The other day an event happened, and suddenly various things changed in CorelDraw and PhotoPaint while I was using both programs.I don't know if this is the result of some sort of Corel update or just a Corel glitch.Like those ever happen? lol
I managed to turn back a couple of the changes, but some I can't figure out.I've done a full "repair" from the DVD, but that hasn't fixed things.
And I am also now experiencing a lot of bugs and errors.Suite18 was functioning fairly well up to this...but now, too many bugs.
I'm quite willing to reinstall completely, but if its an update thing, then the problems will return.
okay, focus....heres three things I can't fix....
Pen options in PhotoPaint.I swear I have never seen these pen options before (see photo).These tools were never there!I first noticed when I used the Clone Tool brush...which I use a lot in photo editing.The clone tool changed...instead of a circular area matching the brush type, it became a pen point on the screen.I managed to change that back, but thats when i noticed all these new icons.
Clone brush has changed, the way it works has also changed...something is different.I wondered if it had switched to tablet mode? these icons have to do with pen pressure dont they?.(I'm working on a PC with mouse)I went into options and switched back and forth between the different options in workspace, but that didnt change it.
Workspace settings.I assume the program was always on "default" workspace (I had never changed it).And when I looked to see if the program had switched to "touch"(tablet), it was on default.But things have changed, like when I use a brush tool...my cursor is now a Pencil, no matter what brush or nib I choose.When using the clone tool it used to be outline shapes that matched the brush choice.
*The selection are cursor matched the apply area cursor too!
So, I switched workspace to "X6 Inspired"...that fixed the pencil cursor when using brushesand fixed the clone tool cursor...but who knows what else i have changed?I'm not using X6, and don't want it X6 inspired.
I think I want to go back to "default", but...
Brush and Clone tool brush...now gives a weird paint filling .This one is very annoying.Whatever brush type I choose, the effect for painting is like you see in the photo attached.Hold the brush and drag across the image, it creates this random colour switch effect.
Nib or brush choice doesnt make a difference.
If you click individual brush circles, each one shifts and changes colour.And there is a distinct pixelation to the colour area, like back in 8bit days.
What is causing this?
Are you using CorelDRAW 2018? Or a different (newer) version? Not that it makes any difference. Corel doesn't release updates for past versions of CorelDRAW. And Corel has yet to release any kind of update for the current version, CorelDRAW 2021, despite the presence of a number of different bugs.Applications don't just suddenly change themselves and start acting odd. My guess is perhaps a recent update to Windows has done something to corrupt the behavior of your CorelDRAW installation.
I didn't believe it was the result of an update, just threw that out there as an idea.
Mine is the full "Graphics Suite 2018"...I don't know what version of CorelDraw is that?
While I have recently upgraded this computer, with a fresh install of Windows...this is also a completely fresh install of Corel. About one month old now. Thats another reason why I thought of updates.
This big change of things happened suddenly a few days ago, and most of my issues are with PhotoPaint...but I am noticing constant glitches and failures in CorelDraw as well. For example...after using the program for a few minutes, a random function will just stop working...like the option to Weld something, or all objects will show exactly the same dimensions, or I can't pick and copy a colour fill from another object. Whatever glitch it is, I will need to save my work, shut down the program, and restart...and everything works normal again, for a while.
And, saving under these circumstances, is always worrying...if the program is glitching, I am nervous that it will affect the save and damage my file.
I did the Repair run-thru using the DVD...it said it "repaired successfully", but I guess thats just the standard message.
I think I am going to have to do a complete reinstall...which I don't want to do because it resets all my workspace settings.
Well, I did a full uninstall-reinstall. Made sure to look around and delete everything related to Corel ...there are a lot of hidden files and folders buried within Windows!
So, those paint/pencil nibs are still there in PhotoPaint...maybe I just never noticed them before? Odd
But, everything else seems back to normal...at least that weird painting and clone effect is gone. Seems that the Repair option did not fix things, but a new install did.
Lets see how many of the Coreldraw glitches re-appear?!
I've already reset much of workspace settings, and I will get other things sorted as I go. Wish me luck. I'm off to repopulate my Font Manager now!
That's good that things seem to be working okay. I still have CorelDRAW 2018 installed on my work desktop PC in addition to running CorelDRAW 2021. Odd issues with some fonts as well as other annoying quirks in CDR 2021 (and the previous CDR 2020) have forced me to keep two versions running.
I've used many versions of Corel up to X6, but then I won the 2017 Suite in the Call for Artists competition. I used it for about 6 months and had no issues with it. I was very happy.
The following year, Corel gave me the 2018 edition (part of my prize package), which I immediately installed...but it didn't take long before I regretted it. So many issues that I didn't have with 2017. But by then, so many files had been resaved in 2018 version, that I was reluctant to go back. Would have been too much work backward saving so many files.
Warning to all Corel users...when you upgrade your version, save your files in an older compatible format until you are sure you want to stick with the newer version.