sagge wrote:Hello wds937...I still work in an XP environment without any problems, and Ulead PhotoImpact 12 has been a good "photo mate" during four years. But now it is time to learn something new and to be prepared for a Windows 7 computer, I assume within a year or so. Then UPI will not work anymore...X4 seems rather easy to use and to have those extra functions that I want on top of Lightroom.
Your version of Windows shouldn't be your only deciding factor. According to Corel's published system requirements, PSP X4 will run on XP, Vista, and 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit, all with appropriate service packs. So, X4 should certainly buy you some time in that regard. I have not made the X4 plunge yet, but I plan to sometime soon.
While I cannot speak for PI 12, I do have PI X3 working on Windows 7, without incident. At least for now, PI X3 is still available from Corel. I should point out, however, that PI X3 is not listed by Corel as being compatible with Windows 7.
I have the 32-bit version of Windows 7 because I have quite an assorted collection of hardware and software, some of which is quite old. In that type of environment, the 32-bit version of Windows will often have fewer compatibility problems than the 64-bit version. I may be reaping an additional reward with PSP, as there seem to be more posts on this forum about instability and other problems with the 64-bit version, but I also realize that it may be because more people have the 64-bit version installed. Just food for thought.