All too true. I am looking at the black friday special price for PSP2023 and wondering if I need to pay up. My last 3 upgrades have been only to get support for larger file sizes and bug fixes likely needed for operating system changes... I have tried some new features, but they do not seem to offer ANY value for my work, although I use PSP daily in my photo art, and other artwork.
And the fact that preferences and plugins all have to be reset, reinstalled, etc. every upgrade every year is just mind boggling! Clearly many of the preferences and features remain the same every year, and that Corel cannot create a standard format to save or to export and selectively import preference settings for so called upgrades is terribly frustrating. I have lost so many saved patterns & brushes, etc. over the years, between new PSP version and system problems!
It just feels as if I am paying for frustration and a few hours of my own time to get a new version to be useful to me, with the only benefit being nominal support...
Yet I still really do like the parts of the editing software... once I reset my workspace, my preferences, etc.
So will I buy in to 2023? Maybe...
Zantara wrote: ↑Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:57 am
I have been using PSP since version 5, when it was still Jasc.
I never skipped a version.
From this version onward, Corel has lost a loyal customer.
The new PSP has nothing new to offer.
I write about PSP for the Dutch speaking PSP community who use it for creative creations only. There are a lot of websites and groups who write creative tutorials.
By making PSP completely 64-bits, they will lose that community as they are still using a lot of the old plugins.
There is also a considerable international community of creative tutorial writers who still use the 32-bits plugins in their work. And even 16-bits.
It was probably inevitable that PSP would become 64-bits only.
For photo editing it is the way forward.
I have been using 64-bits PSP for a while now, but the versions I have, will do me fine.
There is absolutely no incentive for me to buy PSP 2023.
I wouldn't underestimate the amount of loyal buyers who, from now on, will stick to their older versions until they work no more. Unless Corel really re-invents PSP, which seems unlikely.
PSP is still subscription free and Corel is moving towards the subscription models. They recently acquired a cloud service. The new CEO sees the subscription model as the way forward.
It is the end of an era, I think.