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Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 software test / review by Trusted Reviews

23 February, 2010 (11:16) | Review, Software | By: Camera News

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3

Trusted Review has tested Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3. This photo editing program is the newest edition of the famous PaintShop series that are seen on as a cheaper competitor to Photoshop. In 2004 Corel bought the software developers so it is interesting to see if Corel is able to keep the quality standard that PaintShop is known for.

Trusted Reviews ends up giving Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 a “Trusted Reviews Award” with a great overall score of 9 out of 10 points. PaintShop get a top score on value while almost getting the same on features and usability. Overall the latest version of PaintShop seems like a very capable piece of software and in most cases it will be as good as Adobe Photoshop. If you are a professional that need all the features that Photoshop has, PaintShop might not be your software, but for most users the software from Corel should be covering their needs.
Read the full review of the Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 software here.

DxO Optics Pro 6 RAW image processing program test / review by Photography Blog

7 December, 2009 (09:40) | Review, Software | By: Camera News

DxO Optics Pro 6
DxO Optics Pro 6

Photography Blog has reviewed the RAW image processing program DxO Optics Pro 6. This piece of software is workflow based like Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture which should suit photographers working with a lot of RAW files (or JPEGs). As I have mostly used Lightroom myself it is interesting to see how competing programs are able to perform. DxO Optics Pro 6 is available for $109 for the standard edition and $199 for the Elite edition (the prices will raise after December 31st).

Photography Blog ends up giving the DxO Optics Pro 6 a “Recommended” 4 out 5 stars rating. The reviewer find the noise handling the best he/she has seen in any programs and the workflow is pretty good. DxO Optics Pro 6 is also very good at correcting fringing and the most important part: the end result is very good. One downside is that the program lacks support for keywording, but not everyone needs this. Overall DxO Optics Pro 6 seems like a pretty good program for photographers who need a good workflow program.
Read the full review of the DxO Optics Pro 6 software here.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 test / review by Notebook Review

11 November, 2009 (09:31) | Adobe, Review, Software | By: Camera News

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Notebook Review has tested the latest edition of the photo editing program Elements. The latest version is called Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and has some new features like the Organizer which lets you, unsurprisingly, organize your photos.

Notebook Review ends up giving Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 a bit of a lukewarm review as version 8 does not contain many useful upgrades compared to Elements 7. The software itself is very good as it based on Adobe Photoshop and you get many good features, but the reviewer does not like the new Organizer and the sharing option is a bit quirky. Seem like Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 might be a better choice as it costs less and give you about the same features.
Read the full review of the Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 software here.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta – improved importing system

22 October, 2009 (07:17) | Adobe, Software | By: Camera News

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta

Adobe has announced a new beta version of their popular photo processing program Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Version 3 of Lightroom has several new features and improvements including more intutive importing which I find very intersting as I have been having a hard time explaining the importing system to new Lightroom users. We also get “unparalleled” noise reduction and sharpening tools, and the slideshow function has also been improved.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta is availble as a free download for everyone using Mac and Windows

Press release:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta Now Available

New Lightroom beta delivers faster performance and refined image processing

London. — October 22, 2009 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today introduced Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 beta software for Macintosh and Windows®, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance, and showcase all their images from one application. Available as a free download on Adobe Labs, Lightroom 3 beta delivers a preview of new tools that will be in Lightroom 3, including more intuitive importing, unparalleled noise reduction and sharpening tools and enhanced slideshow capabilities. Adobe encourages photographers to test this early selection of new features and provide the product team with their feedback.

“We are extremely fortunate that a strong community of photographers have rallied around Lightroom, helping to evolve the application and making it a meaningful part of their photographic workflows,” said Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Professional Digital Imaging at Adobe. “While we’re still hard at work on Lightroom 3, we recognise the value our customers bring to the development process and want their input so we can deliver the best final product possible.”

New in Lightroom 3 Beta
Lightroom 3 beta has been completely redesigned with under-the-hood efficiencies to better handle growing image libraries and improve responsiveness with a higher-quality processing engine. In the Library module, a rebuilt import system makes bringing photos into the software more intuitive. Users can easily specify the source and destination of their images, and save common processing, metadata or destination settings as easy-to-reuse presets.

In the Develop module, an overhauled processing engine allows users to create the highest quality images. Improved Capture Sharpening and Colour Noise Reduction tools provide superior results while still preserving an image’s edge detail and contrast. A new Grain tool adds a film-style grain to images, and two new Vignette modes help photographers get a more natural look.

Lightroom 3 beta also offers advanced output options, including the ability to export slideshows as videos with audio and title screens that can be posted to video-sharing sites or optimised for mobile media. New watermarking capabilities enable photographers to embed text or graphic information directly on an image and then adjust the size, position and opacity. In addition, photographers can customise print layouts and save settings for future use, giving them refined control over their images.

Adobe Photoshop Family
Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended software are at the heart of the Photoshop family, joined by solutions for users at every level who want to bring out the best in their digital images. Photoshop Lightroom addresses the workflow needs of serious amateur and professional photographers, helping them manage, find, enhance and showcase images in impactful ways. Adobe Photoshop Elements software provides exciting tools and sharing options for photo enthusiasts. Lastly, snap shooters can access for free to simply fix and enhance photos, and quickly share those images on or on social-networking sites.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta is available as a free download to anyone on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Visit to learn more and download the beta. Feedback can be submitted on the Lightroom forums: Users also can connect with Adobe at or, and can add the tag #AdobeLR3 to tweets about the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta.

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