- Release Date: 16 August, 2002
- Availability: This item is not stocked or has been discontinued.
For example, in CorelDRAW there are now new "three-point" tools for drawing rectangles, ellipses, and curves. With each, you click to fix the first point, stretch out to define an axis or baseline, and click again to complete the object. The new Polyline tool enables you to create lines and objects segment by segment, where each segment can be straight or curved. The Pen tool offers a quick way to create Bezier curves.
CorelDRAW 11 introduces Symbols to its repertoire, too, so you can save and reuse drawing elements in a clip-board-style library. Using symbols saves considerable file space, which can be particularly important when drawing Web graphics.
Corel Photo-Paint 11 is to bitmap editing what CorelDRAW is to vector drawing. In many ways a competitor to Adobe Photoshop, the new version of Photo-Paint includes more improvements for Web artists. You can now slice images into a number of small parts to aid quick downloads and create rollovers for buttons and image maps, so they appear differently when pointed to or clicked. The program also supports JPEG 2000 files, so you can save your images in this new high-compression format.
The Cut-out masking tool helps extract foreground images from picture files and create objects from them that you can incorporate into other pictures. While not as comprehensive as Corel's own stand-alone KnockOut product, it's a useful tool in its own right. Red-eye removal from portrait photos can be a nuisance, but the new red-eye removal tool replaces red pixels with their greyscale equivalents. Various other effects within Photo-Paint add to its usefulness--things like enhanced lens flare, improved bevels, and reworked image stitching for panoramic photos.
The third part of the suite is Corel R.A.V.E., a Macromedia Flash animation creator. This module now uses a very similar interface to CorelDRAW and incorporates most of the same tools. It also offers tools and effects specific to its animation role, such as tweening of text on a path and of the program's predefined library objects, Perfect Shapes. Export of graphics to Macromedia Flash has been improved and includes the ability to export text as text rather than curves, which saves considerable file space.
Overall, the latest version of Corel Graphics Suite shows the company has once again proven itself to be a real player in the graphic design space. --Simon Williams
Customer Rating: 4.09 of 5 (11 total reviews)
- great price upgrade from corel8
Wow! What a great price [$$$] after rebate. I was relieved to learn upgrade from corel 8 was ok. In fact I didn't even have the serial# because it was long lost. I called customer support. After giving me the serial# to load the Corel suite 11 asked me to fax or email a picture of my Corel Draw 8 disk. Although the box seems to say version8 or higher, I got the impression proof of any Corel draw version was OK to upgrade from. I was satisfied with Corel 8 but It was giving me problems after upgrading from pIII450 win98 to new P4 3gig winxp pro. My print options were all Greek and program crashed (Locked up) often. It seemed logical to just upgrade to version 11. I have had none of the old problems so far. I will enjoy some of the new features but really feel the money well spent just to have the same features solid and reliable. Corel is the best program available for the money. Especially for someone like me who has the wide range of graphic needs. That is to say the paint/photo graphic needs to the high tolerance Corel draw cadd options. I really use the ability to work in full scale and print tiled pages on banner paper. Although I rarely print longer than six feet before concern the printer paper will go out of alignment. If you don't have a previous version of Corel draw to upgrade from you may want to buy corel8 for [$$$].
- CorelDRAW kicks Illustrator ...any day!
Keith W. states: "These other two reviews are almost certainly not legitimate consumer opinions."
As a 12 year veteran of this program, I most certainly am a legitimate consumer and this is my opinion:
In 1990, I took a computer certificate program and one of the applications I learned was CorelDRAW [ver. 1] -- a new vector drawing program made by a little Canadian company that set out to show that the graphics industry didn't need to revolve around Adobe or MACs.
I have successfully used CorelDRAW on a daily basis in commercial print shops and more. I have sent my projects to third party printers with no production problems because CorelDRAW is able to save to so many "acceptable" file formats to satisfy anyone.
I have seen CorelDRAW grow and mature from version 1 to version 11 and I still say it beats Illustrator hands down, not only for its ease of learning and intuitive interface, but for value of dollar. Many features that Illustrator has only recently introduced in its Version 10, CorelDRAW had already implemented several versions earlier.
No, I'm not a Corel Corp employee. I'm simply a consumer that loves CorelDRAW, has used it professionally for over 10 years with consistent, high quality results and has shown others the value of this remarkable program.
If I was stranded on a deserted island with a laptop and my choice of one program, CorelDRAW would be my choice.
- The song remains the same
In the last ten years I've purchased Corel 3,4,5,6,and 7. I distinctly remember every version being slow and buggy. You'd buy the software and then have to phone Corel until they'd agree to send you software patches to fix the problems. But since there were never any complete solutions, I kept upgrading to newer versions, hoping maybe eventually, they would work out all the problems.
I lost my hope around corel 7, but recently decided to upgrade again. After all, they've had at least 5 years to design better, faster routines. Guess what - Corel 11 is even slower than Corel 7. Now it seems to be popular these days to blame all speed problems on insufficient RAM. But I don't buy it. Corel 11 is really not that much different than Corel 7, and I think 5 years of development should give massive speed improvements. I also think that it is very arrogant for software developers to build their systems a way that forces the end user to upgrade his computer.
The other issue of bugginess is also still with us. Immediately after getting the software, I was informed that I should get the servicepak in order to overcome some of the bugs.
The entire thing is an exact replay of my experience ten years ago.
Don't get me wrong, I really like the software - otherwise I wouldn't have upgraded so many times. But the software should be perfect before the company ships it and ... get ready to laugh at me ... the software should be capable of running quickly on a DX-100 486 with 32 megs of Ram under Win95. That was what I was using in 1996 and Corel 7 still ran faster than today's version on a Pentium. Ha Ha Ha