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What Ever Happened to CorelDraw?

Posted by Matt Harbottle on November 5, 2008



Back in the 90’s, when someone needed a design made, the program to use was CorelDRAW.  Now a days (this could just be me) rarely do you hear of anyone using the program.  What happened?

When I was taking visual communications class back in High school (in the late-90’s), for the brief unit in graphic design, the only computer program we used was CorelDraw.  At that time the Adobe programs were unheard of, at least at my school.  It makes me wonder why CorelDRAW vanished from schools and replaced with the Adobe suites?

goodcoreldraw61Presumably, when I was in high school we were using Version 6 or 7 at that time and after doing some research online, I’ve come to realize that there has been seven other versions of CorelDRAW since then.  That also includes their latest release of version X4 that was released this year.  To top it off, it seems as though it runs a lower cost than its competitors Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4).  On the other hand, CS4 includes numerous multimedia programs whereas X4 suite does not.  Could this be why it isn’t as popular anymore?

As I’m currently in University taking New Media, we only use Adobe CS3 for design classes.  It wasn’t until a few days ago , while talking to a fellow graphic designer, did I even remember the programs existence. “What ever happened to that?”  This could very well be because of my own neglect, but do you blame me?  The hype is always about Photoshop and Illustrator

goodcorel_x4With X4, it has similar features that the new CS4 has.  It features bitmap-to-vector conversion, vector illustration, photo editing, and so on, which are also featured in CS4.  One new feature that CS4 includes, that surprisingly is also included in X4 that my fellow blogger Rod would be especially fond of, is the raw camera file support. 

So with CorelDRAW’s competitive features, why aren’t more people using the program?  Why isn’t it just as popular as Adobe?  If anyone has any comments or answers to this topic, i would be very interested to hear what you have to say.




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Adobe CS4 Release Date Announced

Posted by Matt Harbottle on October 1, 2008

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced early on September 23, 2008, that the estimated release date of the Creative Suite 4 Has been set.  Creative Suite 4 (CS4), is targeting a release date for October 15, 2008.  This being Adobe’s biggest software release to date, it offers tons of new features that should catch the attention of most designers and developers worldwide.

Besides all the new features incorporated in the suite, the integration between the programs has improved further than before.  A designer can keep image and graphic integrity while moving between Photoshop and Illustrator, or move easily between After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, or Adobe Encore without rendering.  With this just scratching the surface, the rest of the programs within CS4 offer improved integration as well.

The new features on CS4 are too long to list , but I would like to mention a few of them that caught my attention.  First off, in the Photoshop CS4 features, they now offer content-aware scaling. Even though it seems like quite the cheat, it can be a helpful tool for designers and photographers.

Another new Feature within Photoshop CS4 is the 3D painting and composting.  This allows the user to paint directly on a 3D object.  The user can rotate the object and camera angle on the X, Y, and Z axis to a desired position.  Once the object is in place, all Photoshop tools are available to manipulate the object.  The Photoshop CS4 Extended Tour is available on the Adobe website.

The last I would like to mention is the Illustrator CS4 features, in particular the new multiple artboard feature.  A user can can create mutiple pages, varying in size, within one Illustrator file.  The Illustrator CS4 Feature Tour can also be viewed on the Adobe website.

The pre-order prices for the Creative Suite 4 range from US$999 to US$2,499, whereas the upgrade option ranges from US$399 to US$899.  Two weeks to go and I for one am starting to get excited to try out the CS4.


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Photoshop vs. Illustrator

Posted by Matt Harbottle on September 24, 2008

When it comes to the leading design programs by Adobe Systems, everyone has their own opinion on which  is better, Photoshop or Illustrator.  Most amateur designers tend to lean towards the use of Photoshop, usually because of its popularity and its navigation is easier to get a grasp of, whereas Illustrator is a little more complex.  When a designer becomes a little more advanced with graphic design, the decision would be left up to them, but for most, they would make that decision based on what they want to create.  Which program do you prefer?

Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program which is the leader of all programs alike.  First released in 1990, it is usually used for modifying digital images, that being photos or existing images elsewhere.  The difference from Photoshop and Illustrator is that Photoshop manipulates individual pixels within a bitmap, using layers.  The problem with Photoshop is that when images are scaled, they can often lose image quality.

Adobe Illustrator is a vector based postscript drawing program which is in the same suite as Photoshop.  Originally released in 1987 for the Mac, this program is usually used to create drawings, manipulate text, and for its tracing capabilities.  Since Illustrator is vector based (uses paths that have a start and end point), it makes it a better choice to use when creating logos, unique designs, etc.  When the final image is scaled in size, it does not lose image quality like when using Photoshop.

For myself, I find it hard to pick a favorite.  I use both programs on a regular basis for different reasons.  Even though both programs are starting to incorporate some of the same features, each program is better and unique in their own way.  By the way these programs have been evolving over the years, they are becoming more alike.  Maybe Adobe plans to combine both the programs into one, to create one universal mega design program.  Time will tell.


Next week – Adobe CS4 (Stonhedge)

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