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Serif PhotoPlus X3

October 26, 2010 by  
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  • Fix common photo flaws quickly – straighten horizons, adjust color saturation, correct lens distortion, and more.
  • Bring photos back to life! Remove damage and recover texture to undo years of fading.
  • Turn photos into art instantly! Mimic styles like Impressionist, Van Gogh, Oil, Pencil, and Watercolor.
  • Open 24 different image types including JPG, PNG, TIFF, and Adobe® Photoshop® files with layers!
  • Process and adjust Raw images straight from your digital camera and export as 48-bit images.

Product Description
PhotoPlus X3 Digital Studio is Serif’s professional digital image editing solution. PhotoPlus X3 brings you an unrivalled combination of easy-to-use photo enhancement Studios, on-screen automated help, and a rich collection of professional-level tools and adjustments. Whether you’re resizing holiday snaps, removing flaws from portraits, adjusting exposure and color levels, restoring old images, importing Photoshop documents, or transforming photos with unique ef… More >>


Serif PhotoPlus X3

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5 Responses to “Serif PhotoPlus X3”
  1. Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3A4G88HE436AG This is a fully-functional, highly professional Photo Editor. I have attached a short video with some of the photos I have edited during my learning process.

    For those who have never used a photo-editing software before, all of the choices can actually be quite intimidating. Since I had been away from working with Photo-editing for awhile, I chose to go through the tutorials, which were very helpful in getting me back up to speed. Even so, I found myself picking up the manual to look up things.

    Since I will be using the software mostly for photos, I focused on that aspect, however it includes animations, panoramas, and a very nice photo file called “Serif Album Plus.”

    There is one thing you should know (which marked down the software a bit in stars) – getting your software installed and registered is a two-step process. After you install, you have to either go out to the web site or call an 800 number in order to finish. At that time you will be given a registration code.

    The registration process says to call the 800 number, but I was aware that Serif could be registered online.

    I chose to register online, and it worked, but was a bit clunky (I had to write down information to type into the registration – then do the reverse to get the number into the program). It might have gone better on the 800 number.

    There was a document in the box offering a MontagePlus for free if you registered. When I did not see it in the online registration process, I contacted Customer support via the WebSite. They were prompt and courteous in their response and stated they were mailing me the software … however it never arrived. I believe that you had to register using the 800 number in order to qualify.

    During the installation process, I was asked which types of photos I wanted to open in PhotoPlusX3. I chose some that I was unable to open in other editors (including Kodak Raw Images). When I export a file as a jpg – it automatically reopens in the software I have designated for jpgs. Saving a file in PhotoPlusX3 automatically saves it as a SPP file. In order to save a new file into a jpg, you need to export, rather than save the file.

    I also encountered a problem when the program stopped working while I was creating a new file. Windows notified me that there was a patch available (which I installed), but I was disappointed I wasn’t notified of the patch automatically when I installed the product. (I am used to software checking for updates as a part of the installation process) The patch worked, and I was able to create the file I needed to create.

    I rated the software 4 stars for the reasons that follow:

    3 stars for the extra steps required for installation/registration

    3 stars because I wasn’t notified of the patch

    3 stars because this isn’t as intuitive as some of the competitors

    5 stars for the tutorials – really well done and comprehensive

    5 stars for the number of features

    5 stars for customer service – even on a weekend!!!

    If you are a beginner who just wants a few touch-ups on your pictures, you might want to go with some simpler software. However, this is really a very nice product, and can do a great deal. I do recommend it for those who are experienced or those who wish to do more with their photo projects than just simple adjustments.

    EDIT ON REVIEW:

    *** Since I registered with Serif, I have received a significant number of e-mails concerning offerings on other software. It appears that Serif is more interested in generating sales than in being perceived as customer oriented. The software is great, but I continue to find the aspects of dealing with the company difficult.

    Since the price of many of its competitors is similar, you may wish to consider whether to go that route. I stand behind the 4 stars because of the features inside of the program, BUT wanted to alert future users as to the continued issues related to the company itself.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Although I don’t consider myself a “power user” of Photoshop CS4, I do use it often for semi-commercial purposes and I am very comfortable with it’s features and applications and have it installed on my desktop computer for major projects. However I use my laptop for more casual photo editing and use Photoshop Elements on it. When I got the opportunity to get PhotoPlus X3 I decided to give it a try for at least a month before I reviewed it since you are always more likely to prefer the program that you are the most familiar with. The more I used it the more impressed I was. Here are some of my thoughts:

    Installation was easy and I was able to register it on the phone right away. I must say that I did not enjoy the effort to sell me other products by the phone rep. He was professional, friendly and had an English accent right out of central casting but he was REALLY try to sell me something else when all I wanted to do was register what I had. I was put on hold several times and for what I don’t know. I understand that they are going to make the phone registration optional and that would be an improvement.

