Corel Paint Shop Pro

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Paint Shop Pro (PSP) is a raster graphics editor and, later in the series, a vector graphics editor for computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system that was originally published by Minneapolis-based Jasc Software. In October 2004, Corel Corporation purchased Jasc Software and the distribution rights to Paint Shop Pro. PSP functionality can be extended by Photoshop-compatible plugins. They are listed in the 'Effects' menu, below the built-in effects.



Originally called simply Paint Shop, the first version, 1.0, was a basic picture converter between BMP, GIF and PCX formats, released in August 1990.[1] Paint Shop was originally distributed as shareware and is still available at many download sites (4.12 being a popular version). Newer versions are only commercially available.

On November 28, 2007, Corel announced that the office in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where Paint Shop Pro was created, would be shut down, with development moving to offices in California and China.[2]

Version and event history

Italicized entries indicate the closest date available. In these cases, the date is that of the earliest file date available on JASC or Corel's FTP site. It can be assumed that the official release fell on or before that date. For non-italicized entries, the dates are taken from official press releases or notifications posted on JASC's web site.

  • 1993 August - 3.0
  • 1995 August - 3.11
  • 1996 January — 3.12
  • 1996 July — 4.00
  • 1996 September — 4.10
  • 1997 January — 4.12
  • 1997 October — 4.14
  • 1998 April — 4.15
  • 1999 April — 4.15 SE
  • 1998 April — 5.00
  • 1998 June — 5.01
  • 1999 May — 5.03
  • 1999 September — 6.00

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