Painter upgrades have become too expensive

I originally purchased Painter 2018 and then have upgraded from 2019 to 2021. I wasn't going to upgrade to 2021, but there really seemed to be alot of worthwhile improvements. I really feel that only offering a $30 discount for 2022 is ridiculous. I think it would be much better if Corel saved all of these "huge" upgrades and release them every couple of years or so. It seems like such a money grab when they added so many improvements for 2021 and now even more for 2022. Why not do them together? I only just got 2021 in November before the discount ran out. It might not be so bad if there were any software updates throughout the year. I really can't think of any other graphics software that charges this much for upgrades. I looked for a link to address this with Corel directly but only see the support contact information and Corel support is a joke. If anyone has any other contact information, I would appreciate you sharing it. Thanks for reading.

  • As they say, everything is worth what the buyer will pay for and obviously Corel thinks there's a market for Painter at this price. Generally agree that Corel is at the bleeding edge of what makes sense for this software though. I suspect for many it's already not enough of a value.

    For me, I didn't get 2020 or 2021 and was just barely convinced to get P2022 even though I feel there's some regression in performance. I've decided that I'm only going to pay for digital illustration improvements, improved UX, and proven performance improvements. Not buying for more brushes or marginally/situationally useful features  when there are plenty of industry standard workflow features that aren't yet in Painter. 

    It's a wonderful piece of software. But it's getting hard to justify. And a $180/year subscription for just Painter without any upgrades throughout the year (happy to be told I'm wrong about the updates)?

  • I'll bet you they will offer a larger discount sale price when the 2022 version gets near the release of the 2023 version.

    My personal opinion is that you should stay with the version of Painter that runs best on whatever generation of computer hardware and operating system you are using.    You will find more problems with flaws and incompatibility issues by using older hardware/operating systems with the latest software and older software on the latest hardware/operating system.     Generally there is a hot spot area on the time line of life when these products work together best.

  • I just upgradedto Painter 2022 for US$148.00. The offer showed up on the Welcome screen in Painter 2021. I can live with that price. By the way, the Painter 2022 Trial Version Welcome screen is showing US$229.00 for the upgrade. The deal is apparently only offered in the older version.

  • I originally purchased Painter 2018 and then have upgraded from 2019 to 2021. I wasn't going to upgrade to 2021, but there really seemed to be alot of worthwhile improvements. I really feel that only offering a $30 discount for 2022 is ridiculous. I think it would be much better if Corel saved all of these "huge" upgrades and release them every couple of years or so. It seems like such a money grab when they added so many improvements for 2021 and now even more for 2022. Why not do them together? I only just got 2021 in November before the discount ran out. It might not be so bad if there were any software updates throughout the year. I really can't think of any other graphics software that charges this much for upgrades. I looked for a link to address this with Corel directly but only see the support contact information and Corel support is a joke. If anyone has any other contact information, I would appreciate you sharing it. Thanks for reading.

    I'm only just learning the software as well. Never been Speed Test any good with other drawing programs or art in general, so this feels really good.