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Vista is Shipping, Should You Upgrade?

We have all waited for this day for a long time. It has been over five years since Microsoft released a new operating system. Now that Windows Vista is shipping, it is time for users to ask themselves if they want to move to the new operating system. I’ve been …

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CorelDRAW Boot Camp Cruise Recap and More

A week has passed since I returned from the inaugural CorelDRAW Boot Camp Cruise and I’m already looking forward to our next cruise in August. Yes, the trip involved some amazing destinations and I won’t try to minimize that at all. I was proud at the high quality learning that …

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Whatever Happened to CorelDREAM 3D?

Corel has a habit of bundling a program in the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite for several versions and then it just mysteriously disappears. Such was the case with CorelDREAM 3D. There were a variety of reasons that Dream is no longer part of the box and one of those is that …

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New Deals on ProShow Producer

About a month ago, I told you that new versions of the ProShow family had been released. Now there is some even better news. The price of ProShow Producer has been sliced in half! If you need to create professional quality multimedia slideshows, this is the product for you and …

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Fill Your Screen With Fish

If you’ve ever been to a class, you’ve definitely seen my screen saver. I love fish. I think I’ve tried every screensaver I could find that has fish in it. I’m sure part of this is because I love to scuba dive. Since I can’t go diving every day, at …

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CorelDRAW Service Pack 2 Brings Windows Vista Certification

Corel has released the long awaited Service Pack 2 for CorelDRAW X3 Graphics Suite. This release also brings with it compatibility with Windows Vista. The press release gives the basic information about the release. If you simply want to know what is fixed and to download the service pack, then …

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The long gap

If you are a long time reader, you have probably noticed there has been a long gap since the last post on the blog. First was a trip to the Consumer Electronics Show. I saw some really cool products at the show and will be writing about them in upcoming …

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Where is the easy button?

We all want to get excellent results with minimal effort. We all know that clients seem to think that all we do is push a button and their artwork magically appears. I hope you know this isn’t true. Yet I often get asked questions about software that doesn’t exist. You …

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Snap Art Plug-In Does Natural Media with a Click

Alien Skin has released a new plug-in filter that will quickly turn photos into natural media artwork with minimal effort. Snap Art has left me with a bit of a dilemma. It works exactly as described and the resulting artwork is really cool. But if you are a user of …

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ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer Updated

As I was preparing things for out Boot Camp Cruise, I visited the Photodex site to get some information on their ProShow Producer product that we’ll be using to create a slideshow of the cruise. The good news was that they have just released a new version of their popular …

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Spiral Graphics Programs Updated for Vista

I’ve talked a few times in the blog about Spiral Graphics cool utilities Wood Workshop, Genetica and the Genetica Viewer. If you need tile able bitmap fills, these utilities can do amazing things. When I first got Microsoft’s Windows Vista running, it was very disappointing when I was unable to …

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Feature Requests

There are always people saying that they would like to see a particular feature in CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT. They also wonder how they can make sure that Corel hears their request. Of course, Corel is always looking for new ideas and they wonder just how many people are interested …

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Tom Knight Has Two New Video Tutorials

Tom Knight has created two more great video tutorials. You can find all of his video tutorials on his home page at Unleashed. In the first tutorial, he walks you through the steps of converted a monochrome bitmap image into a multi-color bitmap image. This involves various Corel PHOTO-PAINT masking …

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Lost in Translation

When users are choosing an image editor, they often find that there are many good books and tutorials on Adobe Photoshop and a limited amount of tutorials and books on Corel PHOTO-PAINT. The good news is that the programs are so similar that you can often use training materials for …

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Jeff Creates Transparent PNGs in New Video

Jeff Harrison has created another new (and free) video. This time he shows you how to export transparent PNG files from CorelDRAW. Don’t forget that Jeff has a bunch of great tutorials in his section. Check them out and I’m sure you’ll find some great new tips!

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Microsoft has Vista and Office 2007 on the Launchpad

Microsoft has sent the final versions of both Windows Vista and Office 2007 to manufacturing in the last week. While it may not immediately seem important to you, these are milestones that have been a long time coming. The last new version of Windows was Windows XP which shipped in …

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Industry Standards

I often hear people talking about how something is an industry standard. Unfortunately they don’t always do a good job of backing up that statement. I’ll provide a few examples and then I hope you’ll post your thoughts. For this discussion, we’re going to limit our debate to comparing CorelDRAW …

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Get Bryce 6 for only $6!

Do you remember Bryce? Once upon a time it was owned by Corel. They sold it to the folks at DAZ a few years ago. The DAZ team has just released a major new upgrade, Bryce 6. They are offering a special price of only $6 if you purchase before …

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Jeff Harrison Adds Free Fit Blend to Path Video

Recently I told you that the Camtasia Studio 4 was shipping. Now I’m proud to say we have some of the fruits of this new version on the Web site. A CorelDRAW user was asking how to create a particular effect. Jeff Harrison saw this plea for help and created …

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