As usual over the last couple decades, it only takes me seconds to find bugs and problems with latest Corel release. 2020 is no exception. The behavior of the pen tool is awful. I don't remember if it was always that awful, of if this is new. I select the pen tool and just start drawing a shape. I go back over the line that I'm drawing and place a node on a random place on the line. Here is where it fails instantly. I hold control, grab that node and move it's position. Then I press undo......nothing happens....I press undo 10 more times and nothing happens. So I hit the escape key, or click on the artboard, then press undo again and now it's working. I repeat this set of steps a few more times in order to be sure of what I'm seeing and the steps that are required to do it.
Furthermore, when using the pen tool, the pen tool unexpectedly changes form pen to some kind of node selector tool. What I expect to happen is that I can switch to such a tool by holding the Control key or some key modifier. But what Coreldraw is doing is, it is switching to that tool on it's own. So, I'm holding the pen tool, and I'm needing the pen tool because I want to place a node on the line, but it can't because Coreldraw has arbitrarily switched to a node selection or editor tool. In order to get the pen tool back, it seems that I must click multiple times on the line and get completely out of the flow of what I was actually doing. This behavior is unbelievably bad for software that professionals need to rely on for a living.
I found all of that within the first 1 minute of installing the demo. I wonder if I should check to see if some of the traditionally broken stuff has been fixed in this release. It would be shocking if it has.
If I keep looking, I'm going to find many more bugs.
KuttyJoe said:the pen tool unexpectedly changes form pen to some kind of node selector tool.
Doesn't happen here.If "Automatically add or delete nodes" is activated in Property Bar, it adds or deletes nodes as I click along an already drawn curve.If deactivated, clicking just keeps adding nodes to extend the line I draw.Please give us more details because I think it is working as designed.
When I hold the ctrl key the tool changes to the shape tool and allows the node to be moved, when I release the ctrl key it returns to the pen tool. The if I click on the on the page that returns control over to the pen tool I can undo or what ever.
It automatically should return to the pen tool without a click.
David Milisock said:When I hold the ctrl key the tool changes to the shape tool and allows the node to be moved, when I release the ctrl key it returns to the pen tool.
I select the pen tool. I create a path with a few nodes on it. I hold control key and it switches to the node editor while I’m holding it. So far so good. If I let go of control, it switches back to pen tool. This is still good and sensible behavior. But if I select a node and move it a centimeter, then release the control key, it does not go back to the pen tool to allow me to continue with what I was doing which was drawing a path. Now, if it is as Ronny Axelsson suggests, Corel is insisting that I MUST wish to edit nodes at this point rather than continuing to create the path. Once I move a node, the node tool becomes permanent. To make matters worse, undo does not work at this point so. It’s disappointing to find that Corel just can’t seem to get it right. Year after year. Decade after decade, their software is buggy.
The thing is that I don't speak Canadian! I have no idea why when I release the ctrl key the pen tool appears but it and the undo feature are not immediatly functional without any more actions on my part.
It's just so SPECIAL! The worst part is that it would be considered as some half assed intuative feature.
KuttyJoe said:Once I move a node, the node tool becomes permanent.
I believe there may be a reason why shape editing mode becomes permanent, and that is because the Ctrl key is used to constrain movement (Shift can also be used nowadays but Ctrl was the original key) and to select additional nodes.If the Pen tool should get active as soon as we release Ctrl, it wouldn't be possible to work freely with shape editing any more.You may not like it but I can assure you that it is useful, it only takes a little time to get used to it.And an extra click to immediately get back to Pen tool isn't too bad, is it?I do agree that undo should work though, but it's no big deal to me either.