I first want to say that I started off using Adobe Illustrator in the gap where I now use CorelDRAW and although there are things that I love about CorelDRAW, I will say that it is the MOST unpredictable and flaky program I have ever worked with. I miss my Illustrator and even though CorelDRAW is better suited for my industry (sign design) I need a solid platform to get my work done. That is why I am here because I have to think that this program could not be as popular as it is if it were the disastrous failure that it is becoming with me.
I have literally lost all my comfort in using this program as I now EXPECT it to crash irregularly, but very very VERY constantly. I'm sure it may have crashed while I was typing this.
We have 3 design areas here, two on quad core beasts and one average computer that cannot seem to not crash with CorelDRAW. In trying to rule out the symptoms it has been inconclusive. At first I thought it may be our server connection timing out while Corel is trying to communicate with it. I was SURE that had to be the problem. I started saving locally on the hard drive and sure enough, CRASH. Crash after crash. Its becoming so regular that if I cannot find a solution I'm going to find another program and never look back.
The only thing I have not tried, and will tomorrow, is to disable the Scrapbook because I noticed that is a live feed and if there IS a communication error or timeout with our server then perhaps this could be part of the issue? I don't know. I'm just looking for a solution.
If someone cares to chime in on this be forewarned:
* Updated the service packs on all computers
* Tried the F8 trick > no dice
* Reinstalled, all computers still have random crashes (with no real consistent variable.. other than the server)
* Tried to not save on the server, BLAMMO. CRASH.
Thanks in advance for your input,
Your computers are XP and Windows 7?
Did you try disabling the network and see if that helps stability?
Hello ethan; Sorry to hear about your troubles, You could try disconnecting from the server start Corel and draw and see what happens. If Corel is on the server that may be the problem. If Corel was loaded across the lan try using the CD in your computer to repair Corel. I'm using a peer to peer lan with no problems, have not tried with a server per say, each computer has it's own copy of Corel, 2 with X4 and one with ver. 11. all the graphic files are on one computer, with a backup on one of the others and use the sync program in Windows to keep them up to date. Keep us informed what you try, and how it works.
We have both Vista and XP. It indiscriminately and wildly crashes on both and seems to have no preference, as long as it gets to destroy a file in mid design it seems to be satisfied. Thats my main concern too, its not just the crash but the fact that it renders files virtually unusable on occasion. This made me try to adjust the auto-backup thinking it was crashing while trying to auto-backup in the background but the issue with this is that if you space the auto-back up to 30 minutes, then lose the file you were working with you just lost 1/2 an hour. multiply this by your entire work day.
Network disabled, I pulled the ethernet cord out as well and it crashed, however, I'm going to do this again tomorrow and make sure that I have the Scrapbook disabled as well .. just to rule both out completely.
ethan newton said:multiply this by your entire work day.
Many of us were hellishly dragged right through the tornado that is known as X5 pre-sp3. We have re-learned our Ctrl-S nervous tick.
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