A few years ago I wrote Never Import Workspaces From a Previous Version. Why? It’s quite simple, it almost always leads to severe instability. The users have crashing problems will reset their workspace and then immediately re-import the old workspace insuring that the crashing continues. Just don’t do it!
Both CorelDRAW X7 and CorelDRAW X8 won’t allow you to import a workspace from a previous version. While I’d like to think it was to prevent the crashing problems, it really is because of new features. CorelDRAW X7 went to a new file format for workspaces. CorelDRAW X8 has added two important features that prevent it from even importing a workspace from CorelDRAW X7.
What are those two important new features? The first is the ability to choose from a light, medium or dark interface. Some users will stick with the gray that has been around for years while others will opt for one of the darker shades. It is your installation and you get to choose what you like best.
The other big feature is the ability to scale the interface for higher resolution displays. Sure, CorelDRAW has had a choice between small, medium and large icons for years. But large really just scaled the medium icons and didn’t look so great. Even on a 4K monitor, the large icons were tiny. So now the interface features icons that can better scale to a number of resolutions and they are stored in an entirely different file format. These scalable icons are the feature in CorelDRAW X8 that excites me the most.