I have Corel Painter 2019. I find it exploitative of the Corel corporation, to release a new "version" of the software every year, only to provide minor changes/updates that should be included in the "full" versions. As minor as they are they do NOT justify being new versions of the applications. It wreaks of greediness to me.
Also, why does Corel not fix glaring issues that have plagued the software for years! I am so fed up with the lines (always perfectly straight) that are often arbitrarily drawn through my paintings?! This happens frequently, and I have to spend hours cleaning them up! None of my other graphic programs do this. Also, as frequently happens, my brush stops working, and I have to reboot my pc to get it to wok again! This is very counterproductive. Also, everytime I close and then reopen the program it NEVER remembers the layer I was working on. Instead, it always defaults to the "Canvas" layer. No other graphics program does this. Also, Corel Painter can't handle larger file types. There are numerous other issues that this software has, but I'll sum it up to say that these issues have been with the app for many years, and it appears Corel has no interest in addressing them. They'd rather opt to move on with releasing yet another (Ahem..) "version" every year. The price of the software is way too much in my opinion. The only reason I use the software is because of its brushed ans textured papers. They are the best I've ever used. If Photoshop or Sketchbook Pro had these features, I'd leave this crappy software so fast, it would make your head spin!
Thanks again Steve for the reply. I used to use the Wacom Cintique 13hd board, but over time the cables frayed, so I opted for a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and have been using this for all of my work since then. I do also have an XP-Pen (22") drawing monitor upstairs in my studio that I use occasionally, and it too has the same issues with Painter that I've described in earlier posts. Correction, the monitor doesn't have the issues because it is just a monitor, but rather my computer has the issues. I like using the Surface Pro because of its mobility, and I am on the go a lot.
As for using the Wacom drivers you've suggested, I don't know if that will play well with the on-board graphics card on my Surface Pro, but I will certainly look into it just the same. If it works, then I'm golden. It is strange that the other apps I use for my art do not seem to have the same issues. It only happens with Painter. I'll let you know what I find out.
Thanks for the information about your hardware...the Wacom driver won't work with them, so please hold on that don't download it...it could make the problem worse. Hmm...hopefully we can get a few others with Surface Pro to comment...maybe they will have some suggestions. I'll keep my eyes peeled for anything helpful in the meantime.
Thanks Steve, don't concern yourself unduly over this. Like I said earlier, I workaround it using my patience. This is not a major problem. If someone with some Surface Pro experience cares to chime in, that would be welcomed. By the way, I was reworking a rendering of mine a couple of hours ag (attached), and experienced that long straight line that keeps happening. Attached is the whole piece, and another one of a close-up. This is truly maddening. Now I have to re-work these areas. Patience, patiendce, patience...
By the way, I found a posting wherein the users are complaining about this same issue. The URL is below for your reference. Corel really needs to do something about this.
Very, very nice paintings, DW!
There was a time I was getting similar lines on my artwork. It had something to do with the Wacom driver of the time... If I remember aright.... being interfered with by the microsoft inkspace driver? It was as if touch was enabled even though I'd switched it off, or somesuch. A significant number of people were getting something similar. This was perhaps back in...2015/16?
Wacom did fix it, but it's possible that even now the surface drivers combined with Inkspace combined with painter are making some sort of cocktail glitch.
I have also had painter crashes in the past, a lot less with 2019 though. It got A LOT worse when one of my RAM cards started to fail. That made me wonder if the crashes have to do with Painter's memory conflict handling... instead of slowing down it either froze up or winked out of existence.
My current PC is 8 core 3.5Ghz with 16GB of ram and Painter is fine handling large files, unlike the days I worked on tabletPC's, the forerunner of the Surface PRO. Large files were impossible, freezes and disappearances were every day, back then.
The current PC DOES have the odd freeze in large files when I transform more than a single layer and forget to remove my finger from the shift key when I commit the transform... but not in the situations the older versions used to.
... so it seems painter (especially 2019) behaves a lot better with larger, faster computers with loads of memory (I wonder if I went to 24GB RAM if it would never freeze again) and it has difficulty when it has to share more limited resources.
Windows 10 has so many background resources that can't be shut down, but I wonder if a machine could be really streamlined specifically for painter...
Thanks for your response and thoughtful insights. They are very much appreciated. I agree with you regarding the stability of Painter 2019. For sure it handles larger files much better than earlier versions. I've used 2013 (X3), 2015. 2016 and 2018. Hands down 2019 is more stable, regardless of occasional freeze ups and crashes. My biggest pet peeve with the application is that the bugginess it displays is absent in competing applications. If t had just some issues, I could give it a pass. No applications are perfect. But Painter 2019 has numerous problems. At times it can be a real hassle just to work with the program, and the issues I've complained about have plagued the software for years and Corel does nothing whatsoever about it. the problems exist across different hardware platforms. I have several dissimilar computers, and the problems pop up on all of them, and not just my Surface Pro. If it weren't for the brushes and paper textures, I would stop using it.
Thanks again for your response.
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