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Build Your CorelDRAW Files Efficiently

I was sent a CorelDRAW file that was really slow. There were a variety of reasons for the slowness, but there was one issue that repeated numerous times. Look at the two red dots below. If you look really closely, you might see a difference between them. But you would …

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Affinity Designer Comes to Windows – Download Free Beta

Below is a press release about the release of a public beta of Affinity Designer for Windows. It is promoted as a professional-level tool for vector illustration. Thus it would be compared against products like Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Xara Designer Pro. I have downloaded and installed my copy and …

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Tech News Digest for July 8, 2016

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the news week started out slower than normal. There were still some big stories once the week got started. Below are links to the stories that caught my eye. U.S. Congress finally ditches the Blackberry Will Apple ditch its 16GB entry-level model with …

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Xara Releases Xara Designer Pro X365

Xara has released a new version of their Designer Pro software. Below is the press release with details of new features and changes. We’ll have a review after we’ve had time to give it a test drive. New Release Xara Designer Pro X365 This new release of Xara Designer Pro …

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Scaled Bitmaps Don’t Have to be Blurry

A few days ago, Jeff Harrison wrote a post entitled Scaled bitmaps on websites = blurry images. If at all possible, we should avoid using a bitmap on a Web site that is scaled. Yet there are times you can’t avoid it when designing a responsive Web site. Let’s look …

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Scaled bitmaps on websites = blurry images

Even a large entity such as the U.S. Postal Service can have graphics that are sub-optimal. Compare the difference for how the logo appears as of July 1/2016, relative to how it should look: Why does it look blurry? The logo is a fixed dimension PNG file, but it’s later …

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Tech News Digest for July 1, 2016

I’ve put together a fairly long list of news items this week on a wide variety of tech-related subjects. There are also a couple of fun ones thrown in there that you may enjoy. You’re loyal to Starbucks, but is Starbucks loyal to you? 7 Businesses That Are Doing Instagram …

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Where Do I Find the File I Downloaded?

This is a question I get quite often. Someone downloads a file from one of our Web sites and they have no clue where to find the file. If you don’t know where you saved the file on your computer, I don’t know where it is saved either. But if …

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Nvidia GTX 1070 Loaded With Graphical Power

For those of us in the world of graphics, a powerful video card can be very important so that you can push large amounts of pixels on screen with no delay. In fact, there may be 2-3 screens or even one really high-resolution screen. Not only does it beat some …

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Designing and Successfully Printing Unleashed Envelope

While this post will talk specifically about printing an envelope, it can easily be modified to work with other specialty paper sizes. For a company that is focused around various types of design, it always drove us a little crazy to hand write envelopes. We’ve tried various solutions over the …

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Keep Your Web Info Updated and Accessible

If you have a Web site, there can be several different products involved. Those products could all be managed in the same place or in different places. So let’s go over a few of the major items and talk about keeping them updated and accessible. A web site with a …

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Fashion Factory 3.5 CorelDRAW Plugin

We’ve added a new CorelDRAW plugin from Advanced Tshirts designed to help those in apparel design and anyone else needing to create unique artwork. Fashion Factory 3.5 does require CorelDRAW X5-X8, but not any of the crippled versions like “Home and Student”. In short, you have to have macro support …

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Tech News Digest for June 24, 2016

There was a lot of news on various social media networks this week, possible money coming from lawsuit settlements, big deals, new products and much more. Are quizzes on Facebook dangerous? Feeling ill? Google rolling out symptoms search Gain more control over your Android notifications with Notif Log Twitter now …

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Foscam C1 Lite HD 720P Indoor Wireless Security Camera

It used to be a major ordeal to set up a security camera to keep your home or office safe. Like other camera technology, it is becoming very easy to have an electronic eye watching your space. Prices have dropped so it is affordable for everyone and watching can be …

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All CorelDRAW Unleashed Titles Now Downloadable

When the first CorelDRAW Unleashed title was released, we felt it was a groundbreaking combination of written material and video tutorials. The size of all the files only made it feasible to deliver on a CD-ROM. Then the files got even bigger to the point it was only possible on …

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The Hottest Father’s Day In Phoenix History

Many of you know all too well it gets hot in Phoenix in the summer. The only saving grace is that it is a dry heat because we have very little humidity. Yesterday was Father’s Day and it was the hottest one in Phoenix history. Let me take you through …

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Five Free Kindle Books for Dad

This weekend marks the traditional beginning of summer. For many, that means spending more time by a lake or pool as well as on a beach. I’ve found some Kindle books that you can get for free so you have something to read as you sit by the water. If …

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Tech News Digest for June 17, 2016

With Apple’s WWDC this week, there were a lot of big stories about Apple products in the near future. The week started with the huge cash purchase of LinkedIn by Microsoft. Those may be the biggest stories, but they weren’t the only ones. Apple’s Siri expected to expand to the …

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Canon G7 X Mark II Is Powerful Point and Shoot Camera

Smartphone cameras are very powerful, but they aren’t always enough to capture the photos you want. DSLRs are more expensive and too bulky to carry in your pocket. Point and shoot cameras are a good compromise between the two. A really good point and shoot is the Canon G7 X …

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