I just purchased an upgrade version of Painter 2020 and cannot figure out how to make a back up copy of the software. In the past versions I was able to simply keep a large size memory .exe file that would allow re-installation of the program. In older versions you simply used a cd or dvd that was part of a box version. When downloading this 2020 version I wound up with an exe file that was less than 2mb memory and simply executes your computer to locate the web site on-line where the program may be repaired or installed automatically without my intervention of any kind. Without the ability to make a backup on my own there is no way to re-install the program in the event of a problem off-line. I would imagine their on-line method will become inactive after a certain length of time as newer versions of the program are released. It will become important to have a back up copy of the software in the future for that reason alone. So what gives here, how can I make a back up copy of this software to re-install the program? When I was checking out and initializing the purchase of this product on one page through the process there was a line entry that asked me to pay an additional $14.98 for something that suggested I would need to protect my investment. At that point I did not pay much attention since with version 2016 I bought something that was a back up disc yet discovered when they mailed me the disc it was something I could easily have made myself from the file they sent me for installation of the program, therefore the back up seemed like a waste of money. Back in 2016 they sent you an exe file that was over 338 mb (the entire installation program) and could easily be saved and used for re-installation in the event of any problems by simply clicking on it. As a result of this past experience I passed by that one page where they asked for an additional $14.98 to protect my investment. What option do I have now for making a back up of the Corel 2020 program? Would saving a copy of the entire Corel directory file that was installed within the Windows Programs file work as a back up?
https://support.corel.com/hc/en-us/articles/215913198-How-to-download-or-re-download-your-product- might be of use to you. That said, I'm on 2019, so I can't answer for 2020.
Actually, someone gave more detailed instructions on how to get an install setup at https://painterfactory.com/painter_product_discussion/f/got-a-question-technical-issue-bug-report-for-the-painter-team/28799/how-to-backup-windows-version-of-corel-painter-2018/121724#121724
Making a disc image backup to an external drive- either directly from within Windows or use the free version of Macrium Software-https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree
Don't know about for Mac.
With this new installation process, I have no idea how long Corel will keep the installation files on their server.
? I'm a bit confused here, make a disc image backup of what, the entire operating system or do you mean there is some way of obtaining an iso image of Painter that you can burn to disc? Where can I find this disc image of Painter to burn onto disc if that is what you are suggesting?
If you are suggesting I back up the entire operating system, that is something I do not have the memory space on an external hard drive to do without erasing something else important. I have always made back up copies of Windows immediately after installing the operating system with no software applications included in the back up. This reduces the probability of hang ups and problems obstructing re-installation, keeping it as simple and free moving as possible. Have manually re-installed any software after a clean re-install.
The way it works in 2020 seems more like a 30 day trial version that you are paying for unless you buy additional 2 year download insurance? I thought the download insurance was simply a back up disc they mailed you something I experienced when purchasing 2016. Back then you could download the entire program in a exe file that was simple enough to use for re-installation. I followed your instructions here and find the only thing you get as a download is a less than 2mb size in memory file link to re-download the program on-line and it expires after 30 days. If your thinking this process will allow you to get a full size complete back up exe file of the program as they did in the past, think again, they have changed something in a negative direction. Even with the insurance purchase you are limited with that to only 2 years of use. I personally find this type of entrapment is ridiculous. I have used Painter in the past to create hundreds of art files and iterative saves of artwork in process. Need to keep a version of this stuff available to open up files with layers. Without some RIF file compatible program you can only opened a flattened jpg, bmp, tif, or png in other digital art work programs outside of Corel products. Again would like to use a newer version of Painter with some new features. Past versions are 32 bit and will not run in the future on 64 bit machine although at this point Windows does have the compatability software application to help you continue using some 32 bit version programs on Windows 7 and 10 yet this will probably disappear in the future as newer versions of Windows come along.