Random Notes, Tips, Updates, Followers and File Efficiency

August 12, 2014

There are days when I have something to pass along, but it isn’t enough for a full blog post. Today I am going to share a few things in a single post to clear off my noteboard.

Looking for more CorelDRAW articles? I will be writing a monthly article for Marking Industry Magazine. If you are already a subscriber, look for my articles in an upcoming issue. For those who don’t subscribe, it is available for free to qualified individuals. Note that I only write articles on a freelance basis for them, I can’t help with anything related to subscriptions.

An updated version of the Design Base Automation Plug-In for CorelDRAW has been made available on the site. The biggest change is the added support of CorelDRAW X7. Note that while CorelDRAW X7 is supported, changes Corel made to customization didn’t allow Design Base to add the menu entry it has in earlier CorelDRAW versions.

Three months ago in the A Boy and His Dog Plus Lizard, Quail, Darth Vader and Tequila Shots I shared that a picture of Darth Vader was posted on our Facebook page in honor of Star Wars Day. The same photo was posted on Twitter and that has led to at least five Twitter followers with the name of Darth Vader. Very odd that a single Star Wars post could make me so popular with the Darth Vaders of the world.

What can your files reveal? I will be doing some training with a client next week. From two sample CorelDRAW files they provided, I put together a full day of training. In working through the files, I found a number of minor things that could be improved and built an agenda to address those issues. Of course they also had a couple of major issues they asked me to address.

In the past, I’ve described other files filled with issues. A Catalog Full of CorelDRAW Mistakes was much worse than the files I just received, but it gives you a good idea of the types of problems I find. I detailed another file in Do You Create the Most Efficient CorelDRAW Files.

Want me to look over your files? One way to do it is to Hire the Geek. Another is to schedule a day (or longer) of one-on-one training. With either method, I’ll want a sample file (or several) from you and I’ll look them over to find things that could be done more efficiently or simply ways to give you better artwork.

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