It appears that PhotoImpact X3 is the last version of the Photo Impact product line. There has been no new releases of the software since 2007 but is still available for $30 or less at Corel
PhotoImpact X3 works just fine on Windows 7 and Windows 8
See our new CorelDraw X6 Review here
You can see our Archived Review of PhotoImpact Version 10, Photo Impact XL, and other versions here
PhotoImpact purchases, downloads and patches have disappeared from very convenient locations on both the Corel.com and Ulead.com Websites but you can still find it in the Corel Store for very good price. (PhotoImpact X3 works on Windows 7 64 bit and Windows 8 64bit)
The discontinuation of the product is problematic for us. We have thousands of files in the native PhotoImpact file format of UFO which supports objects and layers. To our knowledge, the only way to preserve these objects is to save them as .PSD files (a native Adobe Photoshop format) and then open the files in Corel Draw or Corel Draw PhotoPaint (or Adobe Photoshop at the high end and Adobe Photoshop Elements (see our Adobe Photoshop Elements opinions here - we hate it)
PhotoImpact X3 seems to work well on Windows 7 for us although there may be some issues for some users (on our Win7 machine, the OK / Cancel buttons have disappeared when we save a .jpg but hitting enter saves it or esc seems to cancel the save - the problem could be Win 7 or graphics driver
CorelDraw Suite X5 has just been released and PhotoImpact has disappeared from the Ulead and Corel web sites.
We have been using PhotoImpact since version 6, in about 1996 or 1998. We have used PhotoImpact version 8, Version 10, Photo Impact XL, Version 11, Version 12 and now PhotoImpact X3
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CorelDraw (also known as Corel Draw) and Corel PhotoPaint (also known as Corel Photo Paint) are our 2nd most favorite Graphics Program. We are not professional reviewers or selling these products, we actually used PhotoImpact and we actually use CorelDraw
Corel bought the PhotoImpact product line from Intervideo which owned Ulead in late 2006.
PhotoImpact 12, PhotoImpact X3 and are not listed on the Windows 7 Compatibility list
The Corel Image product line has been consolidated, dispersed, mixed and matched and mixed up with the update and acquisition of product lines.
PhotoImpact was a versatile, inexpensive and popular product that had significant distribution and market share world wide
Ulead and PhotoImpact had a reputation of adding new features and components, and maintaining the features in its image products.
Corel has a history of adding new features and then eliminating them a version or two later.
We are annoyed and PO'd that the Corel Draw X6 Suite does not have filters for PhotoImpact native formats (and Corel Draw X6 and Corel Photo-Paint X6 cannot save in the .ico format).
Corel has now released CorelDraw X6 - we are apprehensive about trusting it because of Corel's lack of transition support from one file format to another. Corel does not seem interested in supporting legacy file types of its own products.
- There probably will not be future versions of PhotoImpact
- PhotoImpact native file formats cannot be directly converted to CorelDraw Corel PhotoPaint or any other Corel image editor
- Native PI files (.UFO - files with objects and layers must be converted to .PSD (Adobe PhotoPaint format in order that the objects are preserved
See our Review of CorelDraw, Corel PhotoPaint and other Corel image products for reviews about these products.