I have played with it. It is quite a bit different, nomenclature is pretty much different. My dad is using it for most of his pictures, Mom has tested Photoline instead of Photoshop but gave up because the tools didn't work for her.
I would say it is a robust program, but less refined than Photoshop and very different. I would say that professional photographers need Photoshop because that is the standard used in business.
Personally, I mostly use Lightroom. Photoshop is for me an overkill. I mostly use Photoshop to:
- Do quick and dirty panoramas (because of integration with Lightroom)
- Content aware fills
- Selective tonal adjustments, as described here: http://echophoto.dnsalias.net/ekr/index.php/photoarticles/46-fixing-sky-with-luminosity-mask
- Produce Christmas cards once a year
That's about it, very much possible I switch to Photoline 32.
Has anybody did a quality assessment of photoline, aka quality off the used algorithms?
I took quite a few tests and all seems very good, but I'm no imaging expert.
The low cost and the capabilities makes photoline a very nice application.