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      13.05.2002 03:49
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      I got this for a bargain price of £18 why because it was from a friend who I personally think is hooked on Graphics software, being a Graphics student he?s always updating regardless of how fast they come out, and with version 10 out very quickly, I got myself a true bargain which I am very pleased with. It is very easy to install, just follow the wizard and it will be installed within minutes. It has a good manual book if you require help, they even have UK based phone number which you can ring if you have trouble, but I doubt you will have any problems. The range of features which Corel Draw 9 version is more than enough to keep you busy. With so many different tools to ?experiment? with, and I still after having this software for a month now haven?t used them all. They have so many templates, graphics and font libraries, web wizards to help you and lots more. If you are stuck and need some help with how to use Corel then you can receive help from their online help team. My one criticism on Corel Draw is that it is a bit complicated and does take quite a while to get used to it. Other than that the graphics and features are excellent. It?s quite expensive in the high street stores so my advice would be unless you actually use it daily then go for something simpler. But, if you have Corel Draw you will appreciate the quality of this software, it opens up a new world of graphics and art that I never knew existed. I have used this software to edit photo?s quite effectively and it?s worked a treat. Overall this is an excellent perhaps more suited to some one who uses Art software?s a lot, but there?s a good range of tools to use. And I am sure anyone will find a good use for it. Good software package, and I have had no problems with it since I have had it.

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        11.10.2001 03:51
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        If you spend any time whatsoever playing around with presentations or even setting up websites, you'll quickly discover that a decent graphics package, one which allows both the creation of images and the ability to play around with images once you've got them, is essential. Graphics packages are like enormous dumb beasts - if you discipline them and train them to do your bidding quickly and obediently, they can be the most powerful of servants. However, unless you take them in hand and exert control, it can quickly become you who is feeding your clumsy and bedridden monster. The long, uncomfortable nights I've spent scanning pictures and fiddling around to get them just right are a sad and unpleasant memory and have led to more marital disquiet and conflict in Chez dave27 than almost anything else I can name. Most people recommend Paint Shop Pro, or Fireworks (for web based graphics), and I'm sure they both have their uses and are very, very good packages, but when I started messing about with home PC's in a serious way two or three years ago, the one I managed to get hold of cheaply and then cut my enormous buck teeth on was the CorelDraw 8 suite, together with the excellent PhotoPaint 8 module. As usual (for me at least), once you've worked out how to use a package and get it to do more or less exactly what you're looking for, it's the devil's own job to unlearn it and then relearn a new package, so when you switch it can be a lengthy exercise. I have tried to get the hang of both PSP and Fireworks, but I have always found myself struggling, until in the end I resign myself, click the familiar old icon on my desktop and lose myself once more in the glory of Corel. It's extremely strong at manipulating pictures, especially if you master all of the filters, effects and other tools, although you don't need to use everything and Corel's enormous flexibility, myriad control programs and dockable toolbars can be quite daunting and confusing when you come to them cold. There is nothing of any real use which I've not found that PhotoPaint or Draw can't help me with, although I've never been able to develop GIFs with transparent backgrounds. I use Fireworks for that little feat, but one trick ponies were never my bag. I?m afraid I don?t really use the drawing part of this package at all, so I can't really comment on the value or otherwise of these tools, but everything I've ever read about Corel has indicated that it has some of the best drawing tools around, so I've got no reason to suppose that it's any less than excellent on this front. The CorelDraw package comes complete with OCR and scanning facilities and both are pretty effective, although the OCR can be a bit flakey and fiddly at times. You might want to use something like Omnipage if you've got the need for a lot of this stuff, but as add ins both of these facilities within CorelDraw are more than adequate. If you are scanning documents, Corel recommends a resolution to scan at. A word of advice here. If you do accept the default resolution, you have to put up with some quite blurry images. It takes a lot longer, but I always scan at around 300 dpi and then resample to a smaller image later after using the Effects : Sharpen command to get a much more precise and quality image. The scanned image also tends to be a little on the dark side, so you normally need to play around with Brightness, Contrast and Intensity to get the best output. The version of the package which I cut my teeth on was 8, although Corel is now onto version 10 of a product which first saw the light of day in 1989. This op is on Version 9, which doesn't really take the suite onto revolutionary ground and you'd be hard put to justify an upgrade. The bloated nature of the interface and all those dockers has not been touch ed. Version 8 is quite sound and efficient, but if you're buying it for the first time, you may as well go for the newest version. One reason why you may want to take the plunge is version 9's ability to convert documents into Adobe's PDF formats, although if you really want to do that you'd be better off buying the real thing (although it would cost you an arm and a leg). I have never used it, sticking to the pretty standard JPEG and GIF file extensions. Corel's natural save format is its own format, CPT, but you will have to convert to one of the main formats if you want to use the output with any othe rprogram. Graphics packages are a bit of a personal thing and doubtless you'll have your own choice - I know I've made mine with Corel and my recommendation would be to do likewise. CorelDraw 10 is advertised for sale on the Corel site www3.corel.com, for $549.99, with the upgrade costing $239.99. I have seen CorelDraw 9 advertised for $265 on Yahoo - http://shop.store.yahoo.com/freesoftware-shipping/coreldraw9.html The same site had CorelDraw 10 on offer for $319. As you can see, it is wise to shop around if you're going to get packages like these.... Good hunting. PS There are some downsides to Corel, however, and chief among them is a startling readiness to crash at just the wrong moment, wiping out many hours (it feels like it, at least) of tedious effort. Best advice then is to make sure you save your work often rather than trusting to luck. By the way, the pic on this site of 'The Tomlinsons' which you'll find in my profile was created using Corel PhotoPaint. It took ages to do (sad git that I am), but hopefully will give you a decent idea of what this wonderful package can achieve in the hands of a non gifted amateur with an enormous stomach or a woman with a big pile of blue hair ..... Mmmmmmm, doughnuts.....

