i played a bit with corel painter 2018, maybe for a hour and this is what i've found sofar:
pro:-didn't manage to crash the program to desktop by playing a minute with the selection lasso. painter 10 was very prone to that.-undo (control+z) finally seems to correctly update your image, in Painter 10 it occasionally undid your previous stroke but didn't update the canvas.con:-still unstable-color triangle lags behind cursor if a brush from the thick paint category is selected.-maximising painters window leaves a 1 pixel border on bottom and right side of the screen.-zooming sometimes leaves a horizontal line artifact behind when "area-averaging" is enabled. if you make a brush stroke thru the line it disappears in that location (similar asundone brush strokes would behave in painter 10 when the canvas didn't update). turning "area-averaging" off renders most zoom levels super jagged.-zoom tool doesn't update the current zoom % value until you reach 200% zoom. select zoom tool and enter a value, for example 25% and enter. next left click with the zoom tool on the canvasto zoom - notice you are zooming in but the value doesn't update until you zoomed 200% in, also if you type in a value then zoom in 1-2 times and retype the previous value it will not adjustthe zoom at all. can also occur while zooming out, only seems to update on 200 and 400 zoom.-the search feature doesn't find ANYTHING, not even if you type the exact name of your currently selected brush.-wet grainy brush starts lagging after a stroke is done. make a stroke and when you release left click or lift the tablet pen and move the cursor you can watch it lag and stutter quite drastically.the duration of the stutter seems dependent on the stroke length but even a short one will have 1-2 seconds of stutter.-experienced random twirls with a certain pallate knife if i change angle to rotation and use the wacom artpen.-advertisements for new overpriced brush packs tied into the program.
i didn't try hard to find bugs but they are very common in corel painter 2018 - or most likely any corel painter version.
shall we make this the official "one bug a day" thread? todays entry:
-Scratchboard tool leaves random translucent single pixels in the stroke.
question: is there a way to change the "Dab Profile" for instance of the scratchboard tool without loosing the hard edges? if i switch it to any other then the "1-Pixel Edge" they behave like some sort of gradient, i'm pretty sure in Painter 10 you could change them without loosing the hard edge.
>question: is there a way to change the "Dab Profile" for instance of the scratchboard tool without loosing the hard edges?
no. this brush is pretty much supposed to be used with the flat profile only (the bottom right one), it always produced the gradient-ish look in the previous versions when used with a softer brush profile.
corel devs don't read those boards anymore, and I'm pretty sure they are perfectly aware how buggy their application is - and with that in mind they'll keep adding more and more bugs and broken features as long as their users keep purchasing the upgrades and optional paid content.
the brush store malware was universally hated when they launched it a few years ago - corel are above listening to users and treating their paying customers with any respect.
today i mostly encountered lag, stutters and loading times, its probably noteworthy that i'm testing on a pretty highend machine:
-takes very long to load on startup, guess i can open and close photoshop CS5 2-3 times in the time painter takes to just load once.
-certain particle brushes start to lag behind your cursor even on their preset size if you try to color/blend a bigger area in one stroke.
-tested some watercolor brushes and encountered massive stutter behaviour again, duration of stutter continues for about the same duration as you did the stroke. probably all brushes that have any kind of post stroke processing going on have this behaviour.
-switching between brushes even within the same brush library has loading times of up to 1-2 seconds each time, switching bursh libraries also has equaly long loading times.
-paper textures that have been advertised as new in some promotion videos were already present in version Painter X. (i'm sure there are more of the textures that were already present in older versions, i just marked those red that i'm fairly certain that they were already included with Painter X.)
-found pretty much the exact same brush with maybe varying sizes sorted under 4 different categories. 4 times same brush preview one with a different preview but behaves the same as the other 4 if you paint with it. 4 times named "Scratchboard Tool" and 1 times "Fine". all 4 variants in the "INK - Pens" categorie behave also pretty similar, they have slightly different settings under "Dampening" and "Cubic Interpolation" but other then the size you can't realy distinguish them.
for the last one i'd probably had a easier time finding them if the search tool would work...
i didn't check all brush libraries/categories for more iterations of the "Scratchboard Tool" so i wouldn't be surprised if there are even more but ignoring the size difference i found 5 identical and another 3 similar iterations of it. i'm pretty sure its not the only brush that has multiple iterations in different categories of the exact same brush.
i know its nice if you can claim you deliver a bazillion brushes with your software package but i don't think anyone needs multiple variants of the same brush with just different sizes safed. its faster and more convenient to just resize the brush with keyboard shortcuts.
makes me wonder if thats the reason for the long loading times.