2018 had some bugs and 2019 resolved a slew of them. I have owned if for a day, but the response time is absolutely noticeable. Gone are the days of hypersensitivity of the menus. menues expand and stay put when using my stylist. I do not have to worry about my palm launching things when it rests on the screen. The icons are more self explanatory. The strokes are immediate and feel like I am really painting/drawing. If I had to put it into one word I would say 2019 is intuitive. The stylist tracking and pressure sensitivity is awesome!
A con I see so far is that it is not optimized for UHD resolution. I cannot read the ruler marks, the menu items are hard to read, and everything is tiny, tiny, tiny. Corel Draw has overcome this problem, why hasnt Painter? There is only one ruler going across horizontally and not one vertically, the rulers do not detach or rotate, but I love the touch screen finger resizing and rotation. That almost makes up for the non-detachable rulers. This is a great upgrade. So far I am very impressed. They seemed to have listened to customer suggestions.
One more con is that it is not integrated with other Corel programs. You can only export Adobe Illustrator format! Particle Shop still requires a merging of layers so . Where is the export and launching for Corel Draw, PaintShop Pro, PhotoPaint, Particle shop, VideoStudio?
I just tried the trial version and I was unexpectedly completely blown away by just one new feature/fix that until now has gone completely unmentioned by anyone or anywhere! The fix I am talking about is the canvas now looks very clear and crisp at ALL scale sizes as you scale the canvas up or down. In Painter 2018, the canvas had a very bizarre issue where the canvas looked either very pixelated or extremely anti-aliased at pretty much ALL resolution scales except for when it is set to 100% scale. This fix alone makes Painter 2019 the best upgrade of it's entire history!!!
Ok, i'll now progress into some issues I've noticed. Yah i know, Corel will probably fix them in Painter 2030, but I'll put in my 2 cents:
-I have a 4k monitor and everything looks great, except for a few menus that have not been calibrated for 4k. The main one being the Shortcut settings are extremely tiny in UHD.
-The dark theme is great! However, y'all forgot to set the canvas window border to the dark theme. When it is windowed or maximized, the window border is the old style white color.
-I just noticed Painter does not have a hotkey for "Hide/Show Layer". I suppose this is more of a feature request than an issue. A shortcut for hiding/showing layer is important for people who want to trace on top of a photo layer.
What you are probably noticing is the "High Quality Display" function - this is also available in Painter 2018 - Edit/Preferences/View Options - Smooth Objects When Zooming.
Also in the Property Bar when the Magnifier Tool is active.
I think perhaps you didn't have this turned on in Painter2018?
I haven't noticed a difference in clarity in Painter2019 compared to Painter2019 on my end but perhaps I am not seeing what you are seeing.
Thank you Aztronaut, you are correct. I'm pretty much in disbelief on why Corel would have defaulted this option to OFF in Corel 2018. Or maybe, I shouldn't be surprised... lol
Everyone that is praising Painter 2019 is for brush speed and performance. It’s that something they should fix as part of UPDATES and not UPGRADES? Major UPGRADES should be of better features and additions. It makes no sense. It’s almost as they want us to pay for app performance which is their responsibility, not ours. If they want our money, they need to give us more features. 2018 had more real new features worth the upgrade than 2019. Speed improvement should be part of regular maintenance.
Well you didnt like it thats okay, you can skip it, just like i did with 2018, this features you call i didnt like them at all. thats probably the reason i changed so fast to this one, because cloning and impasto are not my thing.
Maybe painter 2019 is not your thing this year , like you mention in another post. I think is smart to not but and upgrade if it doesnt bring anything for your income that you could take advantage, that was the reason i was away from 2018, but this one improved my working style, im more into performance than fancy brushes, because ive always use round brushes.
Performance is a feature, it would be silly if people complained that painter x doesnt perform like painter 2019, or a playstation one not been able to run playstation 4 games.
The performance will always be a priority feature.