Last week I explained how the speed of text in CorelDRAW X6 could be lower in Windows XP due to the new OpenType features in CorelDRAW X6, Text Speed and Windows XP. Speed is something always discussed by users and slow performance is always sure to draw a complaint.
One reason that CorelDRAW (all versions) can start slowly and perform slowly is related to the number of installed fonts. Not only can too many installed fonts slow down CorelDRAW, it can slow down your other graphics apps as well. If just one of your installed fonts is corrupt, it could lead to crashing. Fonts that are very complex, can also lead to a severe slowdown.
Whether you like it or not, keeping the number of installed fonts to a low number can really speed things up and lead to more stability. I’ve looked at a number of systems in the last month and seen users with thousands of installed fonts. Those same users were also complaining about the slowness of their system. If you want speed and stability, you need to take font management seriously.
Corel supplies Bitstream Font Navigator for font management. The version supplied with CorelDRAW X4 and earlier versions doesn’t always perform well on Windows Vista and Windows 7 (those versions of CorelDRAW weren’t designed for later operating systems). I find the version supplied with CorelDRAW X5 and X6 works great for me on Windows 7 64-bit. To get your fonts under control will take time. If you get them under control, you’ll save time down the road!
The instructions for this are all detailed in Lesson 4 of CorelDRAW X5 Unleashed Advanced Topics. While these instructions are for CorelDRAW X5, the font management aspects apply to earlier versions and to CorelDRAW X6. A much older (and less complete) list of instructions can be found in The Last Word in Font Management. Most likely it will take you a few hours to do everything necessary to get your fonts under control. Try to get the number of installed fonts below 400. I’ve heard every excuse in the book for “needing” to have more installed and I’ve yet to hear a single excuse that truly justifies having more installed. If you want more speed, get your fonts managed!