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Dave Winfield

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Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« on: August 28, 2012, 11:38:41 AM »
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Watch this thread for helpful info regarding Coreldraw and Photopaint.
I'll post my findings and my advice on using Corel products.
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I use CorelDraw and Corel PhotoPaint for 99% of what I do.
I have a few other dedicated programs used  for papermodeling (and other projects)
Things like Adobe Acrobat Pro,  Cone Layout, Bitstream Font Manager, Fotosizer, FotoSketcher, etc


Running X5 right now and to be honest, it worked good...but does not like the fact I upgraded to a 64bit system.

Corel has always been buggy, X5 is a definite improvement (unlike some past versions),
but it glitches a LOT more within the 64bit framework.

I specifically want a 64bit version, and apparently X6 is it.

There is a Trial X6 available at corel.com (which I didn't install because I went ahead and ordered the upgrade)
http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4260069&cid=catalog50008&segid=5700006#tab2


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Anyway I just purchased the new Corel 16 Suite 


...finally got around to installing it, and I have been working with it now for a week, maybe two.

Very first project crashed. 
The usual "Corel has stopped working" in the middle of a job!
I panicked.
But maybe it just needed to get that out of the system?
Because I have not had a crash since then.

I have had a couple of save glitches...one file kept saying it couldn't save
(even though a updated saved file was in the folder)
I saved it as another file name just to be sure and everything was okay.

I am very happy to see the same interface...all the controls and icons in the same place.
Workspace looks the same, so not too much adjustment required.

The only place I see a change is in the side Window Dockers.
I usually keep "Contour", "Transformation", "Fillet", and "Shaping" docked to the right of my workspace.
The diagrams, and interfaces within these Dockers have been changed.
Why? I have no clue.
The new controls are confusing, smaller, and annoying.

I don't notice any greater speed while working in 16, but that could be an illusion.
Sometimes it what goes on behind the curtain that matters.

There is already a 16.1 update...which I have installed...so I recommend users get it.

If anyone uses Corel and needs any assistance, feel free to post questions.
And feel free to share your own views or experiences with Corel products.
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Re: Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2012, 01:26:09 PM »
It's been ages since I last used Corel Draw.

I remember it was great. But no paper modeling in that ancient times (circa 1995).

Good to know where your designs are coming from... and what potentials can be achieved.

Oh, and about the crashes and all... it sounds like memory handling to me, specially on 64 bits systems.
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Re: Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2012, 09:16:30 PM »
Odd, I hardly ever have crashes with Corel, unless I am working with a large bitmap of some sort.  I have noticed that it may not like my 64 bit systems, but that is a minor anoyance.

I tried to update to X6 the other day, and Corel said they wouldn't do it from X3, in retrospect I should have just done it anyway.  I did order an upgrade of X5 (it was the full program in a box) from Amazon, because Corel in their wisdom would not sell it to me (no longer carry it they said).  So now I'm just starting to play with X5, and initially I like it fine.  May upgrade to X6 eventually, and still save close to $200 over the new program cost.

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Re: Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2017, 05:39:07 PM »
Anyone use the latest Coreldraw?

I have wanted to update for some time...I've been told that the new Font Manager is worth the cost.
Thats my biggest headache with past versions of Corel.

I have been watching every sale...trying to justify the purchase...but I haven't made the leap yet.

Back in early November I saw a notification for the 2017 Call for Artwork.
http://learn.corel.com/contest/cdgs-call-for-artwork/

So I decided to submit a couple of my P51 Mustang artworks... the ones I create for the cover pages of my paper kits.

I was one of the earliest entrants.
(My pics are way down near the bottom of the submissions)

But there's a lot of really professional work submitted since mine.
Some of the work is pretty amazing.
And I noticed that almost all are using X8...while I'm still slugging away with X6.
I didn't expect to do well, but it didn't cost me anything to take part.

Anyway...I just got mail from Corel telling me that my two Aircraft artworks have been accepted by Corel as "winning submissions".

The email reads:

My name is Greg Dillon, Associate Product Manager at Corel;
I just wanted to express my gratitude for taking the time to create and submit your artwork!

I want to also offer my congratulations from Corel for having your artwork selected!
Your piece(s) will be used in a multitude of ways from product boxes to our website being displayed in a worldwide fashion.
We hope you are proud!


And in addition to having my work selected, I receive some rewards:
- One (1) copy of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017.
- One (1) copy of the next release of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.
- One (1) copy of Corel Painter 2018.

