I upgraded to Corel Painter 11 from Corel Painter X.
Here are a few quick specs on my system: I'm running Painter 11 on Windows XP (2.5 GHz processor with 2.5 Gigs of memory). The tablet I use is a Wacom Graphire "Steel-Blue" Tablet.
There are a couple of major improvements in Painter 11 over its predecessors.
- Tilt Recognition If you have a tablet with pen-tilt detection, Painter 11 makes use of the tilt feature to broaden or narrow brush strokes with the tilt of the pen - narrower strokes with the pen perpendicular to the tablet and broader strokes with the pen at an angle to the tablet. (Alas, my Graphire series tablet is not tilt-aware and thus I'm unable to take advantage this feature.)
- Velocity Recognition Painter 11 recognizes the velocity of a brush stroke and renders the stroke accordingly.
For a complete comparison of Painter 11 with previous versions, G00g1e for "Painter_11_Family_Product_Matrix" and follow the first link to view the PDF file.
I found Painter 11 very buggy and quirky. For example, I would get the following problems sporadically:
- Brush size lever refuses to budge After I change the brush size beyond a certain threshold, I have a problem reducing it back down in size.
- Pasted layer shows up blank After I copy and paste a layer, the pasted layer shows up blank.
- Custom Paper Library does not save I'm unable to save a paper library that I've created and for the life of me, I can't figure out a way to make it save.
- Bush strokes don't show up Periodically, brush strokes fail to show up. The only way I've found to fix this is to quit the application and start it back up.
These are just a few of the problems I can name off-hand. I doubt these are problems that are specific to my computer system because Painter support newsgroups are rife with accounts of people having similar problems. Some of these are a mild annoyance, but others are absolutely exasperating!
Painter requires lots of memory to run. The minimum requirement for memory on specs is 1 GB. I'd say 2GB or more would be ideal. Of course, it goes without say the faster processor you have, the better. Painter is VERY CPU-intensive.
As of now, I really wouldn't recommend Painter 11 until they've ironed out the bugs and quirks. If you already have Painter X or an earlier version of Painter, you might want to wait for the next release of Painter, which should hopefully be coming soon (Painter 11 was released in February, 2009). If you really can't wait to try out the aforementioned new features, I suppose Painter 11 is usable; just be aware that it is not quite ready for prime time. Overall, I would rate Painter 11 3.5 Stars.
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