As I write this, I’ve been working with the CorelDRAW X6.1 update for a couple of hours and I am finding it nearly unusable! Unless you have an urgent need to install it, I can’t recommend this update to anyone.
One of the changes that Corel promised was that the Align and Distribute dialog box would be moved to a Docker. For me, there is no longer an Align and Distribute button on the Property Bar, there is no Align and Distribute command in the Align and Distribute flyout, there is no Align and Distribute in the Dockers flyout and none of them appear anywhere in customization. In short, there is no way to distribute objects after installing the update.
I’m also finding text gets mangled badly. Look at the screen shot below. The white text on a black background is what shows on screen. Just below that you can see how the same text looks in the Edit Text dialog box. It is completely different, not even the same letters though the font looks the same.
When editing Text on a Path, I find it is even worse. First is the text as seen before the edit cursor is inserted.
When I put the text cursor in the text to make a change, the text gets completely garbled. Trying to edit the text in the Edit Text dialog box is even worse.
Keep in mind that the bugs I’ve shown here are only after a short period of usage. I’m fearful that there will be many more that I’ve yet to discover. It should also be noted that I wasn’t trying to find bugs. I was simply trying to get a project finished and they just happened.
One of the other changes is that all users will be moved to a “membership” level and as part of that change, you need to agree to a new EULA (End User License Agreement). I was in a hurry to install the update and didn’t read every word as I’m sure many of you do with these agreements. I have been told that there is some text in there that may not be agreeable to everyone. I know I will need to fully uninstall and re-install anyways and will make sure to read it in detail when I attempt another install.
I hope these issues are just weird anomalies on my system. Since I’ve tested many versions of CorelDRAW over the years, I think they are common problems that could affect most users. For that reason, I do not suggest you install the update. As I get more time to explore these problems and more information, I’ll make sure to pass that information along to you.