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LinuxPlanet: Sneak Preview: CorelDraw 9 for Linux

Jun 20, 2000, 14:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"An Overview of CorelDraw 9 Beta 2"

"The CorelDraw 9 Graphics Suite is composed of Photo-Paint, a bitmap image editor providing photo-editing and painting capabilities; and CorelDRAW, a vector graphics tool for creating illustrations. The suite is currently in beta release. Later this month, Corel will be releasing Photo-Paint as a free download. In August, the entire suite (Photo-Paint and CorelDraw combined) will be released with a price comparable to the Windows version."

"Like the GIMP and PhotoShop, Photo-Paint allows users to create multi-layered images and apply a number of graphical filters (which Corel refers to as "effects"). Corel includes about 40 separate effects. Most of them will be fairly familiar to those who've used other photo-editing packages. They run the gamut from "art effects" (making the image look like an oil painting, charcoal drawing, or watercolor) to textural effects that introduce three-dimensional "surfaces" to make the image look like it was painted on rough paper, fabric, or brick. Each of the effects is previewable, and the undo feature allows the user to back out of undesired changes."

"Corel Draw isn't about making pictures prettier, though, it's about producing ready-to-print material that includes a mix of illustrations and text. ... Because a lot of material is prepared for release both as paper copy and as web content, Corel's included a wizard that aids in the generation of CSS-oriented output. ...the 800 pound gorilla of the suite, though, is the option to export work to Macromedia Flash (SWF) files. ...the ability to author Flash content is a powerful addition to the Linux productivity desktop, and one we suspect will lull quite a few businesses into considering Linux for their design bullpens."

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