Corel Painter Frustrations

So here’s the deal: every year it seems like I upgrade our Painter license to the latest & greatest from Corel only to find the performance deteriorates with every new release. Am I going crazy or is the program truely at fault?

We should be running version 9 but have regressed to using version 6 for the reasons below:

  1. Using any masks grinds the application to a halt.
  2. Using brushes larger than 40 pixels has a similar slowing effect.

Now I find that switching to a tablet PC has an even greater screw up effect on Painter - the pen calibration is not great.

Is anyone else suffering the same Painter woes or has everyone converted to Alias Sketchbook?