The Other Corel Products

May 21, 2008

Most of the readers of my blog are users of CorelDRAW. You’ve probably heard about some of Corel’s products, but I’m guessing that you didn’t realize all of the different products that are in the Corel family. I wanted to use this e-mail to introduce them to you. Even better, I’ll give you a code to save 10% if you find something you’d like.

Corel Software Official Web Site
Corel Ventura 10
CorelDRAW was the first major product for Corel Corporation, but many people don’t realize that it was designed as a tool to create graphics for use in Ventura Publisher. Years later, Corel bought Ventura and still sells it as Corel Ventura. The unfortunate part is that they don’t give it the marketing support it deserves. For those of you creating longer documents, Ventura is a publishing powerhouse that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Learn more about Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
Corel PHOTO-PAINT is included with CorelDRAW, but it is only one of the image editors that Corel offers. If you are doing a lot of work with digital photography, you will want to investigate Corel Paint Shop Pro X2. While it shares many of the same features as Corel PHOTO-PAINT, the price is low enough that you can use it in conjunction with Corel PHOTO-PAINT.

Another tool for image editing is Corel Painter X. If you are an artist who has painted with a brush, this is the tool that lets you paint directly on the screen. One of the coolest things you can do with Painter is convert a photo into something that looks like the painting from one of the masters. For a lower cost alternative, check out Corel Painter Essentials 4. It doesn’t have as many features of Corel Painter X, but it also costs much less.

Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus Video Editing Software
For those of you wanting to create and edit videos, there is VideoStudio. It has a friendly price and yet does most everything people need for editing videos. If you simply want to watch videos on your computer, then WinDVD 9 will do the trick. It can play both standard DVDs as well as the newer Blu-ray titles.

I’ve yet to meet a user who doesn’t have a need to zip and unzip files. Sure, you can do the basics with the tools in Windows. But with WinZip 11.1, you can do much more.

This is by no means a complete list of products that Corel makes, but they are the products that would be of the most use to CorelDRAW users who want to expand their product arsenal.

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