Paint Shop Pro v9.
I remember it well. Used to use it regularly, indeed it was all I used for the first few years, until I got my hands on a copy Photoshop. Continued using both for a decade or so. Photoshop was easier for most things (PSP’s terminology was often rather peculiar), but PSP had some very neat tricks. But alas it was incompatible with most, newer, Photoshop plug-ins. And I had begun giving someone lessons on Photoshop, so I thought I had better learn how to use it myself.
My favourite PSP feature was when scanning, I could leave the scanner window open, but still return to PSP to check the result was correct & not skew, zooming in if necessary. Try that with Photoshop (or anything else I’ve used) and you find that it is locked until the scanner window is closed. :a
And speaking of skew, it had a [I]fantastic[/I] tool for straightening images. Just click twice to draw a line along something which is supposed to be horizontal or vertical in the image, adjust it if necessary and voila! Job done. In Photoshop to this day I still have to play guess the number and type it in to the rotate dialogue box - 0.1Â°, 0.2Â°, 0.3Â°, too far better try 0.25Â°. (Although that may have changed with the latest versions.) The official method seems to be to use the crop tool and its rotation adjustment. But that’s easier said than done when you don’t need to crop, but do need to zoom in & out to ensure accuracy.
<Forgotten what I was going to type here. Had remembered a third brilliant PSP feature, but it’s gone now. >
Never got round to installing PSP on my current machine - not sure why.
Whatever the Corel versions are, they’re not Paint Shop Pro!
Remembered what the third feature was, and it was the best reason of all for using PSP at that time. This was the one which really got me hooked…
Paint Shop Pro (8 & 9, not certain about 7) actually let you print multiple photos on a single sheet of paper. That really was a killer feature, something you just can’t do in Photoshop.
The closest Photoshop offered was its ‘contact sheet’ feature, which was too restrictive to be considered an alternative and never really worked anyway. For something as simple as that, Adobe expected (& still expects) you to buy Illustrator or InDesign for ~Â£400-500.
These days for printing multiple photos I use CorelDraw instead. It is much easier and better suited to the task than PSP - I can just place things where I want and have immediate access to proper alignment tools. But prior to version 9 (I think), CorelDraw didn’t handle photos adequately at all. Not only was there no colour management, but it couldn’t even rotate an image through 90Â° without trashing it. Back then I only had CorelDraw 6 & 7, so PSP’s multiple photo printing was a lifesaver. But after eventually getting hold of CorelDraw 11, I gradually stopped using Paint Shop Pro at all.
However I deeply miss it’s straightening tool every time I need to de-skew something, a task I have to perform on >50% of the images I load or scan into Photoshop.
Fortunately I think know where I put my PSP 9 CD. Hope it’s still there.