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Xara Designer Pro provides one of the world's most flexible software for design by combining web designing, image editing, graphic design and desktop ... Learn More


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Corel Painter is the world’s leading digital art software. Designed for artists by artists, it opens up a world of creativity by offering progressiv... Learn More

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ArcSoft Panorama Maker provides a photo stitching software.With this solution, users can create perfect panoramas. It is considered one of the best pa... Learn More

Pricing Starting From

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Xara Designer Pro

Image & Photo Editing

$ 299
Single payment / 1 user(s)

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Painter

Image & Photo Editing

$ 429
Single payment / 1 user(s)

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ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Image & Photo Editing

$ 79.99
Single payment / 1 user(s)

Available Features

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Xara Designer Pro

Image & Photo Editing

Photo & Graphic Design: Image editing and graphics creation

Page & Layout Design: Create flyers, business cards, brochures etc

Premium web design: Design professional websites

Compatible with PANTONE colors for professional printing quality

Professional color separation for print and web (CMYK/RGB)

PDF/X support

Comprehensive XPS support

Import, editing and output of TIFF,

Live object copying including realtime updating

User-defined keyboard shortcuts

Import, editing and export of Adobe projects

Import of professional JPEG XR format

Lots of additional design templates for graphics, DTP, photos and web design

Comprehensive manual with lots of useful examples, illustrations, workshops and tips & tricks 

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Painter

Image & Photo Editing

Kaleidoscope painting

Mirror Painting

RealBristle Dry Media

Real Watercolor

Real Wet Oil

Clone source palette

Smart photo-painting tools

Customizable surface texturing

Smart Blur effect

Agile brush control

Streamlined brush categories

Dynamic brush settings

Digital airbrushes

Computed Circular brush controls

Gel brushes and Merge modes

Multicore support for brushes

Interface

Brush tracking

Workspaces

Navigator panel

New Image dialog box

Panel and palette behavior

Color Changer palette

Custom palettes

Transformation capabilities

High-value, built-in content

High-Quality Display

Smart composition tools

World-famous art styles

Match Palette effect

Speed—Painter 12 is 5x faster!

Adobe Photoshop support

Wacom pen tablet compatibility

Extensive file support

Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Vista support

Windows 64-bit support

Mac OS support

Multi-platform support

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ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Image & Photo Editing

The simplest and fastest panorama software

Easy-to-use editing tools help you make panoramas like a pro

5 stitching modes: Auto, Horizontal, 360, Tile, and Vertical

Automatic selection and analysis of photos: no photography skills needed

Make and view 360 degree panoramas

Print your panorama or put it on your professional and social websites

Free Trial Availability

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Xara Designer Pro

Image & Photo Editing
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Painter

Image & Photo Editing

No Free Trial Available.

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ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Image & Photo Editing

Most Favorable User Review

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Xara Designer Pro

Image & Photo Editing

No favorable user review available yet for Xara Designer Pro.

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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
User review from
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Eric Matthews
May 2, 2016

