Registration & Login
You are required to create an account before posting. To take advantage of the features offered by the EssentialsCafe Community Site, such as posting in forums, commenting in blogs and galleries,setting your own avatar, tracking post counts, emailing users, private messages, and many other you will need to have an account. It only takes a few seconds to register, and it is recommended you do so.
To create an account you will need to visit the Registration page
and complete the form for creating a new account. Here you will specify details such as your login name and email address. A password will be emailed to the address you have specified, so please make sure to use a valid email. Please also make sure to allow emails from PainterFactory@corel.com in your anti-spam filter if you use one.
After successfully registering, an email will be sent to the address you specified with an automatically generated password. You can then visit the login page and enter your username and password to login.
When logging in if you do not check the "Remember Me" option you will be automatically logged off after 20 minutes. If you would like the site to always log you in automatically, please check the "Remember Me" checkbox.
If you forgot your username and/or password you can visit the Forget Your Password page
and have both your username and a new password emailed to you by entering the email account you're registered with. You will be sent a new password since we store your password encrypted and have no way of retrieving the original value. Once you receive your username and new password you can login and change your password.
If you've registered and can't login, check to ensure you have a valid username and password. If you are sure the username and password are valid, but still can't login you may either require account activation or your account may be on hold. In this case it is best to contact the EssentialsCafe administrators per email at PainterFactory@corel.com.
First check to ensure your username and password are correct. If you still can't login your account has either been put on hold or deleted due to inactivity. Please contact contact the EssentialsCafe administrators per email at PainterFactory@corel.com.
User Profile & Settings
A profile is information about your account that controls how you view information within the EssentialsCafe Community. This includes details about posts you've contributed to, personal information you wish to share such as your web address or weblog address, as well as setting that control how you interact with this Community site such as your avatar, your time zone, and many other settings.
Setting your timezone will enable the EssentialsCafe Community Site to display all dates and time relative to your time zone.
A signature is a message that is appended to the end of any posts you make in the forums. You can edit your signature from the profile page. This signature will then appear at the bottom of any messages posted by you. Please do not include links to web sites in your signature.
An avatar is a feature of the forums which allows for an image to be displayed along with your posts.
You can find an avatar section when editing your profile
. From here you can enable the use of an avatar for it to be displayed with your posts, and upload an image. Avatar images cannot exceed 80x80 pixels and can only be in jpeg or gif format.
The EssentialsCafe Community is designed to be multi-language friendly. Within your profile
you will see a listing of the available languages and can exclude the language you do not want to see and search the EssentialsCafe Community Site in.
The date format used to display any date information can be configured from your profile.
Email tracking is a feature which will send emails to you when messages that you are subscribed to change. You can turn off all email tracking globally from your profile.
There are many different icons that can show up next to usernames in the forums. Common examples are administrators, moderators, or top posters. Other images may be displayed based on groups the user belongs to.
You are required to be logged in before viewing/using these areas. This is primarily to protect the privacy of users who have shared their information or to prevent unwanted/unsolicited emails.
Privacy & Security
Once logged in you can change your password from your Profile page.
You cannot change you username, but can change your Display Name from the Profile page.
Once logged in, you can change your private email address from your Profile page. Please make sure to enter a valid email address and to configure your anti-spam filter (if you have one) to allow emails from PainterFactory@corel.com.
The only profile setting that is required is your private email address. This is the email address that is used when you subscribe to the forums, when a forgotten username/password is emailed. The private email address is never shared or displayed publicly. If you wish to share an email address publicly, use the public email address field. The remainder of the profile settings is optional.
You can set the option in your profile and your name will not appear in any member listings, including the listing of who is online.
A Forum Group is a top level grouping of related forums. A forum group contains 1 or more forums.
A Forum is a grouping of related threads of discussion. A Forum contains 0 or more threads and 0 or more sub-forums.
A Thread is a grouping of related posts. A Thread contains 1 or more Posts. The first post becomes the Thread and replies to the original post increment details on the Thread, such as the reply count or last post.
|Thread Icon Legend
||Topic with posts you have not read.
||Topic with posts you have read.
||Popular topic with posts you have not read. A topic becomes popular after being viewed 200 time or having 15 posts (subject to change).
||Popular topic with posts you have read. A topic becomes popular after being viewed 200 time or having 15 posts (subject to change).
||Announcement you have not read
||Announcement you have read
||A pinned topic with posts you have not read. Pinned topics are displayed before other topics until they become unpinned. Only moderators and administrators can created pinned topics.
||A pinned topic with posts you have read. Pinned topics are displayed before other topics until they become unpinned. Only moderators and administrators can created pinned topics.
||A pinned popular topic with posts you have not read. A pinned topic with enough views or replies to become popular. Only moderators and administrators can created pinned topics.
||A pinned popular topic with posts you have read. A pinned topic with enough views or replies to become popular. Only moderators and administrators can created pinned topics.
||A locked topic with posts you have not read. Locked topics do not allow replies. Only moderators and administrators can created locked topics.
||A locked topic with posts you have read. Locked topics do not allow replies. Only moderators and administrators can created locked topics.
