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NumberGen – by Dan Haddix – Updated for 2008!

This awesome utility allows you create specially formatted numerical data files for CorelDRAW print merges. The latest version allows for Microsoft Word mail merges too. The great thing about this product is how it allows for N-ups on a press sheet, and for multi-part forms too!

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Relinking CoreDRAW and Photo-PAINT

A common problem for CorelDRAW users is losing the “edit bitmap” connection between CorelDRAW and Photo-PAINT. Here is a free solution to help you: it was created for the users who had multiple versions of CorelDRAW on their systems during the X4 beta process.

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Looking Forward to Seeing You at the Conference

“The” Conference? Yes, it’s the most awesome single event planned for CorelDRAW and Photo-PAINT users for the whole year of 2008. If you’re active in the CorelDRAW community, you’ll recognize many of the instructors. You’ll may even know some of the attendees, too! It’s like a celebration of all things …

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Simple Animation in Photo-PAINT

A user asked: “I have created my frames, but if I delete one of the elements for a frame, it is deleted from all the frames. How do I replace the various small images over the background with different images?” The key is to combine frame contents to the background …

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Outputting to Non-Postscript Printers

A user was wondering about why his CorelDRAW art wasn’t printing as expected.He wrote: “You’ll notice how the shadow appears on the screen, but will not appear on the print out, on any printer i am using. Mostly HP, laser and inkjets.” I’d wrote: If those printers aren’t “Postscript Compatible”… …

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Using Photo-PAINT for Storyboarding

One user asked: “I would like to be able to work with multi-page documents in Photo-PAINT, and then publish that multi-page document to a proper PDF, as we can do in CorelDRAW today. This would be very helpful for me doing storyboards and similar multi image/presentation work.” I offered this …

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Corel Receives Proposal from Majority Shareholder

So who really owns Corel these days? It can get confusing. I’ll try to recap the ownership history as best I can remember and then I’ll bring you up to speed with what happened today. Keep in mind that I don’t work for Corel and I have no inside knowledge …

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Learn CorelDRAW While Enjoying the Tropics

In January 2007, Jeff Harrison and I led a group of Corelians through the Eastern Caribbean while learning the hottest tips on CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT. The CorelDRAW Unleashed Boot Camp Cruise is back and this time we’re visiting the Mexican Riviera in January 2009. For those who aren’t familiar …

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Twisting Pixels Releases Classico Plug-In

The folks at Twisting Pixels have some really cool plug-ins that work with Adobe Photoshop and Corel PHOTO-PAINT. Recently they added a new plug-in that can make your photos look like a painting by one of the masters. ArtStudioPro Classico gives you filters like Aged Paint, Artistic Edges, Cracked Paint, …

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Free Video Tutorial on T-Shirt Template Design

Tom Knight has created a new video tutorial that will teach you to create a t-shirt template in CorelDRAW 11-X4. As Tom goes through the creation of the template, you’ll learn about a number of different features in CorelDRAW. So even if you aren’t in the business of creating t-shirts, …

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Unleashed FX X4 Now Available

The Unleashed FX add-on for Corel PHOTO-PAINT has been updated to work with Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4. As Unleashed FX works with the macro language inside PHOTO-PAINT, it is very version specific. Both a full version and an upgrade are available. If you aren’t already familiar with Unleashed FX, it puts …

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Comparing Resolutions for Text to Bitmap Conversions

Another designer who was was using Quark Express wanted to submit artwork to a print shop I freelance at. He’d intially sent in some EPS files in a .sit file. I know that this is a compressed Mac file. I was unable to open them, so I requested he send …

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Full Hex support in CorelDRAW

One user asked:I would like to know if any knows where I can get hold of a full hexidecimal palette for CorelDRAW X3. There is a “Web Safe” palette that comes with the program but I need to be able to use the full hexidecimal range for websites. Many colors …

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Text handling when opening PDF’s in CorelDRAW

When opening PDF’s in CorelDRAW using the Text as Curves option, a user should not know – or care – that the original PDF had fonts that were:1. embedded fully or as subset2. are protected somehow3. already converted to curves – fully or partiallywhen importing as curves, Draw should “deal …

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re-interepreting PDF/PS/PRN/EPS… tip toe through the minefield

unfortunately one of the major challenges of working with PDF/PS/PRN/EPS is that when re-interepreting any of them, no matter what software you use, there are no guarantees of 100% perfection. It’s frightening, but true. You have no control over how those files were generated before being given to you. That’s …

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EZ Metrics Upgraded to Work with CorelDRAW X4

We are happy to announce that EZ Metrics 3 has been upgraded to work with CorelDRAW X4. If you have already purchased EZ Metrics 3, you’ll simply need to download the installer for CorelDRAW X4. That’s right, there is no charge if you already have EZ Metrics 3. The installer …

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Embedding ICC Profiles in Exported Jpegs Creates Large Files

When exporting a JPEG from Draw, you may have noticed that the image size seems very large compared to when exporting from other programs. Compare the images below They were exported from Draw with the same compression settings, DPI, and pixel dimensions. Both were pasted into Photo-PAINT from the desktop. …

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Another 1,000 Fans Success Story

Yesterday I talked about the 1,000 True Fans essay. Then I shared the story of how I’ve put that theory into self-publishing my CorelDRAW Unleashed books. Today I want to share the story of a band who can count me as one of their 1,000 True Fans and how they …

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Buy CorelDRAW X4 From Corel and Save 10%

I’ve been talking with the folks who run the Corel estore in hopes that they would give a special deal to loyal Unleashed visitors. They responded with a special coupon code for 10% off of your purchase. This code is valid for purchasers in the US and Canada. Sorry, I …

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