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          15.04.2001 23:05
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          I have been using Corel Draw for about six years now. I started using it before I even started working as a graphic artist at home just playing around with it. I did not know much about it at the time, I basically knew how to draw circles, squares, import graphics and a few other basic steps. I could also create simple projects at home such as: stationary or greeting cards. Throughout my years of experience of working in a print shop, I have learned to use Corel Draw in a more useful way. I have learned not only how to import the graphics from other graphic programs, but to ungroup vector images, recolor them using pantone colors and saving them as eps files. Once the eps images are saved using pantone colors, I then can import them into programs such as Quark Xpress and Pagemaker to create business cards, letterheads, newsletters, brochures, envelopes or any other graphic piece that I am assigned to create at the time. I can also export the images out as grayscale and then place them in the graphics programs that I just mentioned. I have also learned how to make interesting wallpaper designs for my desktop using Corel PhotoPaint.

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          03.04.2001 04:08

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          CorelDraw 9 is a highly professional piece of kit and is definetely just for the DTP professionals. It is a very expensive piece of software, but when compared to offers like it, the price seems quite acceptable. CorelDraw is a DTP and image creation tool with more features and tools than the number of holes in a 10 year old dartboard. You name it its got it, create, customize and re-customize. Drop shadows, pens, artist tools, drawing tools, special effects, colour effects, more colour effects, colour blending, palette creation, even more special effects and the list goes on and on...... The wealth of DTP features and tools will suit alot of pros out there.

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          15.12.2000 16:44
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          I have been using CorelDraw 9 for like 6 months. Perhaps I am too stupid. Till now, I am not still very familiar with most of the functions that CorelDraw 9 provides. I must admit that it is really a useful graphic tools for like drawing a picture, editing the photos (which I normally do because they are very simple tasks). However I reckon that there are more CorelDraw can provide. CorelDraw has the following categories after you installed it in your PC: 1. Graphic utilities: has the functions Corel Capture 9 and CorelTrace 9. 2. Productivity tools: has function Duplexing Wizard 3. Setup and Notes: All the help documents (which I seldom use because it is very slow for my PC). 4. Corel-Photo Paint 9 5. CorelDraw 9 My PC is 333 MHz Pentium II processor with 64M RAM memory which I consider is a reasonably fast PC. However whenever I start CorelDraw 9 or Corel-Photo Paint 9, everything slows down. I have to wait like 30 to 45 seconds for it to start (which for me is too long). Additionally, it uses up most of my RAM and CPU which really sometimes get on my nerve because it crashes sometimes very easily. Also, it expend more than 1 Gigabytes of my harddisk (Oh man it is terribly huge to me). Honestly I don't hate CorelDraw 9. In fact I think it is a pretty good tool for those who study or who work in graphical world. Perhaps I don't need it that much.

