Been using CorelDraw since early 90's. Upgraded every couple versions. Was a tech editor on a book in the mid-90s. Every new version is buggy as hell and I lose some things I like to pick up "features' I never learn.. Could never get Corel's paint version to work anywhere near as well as Photoshop. Tried Corel on the Mac - buggy. So, for years I've use Corel on a PC and Photoshop on a Mac.
I should just learn Illustrator. Every time I have to upgrade CD I am more encouraged.
Q1. IF we go to this subscription approach, will we one day have the version we've learned force replaced by a new buggy version with changes? That could cause a great deal of stress and missed deadlines. Or, will we be able to continue using the older version until the bug fixes are in?
Q2. And, will it be $199 plus $99 now, or can I pay $199 and then my $99 each following year?
Thank you. D
IndyDMan said:Q2. And, will it be $199 plus $99 now, or can I pay $199 and then my $99 each following year?
You can ADD the so-called $99 Upgrade Protection at time of this LAST AND FINAL upgrade opportunity of $199 (or catch on sale), or you can add the $99 Upgrade Protection within 30 days after initial upgrade purchase which I would personally do in hopes of extending 1 extra month if a new version happens to fall within that range. You'll be real mad if you bought it if the upgrade protection ended right before a new version came out...I think around FEB, MAR or APRIL usually???
You have to continue to pay $99 for the rest of your life (or as long as you use CorelDraw) in order to get the latest YEARLY new version which are NEVER worth it... only thing makes it worth it, are fixes that fixe broke versions before it so you can continue to work without going insane. This used be called free SERVICE PACKS for each version of CorelDraw. So Corel had to MAINTAIN the software they sell in working order to keep you happy until the next version which you could happily upgrade at $199 or so. Now they want to sell you a YEARLY $99 "maintenance program" and no incentive to keep it in a nice working stable manner with service packs like they used to. If you miss a $99 payment for that year, you have to pay FULL $499! Sounds just dandy doesn't it! Makes you feel happy. : /
I just wanted to make sure you still had up to 30 days to purchase the $99 Upgrade Protection, so I chatted with another one of those idiots today and yesterday...sooooo slow and not helpful at all! These people are working from some little shack around the world and NO idea what they are selling or talking about.
They said I HAD TO PURCHASE the $99 UPGRADE PROTECTION at time of CorelDraw 2019 upgrade box?!?!?!?!!?
Read this, I totally get I have up to 30 days! Yes, Corel is very nefarious indeed. I am really re-thinking all of this. This may very well be the demise of Corel. Start your backup plan now all of you with years of files etc.
EDIT: I guess if I buy the last 2019 upgrade and if they don't let me purchase the upgrade protection within 30 days, then I'll just return it and start over before December 1 2019.
The only reason even considering this mess, is I do NOT want to pay FULL PRICE for more licenses when I just bought a bunch.
I'm wondering just now...If they make a 1st edition of each version buggy as heck...Do you think it's to try to help fight against piracy?You have to have an account to update the program, wich you can't do if you've pirated the program (I guess) Either you deal with a buggy version or you buy it to have an eventual update that'll logically solve the issues...What do you think?
Doubt it. In the USA, I am quite sure one could be pursued for piracy much easier than most other countries... so piracy runs rampant in those. Does anyone really think those third world countries really pay for their software...hell effing no.
Soon, the way everything will go will be the dumb terminal connected to server processors via cloud computing. (Kind of like the old days... sorta but not quite talking processing power) You'll have to pay for access or you just won't be able to use. Probably where this coreldraw.app crap is heading. The customer has no choice these days of exactly how they want or need things, it works out for the developers more so.