Some Features Are File Format Specific

June 5, 2014

A user was quite frustrated as he had filled out the information in the top part of the Corel PHOTO-PAINT dialog box (shown below) for the “photo” he was editing. He saved the file and said it wasn’t there the next time he opened the file. This is one of those questions that can’t truly be resolved without more information.

Document Properties Dialog Box Corel PHOTO-PAINT

In some cases, the exact version of Corel PHOTO-PAINT may be an important piece of information. For this specific problem, the more important question was the file format in which the file was saved. You can include the information in the dialog box, but it can’t be saved in file formats that don’t have the ability to store this type of data.

I asked the user and he was indeed trying to save in JPG format. Let’s me first make it clear that JPG should not be used for saving working files. Please read The Evils of Using JPEG Files and JPG is NOT the Answer for All Web Graphics for details on why JPG shouldn’t be used. If you want all data to be maintained, CPT is the only format choice. I personally don’t include this type of information in the bitmaps I save and I therefore save most working files in PNG format.

Do you want to get the most from Corel PHOTO-PAINT? Make sure to get a copy of Corel PHOTO-PAINT X5 Unleashed and take your productivity to the next level!

Should you find yourself thinking a program, any program, isn’t working correctly; make sure the problem isn’t something you are doing. For this specific problem, the issue was saving in the incorrect file format.

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  1. Anonymous

    You post says: “Do you want to get the most from Corel PHOTO-PAINT? Make sure to get a copy of Corel PHOTO-PAINT X5 Unleashed and take your productivity to the next level! “

    Do I really need the X5 version or should it be the X6 version? I am using CorelDraw X7 and hoping there is enough in common to make it worthwhile.

  2. Foster D. Coburn III

    Anonymous, you are asking whether Corel PHOTO-PAINT X5 Unleashed will benefit you. First you asked if you should buy the X6 version? There is no version for X6 as only a single feature was changed between PHOTO-PAINT X5 and X6 and buyer demand was too low to justify the time to update the product. Again, due to low demand I will not be updating my training for newer versions. Corel PHOTO-PAINT X7 does have a handful of new and useful features. But all information in Corel PHOTO-PAINT X5 Unleashed is still valid and useful if you are using X7.


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