What is the point of the subscription when it's almost the same price as buying Painter at full price?
It's because Corel is desperate to make money and they can't achieve it by building goodwill with their customers, or actually making meaningful improvements to their software.
Yes, I know that and agree, but they won't make much on the subscriptions if they are only $30 or so less than the purchase price. The customer has no incentive to get a subscription. After one year, you have nothing. Are there any advantages for companies to get subscriptions? Maybe they can write them off?
I dunno, it's scary stuff trying to read the minds of business types!
Yeah, I agree. Sorry for my snarkiness. It was directed at Corel, not you. I only came back to this forum to express my irritation with their adware popups on my computer... again... after disabling them repeatedly over the last 3 years. I just can't bring myself to buy Painter ever again, after paying for 4 versions of it in the past. It's not worth it for the minimal improvements, longstanding bugs, and Corel's business practices.
Understood, and no problems here.
Not a fan of subscription either would be cool if they launch a cheap version almost identical to painter than the essentials one, and a pro version with more content, more papers more brushes. So people that want to start painter could get this version in 60 dollars, just like clip studio. And professionals to get the pro version with more features.