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A New Top Performer in Graphics

  • May 13, 2008
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Okay... I've been using the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 for over two months now. I resisted the urge to review it right away, because the darn thing is so complex and multifaceted that I feared my initial positive reaction would be dimmed with greater exposure. Not to worry!

I've been using (maybe I should now say `was' using) Adobe Illustrator for some time, but this is far superior in terms of usability and functionality in my opinion. I don't mean to go on an anti-Adobe rant, but if you're constantly clicking the right mouse button, cursing and then going to the menu bar for a simple command like `copy', then hallelujah an alternative is here! I sometimes think that Adobe too often sacrifices usability and convenience in their quest to produce a kickass product that will work with Windows without looking like another Microsoft product. There, I've said it... deep cleansing breath... and on to the remainder of the review.

The CorelDRAW X4 graphics functionality takes second chair to nothing else I've used. So much so that I wish my employer would allow me to use it, instead of the Illustrator (oops... I didn't want to badmouth those guys again). And the PowerTRACE application produces far superior results than any other graphics trace I've ever used, period.

With all of that, you might think that the Photo-Paint component would be an afterthought, barely more than an enhanced version of innumerable free photo editors available with Microsoft or Google (Picasa). But it's nothing of the sort. I've been grudgingly using Photoshop Elements (sorry, I just can't stand the gallery nonsense that they put you through) for a while now, but Photo-Paint is now my editor of choice; better enhancement and ease of use make this a new fave for me.

For all of the detailed specs, read the ones in the product description above the reviews. You don't need me to parrot any of that back. Suffice to say that I found the suite to be easy to install, way easier to work with and producing far more satisfying results than any graphic suite I've encountered.

The `oops' in all that is that now I may have to upgrade my digital camera, in order to get even more benefit from the darned thing. Is there any chance that Amazon Vines might need a review of the Pentax K10D 10.2MP Digital SLR any time soon (wink... wink...)?

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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 lets you tackle creative graphics and design projects with confidence. New tools make it easier and quicker than ever to deliver any creative project, from layout and photo editing, to illustration and bitmap-to-vector tracing. Powerful text and layout enhancements give you the look you want plus market-leading file compatibility makes collaboration easy. Updated high-quality content, a step-by-step Hints Docker and new tutorials written by experts get you started fast. Professional and aspiring designers along with anyone who needs to express creative ideas will be able to turn their ideas into professional results: from distinctive logos and signs, to striking marketing materials and eye-catching web graphics.

The redesigned CorelDRAW X4 user interface--new icons, menus, and controls give the applications a fresh appearance and provide a more intuitive working environment.

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  • CorelDRAW X4: CorelDRAW X4 is an intuitive vector-illustration and page-layout application that meets the demands of today's busy design professionals and occasional graphics users. It delivers results fast, whether users are creating a company logo or working toward demanding production schedules.
  • Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4: Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 is a professional image-editing application that lets users quickly and easily retouch and enhance photos. It is specifically designed for use in a graphics workflow.
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