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
> 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.
if I remember correctly, corel unlocked zoom values a bit in v. 2018. if you rely on ctrl/cmd and plus/minus shortcut to navigate your paintings, it would throw them at random zoom increments that painter's engine is not handling well (i.e. 90 %, 45 %, 33 %, etc.) - painter only shows more or less clean image at 25, 50, 100, 150 and 200 % of the document size, and painter 2019 is back to those fixed steps again.
corel does this little dance every now and than since, like, painter 7 because users keep asking for more zooming increments, but when they see how ugly the results are, the next version reverts back to the fixed clean zoom numbers.
it might have been an installation accident too. they don't happen often, but every now and than brushes or menu settings or other default presets end up corrupt during install.