2021 - End of the line?

Just speculating as it's difficult to imagine a more futile product release than 2021, even taking into account a decade of miserable, overpriced contributions masquerading as paid upgrades we've come to expect as default. Seems to me the existing Painter functionality is being squeezed dry to get as much money as possible from the consumer before it's finally overcome by the competition. All we get now is a couple of gimmicks and bit of obscure functionality that wouldn't be worth the effort of a free download, let alone a wildly expensive upgrade. The core processing remains essentially unchanged since the software was launched 20+ years ago.

I've used Painter for 17 years. During that time I've participated in beta testing, provided product art and spent time compiling detailed information, at Corel's request, on how to make Painter better. All my input without exception has been ignored. Ever wonder why there are only about three pros in the entire illustration industry who use Painter (with me being one of them)? Because it's stagnant, poor value, full of gimmicks and developed by people who don't have the first clue about digital illustration and have no desire to learn, even when that information is handed to them on a plate.

And no, Corel, please don't send me another email asking for my 'invaluable' input, because I really have better things to do with my time.