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Thread: Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

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    Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

    Humor me.
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    Re: Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

    Make up your mind is it CS4 or CS3?

    That's ridiculous. I'm a Photoshop fanatic/user and I've always been flustered with the fact that the program costs more than the computer I use it with!

    Maybe we should socialize the graphic design software industry?


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    Re: Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Make up your mind is it CS4 or CS3?
    Does it really matter to your credit card unless you're getting updates? :P

    That's ridiculous. I'm a Photoshop fanatic/user and I've always been flustered with the fact that the program costs more than the computer I use it with!

    Maybe we should socialize the graphic design software industry?
    You wonder why a program that is an industry standard and is created with the help of some of the world's brightest minds in every field from fine arts to computer science costs a thousand dollars? I'm praying that this is sarcasm.
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    Re: Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

    Because photoshop in the long run is cheaper than makeup.

    Not to mention it doesn't take hours to apply, it's cost-effective, really.

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    Re: Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

    Ya that is really stupid. Let's just say that a lot of people would've been happy to buy a program like Photoshop if it had been reasonably priced...but since it isn't, they get pirated versions of it and Adobe doesn't make a dime.

    I may or may not be one of those people.
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    Re: Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Ya that is really stupid. Let's just say that a lot of people would've been happy to buy a program like Photoshop if it had been reasonably priced...but since it isn't, they get pirated versions of it and Adobe doesn't make a dime.

    I may or may not be one of those people.

    People actually buy Photoshop?

    But yes you are right! Paint Shop Pro was always around the $100 mark. $169 I think was a high. If Photoshop would have been more around that price range, I think it would have done well. PSP is easier to use too.

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    Re: Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

    You could always use GIMP

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    Re: Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

    You wonder why a program that is an industry standard and is created with the help of some of the world's brightest minds in every field from fine arts to computer science costs a thousand dollars? I'm praying that this is sarcasm.
    I can understand like $300 to $400, but a K is too much for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica View Post
    People actually buy Photoshop?

    But yes you are right! Paint Shop Pro was always around the $100 mark. $169 I think was a high. If Photoshop would have been more around that price range, I think it would have done well. PSP is easier to use too.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Ya that is really stupid. Let's just say that a lot of people would've been happy to buy a program like Photoshop if it had been reasonably priced...but since it isn't, they get pirated versions of it and Adobe doesn't make a dime.

    I may or may not be one of those people.
    I'm one of those people. (or am I?)

    But its still bad. I think more people would have actually bought more of it if the thing was more reasonably priced. I mean, yeah Adobe might not make much on that strategy, but atleast it would cut piracy ... a bit.


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    Re: Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    You wonder why a program that is an industry standard and is created with the help of some of the world's brightest minds in every field from fine arts to computer science costs a thousand dollars? I'm praying that this is sarcasm.
    Photoshop is a professional level program and is priced accordingly. It's the industry standard because the best and the brightest put together a product that was far beyond the competition when it was released, and has evolved sufficiently to justify continued sales. A thousand dollars is generous, licenses for industry level software routinely starts out one or two orders of magnitude higher.

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    Re: Do you wonder why Photoshop CS4 costs $1,000+ and Paint is free with Windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica View Post
    People actually buy Photoshop?

    But yes you are right! Paint Shop Pro was always around the $100 mark. $169 I think was a high. If Photoshop would have been more around that price range, I think it would have done well. PSP is easier to use too.
    Silly argument :

    Paintshop Pro at $120

    Slow development

    Critics argue that since Corel's acquisition, Paint Shop Pro has had few serious improvements, receiving only minor cosmetic changes, while demanding more system resources.[citation needed] The user interface has remained essentially the same since version 9 and long standing issues with CMYK editing and brush quality haven't been addressed. It's also argued[citation needed] that Paint Shop Pro is becoming too basic, focusing mainly on one-click photo fixes like "thinify", "Express lab" and "eye drops".

    [edit] Pricing policy

    There have been criticisms of Corel's pricing policy that pitches international versions at significantly higher prices than those charged in the US. [6]

    Another different (reversely) pricing example is the English version of Paint Shop Pro (release 9 to XI) could be more than 50% higher than that of a localized version. A Traditional Chinese localized version of Paint Shop Pro X was for sale at HK$699 in Hong Kong, whilst at the same time, the pure English "imported version" from the same distributor, having a price of HK$1199.

    [edit] Unreliability and instability

    Version XI, in its launch version of 11.00, was criticized[citation needed] for the number of bugs and also for the 'Organizer' function's high CPU usage. Some of the issues were addressed in the patch to version 11.11 but the Organizer continued to attract criticism. It remains problematic when working with large picture collections. The 'Organizer' issue has been fixed in version 11.20.

    [edit] Spyware allegations

    Versions XI and X2 install a third party program named PSIService.exe, listed under Windows services as ProtexisLicensing. Written by Protexis, this runs in the background and collects licensing information. This program communicates with a remote host[citation needed] and is described in some posts as spyware.[citation needed] The Corel EULA does not reveal that installation of Version XI or X2 will result in the installation and continued background execution of this non-Corel program. Uninstalling XI or X2 will not uninstall PSIService.exe; and upon manually disabling the Protexis Licensing service, Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo will cease functioning, stating "This copy of Paint Shop Pro has been damaged or illegally modified. Please reinstall from your original source."

    [edit] Limited color depth support

    The latest version X2 has an incomplete implementation of 48-bit color. This color depth is limited to a handful of digital image correcting features, but not full-blown photo editing, where the real benefit can be realized. Updating to the latest version 12.01 will not provide full color depth support.[7]
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