, and they have all been burned successfully. The readability of the burned discs is also what I would expect. The more compatible -R discs were playable on all my DVD players and drives, while the +R, -RW, and +RW discs were playable on only some of them. (The compatibility of recordable DVDs is a known issue in the industry.)

To use MF2's built-in capture tool, you need a video capture card. (Mine is an ancient Pinnacle Studio PCTV tuner/capture card with BT878 chipset, with generic WDM drivers for Windows ME). MF2 is able to capture MPEG files with DVD-, VCD- or SVCD-compliance. For DVD-compliant MPEG capturing, you can only choose among the preset bitrates: CBR or VBR, 4000, 6000, or 8000 Mbps. You can choose between MPEG Layer II or LPCM audio, but you can't set the audio bitrate. You can choose between interlaced or non-interlaced capturing. Since most TV broadcasts are interlaced, capturing at interlaced mode is preferred; but be sure to choose the correct field order, or jerky motion will result. You cannot adjust advanced settings such as GOP count, number of I-Frames and P-frames, etc. to improve your capture. There is, however, a "quality" setting to improve picture quality. Set it as high as you can, but without burdening the CPU so much that it would cause dropped frames. On my Intel P4 2.4MHz, while capturing at VBR 8000 Mbps with MPEG Layer II audio 384 Kbs (my preferred settings for high-quality captures), I could set quality up to 12 (max is 15) without dropping frames, with CPU utilization at about 85% during capture. It is a good idea to monitor CPU utilization (with a tool such as CPUIdle) during capture. If it is near or at 100%, dropped frames would be very likely. Also, any activity that would increase CPU utilization, even as minor as moving your mouse, should be avoided in order to achieve no dropped frames. Video capturing is the first and most important step in DVD creation. Without a video source with good quality and DVD compliance, it would be necessary to re-encode, or transcode, the MPEG source, which is a laborious and time-consuming process.

MF2's own transcoding ability, however, is horrendous (and PowerProducer and MyDVD are even worse). Transcoding is done automatically whenever a non-compliant source is detected, or you can force MF2 to transcode. The resulted video is often filled with skipped frames and audio sync problems, indicating MF2's inability to alter video resolution and resample audio bitrate reliably. When I need to transcode, I use an external tool like TMPGEnc, and pass the resulted MPEG file back to MF2 before authoring the DVD. The best way is, of course, to avoid having to transcode altogether by obtaining a high-quality, compliant source material.

Thankfully, MF2 can author and burn DVDs reliably. You can author and burn to disc directly, or you can author to hard disk first and burn it to disc later. You can also create an ISO image of the authored files, and later burn the DVD from the image file. MF2 can also reliably detect the burning speed of a disc.

MF2 lets you add chapter stops and design menus for your DVD, but they are for the most basic purposes only. Menu design is template-based, and there is no "free-form" design. Chapter stops are added after video capture, either manually or automatically at an adjustable time interval (some software can create chapter stops during capture, but not MF2). You are only limited to adding a main menu and a chapter menu on your DVD. You cannot create additional screens for your own special purposes. You can, however, create "slide shows" -- a series of static images. There are a lot of menu templates to choose from, with a variety of background graphics and button placements. You can also import your own background graphics and add background music for your menu screen. You can also omit the menus altogether (which I often do, because the menus created with MF2 surely aren't going to impress anybody).

There are certain advanced functions that MF2 and other products in its price range cannot do, such as adding multiple audio tracks, subtitle tracks, multi-angles, 5.1 audio tracks, AC-3 audio processing, and more sophisticated menu designs. Software with these features usually cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Software with advanced video editing tools cost even more.

And MF2 is also very basic in video editing. It doesn't let you combine two video clips into one, insert transition effects, nor manipulate the audio. About the only useful thing it lets you do is extract portions of a clip.

A trial version of MF2 is available at Ulead's web site. It is fully functional for 30 days, with a limit of 20 pictures per slide show. The full version has no such limit.

Ulead also released a patch for MF2 on 8/22/03, notably adding PAL capture ability and fixing a few bugs. ... Read more


124. POWER PRODUCTIONS StoryBoard Artist ( Macintosh )

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Asin: B0009E1YQQ
Catlog: Software
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Features

  • New Pan & Zoom tool creates in-frame motion to zoom in, out, and pan any direction. Motion graphics made easy
  • Easy to use Frame Window to layer and move the elements of your scene
  • Draw & Pen tools for freehand drawing and/or marking in-frame
  • Timeline creates animatic projects automatically as you develop your storyboards
  • Create libraries for easy access to custom and frequently used images -logos, location photos, custom characters

