I’m writing this blog post on a plane back to Ottawa, returning from a 10-day trip to Germany, England and Amsterdam. We’ve been giving reporters, software reviewers and media in Europe and the UK a sneak peak of the new PaintShop Pro X5.
I decided to document my trip with photos, so you can share my “mildly censored” trip :)
Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a very low threshold for excitement. If I’m even the least bit keen and excited, I’ll have a ridiculous grin on my face and laugh loudly (and possibly obnoxiously) at just about everything – especially at my own stupid jokes (please don’t judge me). If I’m busy and distracted, well, I still tend to laugh a lot and say many silly things, so my excitement and enthusiasm is really just a measure of my general volume.
This trip has been amazing for at least three reasons:
- Meeting more of my incredible colleagues in UK and Europe. Hugs and sarcastic quips to all!
- Visiting countries I never thought I would ever see in my lifetime. Holland – you are beautiful and charming! Germany – you are spirited and inspiring! England – you are cheeky and make me feel like I’m at home! Thanks to all of you for showing me such a good time :)
- Most importantly – I’ve been privileged to represent all the passionate, dedicated, and incredibly hardworking people (both coworkers and customers) who have devoted thousands of hours to building the strongest, most creative and exciting version of PaintShop Pro ever made.
I could tell you all about the new features and improvements we’ve included, but I had to stop counting at 85. Some you’ll notice right away, like being able to map your photos on a real-world Google map, or being able to use the new Find People scanner to help you recognize and tag your friends and link them to your Facebook or Flickr account. Other things like the added support for 16-bit editing on 57 more effects, the new Instant Effects palette, Single and Black & White HDR features, Retro Lab and support for Adobe Photoshop brushes will really get your creative juices flowing.
I’m a big proponent of “kicking the tires” and trying something out for yourself, so go ahead and download the full trial version and be sure to check out the built-in tutorial videos and free downloadable content from the Corel Guide. Hint: it pops up automatically when you first launch PSP, but you can always open it from the Help menu.
Give it a whirl and Share YOUR trip with us! We’d love to see what where you take PaintShop Pro!