Corel unveils PaintShop Photo Pro X3 editing software; price starting at $79.99

Corel Corporation has just announced a new edition to one of their software lines: PaintShop Photo Pro X3. The Pro X3 version will host a variety of new features and functions, plushigh definition video capabilities for the first time.

Corel Corporation has just announced a new edition to one of their software lines: PaintShop Photo Pro X3. The Pro X3 version will host a variety of new features and functions, plus high definition video capabilities for the first time.

The PaintShop Photo Pro X3 program is intended for digital photographers of all skill levels. The editing program includes a a revamped Organizer, designed to select and edit information (tagging, ratings, quick touch-ups) on multiple selected photos at once.

Some of the highlighted additions include:

  • HD Video Editing: Users can design HD slideshows and movies, combining both photos and video clips within the same tool.
  • Camera RAW Lab: Allows the user to adjust several settings (i.e. white balance, exposure, saturation, etc.) before processing, and then copied to other RAW images. Supports over 350 RAW formats.
  • Multi?photo Adjustments: Changes made to one image can be applied to multiple photos at once
  • Smart Carver and Object Extractor: Removing objects and scales without distorting the image; masks image details that are difficult to preserve
  • Project Creator: A one-stop shop for creating and sharing photo and video projects (i.e. publish photo books, cards, calendars, etc.) Also allows for direct uploading to YouTube, Facebook and Flickr.

It's a smart move to include the HD video functionality as most cameras these days (both DSLR and ultracompact) come with this feature. But based on the description of this new function, it sounds like there's well more room for development; Everything else sounds like a relatively normal upgrade.

If you're only looking for an upgrade from a previous PaintShop Photo Pro edition, the MSRP is $79.99, while the full new version will cost buyers $99.99. However, you could start out with a free trial version.