I have noticed file saving time is taking longer and longer, but saving to a PDF file (which I do a lot!) is taking forever now!
A file that used to take about 6-10 seconds to save as a PDF, now takes between 60 and 120 seconds (1-2 minutes!)
The file is good, the save is good, its just been getting longer and longer to finish the save.
I recently repaired...and then reinstalled Corel...which didn't change things. Today I removed and reinstalled Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 (which is what I use for PDFs) and that didn't fix things. (Acrobat integrates itself, I guess, into Corel...after being installed, you "save to PDF" from within Corel as you work.)
I'm still using Windows 7, which I have been using with this version of Corel for the last 3-4 years. This version of Corel is slow all over the place and dodesn't work nearly as well as 2017 Suite did, but I can't really go back now...so I need to make this work. Waiting upwards of 2 minutes to save a file is unacceptable.
I'm guessing Acrobat installs a virtual Postscript pinter. How long does it take if you Publish to PDF rather than Save to PDF?
As far as I know saving to and publishing to PDF uses the same Corel process. To access the PDF printer you select file, print and select the PDF printer. Of course Distiller needs to be set up to produce a PDF to your needs.
Is 2018 fully updated? I'm assuming that's your current version.
Let me clarify, I have only ever used "Publish as PDF" when creating my PDFsand thats what I was referring to when I said "save as pdf"
I did a test: using one of my Corel files (a Letter page Booklet) that contains 11 pages...elements include: text and curve converted text, bitmap elements, vector art gradient fills and raster fills...the final coreldraw file saves in at 28.mb...
when saved, it varies, usually depending on how I deal with the cover page: sometimes most of the cover page artwork is converted to a bitmap image with a few text elements over top.I distribute these Booklets to the public as PDFs only.I've been creating these files for two decades now and still follow the same methods.A file like this usually stored (as PDF) in the range of 7mb to 12mb.If its in the higher range (eg more than 12mb), I optimize to bring it down further.
Using the test file, I save a cdr copy of the file to my desktop...so as not to mess up the original.This is where it starts to go weird...at about 10 seconds a corel temp file appears on the desktop.Then at about 20 a second temp file appears (slightly different file name).At around 30 seconds the cdr file appears.(Unless i refresh the screen, the two temp files are still visible)
From that file I tried creating a PDF. Using these various save options:1. I "save as" and choose PDF...it takes somewhere around 60 seconds (Not sure what the PDF settings are)
2. next, I choose to "publish as pdf" from the menu options...takes roughly 90 seconds to create an 8.36mb pdf. (This is the one that has my PDF settings in place)
3. next, I choose "print"...use the printer interface and "print to Adobe PDF"...I gave up counting at 4 minutes and cancelled the print.
as far as I know, Corel Suite 2018 is fully updated on its own. When I manually check for updates, it says "no updates available at this time". This is the only version of Corel I have installed.
Let's answer the easiest first. Printing to a PDF printer compiles all file data to postscript, then the Distiller process interprets the postscript and publishes it to a PDF. This process takes longer because of the simplification of the file data during the compiling process, the interpretation of the compiled data and then the publishing process. It also supports fewer live features in the resulting PDF file.
The hard part is remembering if there were intended changes in how DRAW handled complex PDF file creation between the 2017 and 2018 cycle. There was an intended change with 2019 which has carried through to 2021.
I believe with 2018 there was some issue with background processes being activated. You may want to do a forum search. 2018 is pretty old and my memory is not what it used to be if it ever was what I thought it was but I've been bringing all files for publishing to PDF into 2019 or later versions because of greatly improved handling of complex and incorrectly created complex fills.
I think I understand your point...that Corel 2018 has some issues (that 2017 didnt have) with handling the contents of the file and creating a PDF.
And maybe some of those issues are fixed in later versions.
You won't hear any argument from me that 2018 Suite is chock full of its own bugs and glitches!
...but I have been using this software since 2018 and did not have this problem a year ago.At least not to this degree, and it seems to be getting worse with every new project. While I often create an entirely new file with each project, the latest project is actually an old file (from 2017) that has been modified and republished many times. I never had this trouble with this file before.