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Weekend Widget: Xara Web Designer

Many of you are probably familiar with Xara Xtreme, an excellent illustration package. Xara recently release another package entitled Xara Web Designer made specifically for designing Web graphics and even Web sites. Now I’m sure you’ve heard of an illustration package making claims before about the ability to create an …

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Super Site: Graphics Unleashed Media Marketplace

Some of you might want why the first “Super Site” I’m promoting is one of Graphics Unleashed’s own. Quite simply, we have launched a major new extension to the Web site and I think many of you will be very interested in it. Graphics Unleashed Media Marketplace has been on …

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Invalid Argument

I get this error a few times a year on trying to open CorelDRAW files. Tip: after rebooting my system, the file opened. So keep that in mind! 😀

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Hump Day Hardware: Samsung DVD Burner

Over the past few months I’ve covered a number of the components that you should think about adding to your computer. Today I’m going to talk about a DVD Burner that is lightning fast. You may have noticed that the fastest blank discs you can buy are rated at 16X. …

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Breakfast Cereals – Off topic

I love breakfast… I can’t even think of a time where I’ve skipped it! Here are some of my favorites… lately for fun I’ve been trying some really old cereals that are close to being bird seed. Sunny Boy, for example, hasn’t changed since 1929. I think it’s kind of …

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Pick Your Brain: Online Photo Editors

Last week the folks at CNET did a comparison of 15 online photo editors. I gave the list a brief glance and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why anyone would want to do photo editing on a Web site. You, the readers, probably all have at least …

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Monday Macro: wOxxOm Curve Channel Mixer

Os is probably the most prolific macro writer for CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT. Even those who have communicated with him know very little about him. Yet he keeps putting out some incredibly useful macros, many of them with no cost. The latest, wOxxOm Curve Channel Mixer, allows you to easily …

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How to simulate a logo on anything

Many folks who are in the promotional products industry use CorelDRAW. They frequently need to put logos on items in order to give customer a proof. Or, just an idea of what their logo would look like on an item. This training shows many techniques I use in order to …

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CorelDRAW X4 shortcut keys list

A user named Jack Ross took some time to compile a list of shortcut keys. CorelDRAW has been able to export the list for some time, but often it imported poorly into Excel. So, he had to do some tweaking. I reformatted it to 8.5 x 11, and put in …

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Just For Fun: Balloon Racer

As part of CorelDRAW’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, a special game has been created that allows you to fly the Corel balloon through the 20 year history of the product. Balloon Racer is a fun little game (completely free) that you play inside your browser by navigating the balloon using the …

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Weekend Widget: Sib Icon Editor

There are a number of different file formats you can create with Corel PHOTO-PAINT, but it isn’t really geared towards creating icon files. Sure, you can create the art in Corel PHOTO-PAINT or your favorite image editor. But you’ll need some other software to help you save that artwork in …

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News of the Day: Corel Painter 11 Released

Corel has released the latest version of their natural media painting program, Painter 11. For those who have never used Painter, it isn’t just another imaging editing program. It makes you feel as if you have a brush in your hand. And it is the application that truly shows off …

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Eight New Themed Topics Added to Blog Rotation

If you have been reading the blog for a while, you know that we added seven themed topics last summer. Each of those themes is tied to a specific day of the week and archived on the Web site. Those topics are Macro Monday, Tutorial Tuesday, Hump Day Hardware, Thursday …

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Thursday Tip: Speed Up File Operations in CorelDRAW X4

Some users of CorelDRAW X4 complain that file operations like opening and saving are much slower than in previous versions. Others don’t experience these problems. I’m one of the lucky ones in that regard, but viewing a folder full of CDR files in Windows Explorer was painfully slow. After talking …

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Hump Day Hardware: Senseo Coffee Machines

I sometimes get a puzzled look from users as they arrive at the CorelDRAW Unleashed Boot Camp. They want to start their day with a cup of coffee and they don’t see a full pot waiting for them. We definitely have coffee for them, we just brew it one cup …

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Tutorial Tuesday: Parallel Lines

I remember attending a presentation done by someone at Corel many years ago. In it, they described how a feature goes from a request to the drawing board to part of CorelDRAW. The feature used as an example was drawing parallel lines. Yet no such feature exists in the program …

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Macro Monday: Jeff’s PHOTO-PAINT Tools

When you are doing production work in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, it is often necessary to perform some functions quite often. None of them is particularly difficult, but it may take several steps to accomplish each task. Jeff’s PHOTO-PAINT Tools makes all of these functions easier by reducing the tasks to a …

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