We’re on the lookout for the release of the all new Painter X4 (version 14) coming from Corel. We haven’t yet seen any talk about a beta release, so we are probably still some ways to the next version. Looking at the long release date cycles, we don’t anticipate it to be updated until May 2015 at the earliest.
We base our release date predictions on what we hear directly from the folks who work closest with Corel software and on the release date cycles we’re seen in the past. Here is the list of the last few release dates:
- Painter X3 – It was released in August, 2013.
- Painter X2 – It was released in May 2011.
- Painter X1 – It was released in March 2009.
- Painter X – Released in February 2007.
- Painter IX – Released in November 2004
What do we expect to see in Painter X4?
Expect to see major UI design improvements, including custom colored icons, better brush editing properties, and more realistic blending tools. We hope that the new version will bring rulers for inking like Sketchbook Pro, ArtRage Studio Pro and Manga studio. We’ve heard that the program can be slow on some user’s machines, including those that are running 64-bit Windows 7. If you’re on a Mac, there is still no 64-bit support. We also hope that because of the large learning curve (this program is definitely meant for professionals already using it) that Corel will come out with a better set of resources and free training manuals for new users of the software to help it be a less overwhelming program to learn.
What would you like added or improved in Painter X4? Leave your comments and suggestions below.