Corel Painter 2015 (64-bit)

Corel Painter 2015 (64-bit)

Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.0.0.728
  • Total Downloads:
    9,592
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 12, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $429.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    196.61MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    68
  • Platform:
    Windows

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1 stars

"New bells & whistles don't make up for bug fix failures"

October 10, 2013  |  By EthanGeehr

 |  Version: Corel Painter (64-bit) X3

Pros

Perspective tool
Grouped layer manipulation

Cons

No 64 bit support for Mac OS
New bugs
Old bugs

Summary

I've been using Painter for almost 20 years and was a beta tester for the program back when Fractal owned it. I use the software 5-10 hours a day, 5 days a week. I have dutifully purchased each of the last 5 upgrades for this software, blindly hoping that Corel would address many of the persistent bugs in the software. Given the number and significance of the bugs I identified and have had to live with in the last version, I decided to download and use the trial version for X3 for the past several days before deciding to spend another $200 to upgrade to X3.

I desperately wish Corel would concentrate on the real issues with the program (bugs, crashes, performance/stability problems, etc.-primarily on the MacOS) and give the superfluous "improvements" like new effects brushes etc. a rest. For those of us who are and have been using the software for production work (I produce ~100 illustrations a year, most images have 30 or more layers), the bugs/crashes/performance problems have a considerable impact on our workflow (and mental health!). I'd much rather have a stable program that I can rely on than software with lots of bells and whistles (I rarely use) that crashes or doesn't function correctly.

Suffice it to say, I will not purchase X3 and would strongly advise others against it. Of the nearly 20 issues I've cataloged with X2, no more than 8 have been fixed in this new version. What makes matters worse is that there are new, fundamental bugs that affect work flow and the ability to use the basic function of the layer features. If anyone avails themselves of the versatility of layers, DO NOT purchase this upgrade.

Here are the old issues (pre X3) that are still in the new version:
• the program occasionally refuses to allow you to paint on a layer because it believes it is a group, even though it isn't
• you can't shift-click multiple layers in the actual document window; you have to shift-click the items in the layer's menu
• drag selecting a number of layers in a document does not highlight the corresponding layers in the Layer Menu and still has a bug (unless you grab the very top layer in the selected group to drag and move, Painter deselects the top layer in the group you have selected)
• deleting an individual layer in a grouped layer intermittently crashes the program

Here is a NEW bug in X3 that has been confirmed by members of the PainterFactory website:
• you cannot access individual layers in a group to move, paint or modify them-that includes directly clicking on them in the document OR by selecting them in the Layers Menu. The program considers them a group even when they are expanded.
• you can only sporadically manipulate a group's individual layer if you drag it in and out of the group or change its attributes.

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5 stars

"A great new addition to the Painter family"

July 26, 2013  |  By JohnMalcolm1970

 |  Version: Corel Painter (64-bit) X3

Pros

Loads of small yet useful improvements and fixes.
Stability, reliability and performance improvements.
New Perspective Tool.
New Advanced Brush Controls
Brush Search engine

Cons

Still no proper 64 bit Mac support

Summary

First of all I must mention that I'm lucky enough to be on Corel's Painter Advisory Council. This is a great privilege, as I get to help, in a small way, in the development of Painter. Having said that, this review will be from me as an illustrator and user of Painter.

I think that this is a solid addition to the Painter family (which now includes Painter Lite and Painter Freestyle).

Some people might have been looking for loads of flashy, new, in-your-face features, but many Painter users where instead wanting Corel to concentrate on reliability, performance and stability improvements.

The Painter team has delivered on those. X3 feels stable and reliable, and I had no reluctance to move over to it from Painter 12. There are many small simple things that improve my experience of using Painter and make my workflow smoother - meaning I can concentrate more on the art, and less on the program and UI. Stuff like: Ctrl+B being able to dismiss all the Brush Controls in the same was as it invoked them all; the default tool for the Mixer Pad is now the eye dropper - no more messed up Mixer Pads by accident; the old annoying bug where the freehand lasso selection would end prematurely is fixed; and we can now Transform multiple layers at once, which means less trips to Photoshop and back.

There are of course some completely new features as well, and some of them are fantastic. Some new features I don't use simply because of what I use Painter for. I don't tend to work with photographs or cloning, so I'm not the best person to talk about improvements in that area. Some of the things I do like are:

The new Perspective Tool: This is a massively useful new addition to Painter's tool box. Anyone who's had to setup three point perspective by hand will understand how fantastic this tool is. This tool can literally save hours of work, and makes drawing in perspective much easier. The ability to save setups as presets is great, as it means users can set up more than one set of perspective within one drawing - useful for when objects aren't aligned with each other. Hours of fun instead of hours of painful manual work.

Brush Search: A simple idea that's both a nice way of finding half-remembered brush variants as well as a fun way to stumble across brushes that you don't tend to use.

Advanced Brush Controls: This is a really great way of focusing on the most important or relevant brush controls for the variant that's in use. It removes some of the intimidating nature of the full set of brush controls, introducing only relevant controls to newer users, while power users, brush builders and experienced brush tweakers can choose between this or all the brush settings.

Reference Image panel: Another simple yet useful addition. It's nice to have a panel that floats containing a reference image, and it saves having multiple documents open. In future I'd like to see the ability to have multiple Reference Panels open and/or each one containing more than one reference.

Colour Sets from image: This was a feature I never used in previous versions of Painter. I always found that using it generated way too many colours. Now we can generate a Color Set from an image and limit the number of paint chips we get from it to a more sensible number like 16, 32 or whatever.

Jitter Expression and Jitter Brushes: These look fun. One of my criticisms of myself is that I'd like to loosen up my style from time to time. These are a fun way of starting that process - introducing a wee bit of chaos and variability...

The promise of Leap Motion support: I was delighted to see a commitment in the X3 launch materials to adding Leap Motion support to Painter X3 in the future. This technology is new, and I can understand why it's being limited to Painter Freestyle initially. It's important to get it right.

That's enough typing for now. I'd have no second thoughts about recommending Painter X3 to anyone.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14.0.0.728
    Version 14.0.0.728 includes:
  • New: Physics-inspired Particle Brushes.
  • New: Jitter Smoothing: If you're the type of digital artist who just wants to choose a brush and get to work, Painter 2015 offers a way to get stroke-to-stroke variation without having to tinker with settings.
  • New: Custom user-interface palette arrangements.
  • New: Real-Time Stylus & Windows Tablet PC Support.
  • New: Open upgrade policy: Users of older versions of the application, from Painter 7 right up to Painter X3, can take advantage of special discount pricing.
  • Enhanced: Cross-platform performance: Painter 2015 delivers increased speed to both Mac and PC users.
  • Enhanced: Brush Tracking: Because each artist uses a different strength or pressure level in a stroke, the enhanced Brush Tracking utility helps calculate the appropriate settings for pressure and velocity.
  • Enhanced: Real-time effect preview: Painter 2015 takes the guesswork out of applying effects.
General
Publisher Corel
Publisher web site http://www.corel.com/
Release Date August 07, 2014
Date Added August 12, 2014
Version 14.0.0.728
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 196.61MB
File Name CorelPainter2015_x64.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 9,592
Downloads Last Week 68
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $429

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