The CurrCon Java Applet displays prices on this
web page converted with today’s exchange rates into your local international currency,
e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees…
CurrCon requires an up-to-date browser
and Java version 1.7 or later, preferably 1.8.0_05.
If you can’t see the prices in your local currency,
Troubleshoot. Use Chrome for best results.
Aka PSP. Corel’s, (formerly JASC’s), program for creating *.gif and
*.jpg image files. The latest version is X6Last revised/verified: 2008-01-30. It is quite a complex tool. The original version was
primarily for creating images by painting pixels. The latest version is primarily about doctoring photographs,
including removing backgrounds and smoothing skin. If it complains you are out of disk and/or ram space what it
really means is you have the print margins set too big.. The Paint
Shop Pro Users Group can be an excellent resource for PaintShop Pro related issues. They also have a
tutorials section at this page. I upgraded to the Ultimate version. It comes with all kinds of additional
independent programs and add-ons. The basic program itself seems not much changed.
Last revised/verified: 2009-03-14
Here are few very basic tips to get you started with PSP 7.
With the brush and eyedropper tools, the left mouse button is foreground; the right is background. Other
times you need to use the left mouse button even when you are thinking background.
When drawing text, select your font, and size before start typing. The dialog box is designed to let you
insert a mixture of fonts, colours and sizes in one go. You have to highlight the text to change its size after
you type it.
Layers let you change your mind later about positioning, colour and even of existence of various elements
of your image.
Some tools gray out. They may be waiting for you to temporarily increase or decrease the colour depth. They
may be waiting for you to select something with the rectangle, lasso or magic wand.
That obscene looking colour-replacer icon is useful for converting the backgrounds of *.jpg files to transparent *.gifs.
There is an undo, but you must let your finger off the mouse button periodically otherwise undo will throw
away everything since the last time you did.
When cropping, first drag the window borders out wide so there is an unused area around the image. Start
well above and to the left of the image and define a cropping rectangle to get the bottom and right borders
correct. Then crop with Shift-R. Again, drag the window borders out wide so
there is an unused area around the image. Then start well below and to the right of the image and define a
cropping rectangle to get the upper and left borders correct. Then crop with Shift-R. Don’t try to get all four edges in the same go. If you discover an easier
method, please let me know.
To undo the crop marks, right click on the drawing. Undo and Select None have no effect.
The problem with the new quick background removal tool it is makes many mistakes, and they are hard to to
proofread especially if the background was mainly white to start. I needed to take the images into Icon XP for
touchup where I can test them against several different coloured backgrounds.
Corel products unpack the download then install, and leave the unpacked install files behind. They can be
removed after the install, saving considerable disk space.
PSP X2 costs
for and upgrade from PSP 7+.
The big improvement in PSP X2 is a background removal tool. It does not do alphachannel, and it is not
perfect, but it does a fair bit of the bull work. I prefer IconXP for shrinking images since it smooths the edges
On 2009-04-08 I wrote Corel asking them to make these improvements to PSP.
I often crop white borders off images. It would be much easier to tell if I had succeeded, if after a crop,
PSP left a background of perhaps 5 pixels or so of dark grey so I could more
easily tell if I had left a sliver of white. As it is, PSP shrinks the background entirely and I often
don’t notice till much later I screwed up.
When I crop, PSP puts up its default notion rectangle of how I should crop. It won’t let me click
inside that rectangle to mark a new rectangle. It insists I modify its hopelessly wrong version.
When cropping, there are tiny resizing handles in the corners, half way up the sides and half way across
the top and bottom. These are so tiny that it requires more dexterity than I have to manipulate them. My mouse
keeps slipping off them and I end up moving the entire crop window instead of just a side. Please make them
twice as big.
It would be nice to have a mesh special effect, that would superimpose a fine mesh over the
image, as if looking through a screen door or a mosquito net. The effect is used in advertising quite a bit, to
make its non-use look extra bright, or highlighted in constrast. The effect I am after is the one you see on
highlighting a rectangle on the Windows Vista desktop.
When they put out a new version they will start sending you ads for the upgrade. Just ignore and they will
keep lowering and lowering the price.
Corel is somewhat dishonest. I purchased two years of updates on PaintShop Pro X6. To avoid giving them to me,
they renamed the next version of PSP to X3, and charged me