I drive a 1988 Toyota Corolla because I refuse to throw anything away while it still works. Or perhaps it’s because I’m a keeper, and I do love that car. Anyway, given my penchant for hoarding, you can imagine how happy [sic] I was at having to buy the latest version of Corel Draw.
For those of you who have never heard of Corel Draw, it was once the graphics program of choice. Then Photoshop happened, and Corel fell from favour. It’s still around though, so there must still be a core of Corel tragics like me out there.
I have been using Corel Draw for about 20 years, and the version I had to farewell today was Corel Draw 8 [released in 1998]. And before any of you do the math, that does make it 15 years old.
In the computer world, 15 years is like centuries for people, and if I were a real graphic artist, I would have had to upgrade a long time ago. But you see, I’m just a hobbyist – I like to make stuff for my own use, like the graphic of the Vintage Egg, or my maps of Vokhtah – so version 8 was all I needed.
Unfortunately, Corel Draw 8 doesn’t work properly with Windows 7. It will let me resize graphics, and export them, but I can’t save my work. Or, as I discovered today, I can’t even do that if I try anything a bit more fancy.
I knew I’d have to upgrade eventually, but I’ve been dragging my feet because of the expense, and the fact that I have better things to do than re-learn an application I know like the back of my hand.
Sadly, my procrastination cost me over two hours of work today, so I went outside, kicked a few weeds, came back inside and found a reasonably priced upgrade on Ebay.com.au.
I’m still not happy, but I got a good deal on Ebay so I’m feeling a little better.That may all change when I install Corel X6 and discover I don’t have a clue how to use it, but such is life. Expect a rant later on in the week.
Until then, I hope you’ve all had/will have a pleasant Sunday.:)