Corel Photo-Paint 9 for Linux
addition to the menu. As an alternative you could just start it from a
terminal window. Just type 'photopaint'.
I tested Corel Photo-Paint 9 for Linux on a machine having with a Celeron
550, 64MB of RAM and a Matrox Millennium G200 AGP Graphics Card with 8 Mb
of Video Ram. The distribution used was Red Hat Linux 6.2 running the KDE
desktop environment. Corel Photo-Paint started up quite quickly on this
What will surprise you is the look and feel of this Linux port. It is
exactly like Corel Photo-Paint for Windows 95/98. The user interface
looks exactly like the Windows version. Everything you see in the Windows
version is available here. All the functions, tools, filters, effects.
The reason for this is that Corel used the Wine libraries to speed up
development of the Linux version. This is not a native Linux port. This
approach does speed up development but the downside is the performance.
The menus open a annoying fraction of a second later and scrolling
through the file listing in the browser is jerky and slow. Also every time
I dragged a window across the Corel desktop, CPU usage would shoot up to
the nineties. This behavior is very annoying as most of the time you're
waiting for the program to transfer control back to you.
But for these user interface issues, I couldn't make out any difference. I
could have been working with the Windows version.
Let's check out what Photo-Paint has in store for you. It has an effective
colour management facility for the optimization of graphic images. The
user can also create movies on Corel Photo-Paint 9 by creating the
individual frames and then putting them into a sequence.
Working on layers is a possibility on Corel Photo-Paint 9 which enables
the user to make minute changes, select certain areas of images for
editing and also the import and placement of other images on that image.
The default file extension of the file saved by Corel Photo-Paint 9 is
.cpt, but, the user can export as well and import images in the following
BMP - Windows bitmap
GIF - Compuserve Bitmap/Graphic Interchange Format
JPEG Bitmap for web and screen use
PSD - Adobe Photoshop Image
PNG - Portable Network Graphics (a new format used for the web)
I found the performance quite satisfactory, but I strongly recommend a
machine with 128 MB of RAM for smoother performance. Photo-Paint does