Jasc has an array of products but there can be no doubt that the key one is
PaintShop Pro. Jasc is an example of a shareware vendor that successfully
made the transition to the big time because PaintShop Pro has become one
of the best bitmap graphics
editors in the market. Notably PaintShop Pro is on a price-performance level
rivaling if not outright beating Adobe Photoshop. Not bad for a program that
just a few
with the ability to do simple edits to thumbnail images. Now the image browsing
prowess of PaintShop Pro has been imitated/copied by Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop
Elements. Suddenly the graphics program that got no respect - deservedly
gets it now. Paintshop Pro has vaulted past Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel's
PhotoPaint, and Ulead's Photo Impact
as the best $100 or less digital photo image
editor on the market.
And despite taking on tons of added functionality to earn that honor, PaintShop Pro retains an ease of use level that other vendors are hard pressed to match. Take the new Effects Browser shown in the PaintShop Pro screen shot above. This tool is simply better than the new Filter Gallery in Photoshop CS for 3 big reasons. First, the thumbnails dynamically show all the saved presets (including all user defined presets) for every Effect and Adjustment (including all the Color Adjustments) available in PaintShop Pro. Ever wonder why bother to save a preset for an effect - now you know that your saved preset will be shown in the Effects Browser as a reminder of your own customized effects brilliance. Second, the effects are live demos against the selection and layer that you are currently editing unlike Photoshop which just shows the same canned thumbnail. Third, the tree window at the left lets you navigate quickly to the specific group of Adjustments or Effects you are looking for. This attention to detail makes novices as well as pros much more productive right away in PaintShop Pro.
But Jasc is not just PaintShop Pro. It's Media Center acts as a complete browser
and catalog of images and other rich media resources stored on the computer.
Media Center's drag and drop ease of use, very fast thumbnail generator, and
user customizable image description fields make it a versatile cataloging tool.
Animation Shop on the other hand is getting long in tooth - as it only supports
GIF animations; offering no support for the popular Flash SWF format. Finally,
the SVG(-scalable Vector graphics)based Web Draw program allows user to do
a pretty broad set of drawing operations producing vector images comparable
in quality (but not in range of features)to Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.
This program has great potential as Mozilla is flirting with releasing SVG
processing internal to its browser and more SVG plugins become available for
all browsers. Finally, Jasc markets the Virtual Painter plugin which we review