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  • It's not easy to setup, but is definitely worth the time and effort if you are going to be performing the same operations repeatedly
  • Note that you can often buy new copies of older versions on ebay and elsewhere for a fraction of the cost of the current version

    • by The Mad Reviewer
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      Corel Draw Graphics Suite X3 is the latest version of the well-known drawing and painting package. It is comprised of Corel Draw, a vector based drawing program, Corel PhotoPaint, their bitmap graphic editing program, and several related utilities. I am a professional graphic artist (designing mostly t-shirt graphics), and I have been using the Corel packages for 12 years.

      These programs are full-featured, meaning they include every capability that you could ever want, and many that you had never even known existed. But while these programs have seemingly unlimited functionality, they are not overwhelming even for the beginner. I especially like the fact that you can completely customize the user interface so that the tools that I use most frequently are readily available while lesser used options are kept out of sight. It saves a lot of real estate on


      my screen leaving more room for the graphic that I am working on.

      Customers often times send me artwork for their projects, so I need to be able to work with a large variety of file formats. Corel is able to read and write files in just about every popular format that exists, although it does sometimes misinterpret some formatting options. This may reflect limitations in the various file formats rather than bugs in Corel.

      There is a scripting language that allows you to automate repetitive tasks. I use it to handle personalization that I need to apply to standard templates for printing. It’s not easy to setup, but is definitely worth the time and effort if you are going to be performing the same operations repeatedly.

      Several versions ago Corel added an incredibly useful utility to the package called Corel Trace.


      • Simply load a bitmap image and it will convert it to vector format. It gives you a lot of control over the conversion process, and if you start with a high enough resolution image it gives you a good quality file back. It may need a little cleaning up, but it still saves a huge amount of time compared to redrawing a complicated graphic by hand!

        One feature that I wish it did have is the ability to set a single directory for all the auto-save files that are created. It currently saves a backup of each file that you work on, which has been a real life-saver a couple times, but it puts them in the same folder as the original file. The result is a lot of extra files clogging up your folders. I would prefer that they

        were all placed out of the way in a single backup folder. It’s a small inconvenience in a nearly flawless product.

        Despite it’s extensive capabilities, Corel will run quite well on a very modest computer. I currently have it installed on an old 1.0Ghz machine and it runs pretty well. Of course it absolutely flies on my 3.5Ghz main computer.

        I find that the Corel package has all the capabilities that I need, and is quite a bit easier to use than competing products (like Adobe Illustrator). It was not designed for casual or hobby use, but rather for the dedicated amateur and professional graphic artist. Note that you can often buy new copies of older versions on ebay and elsewhere for a fraction of the cost of the current version. They work perfectly well and have 95% of the functionality.




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