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What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby trueblue » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:13 am

Let's hear your opinions, what you like in the new version PaintShop Pro 2018 that has just recently been released.
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby Zantara » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:41 pm

* The Essentials workspace, so clutterfree.
* The new toolbar, where tools can be unchecked, so you only have the ones you use
* That plugins work the first time (in the 64-bit version)
* Startup time. So much faster than previous versions
* The new options of the materials palette. Will help me a lot with choosing the right complementing or contrasting colours

The software bundle that came with this Ultimate version (no Standard version available at this moment in time) appear to be written for Windows Vista and XP, but it is worth the money for the above mentioned improvements in PaintShop Pro.

I haven't found anything I don't like yet.
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby Nena » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:55 pm

Overall, it is quite similar to the PSP-X9. :D I liked everything I've seen so far, I just did not like having no more information on the open images in the workspace, in the Menu Window, which in the PSP-X9 informed how many and which images were open, and now there is no information at all :| . I consider this an important help, so that you know with what image you can work, without having to maximize one by one. :x
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby hartpaul » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:54 am

Nena: Interesting, I have never really used that , probably because if I have a large number of images in the workspace they are all going to be operated on and I don't need to be able to see what images are there, or I would only have a small number of images available in the Untabbed workspace and s be able to see what ones I wanted and minimise the rest.

After setting it up the way I want it to open - direct to Edit workspace with no Manage or Adjust or Essentials or any other (ie just like the Jasc versions) I have saved that and now looking at some of the features.

Love the way Corel has allowed us to change the icon size (Small, Medium, Large) as that was a complaint from some people with reduced vision.

Also the quick customise to allow you to remove some tools from the toolbar that you normally do not use regularly eg I might remove the Oil Brush, Warp Brush and Pen Tool .
But also you can remove those sub items that you don't use eg Auto Selection and Smart Selection brush to simplify the selection tools.

It also seems that Corel has done away with the confusing separate downloads of Creative Content and Creative Collection as I can only find Creative Content in both the email for the ultimate version and on the website. As well installing the freebies from the Welcome screen - Whats New (Free Patterns and Textures) , Get More (Creative Brush pack, Creative Content - is here now not as a separate linked email download) and the Creative Content gives you a total brush folder with 3 Folders and 125 files (not necessarily 125 brushes as some brushes consist of two files.)

Loading times - X9 reloaded in 28 seconds
and PSP 2018 loaded in coincidentally 18 seconds.
In each case I double click the 32 bit icon and start the timer , when the workspace shows I click on the New Document icon and when that dialog window opens I stop the timer.

Have also been able to get the My Filters Unlimited to work in 32 bit version, also Nik, KPT. Also the Particleshop filters in the 64 bit version.
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby Zantara » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:26 am

I have PSP 2018 64-bit only installed. I wanted to try a 64-bit version and see what I can do with 64-bit plugins.
So far, no problems with installation plugins or the stand-alone ones.
For what I want to do, the available 64-bit plugins will do me.
I have PSP X7 and X9 installed in 32-bit for plugins like Filters Unlimited.
I removed X8, as it never was a good version, I think.

A dissapointment is dat PSP 2018 doesn't come with the screenrecorder X9 Ultimate came with.
I went for the standard version of X9, last year, but felt I missed out on the screenrecorder.
As a tutorial writer, that really seems a good addition.
Must have been a one-off. :cry:

@Hartpaul...I never got the welcome screen offering me extra content. And I removed and reinstalled 2018 in the meantime.
I have the download to the Creative content, but haven't been able to discover anything new. You look at the filedates and they go back to 2011.
What is new, however, is colorpalettes. There are a load of them. Really nice.
Dit the software bundle install without problems?
I can't install Painter 5 as it tells me it is a Windows Vista version, nor Perfectly Clear.
Just had a Eureka-moment...Perfectly Clear is 32-bit and I installed the 64-bit version of 2018.
Just leaves Painter 5 then. Wonder if that is 32-bit as well.
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby Nena » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:40 pm

Hi, hartpaul!
Yes, I agree that choosing icon sizes is a big help.
But, I'm not in the habit of using tabbed documents, I like to have just the image of open work. I work with the PSP almost exclusively playing tutorials, and there are always the accessories (other images, masks, decos, etc.) that are used for the job, and I need to maximize one by one until I find the one that is needed.
I found in the File menu the option of Recent Files, but it is not as practical as it was before, and I also did not find, in Customize, the option to put Recent Files as an icon. Thank you for your answer!
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby hartpaul » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:16 pm

I have installed the 32 and 64 bit versions as usual.
Have had no problems in installing any of the programs and extras on Win10 version 1607.
Painter is a standalone program and is slow to install and also slow opening on my machine. I noticed that it did not place a shortcut on the desktop so had to manually do that.

