Corel Painter X Release Notes

Welcome to Corel Painter X -- the world's most powerful Natural-Media painting and illustration software!

Contents

Minimum System Requirements

Installation

Technical Issues

Trial, Academic, and OEM Versions

Extras

Painter X Update


Minimum System Requirements

Mac OS version
Mac OS X (version 10.3.9 or later, with latest revision applied)
Macintosh computer with 700-MHz or faster PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, or Intel processor
256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended)
Mouse or tablet
24-bit color display
1024 768 screen resolution
CD drive
280 MB of hard-disk space for installation

Windows version
Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista (each with latest service pack applied)
Pentium III, 700 MHz or greater
256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended)
Mouse or tablet
24-bit color display
1024 768 screen resolution
CD drive
360 MB of hard-disk space for installation
Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6

QuickTime and Adobe Reader are required for components of Corel Painter X.

Installation

Preparing to Install Corel Painter X

Before you install Corel Painter X, you must close all other applications, including virus-detection programs. If other applications are running, they may interfere with the normal installation process. On the Windows platform, open applications are displayed on the taskbar. On the Mac OS, open applications are represented by small, black triangles beneath their icons in the Dock.

Serial Number

To install Corel Painter X, you need a Corel Painter X serial number unless you are using a trial version. Please keep your serial number in a safe place in case you need to reinstall Corel Painter X, or in case you need to call Corel Support Services. For activated trials, you also need to note your activation code.

Older Versions of Corel Painter

Installation on Macintosh Computer

The installation of Corel Painter X to a UNIX partition on a Macintosh computer is not supported.

Uninstalling Before Reinstalling

Before reinstalling Corel Painter X, you need to uninstall it. Please follow these instructions to uninstall Corel Painter X.

Windows Version

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs. (On the Windows Vista operating system, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.)
  2. Click the Change/Remove button under the Corel Painter X entry. (Click the "Uninstall/Change" button on the Windows Vista operating system.)
  3. In the Corel Painter X - Program Maintenance dialog box, choose Remove.
  4. In the Corel Painter X - Remove the Program dialog box, enable the Remove User Files option, and click Remove.

Note that if you do not enable the Remove User Files option when you uninstall Corel Painter X, you will need to reset your user workspace before restarting Corel Painter X. The procedure for resetting your user workspace is described in the "Technical Issues" section below.

Mac OS Version

  1. Remove the Corel Painter X application folder by dragging it to the Trash icon in your Dock.
  2. Go to the User ":Library : Application Support : Corel" folder, and remove the Painter X folder by dragging it to the Trash icon in your Dock.
  3. Go to the User ":Library : Preferences" folder, and remove com.corel.PainterX.plist by dragging it to the Trash icon in your Dock.
  4. From the Finder Menu, choose Empty Trash.

Technical Issues

If you are experiencing problems starting Corel Painter X, try resetting your user workspace. You can reset your user workspace to the factory default by holding down the Shift key when you start Corel Painter X.  A question prompt appears and asks you to confirm the restoration of the current workspace or all workspaces. Select Current Workspace to reset the current workspace to the factory default state and to proceed to start the application.

Brushes

Brush Preview
If a brush preview cannot be generated in the Brush Creator in less than 15 seconds, a red X appears on the preview pane.

Performance on Slow Computers
Because of their complexity, some brushes do not perform optimally on minimally equipped systems. To improve brush performance on slower systems, disable the Brush Ghosting option.

Digital Watercolor

Third-Party Plug-ins

To use third-party plug-ins with Corel Painter X on Intel-based Mac computers, you must use Rosetta mode.

Running Corel Painter X in Rosetta Mode on an Intel-based Mac Computer

  1. Highlight the Corel Painter X application launcher, and click File > Get Info.
  2. Enable the Open Using Rosetta check box.

Please note that Corel Painter X runs more slowly in Rosetta mode than in Universal mode.

When switching between Rosetta mode and Universal mode, you must reset your workspaces when you start Corel Painter X.

File Filters

Welcome Book

The links in the Welcome book that spotlight various artists were working correctly at the time of testing. Please note, however, that Web sites sometimes become inaccessible.

Help (Mac OS only)

If you encounter no response when pressing the Home button or navigating back to the Home page, close the Help window, and click Help > Corel Painter X Help to reopen the window.

Text

Corel Paint Shop Pro

PspImage files can be opened only in the Windows version of Corel Painter X.

