Got Corel Paint Shop Pro 11 today for $30. I have been comparing it a little to Paint Shop Pro 7.04, just to get an idea of how it holds up.
First thing I tried was saving images as JPEG, to see if anything changed.
Well, as it turns out, 7.04 puts out a higher level of quality in a smaller file size. There’s just no comparison. It looks like they really FUBAR’d the JPEG encoding.
Both have a quality scale from 1 to 99. 7.04 defaulted at a level of 15 - I always set it to a level of 10. Version 11 defaults to a level of 20 instead of 15.
Well, doing various screen and window captures, I pasted the same image into both 7.04 and 11 and saved them both at a compression loss of 10. The file created by 11 was noticeably larger. In order to get version 11 to get near the same file size, I had to lower quality to 22/23. So with both files around 134k, I compared them side by side. 7.04 was NOTICEABLY better in terms of quality, with much fewer JPEG artifacts.
So in step one, 7.04 wins hands down.
I’ll keep on testing, but wanted to let folks know what I found, given that JPEG is such an important output file format.
I’ll keep postin’ as I find out more.