Increasingly nervous about the use of CorelDraw long term......compatability issues

Still using 2018 for all my work, nothing in the later versions holds any interest to me and the bugs actively put me off, especially as the bugs I logged in 2018 have not been fixed in 2019, 2020 and possibly 2021.

Anyway today I thought the Enhanced view in 2018 had changed, it looked decidedly unenhanced so I thought I'd check to see what the file looked like in X7. I saved the file in 2018, back to version 17 and attempted to open it in X7.

Not a chance, crashes or hangs  Draw every time.

Nothin in the file is exclusive to 2018 , nothing complex only rectangles and bezier curves.

I also saved back to X5 and attempted to open in both X5 and X7. X5 opened it but X7 crashed. Saved the file in X5 and still X7 failed to open it.

I really need to find an alternative application to do drawings in. I have high hopes for Affinity Designer but its nowhere near yet and it seems its being tailored to a userbase who mostly do page layout work or illustrations. Semi-technical drawing is far too difficult, in fact nigh on impossible. However it does beg the question, Serif is not a rich company, where do they find the funds to create this software when they charge £30/$40 for an application?

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  • Maybe not an answer to your question but a fact of life, as you said Affinity is not there and for me I doubt it ever will be. Inkscape is also not there and again the same statement  as before.

    The above two applications simply don't have the coding costs (in terms of export and internal file creation) of a PDF, postscript, ICC in RGB, CMYK, Greyscale and N Color space compliant application.  Let alone an application that allows creation of a document that supports all of this.

    Affinity and Inkscape are at best good enough for a limited amount of work., same said for PaintShop Pro with any of these applications if you do a wide spectrum of work they are best used as utility programs. Look at web sites and hard printed examples and it smacks you in the face. To be honest when you've been around as long as I have in today's world, I'm not seeing a lot of good work done in any applications. 

    With that said if you design for cut glass with one job, a print job for the next that has to go to the web, digital inkjet, digital toner based print, traditional press CMYK. The the next job bag you get has 200 images that require correction to web, RGB and CMYK print.

    Unless you're happy working for (in my area) a limited paycheck or as a business owner working their butt off to pay staff , bills and make on many occasions less then the staff you need an application with as wide a capability as possible.  That's expensive coding.