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Corel Digital Studio 2010 Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it is no longer available.

Our Verdict

Corel Digital Studio has solid tools and excellent help. However, the limited creative flexibility means you can't go much beyond the basics.

For

  • This software is straightforward and accessible. It also provides excellent help, including tutorials and FAQs.

Against

  • You get only rudimentary design tools, and there is not much versatility for getting really creative.
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Corel Digital Studio image: Photo book.

Corel Digital Studio image: Photo book.
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Corel Digital Studio image: Organizer media tray.

Corel Digital Studio image: Organizer media tray.
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Corel Digital Studio image: Built in help guide.

Corel Digital Studio image: Built in help guide.
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Corel Digital Studio image: Help guide describes photo cropping.

Corel Digital Studio image: Help guide describes photo cropping.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it is no longer available. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Corel Digital Studio gives you a strong photo slideshow component as part of an overall digital media organizer and studio. Within this photo slideshow software are four different services: Corel DVD Factory, Corel PaintShop Photo, Corel VideoStudio and Corel WinDVD.

You can use PaintShop Photo to create a number of photo projects, including slideshows, greeting cards, photo books and more. This slideshow maker is intuitive and offers great help and support.

Corel Digital Studio is organized into a four-step arrangement: import, create, print and share. The import function lets you upload photos into the slideshow software from several sources, including your hard drive, scanner, mobile phone, digital camera or memory card. The create tab gives you access to an extensive number of projects you can create using the software. The print tab lets you order prints on line or print your own photos, disc labels or other projects. The share tab gives you a variety of publishing options.

Corel Digital Studio delivers all the fundamental features needed to create a custom photo slideshow, including transition effects, timing control and text captions. Unfortunately, you get only nine transition effects. The slideshow software also has basic photo editing capabilities such as cropping, zooming and photo rotation, as well as music and voice narration capabilities.

While most of this slideshow software’s feature set is laudable, it is lacking a few key features. It doesn’t have a widescreen option to format your slideshow for a widescreen television or monitor. There also are only nine transition effects, which is fewer than many other photo slideshow applications.

Corel Digital Studio gives you the option to save your project as a video file, copy it to a portable media player, burn it to a video disc and share it on YouTube, Facebook and Flicker.

The slideshows that you can create using Corel Digital Studio are definitely high quality. The only problem is the limitations imposed by the lack of design features. You get a number of solid tools that can help you make an excellent photo slideshow, but there’s a limit to what those tools can do, which in turn, somewhat diminishes the end result.

Corel provides excellent customer service options to its Corel Digital Studio customers. If you want to thumb through some help documentation before you get in touch with them, you can do so in the form of tutorials, user guides and a comprehensive FAQs section. If the answer you need isn’t available in any of those resources, you can contact Corel directly via email or telephone. At any time, you can download updates for the slideshow software from the Corel website.

Corel Digital Studio goes right in line with the other superb products in Corel’s product family. It has all of the tools to get many different multimedia projects completed, and it performs quite well as slideshow software. However, this photo slideshow maker would be better if it offered you enough flexibility so you can be more creative.