125. Pantone, Inc. GB1106 Pantone Metallic Chips Coated

our price: $124.99
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Asin: 1590650484
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Pantone, Inc.
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126. LEARNING COMPANY Family Fun Creativity Pack ( Windows )

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Asin: B0006UIFEW
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Learning Company
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127. Adobe Video Collections V1.0STANDARD Retail Win

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Asin: B00014TDO4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
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128. MAGNET MEDIA FILM Inside Editing with Final Cut Pro (Macintosh)

Asin: B0000CF6OC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Magnet Media Film
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Features

  • Learn to set up the Final Cut Pro setup
  • Understand the basics of the user interface and use logging and interfacing tools
  • Begin your own project organization and learn basic editing skills
  • Add motion effect and output your project to tape
  • Advanced composition and relocating effects

129. Adobe After Effects Professional 6.5 Upgrade
list price: $299.99
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B00021XIAG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 4651
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Features

  • Essential tool for motion graphics and visual effects
  • Powerful motion controls and 3D effects; particle system; scripting
  • Advanced keying and warping tools; AAF and OMF support
  • High-tech visual and audio effects; 16-bit color support
  • Automated production; flexible motion tracker; network rendering

130. Paint Shop Photo Album 5 Deluxe Edition

Asin: B0006FIAVU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Jasc Inc.
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131. MovieDV Suite For Laptops
list price: $99.00
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Asin: B00005U5V4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: AIST
Sales Rank: 5371
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

MovieDVsuite for Laptops and Notebooks offers a video solution for your portable PC: MovieDV Video software, a PCMCIA FireWire card, and a cable to connect the camera with the computer are all included. With MovieDVsuite for Laptops and Notebooks, video clips can be transferred from a digital camera to a laptop or notebook, edited, and animated, all while on the move. The included plug-and-play PCMCIA FireWire card is an IEEE 1394-compliant host adapter with three external six-pin connectors capable of speeds up to 400 Mbps. It supports up to a maximum 63 devices of four or six pins.

Using MovieDVsuite is easy. Collect the video you want to use or even capture footage directly from your DV camera using the included PCMCIA FireWire card and cable. Then simply drag and drop the clips onto the storyboard in the order you would like to view them, then place the desired transition between the appropriate clips in the storyboard. You can check your results using the real-time preview feature. Complete your video by refining or adding audio elements. Use favorite CDs or MP3s, or even add your own commentary with a microphone. ... Read more

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Hard to use no support
Whatever you do please stay away from this terrible piece of software. There is no longer support on it any longer as the company has closed up shop.

The product is extremely difficult to use and very cumbersome. The only reason to buy this kit is to get the firewire card that is included for your laptop.

The software is no good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Horrible but Powerful NLE
The product has all features to frustrate you within 3 minutes.

It's very difficult to use this product even if you are an experienced user. Horrible documentation...doesn't help much..

Effects provided are less... Rendering is slow...but belive me, it's a very powerful editor for the price....Offers very good composition features...but You need to spend a lot of time in figuring out how to use it .

1-0 out of 5 stars Support and Tech Specs???
All I know is I bought this item, it installed fine in Windows 2000 and then my laptops battery went dead, I mean DEAD! Wouldn't hold a charge at all and it was only 4 months old. My thinking is this card stays energized at all times and excessively loaded the battery. ... Read more


132. Adobe VIDEO COLLECTION PRO V2.6 ( 23160062 )

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Asin: B0009JKH8W
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe Systems
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Product Description

Video Collection Pro 2.6 - Includes Photoshop CS 2 Win ... Read more


133. Microsoft Entertainment Pak 2004:Imaging Pack
list price: $24.99
our price: $24.99
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Asin: B0006GC3D0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
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134. complete home architect 2.0 design

Asin: B00075WJJS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: sierra
Sales Rank: 26548
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135. Macmillan Imagine It!

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Asin: B0007M8N6O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Macmillian
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Product Description

Find an image FAST! Simply click on the binoculars. Type in the image you're looking for, then click the FIND button. Imagine It will tell you how many images your description. Click the SHOW button, and you instantly see all the images. Double click on the image you want for a full size view. ... Read more

Features

  • 111,000 Premium Graphic Images
  • Finding the right image for your project has never been easier.
  • 1,500+ Fonts and 18,000+ Photos
  • 40,000 Web Animations and 20,000 Web Graphics
  • 34,000 Clip Art Images

136. Morphing Mania Screen Saver [CD-ROM]
list price: $8.99
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Asin: B0009JM9F6
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Encore Software
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Features

  • 50 Full motion, Hollywood quality morphs
  • Create your own morphs with the included Morph! 1.5

