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Pixtivity Does Cool Slideshow With Little Effort

Several months ago I was contacted to check out some upcoming software for making photo slide shows. The timing was darned near perfect as I had just returned from a trip with lots of pictures. Within half an hour of installing the Pixtivity software, I had created my first slideshow. …

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The Worst Fonts Ever

There has been a discuss in the Corel Support Newsgroups lately about the proper fonts to use and some that users are just plain sick of seeing. Then I ran across a page today titled America’s Most Fonted: The 7 Worst Fonts. They have a pretty good list of fonts …

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Follow-Up on DMOZ

I’d like to say that DMOZ has had a huge change of heart and realized that their so-called rules are unfair to CorelDRAW sites. It may be months before we really know if they change their tune. I told you that I had been working with Eric Ward on promoting …

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DMOZ Rules Prohibit CorelDRAW Sites

I have been working with a Web site promotion expert. As part of the process, we talked about DMOZ, the open directory project. If you aren’t familiar with DMOZ, it allows anyone to submit a Web site for inclusion, and a human editor will review that submission and decide if …

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Do You Have unleash.com Whitelisted?

There are some problems that arrive in business that can be solved by the business. Then there are others that are somewhat beyond your control. Thanks to the onslaught of spam on the Web, we’re faced with a problem and we need your help to solve it. When we send …

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Step-By-Step Training Manuals Now Available for X3

I had thought that Tom Anzai had created his last training manuals for CorelDRAW until I heard from him just recently. He has updated his popular Step-By-Step training manuals for CorelDRAW X3 and Corel PHOTO-PAINT X3. There are three training manuals in the series: CorelDRAW X3 Introduction Step-By-Step, CorelDRAW X3 …

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Corel in the Financial News

There have been two big financial stories about Corel in the news lately. One doesn’t paint a very pretty picture and the other does bring some very good news. We’ll start with an article (may require registration to read) that appears in the October 9 Business Week. I know, it …

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How Do You Make Money With CorelDRAW?

The vast majority of visitors to the Graphics Unleashed Web site use the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite in some way. This had led me to do some research on how people are using CorelDRAW. I know it is used in a wide variety of industries and I want to learn more. …

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Creative Suite Revisited

The last few weeks had seen a number of products released geared towards the home and enthusiast users. Now Adobe has brought out products geared towards the high end. First up was the announcement of Adobe Acrobat 8. Of all of the Adobe products, Acrobat is the one that I …

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PowerPoint 2007 Already Scheduled

One of the last announcements made at the PowerPoint Live conference was the location of the next conference. It will be held in New Orleans’ famed French Quarter from October 28-31, 2007. Given that this will be the first conference after PowerPoint 2007 ships, it will be a very important …

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Is The Search War Over?

There are three major search engines out there: Google, Yahoo and MSN. We all know that Google has a big lead. Of course there is always talk that Yahoo or MSN has made a change that will help them to compete. It just seems it is nothing more than talk. …

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Day One of PowerPoint Live

It has been a long day and I think there is still a session going on even though it is approaching midnight. There were definitely a lot of interesting things today. The morning started out with a keynote from Microsoft about how design has changed in PowerPoint 2007. Oh boy …

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PowerPoint Live is Upon Us

Here I sit in San Diego as I await the start of the PowerPoint Live conference. I have been to many of Rick Altman’s conferences and this one is a little different. Most of the conferences I was on the inside as a presenter. For this conference, I’m a paid …

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Adobe Announces New Elements

Adobe has announced upcoming releases of Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0. It sure seems like each of the players with a less than $100 image editor are getting their new products out just in time for Christmas shopping. That’s right, get someone a digital camera or …

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Whatever happened to Pete?

I get asked that question a lot. Peter McCormick was my business partner for several years and also co-authored six CorelDRAW books with me. So it doesn’t surprise me that a lot of people ask about him. For the last four years, Pete has worked for Creative Labs. They are …

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Paint Shop Pro Photo XI Just Released

Another week, another big announcement from Corel. This time they announced Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI. I have not worked with the product so I can only judge a few things from the press release. The first thing I noticed was that the name of the product has been …

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Get Bryce for Free

Do you remember Bryce? For a while it was a Corel product. I can’t remember exactly when, but it was at least a couple of years ago when Corel sold it to DAZ Productions. DAZ is running an amazing deal for the next few days. OK, so this offer absolutely …

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Will Snapfire Catch On?

Corel has been highly promoting their new digital imaging platform named “Alta”. At first, there weren’t a lot of details on the project. Just last week Corel finally released the first piece of the Alta puzzle with an image management and editing tool called Corel Snapfire. Yawn. Sorry, but this …

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Corel Buys Intervideo and Ulead

About ten days ago, Corel announced that they are buying InterVideo in an all-cash deal. As InterVideo had recently purchased Ulead, those products will also be part of the deal. At first glance, the price paid ($196M) seemed really high compared to Corel’s current company value. But if you read …

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Vector Bevel

Beveling objects and text is a great way to add depth to any design. The bevel effect can be easily rendered in bitmap programs; yet, to replicate the effect in true vector form can be both tedious and time consuming. Since the release of CorelDRAW X3, users have been blessed …

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