When was the last time you felt like everything was going your way? You know, when it seems like everything you do is easy-as-pie… s-m-o-o-t-h sailing… child’s play… a piece of cake!
Well, that is NOT how I would ever have described 2012! For some reason, it seemed like NOTHING much came easy last year! Instead of a walk-in-the-park, we felt like were jumping HIGH hurdles… while wearing a BACKPACK! And as it turned out, December was certainly no exception to this rule!
Our new computer arrived early in the month and I know what you’re thinking… this should have sped us up and resolved some of most of our problems, right? Well maybe it would have if I my strong suit was computer technology, but unfortunately that is NOT the case.
- First, there was the whole Windows 8 thing. Am I the only who has struggled with Windows 8?
- Then it took me 3 solid afternoons of wrestling with the docking system before I could get it working properly.(Yeah, and it was so frustrating that I had to put it away for a week or so in between each frustrating session!) Did I mention that I’ll never qualify as a computer geek?
- Then came the issues with the new software. Much of the reason I needed a new computer to begin with (other than the fact that it was as S-L-O-W as molasses), was that Windows XP was causing LOTS of software issues. When I’m writing pattern instructions I often have Windows Publisher, AutoCad and the full version of Adobe Photoshop (all memory hogs) open at one time but last Fall when I was writing instructions for the Uptown Saddlebag, it was hard telling which program was crashing more, Photoshop or AutoCad… and that’s IF I could get AutoCad to start up at ALL! I was honestly afraid the whole system would lock up and die before I could finish the pattern!
But as much as I was thrilled to get rid of that old computer and software, I was a little concerned about using all the new software. It’s bad enough getting used to ONE piece of new software, never mind THIS many, right? (Did I mention that computer stuff doesn’t come naturally to me?…. Oh, I’m sure I did!)
Anyway, Windows8 Publisher is WAY different. Not impossibly different, mind you. I had it pretty much figured out in an afternoon. But AutoCad…. was a beast! Keep in mind that my old AutoCad software was probably a pre-2000 version so it’s no wonder that AutoCad2013 pretty much B-L-E-W M-Y M-I-N-D! There was almost NO resemblance to my old version. I spent 3 full afternoons trying to draw one picture and even with the instruction book I bought, I was totally LOST! And here’s the thing, I never managed to produce even one drawing! Now I despise giving up on anything, but I couldn’t get rid of AutoCad2013 fast enough! Restocking fee? Who cares! You’re Outta HERE!
So that of course meant switching to another totally new piece of software, and since CorelDRAW X6 is the obvious alternative to AutoCad I thought, why not? How could it possibly be any more confusing than AutoCad?
And the verdict was…. YAY!
Because an hour after installation I had completed my first drawing. It wasn’t really a usable drawing, and yes, there was definitely a learning curve, (pun INTENDED!) but not a frustrating, “I-could-just-scream” learning curve. And you know what else? I already like it WAY better than I ever liked the old AutoCad. Not only do I think my drawings are going to (eventually at least) be better and more accurate, but I can already see where eventually the process is going to be much faster! Couple these results with the fact that CorelDRAW X6 is literally HALF the price of AutoCad and the choice becomes a no-brainer!
So what’s the moral of the story? I can think of a couple possibilities….maybe you can think of others
- sometimes change is a GOOD thing, or
- all’s well that ends well, or
- great discoveries are sometimes the result of intense frustration
But I kinda think this line from the “Lord of the Rings” best describes this whole computer transition in specific and much of 2012 in general… (did I mention I’m a “Lord of the Rings” nut? Oh, I m sure I did!)
“But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow.
A new day will come. And when the sun shines
it will shine out the clearer.” (and that’s what I’m counting on!)
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In the interest of full disclosure I’ll tell you that I have received a grand total of nothing from Corel6. I bought the software at full price, and have received nothing real or implied in exchange for this review.