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            25.11.2000 18:15

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            The Corel Draw 8 graphics suite was bought for me as a present soon after it was released. I have found is to be very useful with many intuitive features that simplify some of the features. Initially, learning how to use some of the more advanced functionality can be very daunting, although once this is mastered this software becomes almost indispensible. I have used it to great effect, creating graphics and logos for stationery of local businesses and organisations as well as backgrounds, logos and images for use on my web sites. With the release of the new Corel 9 this product will be available at a significant reduction on the original price. Well worth checking out!

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            22.10.2000 22:59
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            Corel Draw 9 Graphics suite will provide all the graphics you will ever need if you can get it to work. It is quite hard to learn to use all the facilities (get the Office Edition if you don't want Corel Paint and the other fiddly bits) but once you've done it, if you ever do, you will agree that it was time well spent, or so I'm told. There is lots of help available and it will take two or three hours to read and assimilate this. The user interface is really hard to use. It isn't intuitive and you have to keep referring to the help files. (Print these out if you are determined to master this monster but don't expect any graphics to print out as well as the text does.) You can spend hours looking at the graphics through Explorer. There is such a lot on every subject under the sun. The only problem is, do you have enough hours to learn to use it all. This programme is well worth buying if you have the time and patience to use it. If you don't have either, give it a miss.

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              23.09.2000 04:07
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              This latest release of CorelDraw has several big features which makes it a significant upgrade from the previous version. However, this drawing tools are more attractive to graphical professionals with plenty of useful tools. The only disadvantage is that a powerful PC is required for smooth and fast drawing, otherwise you will have to wait so long for it to load. The most interesting feature about this latest version is the creative tools which enables graphical drawing easier to handle. It is definitely a huge and vast improvement from the version 8. Worth getting one if you have been existing user of CorelDraw.

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              18.09.2000 01:51
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              I work for a graphics company that's pretty uncommon in that they use CorelDRAW for vector illustration work and always have. We recently purchased CorelDRAW 9 Office Edition, feeling that the Office Edition was the one to go for because we generally tended not to use the other software that comes with CorelDRAW (Corel Paint etc.). It was a hideous experience. Corel have completely destroyed their old user interface in this Office Edition. Virtually all object properties can only be accessed via flyouts which dock in the right hand side of your screen. When they are open, it cuts down drastically on your available drawing area. We tried changing to a higher resolution to obviate this, but to our disbelief the flyouts were still the same size! When it came to printing, we just couldn't figure out how to view a full screen print preview, and when we actually printed something, we discovered that CorelDRAW is still pumping out the wonky Postscript code that it always did - full of jaggies and glitches, and distorted clipping paths. We are currently trying to get this abomination exchanged for the ordinary version of CorelDRAW 9. What I can't understand is why Corel deemed it necessary to inflict such a terrible user interface on prospective users.

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              19.08.2000 00:37

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              I have always used Corel Draw ever since version 3 with my first PC and it just gets better and better. Even with a shakey hand you can use the smoothing feature to maximum effect. It has nearly every feature possible beating illustrator to having transparency which is excellent. I found it hard to draw bad using it, unlike illustrator which is meant to be the market leader. It makes such a difference to your output that I would recommend it to anyone. It can do simple effects like Microsoft Draw or delicately contoured faces. A dream.

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              17.07.2000 08:14
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              I bought CorelDRAW8 graphics suite once the latest version pushed down its price to £49.99. The basic functionality of the Drawing package is intuative to anyone who has been exposed to other windows-based graphics packages. The extra power functionality is unleashed with more than a litte application and some reading but this effort is worth it for the results. The package also inludes a fantastic colloection of clipart and fonts that will keep you flicking through with windows explorer for days ! The package is accompanied by around 2000 sides of documetation for those long winter nights or while using your frequent flyer air miles.

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