The past four days have kinda been a nightmare. I was locked out of my Mac version of CorelDRAW because of the formatting on the pop-up that asks you to sign in so you can receive new version alerts and sales made it impossible to fill in the fields. I never thought twice about it before and I would just sign in and move on. I never thought that Corel would make the software unusable until you agreed to view ads. I'm including pictures of what the pop-up looked like for the first two days versus what it was supposed to look like.
Am I the only person to be affected by this?
Doesn't this make my stand-alone version of CorelDRAW adware? A stand-alone version of the software should not need to maintain an internet connection to run if work isn't being accomplished in the cloud. I really am curious to know if I am the only one who lost time because of this issue. Is this just a Mac problem?
There was an issue on the PC side over the Mother's Day weekend but it lasted only a day.
I know nothing about the Mac version except it has been poorly received.
It could be great if they committed to the app until it hit feature parity with the Windows version and squashed all the annoying bugs. But what app wouldn't be great if all the bugs were squashed and given feature parity to some other good app?
The tech I spoke to said he dealt with at least 4 others and he blamed it on a Mac update which I can't dismiss out of hand. It still should never have happened.
The decision to lock users out if they don't phone home wasn't a Mac issue. That part wasn't a bug it was a feature. It really shouldn't be that way.
The PC version does let you sign in without the internet but I'm betting cloud features wouldn't work.
The Mac version can't do everything the PC version can, I've heard it's an OS thing.
That is possible. But I have some doubts because the MacOS didn't program the code for the behavior of the pop-up. I could not close the pop-up with the 'x' in the corner and it drew over every other app until it could be dealt with. I had to force close CorelDRAW just to move on.
It is possible that this was an issue caused by some OS-level shenanigans, but it is also possible that this is a result of questionable business practices. I can't upload pics of the pop-up window for some reason, but the wording of the message reveals the intent of the pop-up. It begins by saying:
"Signing in gives you access to important online services and content. ..."
These are not features of the stand-alone software.
Below that, there is a selection box for those who already have an account above the inputs for your email and password.
After the input fields, there is a selection box that indicates a choice to opt into product news and promotional material and to participate in surveys. If you click the "I already have an account" selection, those consent choices go away, which is key because you still get promos in the Get Started tab.
It is possible the MacOS update screwed things up, but there is no need for this pop-up with the stand-alone version of the software. Everything went to Hades because a window that did not need to be inserted before accessing the software was inserted by Corel and not Apple.