since amazon already halted digital sales of 2018 and this is available publicly, it's time for us to get hyped for the next release that is practically around the corner!
is there a mascot more fitting than a rat for a corel development?
amazon release notes!
Enhanced Performance ; noticeably faster brushes and up to 50% faster rendering when zooming, panning and rotating.
New Dark user interface theme; launch a refreshing, professional interface that makes your artwork the focus.
New Application icons and controls; features over 650 re-designed icons to make things easier on the eyes, simple to understand, and more efficient to use.
New Brushes and Patterns; gain inspiration with 36 remarkable new brushes and 5 new Patterns custom designed for concept artists and video game designers. But any artist will love them.
Enhanced Color workflow; see your selected color choices more clearly with new grabbers in the Color Wheel. Or, pin the Temporal Color Selector for easy access. (if this doesn't include rectangle mode for the color wheel you literally can keep it - ipc.)
no downloadable demo available at the time of the posting, but enough interesting information provided by amazon - no mentions of new layer modes (that other companies provide during in-between free updates), and no mentions of another failed attempt at simulating real liquin fumes either - which at this point is a relief.
- do you think this is going to be the performance and stability release painter community has been begging for since 2012, or we are in for a low-effort paintstorm rip-off that brings nothing aside from on-screen temporal color wheel that no one asked for and everyone hated in painter essentials?
- are you excited for this version given that sketchbook pro went freeware a month ago, and corel are currently being sued by microsoft for, surprisingly, UI patent infringement?
- do you still think that supporting a company that uses cyber-squatting as a marketing choice is good for your artistic integrity?
- and, most importantly, are you ready to say 你好 to the 科立爾Painter 2019?
Interesting thread, thanks to the people who put the time in, they've certainly saved me a lot. TBH Corel makes me want to hit myself in the face. I've been using Painter professionally for yonks, I've participated in the official testing and feedback groups and I've busted my ass documenting how the fundamental features are failing and the simple steps that need to be done to fix them. I estimate about 2% of that work has been done. Instead we get gimmicks on top of gimmicks on top of an incomplete core application. almost like Corel believes that all its users want to do is piss about. Almost all my colleagues use Photoshop; God knows how, I can't get it to produce more than a nasty transparent line, but the reasons for them doing so became less of a puzzle once I saw how Adobe values its serious and professional users. I do like Painter, I've used it every day for almost two decades, but the way which Corel point black refuses to engage with its loyal user base is very frustrating.
I absolutely hate that corel only pulls out a "well, we listen to the customer voices!" card when they are forced to do so, there's no way to get nice things done otherwise.
it seems like the code overhaul that resulted in this version's performance upgrade did not come from the place of caring about users, in a way it feels like a byproduct of customers adopting 4K resolutions (that painter's bugged down core wasn't intended to handle) ahead of corel's expectations.
I have a slight hunch this is also the last major performance upgrade we can realistically expect from this package, and coupled with your personal recap of collaborating with corel team, it all doesn't seem very promising for me.