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Your Very Own Woodshop

One of the areas where CorelDRAW really excels is in the wide variety of fills it supports. Often with such powerful features, they get under utilized. The two fill types that I feel can do more for users are the full color pattern fills and the bitmap pattern fills. The …

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CorelWORLD Recap

CorelWORLD was a great chance for me to connect with friends both old and new. I grew up in Kansas City so I got to see friends from my high school and college days as well as some family. Then there is the CorelWORLD family. Some of the attendees I …

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Three New Tutorials

You’ve all heard about writer’s block. We all suffer from it. I’m not sure there is a name for the opposite condition. Sometimes I just get in a groove where the writing flows like crazy. I’ve been in one of those grooves lately. The immediate result is three new tutorials …

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Adobe and Macromedia to Become One

When I first got on the computer Monday morning, I started to see reports that Adobe and Macromedia were going to merge. This seemed like it was just some crazy rumor so I went searching for more details. I found out it was real. You can read the press release. …

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Backup Your Data

A few days ago a friend came by and was having problems with his laptop. The problems were all caused by viruses and lots of them. The only solution was to reformat the drive and reinstall Windows. Unfortunately my friend hadn’t backed up any of the data. How many of …

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Turn Down the Noise

There are all kinds of problems that can detract from a classic photo. One of those problems is noise. Every major image editor has a filter to remove noise but none of them truly remove it. Often noise removal also gives you some undesired blurring. Noise Ninja to the rescue. …

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Manage Your Photos For Free

I really like Paint Shop Photo Album for managing photos. Given that I use a lot of Corel software, it only makes sense to use the product. Except there is one good reason to look at another piece of software, the cost. You see, the alternative product is completely free. …

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Konfabulator is Fabulous!

Recently I wrote about Desktop Sidebar. No doubt it is cool and useful. I wasn’t really going on a hunt to find cool utilities, but I’ve found something that really blew me away. It is called Konfabulator and it allows you to put widgets on your desktop. What exactly is …

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Corel Announces Free RAW Conversion Tool

If you are a user of Corel PHOTO-PAINT and you’re frustrated at the lack of a tool that converts digital camera RAW format images, be frustrated no longer. Corel has announced the free availability of Pixmantec RawShooter Essentials 2005. It works with a wide variety of RAW formats and converts …

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Add a Longhorn Feature Now

If you are a Windows user, you’ve undoubtedly heard that Microsoft plans to release the next version—codenamed Longhorn—sometime in 2006. There are a number of new features that are planned. Some of them are deep within the system while others are more cosmetic. The good news is that some of …

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Stock Layouts to Support CorelDRAW

You may or may not have heard about Stock Layouts. They have a series of templates for many of the popular page layout applications. I don’t think the word templates really does the product justice though. The graphic elements are all placed. Text boxes flow around those elements. Where these …

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Tech Support Doesn’t Have to be Difficult

Stories abound about horrible experiences with tech support. There is no doubt that there are a lot of people working in tech support that just can’t answer the questions asked of them. Even worse, many of the people asking the questions don’t even provide the most basic information. I’ll give …

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A Gap in the Continuum

Those of you who have found the Graphics Unleashed blog have no doubt noticed that there have been a lack of posts for the past twenty plus days. It all started, or stopped, when I took a vacation in French Polynesia to celebrate a milestone birthday. Then from the summer …

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Great Texture Plug-in

I recently discovered really cool Map | Zone plug-in filter for creating seamless textures. Based on their promotion, it is targeted at users doing 3D rendering. The good news is that it is also useful for those of us who do image editing. I can already see several ways that …

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Microsoft to protect us from Microsoft

Microsoft has given us all an operating system that gets attacked on a regular basis from Spyware, viruses and more. Now they have decided to give us tools to fight and/or remove these problems. Today they made available a free anti-spyware tool. Of course, the only way to get it …

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Beginning of the blog

This post is the first post in the Graphics Unleashed blog. There will be days when several new posts are added. It is also possible that several days will pass between posts. You’ll find information on new products useful to graphics software. If I find a good tip, I’ll put …

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