A forum may not display any threads if there are no threads in the forum or if filters on the forms have been applied and no threads match the filter. An example of a filter is filtering to display threads newer than a certain date, such as threads new in the past 2 weeks.
When you post in the forums, the messages will normally show up immediately. Sometimes, the post might not be visible immediately and you may receive a message stating that the post is awaiting moderation. The forums are using anti-spam filters that will analyze each message before it gets posted. If the system detects that this could potentially be an unsolicited message, it sets it aside for the moderator(s) to approve it before it becomes visible. Things that will prevent a message to be immediately visible are certain keywords as well as to many links to other sites. To minimize the risk of your message to be moderated, avoid putting a URL in the signature, or at least, when you quote previous messages, remove the links in the posts you quote. The moderators may choose to move, edit, or delete your post to ensure that the post is topical to the current forum.
The icons next to threads when viewing a forum indicate different status. You can move your mouse cursor over these icons to see what the different status / types of threads are.
An announcement is a special post type that is always displayed at the top of a forum for a configured amount of time. The purpose of an announcement is to increase the visibility of certain topics. Only moderators and administrators can created announcement threads.
A sticky topic is a special post that causes a post to sort to the top of a forum for a specified amount of time. A sticky topic is similar to an announcement, whereas an announcement is displayed separate from other threads and usually does not allow replies. Only moderators and administrators can created sticky threads.
A locked thread is a special post that does not allow replies. Once a user locks a post or an administrator/moderator locks a thread no more posts are allowed.
Yes, you can sort threads when viewing a forum by Author, Replies, Views, and Last Post. The default sort for a forum is to display the newest threads first (Last Post descending). To sort simply click on the options button at the bottom of the screen and select your desired sort order and click 'Apply'.
The RSS icon is linked to the RSS feed for the forum. RSS is used to allow other applications to subscribe to a forum's posts.
This icon indicates the user's online status. A green icon means the user has been active recently (usually within the last 15 minutes). A red icon means the user has not recently been active. You can hover your mouse over this icon to see details about the user's past activity.
If you are attempting to access a forum that you have visited before, but now receive an "unknown forum" error there are two likely causes. The first cause is that the forum you are attempting to access is private and you are not signed in. The second cause is that the forum has been removed.
Yes and no. You cannot type HTML directly into the editor. If you are using Internet Explorer the default editor for creating new posts will be a Rich Text Editor that will automatically format posts using HTML. If you post with a browser other than Internet Explorer a standard HTML textbox is used and BBCode can be used to mark-up posts.
BBCode is a special syntax for formatting plaintext posts. More details about BBCode can be found on Wikipedia
You can add attachments to your posts in most of the forums. Attachments cannot be larger than 128 Kilobytes. Formats that you can post attachments in are .cdr, .cpt, .cmx, .des, .gms, .pat, .cdt, .cpl, .jpg, .gif, .png, .txt, .wpd, and .qpw. If the attached file is in .jpg, .gif or .png and it doesn't exceed 650 pixels in width, it will be displayed within the forum post.
Emoticons are graphical elements that can be added within the body of a post to add emotions to the post. Common examples are the use of smilies within the contents of a post.
You can post a new message to a forum in several ways. When viewing a forum you should see an image button reading New Topic. Clicking on this image button will take you to a form for posting a message or ask you to login first. You need to be logged-in to post a message. If you do not see the New Topic image button you may not have enough permissions - even after logging in - to post a message to the forum even though you are allowed to view the forum.
Yes, you can access the forums on EssentialsCafe through an newsgroup reader (NNTP client) such as Outlook Express on Windows XP or Windows Mail on Vista. The server name is EssentialsCafe and your username will be username@PainterFactory. The password is the same as the one you use on this site. This link includes the detailed instructions on how to configure NNTP access to EssentialsCafe
To support languages from around the world, EssentialsCafe is making sure that everything anyone writes with the web interface is in the universal character encoding standard called Unicode (UTF-8). NNTP clients assume that the server on the other end is actually using another (older) way of encoding characters, usually a derivative of ASCII 7 bit (plain English is supported there). The problem starts when you need more than 128 characters to cover a language. Follow the detailed instructions on how to configure NNTP access to EssentialsCafe
, and especially the step about Extended characters support.
You can reply to an existing post using either the Reply or Quote image buttons displayed with the post. If you do not see the Reply or Quote image buttons when viewing a post you either do not have permissions to reply or the post may not allow replies.
If the administrator or moderator has configured the forum or your role to allow editing of posts you will see an Edit image button next to posts you have made. Clicking on this image button will allow you to edit your post.
If the administrator or moderator has configured the forum or your role to allow deleting posts you will see a Delete image button next to new posts you have made. If a post you have made has one or more replies you will no longer be able to delete the post.
