Is Your Software Outdated?

January 14, 2016

I’ll admit, the graphics at the top of the article is a bit of the exaggeration. While many of you are probably using outdated software, I seriously doubt many of you are still running MS-DOS based software.

Windows 10 is gaining traction fast. No, I haven’t updated and don’t plan on updating for a while longer. But eventually most of us will update. When you do this, some of your software will not work. Specifically very old software.

What is considered “old” when it comes to software? Given the vast changes in technology, anything released more than five years in the past is a senior citizen in the software world.

In about a month, CorelDRAW X3 will celebrate it’s tenth birthday. It was a popular version and there are a decent number of you still using it. Some of you are using even older versions. Even CorelDRAW X5 is nearing its sixth birthday. Yes, I still use it occasionally. CorelDRAW X6 is nearly four years old and it is still my workhorse because there are many features that were changed in CorelDRAW X7 that make me less productive.

When is the next version coming out? I honestly don’t have any specific information. But based on the timing of past releases, I would expect it sometime this spring.

While you can upgrade from older versions of Windows to Windows 10 and still have the older versions of CorelDRAW somewhat function, they flat out won’t install on Windows 10. Are there ways to trick them into installing? Maybe. I’m pretty persistent and would certainly try. Others have told me they tried and were not successful.

So when you decide to move to Windows 10, understand that you’ll likely need to update other software. That’s the reality of technology moving forward.

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  1. Raymond Arotin

    Hi Foster, I’m just curious… what were the features that changed in X7 that make you less productive? I had X5, but then I passed up X6 altogether and upgraded to X7. I don’t use Corel every day or in a constant manner like you probably do, so I can’t say that I ever had to worry about the productivity side of the program holding me up. Mostly, I, myself am to blame for my lack of productivity. LOL.

    One thing I do love about X7 is the new fills, especially the transparent fountain fills. I felt that was LONG overdue. Also… (and I don’t know why this is, but) when I was using Win7 with X7 (32 bit) I was starting to have all kinds of problems – crashes mostly. After I upgraded to Win10, I noticed a huge difference in my CorelDraw program, for the better. I installed the 64 bit version also, so that may have a lot to do with it. Now, it seems much faster and more robust. I’m loving it so far.

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    • Foster D. Coburn III

      I have described most of the reasons in previous posts so I’m not going to repeat all of them here. There are many features that take more steps to use in X7 than in previous versions.

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Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.

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