I have the same issues with X8. I went back & forth with Corel and Freehand. I ended up uninstalling and reinstalling Corel...a bunch of times. It's better, but it's still a crapshoot if it will crash or not. Corel said that it was because of my color palette and user settings. It still does it with factory settings. It seems to act up more when the import files menu opens slow. I wonder if it's not fully importing the contents of the image file correctly?