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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How Corel helps educators stay creative without breaking the bank

We all know how important technology is to education. Schools and other educational institutions have relied on technology, including creative software, for years. It is impossible to put together a curriculum, collaborate and keep students engaged without the use of technology.

Unfortunately, education budgets have not increased at the same rate as the price of this technology. To make matters worse, many software companies have moved to strictly cloud-based purchase options, forcing customers to pay more overtime and only allowing them to rent the software. This is where Corel comes in.

Corel recently signed an agreement with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to provide significant discounts on creative software to education institutions, helping them to stay within budget. The agreement also includes the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

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Professional Photographers LOVE Painter!

The Corel Painter team recently attended the Imaging USA show in warm Phoenix, AZ and we definitely felt the love for Painter X3. What a wonderful way to kick off the New Year!

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CorelDRAW Windows XP and Vista support going forward

When it comes to supporting the different flavours of Windows, one of the key decision factor is around what CorelDRAW users have and are expected to have going forward. In addition, as we look at new versions of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, we also want to make sure we provide the best possible experience to users around the world by leveraging the latest functionality provided by the operating system.

Keeping track of the latest Market Share data available, we’ve seen a consistent decline of Windows XP over the last 2 years, with the latest numbers showing the 11 years old operating system to have fallen under 29% of all computers world-wide, with Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 taking over. Looking at the visitors on CorelDRAW.com, the XP visitors represent 20% of the total traffic and is in rapid decline. Steam shows, in its December 2013 report, that XP now represents less than 6.5% of the gaming computers used on the service.

Microsoft will officially end support for Windows XP in early April 2014. After that date, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and security fixes for the Operating System they released over 11 years ago. In addition, Windows XP and Windows Vista will not benefit from the latest enhancements to the Windows platform going forward.

Based on the “end of support” policy from Microsoft around Windows XP and the fact that the vast majority of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite users are today already on Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, we will deliver the best possible experience on these two versions of the Microsoft Operating System, in both 32- and 64-bit, going forward. Starting with the next major release of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, the supported operating systems will, therefore, be Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 with the latest updates and service packs installed. For those who want to remain on Windows XP once Microsoft stops providing security updates, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 will continue to work perfectly.

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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