This week Corel released the latest version of their consumer digital image editing app, Corel PaintShop Pro X6. A copy of the software was not provided for review, so I am including the press release below. In addition to purchasing options from both Corel and Amazon, links are provided to download the trial version if you’d like to take it for a test drive.
New 64-Bit Corel® PaintShop® Pro X6 Delivers on Users’ Top Request
Increased Performance, Refined UI and Improved Workflows Help Users Create Their Best Photos Ever
Ottawa, ON — September 4, 2013 – Today Corel announced the availability of PaintShop® Pro X6 Ultimate. Thanks to the addition of 64-bit support, X6 is the most powerful version to date. Improvements in speed and performance, plus interface refinements and new quick selection tools help photographers achieve their best results — fast.
“PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate is rooted in Corel’s sincere desire to build a product that helps users create their best photos ever. The most effective way to achieve this was to go right to the source,” said Rick Champagne, Senior Product Manager, Corel Photo & Video. “X6 was developed based on our extensive customer research. Our users told us they want 64-bit power, faster performance, an improved user interface, and continued availability of a perpetual license, so we delivered them. Now we not only offer the most robust feature set in the space, but also the professional power to back it.”
Improvements in PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate originate from the most extensive research study in the product’s history. Corel researchers drew from a base of over 2.6 million PaintShop Pro users, learning that more power, more speed and improved usability were the changes users most wanted to see in X6.
New 64-Bit Power Drives Acceleration Application-Wide
- Superior performance: 64-bit dramatically improves the power of PaintShop Pro X6, delivering more performance, speed, and stability in users’ favorite features. For example, when compared to X5, 64- bit PaintShop Pro X6 saw a 78% performance increase in cataloguing JPG images.
- New! Memory management: New memory management work opening and saving files and applying effects is accelerated in both 32- and 64-bit versions of X6. Both are included with every purchase.
- New! Open more and larger images faster: With X6 users can open larger files and more files – upward of 50 – with ease. This significantly improves performance in batch processing, multi-layer compositing work and HDR processing.
- Enhanced! Support for Adobe Photoshop plug-ins: PaintShop Pro X6 now supports many 64-bit Adobe Photoshop plug-ins in addition to Photoshop format (.psd) images and Photoshop format (.abr) brushes.
New Tools Improve on Workflow
New selection tools make traditionally tedious editing tasks a breeze allowing users to focus on the creative side of editing.
- New! Smart Selection Brush: This new brush enables the selection of objects based on a brushstroke. Users simply paint over an object to select it.
- New! Auto Selection tool: The new auto selection tool lets users enclose an image area in a bounding rectangle that automatically detects and snaps to the edge. It’s quick and simple, accelerating common selection tasks.
Professional Level Plug-ins Add Additional Value to PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate
- Perfectly Clear: Available for the first time in PaintShop Pro Ultimate, the award-winning plug-in by Athentech Imaging, saves users time by delivering advanced, one-click image corrections based on 10 years of scientific research.
- FaceFilter3 Standard: A versatile photo retouching and beautifying toolkit by Reallusion, FaceFilter3 Standard helps users reveal the true beauty of their photos by providing scenario-based portrait editing and beautifying.
Also introducing Corel Photo Video Suite X6
Corel also today announced Corel Photo Video Suite X6, the comprehensive combination of PaintShop Pro X6 and VideoStudio® Pro X6, for photo and video editing in one complete package.
Pricing and Availability
PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate can be purchased immediately as an electronic download (ESD) from www.corel.com/paintshopproultimate or from Corel’s global resellers (get it from Amazon). North American suggested retail pricing (SRP) is $99.99 (USD and CDN). Upgrade pricing, for users of versions X3 and higher, is $79.99.
PaintShop Pro X6 is available at an SRP of $79.99 and $59.99 for an upgrade (get it from Amazon). For more information please visit www.corel.com/paintshoppro