It seems like I get an e-mail nearly everyday with someone asking my if there will be a CorelDRAW X4 Unleashed. Absolutely! I’ve included information in our last two newsletters stating that it was in the works. Now I’ll try to give you as much information as I can right now. No, I’m not withholding any information, there are just aspects that are still unknown at this point.
I don’t have a release date though I’m going to estimate that it will be sometime in April. That is pretty vague, but I don’t want to promise it too early and have people asking why it was late. Believe me, I want to get it done! But I also want to make sure it contains the best information possible so I’m not going to rush it out if it isn’t complete.
Until it is finished, I won’t have a page count. The CorelDRAW X3 Unleashed book was 752 pages and I’m estimating that CorelDRAW X4 Unleashed will have at least 900 pages. The same goes for the amount of video content. CorelDRAW X3 Unleashed had around 6.5 hours of video content and I’m guessing CorelDRAW X4 Unleashed will have over 8 hours.
You’ll definitely find the new book to be more colorful. You’ll find the video segments are even more clearly marked. I’ve even added a chapter to help you get the most out of the book.
Another new addition is that I’ve brought in another expert to write a few chapters. Jeff Harrison has written three chapters in the book which include videos on the subjects he covers. Since Jeff works in a production environment, he can bring some expertise on his techniques for more creativity and amazing productivity.
We’ll be including some sample files and some useful macros in addition to the book and movies. I’m hoping we can fit all of that on a CD.
OK, so that explains the CD-ROM version (assuming it fits). What about a “Special DVD-ROM Edition” as we did with CorelDRAW X3 Unleashed? There will definitely be a DVD-ROM edition and it will follow the CD-ROM around a month later. I’m working on a 100 page or so book on Corel PHOTO-PAINT that will only be on the DVD. Of course it will come with sample files and videos. The length of the book and the videos is unknown at this point as there is still a lot of writing to do. Jeff Harrison is also compiling Powertips to include on the DVD. That is in addition to a wide variety of valuable software that we will include on the disc.
Whew. That’s a lot of information and hopefully it has whet your appetite for the new book. There is still a lot of work to do, so I’ll stop blogging and get back to working on the book. As soon as the book enters final production, we’ll get information up on the Web site so that you can pre-order a copy and be one of the first to get the book in your hands.