Why Corel PDF Fusion Made TopTenReviews.com

We are very pleased to share the news that Corel PDF Fusion is among the favorites at TopTenReviews.com. Here is what the staff at TopTenReviews had to say about the PDF conversion tool.

At TopTenReviews, grading PDF conversion software comes down to a simple combination of must-have attributes: a simple and user-friendly interface that enhances the overall experience, a team of experienced and knowledgeable staff that’s readily available to assist users at virtually any time, and a comprehensive list of features that’s comparable to the software’s price.

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Let’s breakdown these elements to find out why Corel PDF Fusion made it on TopTenReviews.com

A Full-Service Editing Juggernaut

100: That’s the number of possible file types that Corel PDF Fusion has the ability to open at a moment’s notice. This unprecedented ability allows users to combine a wide collection of different files into one document with great ease. You can immediately begin editing files you’ve opened within the program, which makes adding everything from sticky notes and changing security settings to adding hyperlinks a breeze. Combine this functionality with editing tools that are easy to locate and PDF Fusion becomes a technological force to be reckoned with.

Timely and Professional Customer Service

The support staff for PDF Fusion is always one step ahead of the curve by providing users access to resources within the application as well as online. For example, the content help tool provides specific functions and support topics that you can then bookmark and index to query at a later time if needed. Step-by-step tutorials and technical dictionaries are also accessible to help users gain a better understanding of everything that PDF Fusion has to offer.

Additional support and technical resources are available in the form of tool tips and tool labels. These can be found within the editing space and can be toggled on and off at any time based on your level of comfort and proficiency. Think of these as helpful, in-screen tutorials that guide you during the editing and production processes. In addition, as with most programs and applications, the “help” function is always there to provide on-the-spot advice and troubleshooting resources.

Corel’s support connects you to professional and knowledgeable representatives, Monday through Friday between 9 and 5 pm EDT. The support website offers a comprehensive FAQ section and forums that allow you to speak directly with like-minded users across all skill levels. Addition support is also available through Facebook and Twitter.

The prompt and courteous customer support team is great with answering many, if not all, of the questions you may have regarding PDF Fusion and are apt to respond to emails in a timely fashion. This allows you to get your issues solved quickly so that you can get back to work with whatever project you may be in the middle of.

At the end of the day, the most impressive things about PDF Fusion are its clean and modern design, seemingly endless features and the impressive collection of tools at your fingertips. Its overall simplicity and ease of use make the software a delight to use, and its multimedia functions allow you to flex your creative and production muscles without feeling overwhelmed with everything that Corel PDF Fusion can truly do.

TopTenReviews.com highly recommends Corel PDF Fusion for anyone who values logical design and advanced functionality at a price that’s easier on the wallet than some of the most popular PDF conversion applications out there.

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Photo Retouching in Corel PHOTO-PAINT X7

Beauty touch-ups are a popular form of digital retouching in portrait photography. The techniques usually involve reshaping on enhancing parts of an image as well as removing unwanted and distracting elements. Whether you are going for the glamorous magazine look, adding artistic effects to your photo or just looking to remove some blemishes, PHOTO-PAINT provides you with an array of tools to help you get the job done.

Today I am going to show you how to use the new Liquid tools (PHOTO-PAINT X7) and the new Healing Clone tool (available in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 Update 2).

These tools behave similarly to other brushes in PHOTO-PAINT. This means you use them by dragging them across your image like a brushstroke. As with any other brush tool, you can use them with a pressure sensitive tablet. You can also easily make the nib larger and smaller by dragging up and down while holding down SHIFT or using the nib radius slider on the property bar.

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Enter the Painter Mobile Contest Today!

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As autumn approaches, we are really FALLing for art, and we want you to bring your visions to life with the Painter Mobile app. So, we are hosting the first ever Painter Mobile Contest!

You’ve got ideas, and you want to share them with the world. Now is your chance to do so. The Painter Mobile Contest is the perfect opportunity to showcase your artwork, and possibly win some cool prizes at the same time. Talk about a win-win!

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Corel helps teachers get ready for back-to-school

Students working on computers in libraryIt’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end. Sorry to break the news to you! Soon the temperature will drop, the leaves will fall and the kids will head back to school. This year, educators can return to the classroom with more than a fresh start. They can arrive fully equipped with creative software!

Earlier this year, Corel introduced the Teacher-Try-It Program, allowing qualified teachers and faculty members in the U.S. and Canada to download free Corel software. Educators looking to enhance their students’ technology skills can now do so, without breaking the bank. Imagine the possibilities in the classroom!

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Introducing the NEW Painter 2015

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With great power comes great creativity and we are confident in saying that Painter 2015 packs a punch! Painter is known for offering the world’s most realistic brushes but what you will experience in Painter 2015 is so real, it’s unreal.

We could not have released such a fantastic version of Painter without the help of our invaluable Advisory Council and Beta Testers. If you are not familiar with the council, they are a panel of artists who dedicate their time to providing us with application feedback and artist workflows. They test run the software and meet with us weekly leading up to launch in order to share thoughts for improvements, tips and techniques. They also helped develop brushes that you will find within the product, reinforcing the fact that Painter is developed by artists for artists. Huge thanks go out to our Advisory Council and the Beta Testers.

