Pricing & Overall Recommendation
The suggested retail price of $99.99 for AfterShot Pro is an excellent value, but you may be able to get it even cheaper. Even though this is the initial release of the product, Corel is offering an upgrade version of the software for $79.99 for people who own a previously licensed version of PaintShop Pro X2 or higher, Bibble Pro or Lite 5, Adobe Aperture or Adobe Lightroom.
I recommend AfterShot Pro without reservation, but I do still suggest trying it out before you buy to make sure it has all the features you need. You can download a free, fully-functional trial from the Corel website.
To be completely honest, I’m actually a little surprised by how impressed I am with AfterShot Pro. It’s no secret that I love Corel products, but I generally appreciate them more for their creative editing capabilities rather than the technical editing ones. Also, I don’t work with RAW images that often – but part of the reason for that is due to their large size and tendency to clog up other editing programs. However, because AfterShot Pro handles RAW files so well, I’ve really gained a new appreciation for working with them over the last week so I’ll probably try to step up my game in that area now.
Considering the speed, performance, and wide array of management and editing tools in AfterShot Pro, you sure can’t beat the price. But, definitely do try it out yourself first – and please share your experiences with us!