Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2 in Windows Vista
|Developer(s)||Jasc Software (Former)
|Stable release||X5 Service Pack 2 (220.127.116.11) / January 31, 2013|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Type||Raster graphics editor / Vector graphics editor|
PaintShop Pro (PSP) is a raster graphics editor and, later in the series, a vector graphics editor for computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system that was originally published by Minneapolis-based Jasc Software. In October 2004, Corel Corporation purchased Jasc Software and the distribution rights to Paint Shop Pro. PSP functionality can be extended by Photoshop-compatible plugins.
Although often written as Paint Shop Pro, Corel's website shows the name for the product as PaintShop Pro. The X-numbered editions have been sold in two versions: PaintShop Pro, which is the basic editing program, and PaintShop Pro Ultimate, which bundles in other standalone programs. The particular bundled programs have varied with each numbered version and have not been sold by Corel as separate products.
Originally called simply Paint Shop, the first version, 1.0, was a basic picture converter between BMP, GIF and PCX formats, released in August 1990. Paint Shop was originally distributed as shareware and is still available at many download sites (4.12 being a popular version). Most newer versions are only commercially available although some have been distributed in the United Kingdom in computer magazine CDs after they became obsolete.
Version history 
JASC releases: 1990-2004 
In the table below, italicized dates are approximate, based on the earliest file timestamp on JASC or Corel's FTP server. Non-italicized dates are sourced from official press releases or notifications posted on JASC's web site.
|Version number||Release date||Release notes|
|2.00||August 1993||Introduces the floating toolbar|
|4.00||July 1996||First 32-bit release|
|4.15 SE||April 1999||Bundled software edition distributed with some PC peripherals, as well as an issue of PC Advisor|
|5.00||April 1998||Major changes to the graphical user interface; adds support for layers|
|6.00||September 1999||Adds support for vector graphics|
|7.04||2001 August||Coincided with the release of the "Anniversary Edition" of Paint Shop Pro 7. This may mean that the first release of Paint Shop Pro was on August 22, 1991.|
|8.00||2003 April||Introduces a redesigned graphical user interface; adds comprehensive support for Python macro scripts. New filters, One Step Photo Fix, Learning Center. New brush engine.|
|8.10||2003 October||The last version to support Windows 95|
|9.00||2004 August||Adds a history palette, natural media brushes, fill flash, backlight filter, limited raw image format support|
|9.01||2004 September||Final version to support Windows 98 and Windows ME|
|9.02||2004 October||The last JASC Software-branded version (although released after Corel's acquisition).|
Corel releases: 2004-present 
|Version number||Release date||Release notes|
|10.00||September 2005||Fully rebranded as "Corel Paint Shop Pro X" Revamped Learning Center that helps new users to get started, Makeover Tools (Blemish Remover, Toothbrush/whitener, and Suntan Brush), IR film simulator, and a Black and White film converter that includes color filter effects, partial 48-bit (16bits per channel) color support. Image browser palette, Smart Photo Fix, Object Remover. The last release was 10.10 and the last patch was 10.03 |
|11.00||September 2006||Fully rebranded as "Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI"|
|11.11||December 2006||Bug fixes, including improvements in the appearance of Camera Raw images (and support for two new camera models) plus a performance increase of the organizer, new 'One-step photo fixes'.|
|11.20||February 2007||The last version to support Windows 2000|
|12.00||September 2007||Comes with the "Graphite" workspace theme. Layer styles have been added, although these have been criticised by people as too basic.|
|12.50||September 2008||Rebranded as "Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate Edition". This version included some stability and bug fixes Adds Creative Content Pack, Background Remover, and Full Certification for Windows Vista.|
|13.00 (X3)||25 January 2010||Rebranded as "PaintShop Photo Pro X3". Adds Windows 7 support, New Organizer, Multi-photo Adjustments, Smart Carver(TM), Express Lab, Camera RAW Lab (Supporting more than 350 RAW formats), Object Extractor, Project Creator, improved Text tool, import and export HD video.|
|14.00 (X4)||7 September 2011||Rebranded as "PaintShop Pro X4" Streamlined user-interface with workspaces, Photo Blend for combining the best parts of multiple photos of a single scene, optimized HDR workflow Optimized performance: Up to two times faster than X3, Ultimate version with Nik Color Effects included|
|15.00 (X5)||5 September 2012||Adds face recognition, Instant Effects Palette, Graduate Filter effect, Retro Lab, Single RAW photo, run multiple scripts, Corel Guide, Photo Mapping, Support for Photoshop brushes, RAW/JPG Pair filtering, 16-bit supported in 57 additional adjustments and effects, enhanced tools (Text, Crop, HDR, Photo Blend), Share My Trip on-line slide show creation|
Picture tubes 
Picture tubes are graphic images with no background. They are often used as a starting point for complex images; that is, they are combined with other image elements to produce a final work. Tubes can also be regarded as graphic brushes based on a pre-created image; this was their original use. Instead of leaving a trace of color on the canvas, they would leave a trail of images. Popular tube subjects include alphabets, human (also known as dollz), animal and toy figures, flowers, love messages and seasonal symbols.
The tube system originated with PSP Pro version 5. Native tube files may be in .tub, .psp, .pspimage, and .psptube formats. XnView, IrfanView, and TubeEx are separate graphics programs that can open tube files (.tub) and save them as .png files for use in other programs.
License management software 
Versions XI, X2, X3 and X4 install a third party program named PSIService.exe, a Windows service called ProtexisLicensing. Written by Protexis, this runs in the background and collects licensing information. This program communicates with a remote host. Manually disabling the Protexis Licensing service may cause Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo to cease functioning.
Criticism of pricing policy 
There have been criticisms of Corel's pricing policy that pitches international versions at higher prices than those charged in the US.
See also 
- "See "Paint Shop v1.0 - for Windows 3.0"". Cd.textfiles.com. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- "Corel to close Eden Prairie office". Startribune.com. 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- "Corel Acquires Jasc Software". Graphicssoft.about.com. 2004-10-14. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- "Patches and Updates - Patches and Updates". Corel.com. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- "Corel Introduces Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate Edition". Corel.com. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- "Photo editing software – Corel PaintShop Pro X4". Corel.com. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- "Corel: PaintShop Pro X4 vorgestellt - NETZWELT" (in German). Netzwelt.de. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- "PaintShop Pro Version-to-Version Comparison". Corel.com. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
- Michael Bednarek (2011-08-27). "Discussion of introduction of tubes to JASC Paint Shop Pro 5". Irt.org. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- "Discussion of Paint Shop Pro Picture Tubes, tutorials and tips". Graphicssoft.about.com. 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2011-09-13.
- Burley, Ian (2007-09-22). "Features - Critical Focus: Software pricing - it's an international rip-off - Digital Photography Now". Dpnow.com. Retrieved 2011-09-13.