Ease of Use
One of the most obvious additions to PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is the new, integrated Organizer that helps you manage and catalog your photos. A screenshot of the Organizer is shown to the left. (Click any image for a larger view.) This is an extremely welcome addition since not only does the Organizer serve as a photo viewer and management system, but it also provides a central starting point for photo editing projects.
Double-clicking an image in the organizer will open it in the main editor, where you can make any modifications or adjustments to the image. Alternatively, you can select the photo and then click either the Express Lab or Full Editor button, depending on what type of adjustments you want to make.
Paint Shop Pro veterans should feel right at home in the Full Editor - at first glance, the user interface is almost identical to that of version X2. All of the tools and brushes are right where you'd expect them to be, and you can use the same steps you followed to perform editing tasks in previous versions of the software.
If you're new to Paint Shop Pro, you should still be able to jump right in and handle basic photo editing jobs. All of the tutorials, the Learning Center, and the integrated help system from X2 are still present along with a new means of assistance – the Corel Guide.
You can access the Corel Guide by clicking on the orange icon in the upper right corner of the application. Here, you can find additional editing tips, gain access to new creative content as it becomes available, and check for software updates.