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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 and looking ahead

With over 25 years of development, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in visual communication. Your usage of CorelDRAW and the amazing designs you produce are a key elements that drives the development of new versions of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, and version X7 recently introduced is no exception. The vast majority of the new and enhanced features included in X7 are the direct result of your feedback in the community, surveys you’ve answered, active participation from our advisory council and beta testers as well as on-site visits by our team (plus many other sources of feedback). For example, you can now very easily create elliptic and rectangular fountain fills, we added outside and inside outlines, color styles continue to get enhancements and you can also experiment with type using the Font Playground docker.

But an even more important theme comes out clearly from the research we do: in addition to having a complete toolbox at your disposal, you also need to be very productive with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. We know you aren’t paid by the hour for using our software. If you are a graphics professional, you’re most certainly paid by the job you produce. Being able to deliver high-quality graphics your customers expect as quickly as possible enables you to delight them and get more business over your competition. If you’re a small business owner who only uses graphics software occasionally, you need to get the job done quickly but with a high visual quality in order to go back to your business. Being able to turn around the graphics and flyers for a new promotion very quickly enables you to focus on your day job – making your customer happy.

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Create seamless patterns on your iPhone with Patterns (iOS 7)

IconWith the release of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7, comes a brand new FREE app from Corel for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Patterns.

I am a graphic designer, and this new app has been fascinating to work with. It is an app that simplifies the complexity of seamless patterns at the touch of a few gestures.

In this era of touch devices, the Patterns app integrates seamlessly with the Corel Content Exchange, and it is as easy as it could be to use in a daily workflow. Let’s go through the app in detail, from installation to interface, usability and integration with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7.

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How to customize the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 UI to make it your own

Have you ever cooked in someone else’s kitchen? Opening and closing drawers looking for a spatula, walking around in circles trying to find the salt, and wondering where to put the garbage. It’s always in the last place you look.  For a cook, there’s nothing as comfortable as cooking in your own kitchen. You have organized your kitchen in a manner that makes sense to you; your favorite tools are at your fingertips, and you can focus on your craft rather than your workspace.  With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7, customizing your workspace to make it your own has never been easier.

When I was putting together my cookbook, Criollo: A taste of Venezuela, in CorelDRAW I realized I was using certain tools and dockers frequently. So, customizing them to be readily available only made sense. However, during the year it took me to put the cookbook together, I was also working on other projects. One of the things I love the most about CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 is that creating and switching between customized workspaces is easy and fast.

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Designs: A Windows app that lets inspiration strike anywhere

Corel Designs is an app for graphic designers and basically anyone using images for inspiration in their work. The designs app is made available for Windows 8.1 users. It is very simple to use and quite straight forward. You can go to Corel’s website or directly to the Windows Store and download it.

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CorelDRAW and MacOS – an update

Since my previous post regarding running CorelDRAW on Apple Macintosh computers, it’s been interesting that this topic continues to stir up conversation – it continues to be part of our ongoing internal discussions and longer term strategic reviews. So let me go straight to the point: Corel is not currently working on a native MacOS version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, and therefore the upcoming new version of our graphics offering will remain Windows-based.

As many of you know, our goal is to provide the best possible solution to our customers around the world and to offer a choice, allowing users to determine whether to purchase a perpetual license or look into our subscription option. We also know that many Adobe CS users are frustrated with the whole Creative Cloud approach, and some are looking for alternatives. To answer their requirements, we are for example providing options in CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT to customize the workspaces with a look and behavior similar to Adobe products (and are making this even easier in the upcoming version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite). At the same time, we need to put a priority towards answering the needs of the existing CorelDRAW users and audiences.

But when it comes to develop all new software for MacOS (we understand it shouldn’t just be a port of the Windows software), the reality is, it would require at least a full cycle of development where we wouldn’t be able to do anything for our Windows users. Although it is not the ideal solution, we do have some users running CorelDRAW Graphics on a Mac using Parallels or Bootcamp, and we are making sure to include Macintosh hardware in our internal testing.

We do take the discussion about this very seriously and continuously monitor the market share of the different operating systems in order to focus our teams for future development of CorelDRAW. We’re committed to delivering the best possible experience for our users, and therefore need to focus our investments & resources on serving the Windows platform for software like CorelDRAW Graphics Suite at this stage. While we’re not currently working on a Mac version of the suite, we continue to monitor the market trends and listen to the conversation for any factor that would change our current direction.

We are constantly expanding into new areas like mobile integration, better content management and new cloud-based services. We are also continuing to make sure CorelDRAW works as well as possible on Apple hardware through Apple’s own BootCamp and Parallels. There’s definitely a lot of exciting stuff on the way!

PS: If anyone can recommend a development shop that would be willing to create a Mac version and share on the success of a CorelDRAW-based product on the Apple platform, please get them to contact me directly.

This post was originally published in Gérard’s blog on CorelDRAW.com. Find out more posts from Gérard in the CorelDRAW community.

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