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Worth fifty bucks
on December 28, 2012
I bought this at a Black Friday price of $50 and I'd say it's worth that. But, had I paid the regular price of $130, I'd be disappointed. Yes, Corel has a legitimate need to discourage unscrupulous customers from buying the home version and using it professionally so, I understand their removing features which are important to pros, like Prepress. But, Corel doesn't stop there. They cripple the Home version in what seems like a thousand ways.
I'll give just one example that really irritates me. With the full version, you can enlarge the tool icons and the menu fonts but, Corel killed that feature on the Home version. That's just seems petty to me, especially since the tiny defaults (and they are tiny) are probably more of a problem for retired hobbyists like me than for young working professionals.
It doesn't stop there, though. Lots of features are removed or crippled on the Home version. You keep discovering more and more as you learn the program. There's the same note at the end of each section of Help that points out that some features are missing in the Home version but, it doesn't tell you which ones. In many cases, you have to experiment to find out. How much trouble would it have been to tell you which features had been crippled?
Still, x6 has some cool new shape modifying tools that are a lot fun to play around with. If you buy the Home version, though, be prepared to be annoyed often as you get familiar with it.