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The Many Output Devices of CorelDRAW

As I talk with CorelDRAW users, I find that they know a lot about how they use CorelDRAW in their job but they don’t know the many ways it is used in the real world. The great news is that once you know CorelDRAW, you have the ability to pick …

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CorelDRAW X4 Neuters Dialog Boxes on Vista

As I’ve been finishing up my CorelDRAW X4 Unleashed book, I’ve done screen shots of some dialog boxes in both Windows XP and Windows Vista so users can see the difference. According to Microsoft, Vista is supposed to be an improvement. Corel’s marketing tells us that CorelDRAW X4 has added …

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Memory Usage Setting Does Nothing

Frequently I’ll hear users talk about how they’ve increased the Memory Usage setting (at right) in CorelDRAW’s Tools | Options | Memory dialog box. Supposedly it has improved the performance of CorelDRAW. I hate to break the news to everyone, but it doesn’t do anything. Back in Windows 98, the …

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Internet Explorer, How Do I Hate Thee?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the problems that Internet Explorer caused with form filling. Today there is yet another incompatibility. Several people have reported a large white area at the top of pages when they print. This white area covers content and it extremely annoying. This white …

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Corel to Get New CEO

David Dobson, Corel’s current CEO, is leaving to take an executive position with a Fortune 500 company. He will remain on the board of directors through June. Kris Hagerman has been named the interim CEO. Hagerman was formerly a group president with Symantec. Hagerman will start on Thursday, May 8. …

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Pics from the North

This isn’t CorelDRAW related, but some of you might be interested in where I was recently. A little place called Kugluktuk. I was up there as a musician for a special event. Here are some pics:

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LCD Monitors and Native Resolution

Many users have moved from a traditional tube-based monitor to LCD monitors in the past couple of years. This can include desktop LCD monitors as well as laptops. There is also the move from monitors with a 4:3 aspect ratio to “widescreen” 16:9 monitors. From reading various questions posed in …

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Design Studio Packages Loaded with Apparel Templates

There are many CorelDRAW users creating graphics for apparel. Two new packages have been released that are loaded with high-quality graphics to be used for apparel. Design Studio packages can be bought individually or get both volumes for a discounted price. They are loaded with graphics, templates, fonts, distress overlays …

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Copying Charts from Excel to CorelDRAW

During the X4 beta process, Valdas Vilutis astounded many of us with a hidden feature in Excel. For nearly a decade, many of us have been pasting sub-optimal EMF files from Excel. He knew of a way to get vector charts out of Excel with much more accurate curves. How? …

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CoCut Cutting Add-On Released for CorelDRAW X4

The CoCut add-on for CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand and AutoCAD has been updated to work with the latest versions of the supported software including CorelDRAW X4. It is available in two versions. The regular version of CoCut provides a driver that works with Allen Datagraph, Anagraph, Gerber, Graphtec, Ioline, …

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Mystical Painter Bundle Provides Great Value

The folks at Auto FX have put together a special bundle of products at an unbelievable price. The Mystical Painter Bundle is comprised of six separate software and training products valued at $900. With this special bundle, you can get them for only $349 until August 31, 2008. Corel Painter …

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CorelDRAW in the Web Marketing World

I saw an article today about Web marketing. When I read these articles, I’m expecting to find a tip on how to better promote my own Web sites. I got that from the article. Even better, it showed one of the many ways that CorelDRAW is used in the real …

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Subscribe to Blogs via Email

In the past few days we’ve added a nice feature to both the Graphics Unleashed and Jeff Harrison’s Daily Diversion blogs. You can subscribe to either blog, or both of them, and receive an e-mail of the new posts on each day when a post appears. If there is no …

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Form Filling and Internet Explorer Don’t Mix

I’ve gotten a few e-mails in the past few weeks from users saying they couldn’t fill out forms on the unleash.com or coreldrawunleashed.com Web site. We certainly know there is an issue for some users and I’ll try to explain when the problem happens and several ways to work around …

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The Creation of 3D Box Shots

A very common vision when you see a software box on the Internet is for that box to be shown in a three dimensional view. Sometimes those images are actual photographs, but it is just as common that the graphic was built from flat pieces. There are a number of …

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Making a Photo Mosaic

A few years ago it was rare to see a photo mosaic. Now they are becoming much more common. If you aren’t sure what makes a “photo mosaic”, let me describe it in a bit of detail. Then I’ll tell you how you can create your own. A photo mosaic …

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Creating Icons with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

Users frequently ask how to create icons with the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. While the ICO file format is listed as one of the file types you can create with CorelDRAW and/or Corel PHOTO-PAINT, it is not the best way to create icon files. Icons are bitmap files. So even if …

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CorelDRAW Boot Camp Cruise Price Drops

I got an e-mail yesterday from someone asking about the CorelDRAW Boot Camp Cruise to be held in January, 2009. This person claimed that rates for the cruise on another Web site were $200 lower than what we offered. This just didn’t sound right to me so I did some …

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Speeding up CorelDRAW X4 Opening and Saving

Ever since CorelDRAW X4 was released there have been comments from a small percentage of users about how the speed of opening and saving files had decreased quite a bit from previous versions. I’ll describe what is causing the slowdowns for these users and also give you some ways to …

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