    Once installed I found the program easy to use. Many of the applications are similar to PhotoShop and this programs fill the gap between the two PS products that I own. I mostly shoot photos of wild birds but I also do portraits (the field that I was trained for and worked in for many years) for family and friends. X3 has some great, quick applications for portraits that I really like.

    One thing that I should point out is that really like the fact that a very nice (although not exhaustive) instruction book is included. Over 200 pages, all in English, that explains the basics of almost all of the features of PhotoPlus X3. This is something that is seen so seldom now that I was very impressed. There is also a more detailed instruction book on the disc if you need it.

    This program is a really good value for what you get. Still, it won’t replace my professional version of PhotoShop on my desktop computer, however I took Elements off of my laptop and will be using PhotoPlus instead. All in all a very good product and a great value. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could (no half stars on Amazon) so 4 stars it is.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. I’ve been using Serif Photoplus since the first version many years ago, and I downloaded the free version sometime ago, when I got a call from Serif, telling me I could upgrade to X2 for about $40. I did and was very impressed with it. I have been using Photoshop 6 for years, and the transition to Photoplus X2 was smooth, much smoother than I had anticipated. Then, I got a call from Serif again, extolling the virtues of the new X3 version, so I bought the upgrade. Even though it’s an upgrade, it’s a full-blown version.

    I’m not sure what the two other reviewers are talking about. My installation was effortless, and registration was without incident. All they are talking about is the problems with software installation, which I am perplexed at. I installed it, and entered the appropriate information, and it was up and running in no time.

    I like the ease of use, especially if you have used Photoshop (any version) in the past. In fact, Photoplus will use Photoshop plugins, which the amount is almost limitless. I really like the RAW photo import and editor. It allows you to do some major pre-editing of RAW photos.

    I also like the HDR Photo Merge editor. You don’t need RAW photos only. But also, if you don’t have three photos at EV-2, EV0, and EV+2, you can use the Photography Macro to do the same thing as if you have three photos at different exposures. I have done that with some success.

    I love the feel of the program, especially after using Photoshop for years. You can even use the books on Photoshop to do much the same things as Photoshop with some minor differences (Like Photoshop calls reverese photos invert, where Photoplus used Negative Image.) Of course, Photoplus X3 does not have everything Photoshop does, but instead of paying $115.00 for Photoshop Elements, and $650.00 for Photoshop C4, you pay less than $80 for a great program that both the amateur and professional will find use for.

    I am delighted with the program. I would also recommend the Resource guide, which gives you some great examples of how to use the various features as well as the Studios extras set, which includes some awesome royalty-free photos, but also goes far beyond the tutorials included on the installation disk.

    I will be purchasing upgrades from now on. If you have any doubts, download the free version, use it for a bit, then buy the full and latest version. I can almost guarantee you’ll enjoy it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Dave Mayer says:

    Though a dedicated Photoshop person, I spend a lot of time in it, know it like the back of my hand. But it took years and several books before I got really good at it. PhotoPlus on the PC, like Pixelmator on the Mac, didn’t take me years. I didn’t read any books. I just opened it and started working.

    And as I said in my review of Pixelmator, to be fair my Photoshop background undoubtedly made PhotoPlus easier to get on with. But I found it very easy to work with indeed. And for the novice the program comes with a very good PDF manuel along with tons of tutorials. It has a Photoshop like interface and it’s fast. Even when working with RAW images the program zipped along. If you don’t have a need for the expensive Photoshop and if you’re a member of the point and shoot crowd, then this just might be the program for you. Actually, I’m mostly a point and shooter myself these days and I really love this program.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. H. Wang says:

    Registration:

    After installing, you need to register the software in order to get a code for running the software. The registration process says to call the 800 number. But, it’s faster to reguster it online. As you can skip the sales pitch :-)

    Saving files in PhotoPlusX3 automatically put them into SPP format. In order to save a new file into a jpg, you need to export, rather than save the file.

    Photoplus X3 will use Photoshop plugins. I like the RAW photo import and editor. It allows you to do some major pre-editing of RAW photos.

    Also, if you don’t have 3 photos at EV-2, EV0, and EV+2, you can use the Photography Macro to do the same thing as if you have three photos at different exposures.

    In general, from a functionality standpoint, I find this software to be reasonably easy to use and powerful. The basic structure is pretty intuitive and it doesn’t take too long to achieve good results. If you have no experience with photo software, I think this item might be a little too complicated as a starter, but it certainly matches and exceeds Photoshop from a technical standpoint. After all, the learning curve is quite manageable.

    Comparing with Adoboe’s photoshot, the Photoplus X3 does not have everything Photoshop does, but instead of paying $115.00 for Photoshop Elements, and $650.00 for Photoshop C4, you pay less than $80 for a great program that both the amateur and professional will find use for. If you are a beginner who just needs a few touch-ups on your pictures, you might want to get some simpler software. But PhotoPlus X3 is a very nice product, and can do a great deal. I do recommend it for those who are experienced or those who wish to do more with their photo projects than just simple adjustments.

    Rating: 5 / 5

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