They claim mrsp value is $1400...although you can grab all that on sale for about $600.

I just returned the legal documents to claim my rewards.
I'm thrilled.
Merry Xmas to me!
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Re: Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2017, 07:47:15 PM »
Still using X5. 64 bit system with W10.  No issues beyond the various work arounds for W10 - disappearing menus and all that.  Because my W10 is a clean install onto an SSD I have not been plagued with many Corel=Crashes.  Since I'm now retired I omitted whole bunches of Corel Stuff when I did the reinstall.  I have no knowledge, but believe that the programming language is a fault for a lot of the troubles.  I won't up grade, but am curious to hear about X8.  I'm curious to hear whether the old "don't upgrade to even numbers" is still holding for Corel.
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Re: Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2017, 11:29:45 PM »
X6 has been the best upgrade, best version I have used so far.
With the least troubles.
And a massive improvement over X5.
(I'm running 64bit Win7)

Font Manager still has some small issues...like, if you open Font Manager with any other program running,
you can sometimes get font changes that you don't expect or want.
Numerous times I had all the fonts in the Web browser changed.
It was so annoying the websites would now show with weird fonts.
And my email program would have all different fonts.

Its better since i made some settings changes.

I can't honestly remember the last time Corel really crashed on me.
But the Smart Fill Tool can do odd things...and it will sometimes freeze up and cause a frozen crash.
Since I don't use autobackup, it can be frustrating to have to redo the last 10, 20, 30 minutes of work!

I've been told that X8 is no big improvement over X6.
But I was told on the Corel forums, that the new Font Manager was worth the price of the upgrade.
Its the first new Font Manager Corel has created.

Anyway, now that I have the program coming at no charge, it'll be worth the upgrade.
I can't wait to give it a try.
Just remember to save all files to X6 standard for at least a year, in case I roll back to X6.

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Re: Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2017, 07:06:53 PM »
I'm using X7, which is OK, there are some changes in the menus that I had to get used to.  Things like the alignment tool (and a bunch of other normal use things) open up in a docker which takes up needed screen space, but since I use it a lot I tend to leave it up.  I think they think it makes it easier that way, save key strokes but really it just adds something else that you need to close, taking up keystrokes. The trace program seems improved over my X5 version and of course it plays well with windows 10 64 bit, which was another problem I had with X5.

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Re: Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2017, 11:19:26 PM »
Dave, Congratulations on your win!  That is so cool and we know you will put your prizes to good use.

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Re: Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2017, 12:14:09 AM »
Anyway...I just got mail from Corel telling me that my two Aircraft artworks have been accepted by Corel as "winning submissions".


Congratulations. A well-deserved win and rewards.

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Re: Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2018, 09:13:04 AM »
The 2017 Corel Call for Art Winners are displayed:
http://learn.corel.com/contest/cdgs-call-for-artwork/#winners
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Re: Corel X6 (16) - CorelDraw and other Corel related products
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2018, 04:36:36 PM »
Burning Beard asked me a couple of questions about the new Coreldraw (X8).

I'm still "unpacking" it, and just getting used to it, so I don't know too much yet.
But I figured it might be helpful to anyone else thinking of trying the new Corel.
I'll post my findings, my opinions, and any other helpful advice I can about using the new X8.
I'll even answer questions about older versions too, if you have any.

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One of the reasons I wanted to try X8 (from X6) is for the new Font management.
Older versions of Corel used Bitstream's Font Navigator.
I don't have much good to say about that.
But now, with X8, you get Corel's own Font Manager 2017.

Right off the bat, its super fast to load and use.
And it automatically hosts all Fonts on your system.
You don't have to hunt or find fonts, they're just there!
...unless you are adding something extra in a remote location.

Fonts are not "installed", they are just available to use all the time.
So that is fast and super easy to use.

The Font menu is also streamlined. Searching through font styles is quick and easy.

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Beard asked me about the Tracing ...

Haven't tried it yet...sorry
but I did see the Live Trace?
Haven't tried that either.
Still getting the basic options and workspace customizations in place first.


There are few tedious things...like the "Arrange" dropdown menu from the top bar is now "Object".
Which is okay, unless you are used to looking for the "Arrange" menu!

And then, if you look for "Group" and "Ungroup" in that dropdown...
well, its not there.

You can find Group, which opens another side menu,
and from there, you can find Group and Ungroup.

LOL
annoyingly pointless in my opinion.
I guess I'll have to start using Ctrl+G...and Ctrl+U

I'll report on the Trace soon.
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