Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7 (PC Home & Office)
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
Vastly improved drawing capabilities.Paint Shop Pro has come a long way fromits humble shareware roots as the graphics program designed for those usersnot really interested in graphics. Building on its original strengths in fileconversion and image capture, the program has grafted on advanced features,such as CMYK and layer support, to offer near-Photoshop power at a fraction ofthe price. With version 6’s introduction of vector shape handling, Paint ShopPro even stole a march on the market leader. Photoshop 6 has recently risen tothat challenge, but now the latest Paint Shop Pro has another chance to closethe gap. This is immediately apparent in the Paint Shop Pro interface. The newOverview palette is a direct copy of Photoshop’s Navigator feature, showing athumbnail version of the entire image to enable easy navigation when workingin zoomed-in close-up. The new support for image grids and customisable userguides is another direct lift. The ability to save and load palettearrangements as named workspaces meanwhile is completely new. In a way thoughit’s an admission of defeat as a clean, streamlined interface, such as thelatest Photoshop’s or PhotoSuite 4’s (see page ), would make workspace supportunnecessary. Sadly this is typical of the Paint Shop Pro environment which islooking old-fashioned and in need of a general overhaul.