137. PC Paintbrush Clipart Collection
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0002J5AVI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Softkey
Sales Rank: 10972
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Product Description

Make your newsletters jump off the page with excitin new graphics. Create greeting cards and invitations with decorative borders. This collection gives you over 3,000 color clip art images covering categories such as seasonal events, sports, holidays and education, cartoon to computers...and more. Each image is fully scalable for precise printing in any size. Add impact to everything you write with PC Paintbrush ClipArt Collection! ... Read more

Features

  • Includes 3,003 images covering a broad selection of topics
  • Line art to assure image quality in any size
  • Import to most windows applications
  • Import your own clip art libraries
  • Catalog all your images into an organized portfolio for esy access and retrieval with Power Library - included FREE

138. Digital Photo Album (XP Compatible)

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Asin: B0009OTUP8
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Greenstreet
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Features

  • Create volumes of memories to view and keep.
  • Arrange your digital photos quickly and easily
  • Create your own video CD library to view on TV
  • Add captions or music. Easy to use templates.
  • Full digital camera compatible. [Windows 95/98/Me/XP]

139. PageFiler (PC CD Jewel Case)

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Asin: B00069KUM8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Newsoft
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Product Description

PageFiler's electronic filing cabinet lets you copy, fax, or scan directly into applications, and capture and edit images. You can perform fuzzy-logic searches to retrieve archived documents and import a variety of document formats. Scan It! Mail It! Browse It! Print It! Link It! Fax It! OCR It! And File It Away... Just Like Magic! A SIMPLY WONDERFUL PC ORGANIZATIONAL TOOL & MUST HAVE FOR SCANNER USERS! ... Read more

Features

  • Datbase management for photo's, pictures and clip art.

140. Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8
list price: $109.99
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Asin: B00008ZGOE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Jasc Inc.
Sales Rank: 153
Average Customer Review: 3.98 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

It's good to see that even mature applications can benefit from innovative thinking--Jasc has improved the latest PaintShop Pro in several areas.

PaintShop Pro is one of the original graphics editors, stretching back over 10 years. This latest version of the program features a new interface, which is more logically organized. Gone are the cumbersome floating palettes, so much a feature of earlier iterations. The tool options palette, for example, is now a context-sensitive ribbon under the menu bar. Lifting a leaf out of the CorelDraw handbook, the colour palette and several others have been rearranged as dockers on the right-hand side of the screen, too.

The painting engine itself has been rewritten, to give smoother control over your brushstrokes and it's now quite possible to do delicate work with the mouse, where before a graphics tablet might have been necessary.

Several new tools have been introduced and others have been enhanced, so they’re equally useful to the casual photo retoucher and the professional digital artist. A couple of examples are the red-eye removal and erase-to-background tools. Red-eye removal calls up a two-pane dialog, for editing on the left and preview on the right. After highlighting each eye in turn and selecting the color and hue you want it to have, the result can be a very natural looking pair of irises.

Erase-to-background enables you to paint away any part of a photo and leave just the unpainted parts as a foreground image. It's more intelligent than a simple eraser and detects line edges, so works particulraly well on high-contrast subjects. Other new tools include warp and mesh warp brushes

A major new productivity feature is the scripting recorder, with which you can teach the program a task and get it to repeatedly run that sequence of operations. This is ideal, for example, if you want to convert a batch of files from one format to another or resize a series of images. --Simon Williams, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (48)

5-0 out of 5 stars Moving Up in Digital Imaging Software
When I was younger and had more time on my hands I was a very serious amateur complete with his own film darkroom (you remember those, don't you.) The advent of the digital camera and imaging software has actually allowed me to get back into the "digital darkroom" at a lot less expense and time commitment, and with a quantum leap (maybe even two or three leaps) in creativity opportunities. Also, I have a technical background and am very comfortable with software. My first experience has been with software that came with my digital camera, namely Photo Impressions 4, and with my computer, namely Dell Imager. I found both of these to be really good and user friendly for a beginner. These programs got me hooked on digital imaging. Once hooked, I wanted to move on to software with more capability, but didn't want to go the full Pro route. After researching the subject, I decided to download free trials of Adobe Photo Shop Elements 2 and Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8. I made the assumption, well supported by other reviews, that either program would have more than enough capability for my needs. I focused on user friendliness, ease of learning, and how likely I would remember how to use the software after a period of a month or so of not using it (probably typical for most beginners/amateurs). This last point is important, because it could become a barrier to continued use. Without going into all the gory details (see the other reviews - they make excellent points on technical details), here's how I reacted. After using the Adobe product for a few hours, I decided that it isn't particularly user friendly and would take quite a bit of effort on my part to learn how to use it with confidence. Also, I was convinced that after a month or so of non-use, I would have to retrain. I decided not to purchase the Adobe product. After using the Jasc product for about 15 minutes, I got hooked. It's user friendly, intuitive, fairly easy to learn, and I am sure that I'll be able to get back up-to-speed quickly after a few months of not using it. This is a no-brainer, I'm going to purchase Paint Shop Pro 8.

