"Photoshop? We don' need your steeenkin' Photoshop!"
Jasc software is back with it's latest incarnation of the Paintshop series.
This software has always been my favourite imaging software since day one
and I was keen to see what was in the new incarnation. Comm-unique were good
enough to shoot out a copy to us and we put it through the paces.
Installation: Incredibly easy. The only
thing to be very aware of is that even though the software does only ask for
a Pentium processor or equivalent, it then recommends at least a 1 Ghz
processor. Recognise these facts and then you will have no problems as far
as this is concerned. If you have a lesser machine you are going to have
hold ups if you are multitasking. It's as simple as that. Just for your
information, my machine specs are: Pentium 4 2.54Ghz processor, 512mb DDR
memory, 60Gb 7200rpm hdd and a 64mb GeForce 4 graphics card. For those whom
that was a bunch of gobbledygook, my machine is lucky enough to easy surpass
even the recommend system requirements for the software. So naturally I
experienced very little difficulty in using it or running it in conjunction
with any other applications.
If you have ever used
practically any imaging software then PSP is not going to throw you very
much. Most of the iconography is easy to understand and doesn't offer too
much in the way of a challenge in using. Something that is different from
previous versions though is that there are numerous functions for each
button on the toobar running down the left of the screen. The only annoying
part of this is that I noticed on a number of occasions that the software
does not seem to remember your previous choices and so you have to re-pick
them all. It's not as bad as it sounds but in the age we live in, it's
maximum efficiency that I am after and having to select the same tool over
and over is time consuming.
The nice thing about the software is that
it also features a great many movies in it's help section to get you up and
running smoothly. They are easy to understand and follow, and will let you
get up and running with ease. I found the movies to cover the basics in
photo editing with some nice tip included.