I talked to a CorelDRAW user on the phone recently who was looking to switch to another piece of software. If there is a good reason for a switch, I’ve got no problem with that. Just for my own education, I asked the reason why a switch was considered. “So I can use Alien Skin’s Eye Candy plug-in”. As this is one of my favorite plug-ins, I thought it was time I referred readers back to a few previous posts.
When CorelDRAW X6 came out, one of the biggest marketing pitches to users was 64-bit. Users thought this was the holy grail of software. Yet I haven’t talked to a single user who gave me a good reason that they truly needed to be running the 64-bit version. They just made the assumption it had to be better. Sure, it could be better for a very small number of users. I ask you all to go back and read previous posts on this subject.
Now that I hope you understand the 32-bit version is your best option, you’ll need to get it installed. For those who are really stubborn and are still convinced the 64-bit version is better, install them both! Instructions for finding and installing the 32-bit version are covered in Finding and Installing 32-Bit CorelDRAW X6. Do it now before you forget about it. If not, you may be the one contemplating a switch when you find something doesn’t work.
For those who enjoy Alien Skin’s Eye Candy as much as me, I also encourage you to read Photoshop Plug-ins and Corel PHOTO-PAINT Compatibility as I give you instructions for using the 64-bit version of Eye Candy as well as tell you why some plug-ins don’t work. Getting the 64-bit version is very tricky and won’t work for everyone. This is one of the may reasons I highly encourage you to run the 32-bit version of CorelDRAW X6 (and Corel PHOTO-PAINT X6) because you won’t have to jump through all the hoops to get Eye Candy to work.
I want to note that the graphic included with this post was created using a combination of CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT and the bevel on the “no” symbol was created using Alien Skin Eye Candy’s Bevel plug-in. So if that is your only reason for looking at an alternative, you can stop looking.