The Bottom Line CorelDraw is the easiest illustration program to master, and it ships with a superior interface and feature set. Plus, extended power-saving capabilities for Microsoft® Windows® 7 and Windows Vista® laptops give you more life from your laptop. This is the best choice for novice-, intermediate-, and pro-level artists who don't need speed. In our tests, most of the processes we tried to record didn't register with CorelDraw. To this day, we agree: CorelDraw is an easy-to-master, exceptionally powerful program with a luxuriant toolset and a lucid interface.
Several years ago, the author of a book about an illustration app--not CorelDraw--created his book's graphics with CorelDraw. The filters let you port files to and from other design programs, including , , and Visio. Bad scripts Our biggest gripe with CorelDraw? To this day, we agree: CorelDraw is an easy-to-master, exceptionally powerful program with a luxuriant toolset and a lucid interface. This latest version makes it easier for you to optimize your experience with new controls, including new Playlist tools. Good as the gold code As for Corel's tech support, it's the same-old same-old: acceptable but nothing fancy. Another flaw: the program we tested ran rather slowly on our 1. Traditionally, macro recorders let you automate a process say, batch-converting files by remembering each keystroke, mouse click, and cursor movement you make.
Several years ago, the author of a book about an illustration app--not CorelDraw--created his book's graphics with CorelDraw. CorelDraw's free phone support via toll line, 8:30 a. . Enhanced performance When it comes to video, faster is better. Thereafter, you can re-create the process with only a few commands. The Good Fantastic drawing tools, such as pressure-sensitive brushes; excellent filters let you seamlessly import and export more than 100 file formats; interface is the most user-friendly and configurable we've seen. However, we recommend this program primarily for midrange and professional designers.
Special audio effects Choose from an ambient array of listening environments. The program makes it easy to create your own toolbars, menus, and macros as you work, then save that customized work space for specific tasks. These brushes, unfortunately, aren't as responsive as similar tools in Adobe Illustrator, but we give a big thumbs-up to a major enhancement that lets you convert paragraph text to curves, then apply artistic effects, such as drop shadows, without losing paragraph formatting. Primarily because the application he was writing about was harder to use and had fewer features. Let's hope Corel releases a fix soon. In the past, if you wanted to reuse objects such as arrows or call-out boxes, you had to save each image to a new file, then copy and paste this file into your illustration--a time- and resource-consuming process.
A new bag of tricks Graphics pros get some good news, too: CorelDraw 11. Primarily because the application he was writing about was harder to use and had fewer features. To wit, when we exported a multilayer CorelDraw file to a Photoshop file, the layer arrangement remained intact. Symbols are faster, easier, and don't significantly bloat file size. Although CorelDraw won't set any speed records when handling complex files, its many outstanding features make it the best illustration app in its class. The Bad The Visual Basic Script recording seldom works properly; slow performance.
Although CorelDraw won't set any speed records when handling complex files, its many outstanding features make it the best illustration app in its class. Fortunately, even with all these fancy new features, CorelDraw remains easy to use for novices and pros alike, thanks to its self-explanatory tools and intuitive, customizable interface. For example, if you build lots of flowcharts, you can design an interface that puts all the most important flowchart tools right at your fingertips. This app's sluggish performance disappoints, so you might want to wait for a performance update before you buy it. Nevertheless, CorelDraw still wins our vote for the best illustration tool we've seen. Smooth-as-butter interface CorelDraw's completely configurable interface helps solidify its supremacy over the competition. Look for our review of the whole suite soon.
Anyone who can print a Word doc can figure out CorelDraw in an hour or two. . . . . . .
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