The Welcome screen is reached by clicking on the house :
2018Welcomescreen.jpg


and on there you can see all the free extras:
2018Extras.jpg


Yes the Screen recorder only seems to have come with PSP X9 Ultimate. But once you have that you do not need to get it again as it is a stand alone program. Hopefully for those that did not get X9 it will come as an addition with new sales offerings.
As for the changes in content this comparison may help you to locate any changed numbers. Note the numbers were obtained by selecting the main folder and doing Properties so it equals the number of files rather than the total number of brushes. Some brushes consist of 2 files.
PSP X9 Content table:
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And the 2018 Content:
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby hartpaul » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:23 pm

Hi Nena,
I don't use tabbed documents either. Perhaps that is a request to Corel for PSP 2019
If a number of files are loaded to the untabbed workspace and then minimised to leave the space uncluttered it would be good to be able to hover over that minimised image and have a thumbnail show. That would save having to restore each then minimise again if it is not the right one.
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby LeviFiction » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:25 pm

Nena, have you considered using the Image Trays for doing tutorials? It allows you to place all of your images into a tray for easy finding without loading them into memory until you actually require them. At which point you can open them as separate images, or by dragging and dropping from the tray directly into your currently open image. They may not be a good solution for you, but just curious if you've ever tried it.

I like the new node sizes, though they appear to have the same small activation point. Setting the nodes to large makes them easier to see, but you still have to click them just right to manipulate them instead of adding a new node.

I like the clone preview, it's not very smooth in how it presents itself on my computer. But it's still very handy. And the checkbox to turn it off if you don't like it or its getting in the way is good. I used it on some comics, made cloning those lines into place really easy. xD

The improved handling of the opacity setting on the eraser brush is also nice. I can now make more gradual erasures which is good.

The text tool still suffers some of its flaws, but the addition of paste to fit for wrapped text, and the superscript and subscript options are a welcome addition.

Not entirely sure how I feel about the crop rotation. it's handy, but a bit slow on some images. And no way to turn it off.
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby Nena » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:51 pm

Hi, hartpaul!

Yes, your idea is very good, maybe in some update of the Program Corel can introduce it! I look forward!!!
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby Nena » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:55 pm

Hi, LeviFiction!

Sorry, my English is limited, I did not understand what you mean by Image Trail. Could you please explain it to me?
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby hartpaul » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:38 pm

I think Levifiction is referring to Image Trays that occur in Manage mode.
Do you use manage mode or Essentials mode or the full Edit mode.

If in the Edit mode what you might try is if you are using a series of images say 10 , put them in a folder on your desktop and label that folder !!!! working files. This will mean that in any listing of desktop folders that will be the top one.
Then if you activate the Organizer (View > Palettes > Organizer) and navigate to that folder you will see all your images along the bottom and can drag them onto the workspace as you need them. You can also inspect a larger version (new feature) by selecting a thumb tap the space bar and tap again to reduce.
That may be a good alternate way of getting things done.
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby Nena » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:25 pm

Hi, hartpaul!

In the meantime, I've been looking for alternatives, and I really did not remember the Organizer. It works well for what I need, I set up a keyboard shortcut to show / hide the Organizer, I need to get used to it so far I've opened all the images in the work, and maximized them through the Window menu, which is now no longer available. Thank you for your answer!
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby MarkZ » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:32 am

Nena wrote:Hi, hartpaul!

In the meantime, I've been looking for alternatives, and I really did not remember the Organizer. It works well for what I need, I set up a keyboard shortcut to show / hide the Organizer, I need to get used to it so far I've opened all the images in the work, and maximized them through the Window menu, which is now no longer available. Thank you for your answer!

You can show/hide the organizer without a keyboard shortcut. You can have any palette "auto-hide" by clicking on the pin icon next to the x for closing the palette. The image illustrates where mine is located when hidden and when you hover over the tab it pops up.
PSP2018-6.JPG
Hidden organizer


LeviFiction was referring to trays. Click on the arrow at the far right of the bottom bar in Manage mode and the menu pops up that allows you to open the Trays tabs.
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Re: What do you like in PSP 2018?

Postby Nena » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:53 am

Thank you very much, Mark!
Regards, Nena
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