Paintshop Pro 7 (I don't like the newer versions and will only use that one)Any reason you don't like 8? Haven't tried 9, but after corel bought PSP it *did* turn darn awful.
I have full versions of 7 & 8.
Somewhere between versions 7 & 8 the guys at Jasc decided that it would be a great idea to toss out the window half of the good things that made it worth buying.
Without removing 1 feature they managed to take this away:
- ability to run it from a thumb drive on another pc without actually installing it
In addition to all the useless new crap they added, they also gave you the following:
- An environment that can now compete with Adobe Photoshop...in the confusion category.
- It's now quite bloated.
- No matter what drive you install it on, it will create unnecessary files and folders on your C drive rather than keeping them in the program folder like it used to.
So now, instead of getting a faster program that was easier to use than Photoshop, yet just as powerful, and for less money, you ended up with a cheap imitation of Photoshop, which is not what Paintshop Pro users want or need.
The exception to this is the trial of version 9. That was
worth installing on a slow Win9x or 2k machine alongside version 7 for one reason only:
The ability to see thumbnails of .psp & .tub files in Explorer. There is no way you can actually run PSP 9 on a 233mhz machine with 64mb ram, but those thumbnails are really nice. And even after the trial expires, you can still see the Explorer thumbnails.
But you can also get that with this freeware utility and it actually works better than what is supplied by PSP 9+ and they have finally updated it to include 9x and 2k versions:http://www.botproduc.../pspthumb/index.html