I have an older copy before Corel purchased it, and I have all updates turned off. Someone in the forum disclosed how to change windows registry to not update it automatically, but haven’t used it since.
My main point it’s not full/free software that your projects will be safe 5 years from now if you wanted to access them. In the spirit of Shotcut, I would not recommend software that doesn’t carry the same type of free point of access years from now for your project files.
This was a big topic in the Gravit forum where right after Corel purchased Gravit they quickly updated with a different version, which unless you paid, and you used the advanced features, you were locked out of using those files, such would be the case if you were to use a subscription based product from Adobe or some other subscription software package. With Gravit you have to authenticate yourself even using the free version.
With GIMP & Inkscape you don’t have to authenticate yourself, but both of which come with huge steep learning curves to use it. I’m super slow to learn anything, always have been, and as more and more people are making tutorial videos of the software is the only way I see myself learning it. I literally have to step by step do what they have to do. Until 3 years ago I didn’t fully understand layers until Logos By Nick showed how they worked, or at least I was able to finally comprehend how and why to use them.