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.
- very inconsistent and cluttered User Interface (UI).
the "advanced bursh controls" icon highlights blue when activated the others stay black.
"blending panel" icon is colored, the others are black.
"dab profile" window has different background color then the rest and no header.
some windows like "general brush controls" gets header with title the rest just a black header without title.
"advanced brush controls" window gets a blue border while all the others get a black one.
multiple entries for the same control options in different control windows, for instance "size" window in both "advanced brush controls" and "general brush controls".
option windows extent far beyond the screen instead of implementing a scroll bar.
its like multiple people were working on the same UI while no one knew what the other was doing.
>its like multiple people were working on the same UI while no one knew what the other was doing.
this is technically true tho; the window -> brush controls menu was done by team working under/with Caroline Sauve (who was fired some time after painter 12/X3 (?) release) as a part of their UI redesign in painter 12;
"advanced brush controls" came in later as a response to UI clutter complaints and they are supposed to highlight the most prominent controls on a per-brush basis;
the fly-out menus were added last;
sometime during this process corel apps got massively outsourced in their chinese office, and on top of that painter switched product managers a couple times as well.
from what i know about programming you'd make a function that styles the general appearance of a window and then make references to that function. that insures everything follows the same design rules and is way more resource efficient as you don't have to repeat the same lines of code over and over again.
i think thats a standard in programming for well over a decade. how can they make a UI overhaul without utilizing those standards?
the "header with title" thing - I vaguely recall it is also another recent addition (what are they called, palette stacks?.. palette docks?..."general brush controls" thing is an example of that); however, the bright gray "dab profile" panel looks like it doesn't recognize the dark theme background preference, or something. I'm not a programmer, but it's another case of corel-specific hurdle, other current apps don't have this problem.
painter has not been on the cutting edge of programming for...well...roughly a decade now that's for sure; the less expectations you have from corel team, the less disappointment you're going to accumulate over the years. it literally doesn't evolve. it's an expensive photograph botching applet that by some weird management mistake still gets brush simulations added once in a while.