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?
Corel has been made aware of a sign-in issue today (May 30th, 2023) which only affect CorelDRAW on Mac. (Windows is fine)They are currently working on resolving the issue.
They may want to revise the opinion that it is only an issue on the Mac. The true underlying issue is that this formatting blunder revealed that CorelDRAW will lock users out of the software if they don't sign in. That makes CorelDRAW a form of adware since it is coded not to move on without connecting to the internet.
The pop-up event draws over other Windows until resolved. The stand-alone versions of CorelDRAW don't get "access to important online services and content" since that is reserved for subscription licenses. What you will get after signing in are updates regarding sales and new releases to the Get Started Tab (or window on a Mac). In other words, CorelDRAW forces you to sign in so they can serve you ads.
If you are on the subscription service, that is forgivable. For those like me using a stand-alone version...well, you aren't using a stand-alone version at that point.