If my memory is correct, the PowerClip feature arrived somewhere around CorelDRAW 5. That’s 5, not X5. So it has been around for around 20 years. As Corel looks at how users take advantage of features, they look for pain points and ways that pain can be removed or at least lessened.
One such pain point was frames being left behind after the contents were extracted from a PowerClip. The solution that was implemented (I think it started in CorelDRAW X6) was to display a big X in a frame that contained no contents as you can see in the graphic at right. For me and many other users, this created an even bigger pain point. That X prints, gets exported and otherwise interferes with our artwork. Personally I wish there was a way to completely disable this new “feature” as I never want the X to appear.
I’m sure some of you like the new behavior and it helps your workflow. I got a call recently from a loyal reader being driven absolutely nuts by the X as it was showing up on a wooden sign he etched with his laser engraver. There was a real cost to etch another sign as the wood is not free. With a new feature like this, you’d think there was a very, very obvious way to get rid of the X. Unfortunately it is hidden deep enough that many users struggle to find it or don’t find it at all.
Are you one who has pulled out some of your hair to find out how to rid yourself of the X? I struggled to find it myself so I’ve written this post to help you find it a little more quickly. Plus it is a nice reminder should I forget where it is found. You need to right-click on the PowerClip frame containing the X and you’ll get a pop-up menu similar to the one above. From that menu, choose Frame Type | None as shown and the X will be gone as shown at right.
It should be more obvious how to get rid of it. Maybe there should be an option on the Property Bar or even in the Effects menu. Personally I’d prefer a way to permanently disable the “frame type” option completely as it does not help my workflow. For now, I’ll just have to do it as I’ve shown above.