The first thing which needs to be said about Painter is that it is not Photoshop. Corel leans in heavy on the Digital Artist Software moniker and for a good reason. Painter is not about Image Manipulation or Image Editing (Photoshop's mainstay), it's about creating art. The easiest way to think about the line between the programs is this. If your goal is to clean up a Photo for the magazine cover, then Photoshop is your tool. If your task is to create a digital Mona Lisa, Painter's the alley you want to be in.Photoshop has some basic art effects, watercolor and pastel are a few. And several plugins grow that base significantly. But none of them could touch the raw power of Painter when it comes to Art medium simulation.Painter is a mature product, almost as old as Photoshop. And it's learning curve is just about as steep. This is not a tool that one installs and starts producing art within the hour. It has a huge amount of adjustable brushes, and each attribute can be customized to taste. But because of its maturity, Painter doesn't have too much new it can introduce by way of new brushes or gimmicks to attract a user to purchase. What Painter relies on is the ability to perfectly simulate a multitude of art forms, oils, crayon, chalk, watercolor on different canvas' and produce an output that truly is representative of the creator's talent. If you can't draw, you can't blame Painter. Brush strokes heavy handed? All will be revealed. Painter is truly representative of the artist medium.Although there are some plugins for Painter, and it does fully support Photoshop Brushes, allowing the user to leverage the huge amount of free brushes on the web, Painter pretty much comes ready to use out of the box. The one must have item I would mandate that any artist serious about using the software effectively get is a fairly large Tablet. In fact, I'd say that not using a tablet with Painter makes the software essentially useless since it relies so heavily on the artist hand pressure and stroke. One can do Image retouch by mouse, but not painting a matte using oils or a charcoal drawing. Bottom line, use the money you would have spent on Photoshop art plugins to get a fair sized tablet. Working in Painter is easy, and it handles large files easily, via it's Riff file format. Even though it doesn't leverage GPU rendering, Painter rarely chokes on files that can easily reach a terabyte. It is also fully compatible with Photoshop and can write to the PSD format.In the end, if painting, drawing and producing "art" in a digital medium is your goal, Painter is by far the best tool.

Pros :

  • Mature software that comes ready to use out of the box.
  • Digital Art Software accomplishes its goal.
  • A full featured tool for Professional Artist, customizable brush, stroke, light, color attributes.
  • Stores Artist Palettes..
  • Can produce artfully representative of your talent.
  • Supports Photoshop Brushes.
  • Uses proprietary RIFF format which support large file sizes.
  • New Digital audio Brush uses audio file to paint.

Cons :

  • Expensive for anyone other than the Professional Artist.
  • Learning curve can be steep.
  • Tablet necessary to get quality art.
  • Cheaper tools available if "Artifying" your Photos is your goal.
  • An commitment in time to maximize your investment in software.

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ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Image & Photo Editing

No favorable user review available yet for ArcSoft Panorama Maker.

Most Favorable Critic Review

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Xara Designer Pro

Image & Photo Editing
75
Geetesh Bajaj , Indezine

Thursday 24 May 2012

All put together, this new version of Xara Designer Pro X builds upon the earlier release, and adds more features to deliver a compelling release. A very attractive upgrade pricing option makes this a no-brainer for existing Xara users, and for everyone else, this is a product that certainly needs to be explored closely.

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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
80
Sue Chastain , About.com

Wednesday 31 December 1969

Alone or as a companion to Photoshop, Painter brings the maximum in artistic possibilities to digital artists and creative professionals. Keep in mind that you'll need a pressure sensitive graphics tablet to get the most satisfaction out of Painter.

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ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Image & Photo Editing
100
Joel Lee , MakeUseOf

Monday 30 December 2013

There are a ton of awesome features in Panorama Maker 6. It can work with images and videos to create 2D and 3D panoramas. There are multiple stitching modes to create the right kind of panorama for your needs. Export in a number of file formats, including JPG, TGA, and Flash.

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Demo Video

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Xara Designer Pro Demo Video

Image & Photo Editing
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Painter Demo Video

Image & Photo Editing
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ArcSoft Panorama Maker Demo Video

Image & Photo Editing

Screenshots

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Xara Designer Pro

Image & Photo Editing
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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
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ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Image & Photo Editing
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Typical Customer

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Xara Designer Pro

Image & Photo Editing
  • Business
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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
  • Business
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ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Image & Photo Editing
  • Business
  • Personal Use

Supported Devices

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Xara Designer Pro

Image & Photo Editing
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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
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ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Image & Photo Editing

Supported Languages

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Xara Designer Pro

Image & Photo Editing
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • German
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Painter

Image & Photo Editing
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • Hebrew
  • Portuguese
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ArcSoft Panorama Maker

Image & Photo Editing
  • English
  • Chinese

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