User Interface

Corel Painter X is optimized for Small Font Display on the Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista platforms.

Globalization (Windows only)

Corel Painter X is not a Unicode application. When Corel Painter is installed on a Windows operating system that has the English Multilingual Language Pack, you need to change the system's Regional settings for the application to operate correctly when you change the language of the operating system. This is especially important if the language you are using has double-byte characters (for example, Japanese). You need to switch the locale in the Regional Setting to the language you are currently working in, as described in the following procedure.

Windows Vista Platform

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options.
  2. Click the Administrative tab.
  3. Click Change System Locale.
  4. Choose Japanese from the Language For Non-Unicode Programs list box.

Windows XP Platform

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Choose Japanese from the Language For Non-Unicode Programs list box.

Windows 2000 Platform

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options.
  2. Click the Set Default button.
  3. Choose Japanese from the list box.

Note: If you are using a native language operating system such as Japanese Windows 2000, you do not need to change your regional settings, as they would have defaulted to the native language of the operating system.

Tablet Support

If you experience a loss of pressure sensitivity with your Wacom pen and tablet PC, install the "Enhanced graphics driver" from http://www.wacom.com

Workspace Manager

Trial, Academic, and OEM Versions

Not all components are available in trial, Academic, and OEM versions. Unavailable components may include Corel applications, features, third-party utilities, and extra content files. However, some of these components may still be mentioned within the application and within the documentation.

Technical Support for OEM Versions

Technical Support is not available for OEM, "white box," jewel case (CD-only), trial, or Academic versions of Corel products. For more information, please visit http://www.corel.com/support.

Starting Trial Versions

Before a trial version of Corel Painter X can be started from a non-administrator account, the application must be started from an administrator account.

Extras

Some versions of Corel Painter X include extra content, such as additional brushes, nozzles, paper textures, patterns, gradients, selections, and weaves. This content can be found in the Extras folder.

To use this content, you must copy it from the CD to your hard drive.

Copying  brushes to your hard drive

When  you copy brushes to your hard drive, it is best to put the brush libraries into the Brushes folder at the root of the Corel Painter X installation folder. For example, if you want to copy Fun Brushes, copy the folder (including all content) to the Brushes folder at the root of the Corel Painter X installation folder. Copying brushes to the Brushes folder prevents  them from being deleted if you restore Corel Painter to its factory defaults.

Importing Workspaces

To use custom workspaces within Corel Painter X, you need to import the custom workspaces by choosing Window menu > Workspace > Import Workspace.

Corel Painter X Update

The overall stability and performance of Corel Painter X has been improved. The following is a list of improvements.

Workspaces
• There is no longer a refresh issue when switching between workspaces of varying window sizes.
• The Mixer palette and swatches are no longer independent of custom workspaces.
• The Customize Keys Preferences dialog box no longer has missing entries after workspaces are switched.
• Painter no longer becomes unstable while switching to a workspace with a hidden brush category when the variant list of the category is showing.
• The last-used workspace is now recalled between Windows Vista sessions.
• Deleted custom brush libraries no longer appear in the Workspace Manager.

Enhanced Brush Ghost
• Orientation is no longer a problem when using the RealBristle brushes with a Wacom 6D Art Pen.
• An enhanced brush ghost now shows flatness for most brushes .

Dodge and Burn
• The Dodge and Burn tools no longer record scripts at 100% opacity on Mac OS.
• The Dodge and Burn tools no longer play back as brush strokes on the Windows operating system.

General
• The recorded strokes of the Eraser tool now play back as Eraser strokes and not as Watercolor Brush strokes.
• Maximizing the window with Command + M (Mac OS) no longer causes the document to flicker.
• Refresh is no longer an issue with a resized Brush Creator on the Windows operating system.
• The Ctrl + Z shortcut key for AutoPainting now works correctly on Mac OS and the Windows operating system.
• Iterative Save now works when saving long filenames on Mac OS.
• The Tracker and Image portfolio and Selection palette no longer have refresh issues when resized.
• Nozzle creation on Intel Mac computers now displayed in color rather than in black.
• Long Japanese filenames no longer cause the Welcome Book to become unstable.
• Users can now cancel or save a movie as a GIF animation without causing Corel Painter to become unstable.
• The Load Brush library for the Windows operating system now displays extended characters.
• All items on the property bar for the RealBristles feature now function properly.
• On Mac OS, the length of filenames supported for opening and saving files has been increased.



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