Corel PaintShop Pro X4 receives a number of recommendations from experts, who say it's a good alternative to Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (*Est. $100). Although Adobe has long been considered the gold standard among photo-editing software, Corel PaintShop Pro has a wide variety of image-editing tools, including lots of fun filters and templates. The latest version includes new tools like vignette control and selective focus, and reviewers say its organization has improved -- making it easier to sort through large photo libraries. Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is also faster than previous versions in the series, especially on laptop computers. Facebook integration is another plus.
Although the interface has been redesigned, experts say it's still confusing to navigate. Reviewers are also concerned about a large number of software bugs and crashes. Overall, most experts prefer Photoshop Elements 10, although Corel is offering stronger competition than ever before.
The best reviews of Corel PaintShop Pro X4 come from technology websites such as PCMag.com, NotebookReview.com, PC Pro, ExpertReviews and PC World. These sources conduct exhaustive testing and outline their conclusions in a bottom-line rating. We also found a good number of user reviews at Amazon.com.
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PCMag.com gives Corel Paintshop Pro X4 a 3.5-star rating (out of 5). Although Michael Muchmore says Adobe Elements 10 "offers a more impressive feature set at the same price point," Corel PaintShop Pro is a good choice for PC users.
Review: Corel PaintShop Pro X4, Michael Muchmore, Oct. 17, 2011
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 earns a 4-star rating (out of 5) from NotebookReview.com. "X4 is a heck of a bargain if you're looking for an inexpensive yet powerful photo editing program," says David English.
Review: Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Review: Adobe-Like Photo Editing for Under $80, David English, Oct. 17, 2011
3. PC Pro
PC Pro is impressed with Coral PaintShop Pro's workflow features -- as evidenced by the software's 5-star rating (out of 6). However, Tom Arah says the program crashed too many times for it to earn a whole-hearted recommendation.
Review: Corel PaintShop Pro X4 review, Tom Arah, Sept. 21, 2011
4. Expert Reviews
Corel PaintShop Pro X4 receives a positive review from Britain's ExpertReviews. Although Ben Pitts thinks Adobe Photoshop Elements is a better buy, he's impressed with the software's editing tools and overall value.
Review: Corel PaintShop Pro X4 review, Ben Pitt, Sept. 29, 2011
5. PC World
PC World gives Corel PaintShop Pro X4 an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. "If you can wade through the clutter, you'll find many powerful tools in this image editor," says Alan Stafford.
Review: Corel Corporation PaintShop Pro X4, Alan Stafford, Nov. 2, 2011
About 200 reviews at Amazon.com combine to give Corel PaintShop Pro X4 a 4-star rating (out of 5). Most users are impressed with the value, but others report bugs and crashes.
Review: Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate, Contributors to Amazon.com