EssentialsCafe is using a word filter for posts. Certain words that are deemed to be offensive are filtered and replaced with the ‘*’ character.
See How do I add Signature to my Post?
in the User Profile and Settings section.
See What is an avatar?
And How do I set my avatar?
in the User Profile and Settings section.
A private message is like email within EssentialsCafe. You can send a private message to other users within this Community site that is visible only to them. No private information, such as the user's email address, is ever disclosed.
With certain web browsers (has been reported by certain AOL users), there seems to be a problem posting messages when using the Standard or Enhanced content editor. If you have problems posting messages, please use the "Plain Text" content editor. You can select your content editor from the "Site Options" tab in your profile
User Groups & Permissions
Permissions control what you are or are not allowed to do while browsing the site. The permissions you are granted control all aspects of your view within EssentialsCafe.
An administrator is the highest permission level within EssentialsCafe. By default, an administrator has full permissions to perform any action, e.g. moderating posts, approving users, and so on.
A moderator is the second highest permission level within EssentialsCafe. By default a moderator can perform any number of tasks within a particular forum or set of forums. This includes approving posts, moving posts, deleting posts, editing posts, or banning users. If you have a problem with a particular forum the best place to start is with a moderator. Moderators belong to varying groups configured by the Administrator.
A user group, also known as a role, is grouping of common users for the purpose of assigning permissions. In addition to common permission assignment a role can also be used to display an image for a user in that role. Roles make the job of administering and moderating the site easier since users can be assigned to roles and then permission applied based on those roles.
Users are assigned to user groups by the administrator. If there is a particular group you wish to join, please send a private message or email to one of its members for more information.
Blogs and galleries on EssentialsCafe
While you can read blogs and browse galleries without being logged-in, you need to have an account on EssentialsCafe and you need to log-in to be able to comment blog-posts and images in a gallery. Individual blogs and galleries might not allow for commenting (the owner can define this). If you do not see the option to comment, you may not have enough permissions - even after logging in - to post a comment to the blog entry / gallery image even though you are allowed to view it.
When you create your account on EssentialsCafe, you can participate in the forums and comment other people galleries and blogs on this site. If you would like to have your own blog regarding products of the Painter or regarding art/graphics in general, please contact the administrators
and provide following information: Your username as well as the title you want to use for your blog and a short description of the things you will be covering in it.
When you create your account on EssentialsCafe, you can participate in the forums and comment other people galleries and blogs on this site. If you would like to have your own gallery on EssentialsCafe to be able to share what you've created with Painter with other members of the community, please contact the administrators
and provide following information: Your username as well as the title you want to use for your gallery. A member gallery can store up-to 25 Mb data and can have up-to 100 images.
When you create your account on EssentialsCafe, you can participate in the forums and include attachments
with your forum posts. Users who have a blog and / or a gallery on EssentialsCafe also have the possibility to upload files in the "Community Downloads" folder in the Downloads section of this site. Community members who have a gallery / blog can upload up to 50Mb of data to the download section, and each file cannot exceed 1 Mb in size. Once a file has been uploaded, its comment cannot be changed and it cannot be deleted. If you have uploaded a file by mistake, contact the administrators
EssentialsCafe is aggregating various blogs over the internet that are focussed around graphics subjects or Painter that are of interest for the other members of the community. If you currently have a blog and would like it to be syndicated on EssentialsCafe, please contact the administrators
and provide following information: Your username on EssentialsCafe, the valid RSS feed for your blog, as well as the URL for your blog. Please note that EssentialsCafe can only syndicate valid RSS feeds. You can validate your feed using feedvalidator.org
. ATOM feeds are currently not supported.
If you have a blog on EssentialsCafe, you can use either the web interface or a desktop blog editor to post new entries. EssentialsCafe supports the MetWeblog API. Please contact the administrators if you have a blog and would like to be able to use the MetaWeblog API.
Owners of galleries can use either the web interface or an FTP client to upload their images. FTP support is currently experiemental. If you have a gallery and would like to manage your gallery through FTP, please contact the administrators.
Help, support and other questions
The EssentialsCafe Discussions
are a great place to ask your questions about EssentialsCafe and get help from other community members. You can also do a search on previous discussions for the topic you are looking for. This FAQ is also getting updated on a regular basis based on the most commonly questions asked by the community. Finally, the EssentialsCafe announcements
includes information of interest for every member of the community.
EssentialsCafe is a great place to get help and learn from other members of the community regarding products of the Corel Painter Essentials family of products. The help and information provided on EssentialsCafe is not related and does not replace the Technical Support and Customer Service provided by Corel Corporation. You can contact the Corel Corporation technical support around the world
or go to http://www.corel.com
to get access to the product information and knowledge base.
The administrators are participating in the EssentialsCafe Discussions
or you can contact the administrators by sending an email to PainterTeam@corel.com.