Monday, December 24, 2012

Corel Paint Shop Pro X5

This seems like a very capable program.   Installation was a bit tedious.   They have a 27 digit serial number on FaceFilter Studio 2 which came with the package.   It didn’t seem to matter what I put in, the installer didn’t like it.   It kept telling me there were no Is or Os in the serial number.   I never inputted any I, I did put in Os which I then changed to 0 but to no avail so I have no idea whether FaceFilter and the other programs on the second CD are any good.  Somehow it doesn’t seem that hard to either use a shorter serial number or avoid zeros and ones due to their similarity to I and O.   Of course they could always have a slash through the zero to clearly identify it as a zero.   Doesn’t seem like rocket science.   One has to wonder too about a 27 digit serial number, really!   It may be great software but I won’t know.

The program itself seems relatively intuitive.   I have been using programs similar to this for over 30 years so if I can’t start to, at least, delve into it without using a tutorial I’m disappointed.   It forces you to register before you can even look at it.  That strikes me that someone at Corel is still living in the Word Perfect days of yesteryear.   That and a huge service pack auto downloaded as soon as I closed the package.   I have to wonder what that fixed.  

On the surface the software looks capable.   I find some of their antics a bit out dated but Corel has always danced to a different drummer.   I will check back later when I find out if it holds up to the claims on the box.  

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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