It’s That Time Again…
If you’re a current or past user of PaintShop Pro, you probably meet announcements of new versions of the software with mixed feelings. Sure, it’s always interesting to hear about new features and other improvements made to the program, but there’s always the worry that some tool you liked in the past will be removed or changed in a way you don’t like. Plus, it’s only natural to be concerned that major changes to the software will affect its performance or stability.
With PaintShop Pro X5, these potential concerns shouldn’t last for long. The new release has practically the same user interface as its predecessor – but if it’s been awhile since you upgraded, you may want to check out our older review of PaintShop Pro X4 to read about the major changes made to the interface in that edition. Additionally, I’ve found X5 to be extremely stable and to perform quite well. In fact, for the last week or so, I’ve kept the application continuously open on my desktop so I can pop over to it whenever I need to, and that hasn’t affected my system performance at all.
Quite a few of the enhanced features in this latest version of PaintShop Pro are related to fine-tuning and stabilizing existing tools and capabilities, making them easier to use and less likely to cause frustration. For instance, have you ever spent several minutes selecting the perfect area of an image to crop and then lose that entire selection because of an accidental mouse click? Or, have you gotten stuck while using the text-editing tool and couldn’t figure out a way to get out? These issues and several others have been addressed in X5.
Don’t worry, though – there are still quite a few new toys to play with in X5, too. We’ll take a look at some of those new features now.