i downloaded the subscription to 22/23 corel graphics suite (doesn't look much different than my X8) i thought the trace feature had been improved....looks and performs the same as my X8?
One difference in more recent versions is the ability to perform upsampling of the image as part of the trace operation.
That may help in situations where the original image is of lower resolution than one might wish.
Depending on the kind of stuff you're tracing post X8 performance is improved as is the quality of the trace.
The new trace engine is virtually unusable now compared to earlier versions, though. It's several orders of magnitude slower and doesn't render any better results than previous versions.
Case in point:
I had a relatively easy and simple file to trace. I started the trace in 2022 and it was taking forever, so I opened CorelDRAW 2019 loaded the file, traced it, exported the results and closed 2019...and the 2022 trace of the exact same file still had 10 mins remaining according to the countdown. I kid you not. SAME EXACT file and it took a tiny fraction of the time...and that includes starting an older version and exporting it. I ask you this: Exactly what was the supposed "upgrade" when older versions were faster and gave precisely the same bloody result? Corel upgraded NOTHING. The new trace engine is a DOWNGRADE if anything. It absolutely sucks and I don't bother using it anymore. I keep 2019 around and use that instead for traces because otherwise I would be waiting around for 20 minutes ten times a day. :FACEPALM:
That's not the case on my systems, it may be for underpowered, poorly configured systems.
I keep Trace v12 around because its fast, does not downsample images and can cope with huge monochrome bitmaps 20k px x 20k px. And I manage to run it on Windows 11 in compatability mode.