Revamped Workspaces and Workflow Process
At first glance, it may look like there are some brand new workspaces in X4, but the real changes are in the interface design, the easier way to move from one workspace to another and, of course, the resulting improved workflow.
The new interface design features three tabs: Manage, Adjust and Edit. The Manage Workspace is really just the Organizer that was introduced in version X3, while the Adjust Workspace is an updated version of the Express Lab. The Edit tab is the traditional workspace area that has been the staple of the PaintShop Pro software for ages.
One important thing to note – you can still do almost everything within the Edit Workspace, so there’s no reason to hop from one workspace to another if you’re comfortable with the “old" way of doing things. However, if you’re performing very specific tasks or processing batch edits, you may find it quicker to work in one of the other two spaces.
Also, the Manage (or Organizer) functions are now available in every workspace. This should be a welcome relief to X3 users who hated moving back and forth between the Organizer and Edit work areas just to search for a particular photo.
While I really do like this new streamlined design, I find that moving from one workspace to another sometimes results in a bit of choppiness during the transition. However, that choppiness only lasts for a split second – and the transition is much faster than it was between workspaces in X3.