Who makes your software – Part 2

One of the things I really like about our company blog is that you get to know more about the people behind the brand. This time I’d like you to meet some of the people and personalities behind PaintShop Pro.


During my trip to our Taipei, Taiwan office, I met with Craig (Product Manager based in our Mountain View, CA office) and joined the R&D team on one of their weekend “Photo Days” where they pack up all their own camera gear and spend the whole day shooting. Not only do they take amazing photos, but they also use their own image collections for testing PaintShop. I got to tag along on one of their trips and found out first hand that PaintShop Pro is built by incredibly creative people FOR incredibly creative people.

If you could choose any location for a photo shoot, where would it be?

About Evelyn Watts

I’ve spent over 12 years in the software industry, with the last 6 years as a Product Specialist and Field Services Manager for Corel. This requires the ability to learn quickly, travel a lot, speak in front of hundreds of people and essentially be a software jockey and corporate ambassador. Recently I’ve become the Global Product Marketing Manager for a product I’ve loved for many years.
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4 Responses to Who makes your software – Part 2

  1. Matthew says:

    I wouldn’t pick any location. I would take pictures where I am and work from there. :D

    Of course 90% of my photo-manipulation work is based on people so I almost never use my own photos.

    Now, the first thing that strikes me is you’ve improved upon your video taking ever so slightly since that first one I saw from that one…event. I can’t recall what that event was now, weird. And too lazy to go back a page to find it. :P

    It’s a fun, interesting video. Did you do the editing yourself?

    I’m glad to hear that many of the criticisms of the users on the boards are not true and that the team does use PSP for their own photography. Or at leas they are forced to. ;) But it brings to mind the question what do they only use it for photography? Or what do they do with the photography? Any chance of getting to see some of the results? I’m sure many would love to see the results.

    I’m not actually a photographer, photography is on the low end of what I do with PSP.

    I use PSP for it’s vector and artsy side. PSP may not be a do all software but it does all of these areas very well. And I do look forward to seeing these developed along with the photoraphy area. It’s one of the places I think PaintShop development has been weak, it’s not as balanced with the development of its other areas, way too many effects dedicated to photography only, and its strengths are becoming weaknesses as a result. I hope that the team is doing more than just Photography in hopes of developing these areas.

    Again, excellent video. It does look fun. And I’m very happy to hear that they have these fun times. It’s great to see.

    Thank you for the fun introduction. :D

    • Evelyn Watts says:

      Thanks Matthew! I had a fantastic time with my colleagues and can see the influence PaintShop has had on them and vice versa. It’s quite something when you can put a face to the feature, so to speak. I don’t consider myself a photographer either and started using PaintShop to design web graphics back in version 5, I think. It’s come a long way since then and I agree that finding the right balance of tools for both designers and photographers is key. We’re working on it and need feedback like yours to make sure we’re staying focused on helping PSP users achieve their artistic vision, whether it starts with a camera or just an idea.

  2. BillyG says:

    That’s cool! I assume at least some of this is marketing fluff, but it is good to know that some of the creators are camera people too. Hopefully they are allowed their own input into the software …

  3. Abiel Abuy says:

    That’s an easy one.. my home country of course! ;)

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