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  • Up until I recently, I had only been using Paint Shop Pro 8 as somewhat of a better version of the standard Paint that comes with any Windows operating system and although I was impressed from the very beginning, it proved rather fruitful for me to spend a bit of time playing around with all the undiscovered features
  • It was a relatively easy install, nothing unusual about any stage of the installation and I noticed that it only eats up a modest 149 megabytes, which I would conceive to be standard since my version of Adobe Photoshop 7 takes up around 136 megabytes on my hard drive
  • The only thing that gave me a bit of a scare was the fact that it didn't want to run after installation, and since I had paid a good $90 for it, my perseverance to have the apparent problem solved brought about some happiness in that I simply had to re-install it with my anti-virus turned off
  • It's also great how I can create animations with any format of an image and have the application convert it either to GIF or PNG and also optimize it for the best quality at the smallest possible size
  • With Paint Shop Pro I can tweak the quality and size, preview it to see how it'd come out and then save it when I'm happy

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      It wasn’t until I had some free time to kill that I discovered just how much of a gem this graphics creation and editing piece of software actually is. Up until I recently, I had only been using Paint Shop Pro 8 as somewhat of a better version of the standard Paint that comes with any Windows operating system and although I was impressed from the very beginning, it proved rather fruitful for me to spend a bit of time playing around with all the undiscovered features.

      Installation: It was a relatively easy install, nothing unusual about any stage of the installation and I noticed that it only eats up a modest 149 megabytes, which I would conceive to be standard since my version of Adobe Photoshop 7 takes up around 136 megabytes on my hard drive. The only thing that gave me a bit of


      a scare was the fact that it didn’t want to run after installation, and since I had paid a good $90 for it, my perseverance to have the apparent problem solved brought about some happiness in that I simply had to re-install it with my anti-virus turned off.

      Loading: It takes a bit long to load, but I reckon it is well worth the wait as there are many features to write home about once I am met with the user interface that has a somewhat familiar feel about it, even to someone who has never used it before.

      User Interface: The interface is great in the sense that it looks just like any other Windows application I had used before, giving me a certain air of cognizance of the use thereof, giving me ample leeway to simply explore the features without having to familiarize myself with ...


      • an entirely new and complex interface. There is the presence of a “file” option in the menu, for instance and tasks like selecting an image using the “select all” method is very similar, in fact it is exactly the same as how I do it in Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint, so everything here is pretty much easy to locate and use.

        Features: The basic features are pretty much complete with everything I need to complete my graphics designing tasks and since I have taken these tasks to an advanced level, running into features such as layers, skewing and transparency/translucency have really added a whole new dimension to the quality of images I can produce.

        The one feature I have really come to love is the Animation Shop, which opens on a different platform from the “file menu” and I although I had to read some instructions

        on how to operate this feature, I can now produce great-looking animated GIF and PNG images to add some character to my web designs, without going back to the set of instructions I saved in a text file. It’s also great how I can create animations with any format of an image and have the application convert it either to GIF or PNG and also optimize it for the best quality at the smallest possible size. This is very convenient for me since I had often had trouble in the past trying to convert BMP images to web-usable formats like JPEG, GIF and PNG. The image would come out blurred around the edges of contrasting colors, especially where text is concerned. With Paint Shop Pro I can tweak the quality and size, preview it to see how it’d come out and then save it when I’m happy.




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