4-0 out of 5 stars PSP8 and PSP7: A Comparison
I've been a user of Paint Shop Pro since version 3 and over the past year I've used version 7. I recently upgraded to version 8, thanks to the very affordable price. Without a doubt, Jasc typically makes great software at a very reasonable price.

Compared to PSP7, PSP8 offers several advantages. One of the biggest is that on complicated images with multiple layers, it no longer takes several seconds to do simple operations like flood filling. The general performance of the painting component is much faster than before. PSP8 also brings with it a new interface more akin to Photoshop. It is much cleaner and more compact. There is a ton of information right at your fingertips now in centralized locations instead of scattered across various floating menus. Indeed, the whole package is a lot more organized than before.

There are other minor new features that are nice additions. One great addition is the emergence of a freehand pen tool that allows you to more easily draw with the mouse by smoothing any curve you draw (similar to Macromedia Flash). The sensitivity is adjustable. There are also a few new special effects. Another new function is scripting. For all of those tedious graphic manipulation tasks where you find yourself doing the exact same thing repeatedly, you can automate routine actions using scripting. Again, another great idea. Previous in PSP7, Jasc offered automatic color, contrast, and saturation enhancements for any photograph. Here, they've integrated them into the "one step photo fix" feature that, as advertised, tries to fix an entire picture in the push of a button. To my surprise, it works remarkably well.

However, there is a negative side to PSP8. It has a host of strange quirks and bugs. Perhaps thanks to the rewrite, some parts of PSP8 are unstable. While the program doesn't crash per se, it doesn't function like it should in some cases. In several cases, I've observed the Undo function breaking completely or even undo'ing the wrong portions of the image. In another case, a saved file did not save correctly when using the PNG exporter. And yet the worst part is that these bugs are rather nondeterministic. They occur sometimes and not others. Without a doubt, PSP8 would have benefit from more testing as even with the most recent patch installed, it hasn't earned my trust yet unlike PSP7.

If you can tolerate the quirks, however, you gain a significant increase in speed when dealing with complex multi-layered images. It's a toss, really. If you're like me and you deal with such images, you might deal with the bugs and enjoy the speed increase. For the casual user, though, I would be cautious recommending this one over PSP7.

5-0 out of 5 stars Paint Shop Pro rulez!
I purchased this program mainly to edit photos as I had heard it was pretty good at it. The first photo I edited on it was a slide I scanned in that my daughter had picked up at auction and we had no idea what it was. The one-step photo cleaned it up in virtually no time - it was a picture of Paris! After that, I wondered what else I could do with it, since it looked like it could do more. I ended up having to take online classes - and they are readily available all over the net - and am now making graphics I could have never done before. I don't consider myself particularly artistic, and I had never used graphics programs before other than to edit photos. Now, I am making animated graphics (Animation Shop is included), and am making some totally awesome graphics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Getting better
I love PSP. I've used it since version 3, and I've always been impressed by what I could do with it. Paint Shop Pro 8 (and by "8" I'm really referring to "8.1") is the best yet. More intuitive, more features, etc.

I have only 2 complaints that keep it from being 5 stars. One is that - depending on your RAM and CPU - it can take awhile to load its very large .dll library. It uses a lot of resources to do what it does.

The other continues to be a peeve with me: the online help. For a product that does as much as it does, the help is far better than even version 5, but still not at the level of quality it could or should be. (For example, the online help says I can change the ruler increments in the Units box. It doesn't tell me where to FIND the "Units box.")

If you're going to spend money on a powerful graphics package, this is a bargain compared to the wildly overpriced and overrated Adobe product and does the job just as well.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buggy and slooow
I'm PSP user for several years now. Two months ago I upgraded to PSP8 and I am very disappointed. Launching PSP takes 3 times longer than launching PSP7. In complex PSP images with multiple layers and a lot of vector graphics selecting a single object can take up to 5 seconds (you click an object, for 5 seconds nothing happens and then it gots selected). Strange error messages are shown while working with PSP8 that do not make any sense. Saving GIF files doesn't really work, looks like there are bugs in save routine. Once in a while PSP8 completely stalls and the CPU utilization goes up to 100%.
All this behaviour I experienced with the latest PSP patch (8.1) and I NEVER had anything like this with good ol' PSP7.

Yesterday I installed PSP7 again... ... Read more


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