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Old 08-25-2006, 06:58 AM   #1
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Default Paint Shop Pro 8.1 Frustrations

I was quite happy and familiar with Paint Shop Pro 6, but when PSP 8.1 came along, I upgraded without keeping the old version on my WinXP computer, a mistake.

I have been frustrated ever since. Today I was even more provoked, because I could not crop pictures that I just took with an aspect ratio of 1 to 1.3333, which is essential for real estate pictures to be loaded to my client's web site. Formerly, the crop tool showed me the pixels and the aspect ratio in a little window below the picture. That is gone, and I can't find any help to get it back.

This is just the latest in a series of frustrations. Now Corel sends me a deal on upgrading to PSP X. Would this make my situation worse? I want PSP 6 back, or failing that, help which really helps me. No help in PSP 8.1 for aspect ratio, nor does the cropping help tell me about aspect ratio or anything else helpful.

Well, I have let of some steam, and maybe somebody has PSP and can tell me how to get back the aspect ratio with cropping (I can see it with other tools.), but I doubt that I will be really happy with digital editing again.
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Old 08-25-2006, 07:39 AM   #2
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Today I was even more provoked, because I could not crop pictures that I just took with an aspect ratio of 1 to 1.3333
It's different, but actually far easeir and more flexible:
  • pick the crop tool: a ribbon appears below your main toolbar
  • in the ribbon, choose units Inches or Centimeters (just not pixels)
  • set width to 1 and height to 1.3333
  • Check the maintain aspect ratio box
You now already have a crop box of the right proportions, which you can move or scale, and it will keep the right proportion.

What you need to get used to is that the tools each have their own settings ribbon: instead of having a little floating window with several tabs, all the settings are now in sight and immediately axccessible while working with the tool.

Unless you have a need for any of the new PSP X features (it has a good noise removal tool, for instance) don't bother upgrading. But nothing's to stop you downloading a trial and checking it out. If you do, check out Corel's PSP newsgroups, since while it has more features, some of them have been hidden and good documentation is sorely lacking. There are some really experienced users in those groups and it's generally a friendly bunch of people.

Why did you throw your previous version away though? You can install each version in its own directory, and keep them all. Surely if you don't have a CD you keep a backup of the installer archive?

   
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It's different, but actually far easeir and more flexible:
  • pick the crop tool: a ribbon appears below your main toolbar
  • in the ribbon, choose units Inches or Centimeters (just not pixels)
  • set width to 1 and height to 1.3333
  • Check the maintain aspect ratio box
Why did you throw your previous version away though? You can install each version in its own directory, and keep them all. Surely if you don't have a CD you keep a backup of the installer archive?
I pick the crop tool, and the toolbars look just like they did before I pick the crop tool. No progress.

As for the old version, it was on the Win98SE computer, but that computer has hardware problems, and I can't run PSP6 there.
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