A favorite tool--worth the
cost of the entire program--is an interactive pattern maker. Making
seamless tiles for Web graphics, 2-D graphics, or as a decal for 3-D
graphics is sometimes difficult, but this tool allows you to view the
tiled pattern in a larger window, while a smaller window contains the
source tile that is being edited. Updates in the larger window occur
automatically as changes are made to the small tile.
There are drawbacks to using
Picture Publisher 8.0. For example, while it can do many of the things
that Adobe Photoshop--the industry standard--can do, it is not Photoshop.
While this isn't a problem for someone who needs a good tool for image
editing and graphics, it might be a problem for someone who hopes to use
the tool in a large shop. Some shops don't like to spend time or money on
training; and, if you don't use what they use, you're out of luck.
However, Picture Publisher 8.0
is an economical alternative to higher-priced graphics software. It is a
rich, full-featured package that meets the needs of the vast majority of
Windows graphics designers. Built-in file-format compatibility with Adobe
Photoshop means that compatibility is a minor issue, and its ability to
use Photoshop plug-ins provides a means of expansion. Picture Publisher
8.0 is indeed a worthwhile, affordable, and alternative image-editing
application. --Mike Caputo
This is how software should be in a perfect world!, April 20, 2000
Reviewer: Steven E. Romer "Author -- The Textbook of the Universe"
I have several image-editing programs including Adobe, but this one is the
one I use the most! It is easy to use, fast, and does it all for
unbelievably little money. Makes great web pictures and backgrounds. Does
everything from 3-channel brightness and contrast control to saturation
and color separation. Resizing is a breeze which makes E-mailing pictures
fast and easy! Mask, cut, paste are excellent too.
best bang for the buck, February 25, 2000
Reviewer: David M. Kunze
I have and use both Adobe Photoshop (stupidly expensive and very difficult
to use) and Mircrografx Picture Publisher 8. Picture Publisher does 99.99%
of what Photoshop does at less than 10% of the cost. In addition, PP8 is
Microsoft Office compatible and almost (not entirely, but close) seamless
with Office. The toolbars look the same and the icons perform the same
functions as Office. PP8 is easier to use than Photoshop and more
intuitive. There is still a learning curve but it is shorter and not
nearly as steep. I find myself turning to PP8 more often than all of my
other photo editing programs combined (Arcsoft Photo Studio, Microsoft
Photo Editor, Adobe Photo Deluxe and Microsoft Picture It!).
Never gets old; still a great tool, September 18, 2004
Reviewer: J. f. G.
I've had PP 8 for four years now. Time and again I've tried software from
other vendors (yes, even Photoshop!!!), but this baby is still one of the
most versatile applications I own. Its dependable, like an old tool in the
garage. No workshop should be without it. Its user interface is still so
easy and quick, yet so professional. Though it lacks the extreme high-end
things in Adobe and some of the others, it is my old standby for digital
editing and correction. Sure, you can shell out hundreds for the big name
...but this product stands its own ground and will never let you down. I
paid much more for it when it was first available, and it is a STEAL at
its current price. I have used this product for business and personal use
and it is timeless. Get it while you still can!________________________________________________________________
Best graphic program I've ever used, September 12, 2003
I started with Picture Publisher when a condensed version came with a hand
held scanner I purchased several years ago. (I believe it was version 2)
Since then I have had version 4, 8, 9, and now 10. Every time I knew of an
upgrade, I ordered the newer version. I have used Print Shop Pro, ulead:
Picture It, Irfan View, and several other well known products, but have
always came back to Picture Publisher. I am so very sorry that they have
sold to another company. Now, to get the same comparable product will cost
quite a bit more then PicPub did. And I'm sure they won't work a bit
better. It's the best I've ever used for fixing photos, and also the best
for optimizing for the internet. Best all around product you can buy.
Money no object.
Great for image editing..., December 17, 2000
Reviewer: A software user
This is really nice for editing pictures for websites and such, but the
web page wizards refuse to work for me saying that I need to insert CD 2
and when I do it still won't work. The button maker creates buttons that
are way to large for use on any webpage, but all in all I am very happy
with it. I have turned out some very nice edited JPG's and I am glad I
spent the money for it.
Best Graphics/Photo Software for the Price or at any price, October 2,
Reviewer: Kristin Wheeler
This is THE software to have if you are an beginning or intermediate
designer without the time or patience to scale the steep learning curve of
Adobe or Corel. I have used this software to create custom graphics..it
has amazing effects, and the more you play with it, the more you can do.
It's also an excellent medium for digital retouching. I have gotten so
good with PP8 that I now have my own online retouching business. I would
recommend this for anyone who likes to play with color, texture, and learn
on their own.
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