Corel Readies Dual Software Upgrades

Corel (800/772-6735, http://www.corel.com ), continuing its efforts to gain a foothold in the Mac graphics market, is preparing upgrades to CorelDraw, its flagship illustration program, and Photo-Paint, an image-editing package that competes with Adobe Photoshop. Corel has been previewing CorelDraw 9 and Photo-Paint 9 for Windows. PR director Susan Gauthier says the company expects to ship Mac upgrades with identical features by the end of the year.

Both upgrades will feature interface refinements new color-management features and enhanced export functions for example youll be able to export adobe acrobat pdf files using custom settings or one of three default styles pdf for prepress pdf for web and pdf for document distribution coreldraw will give you the additional option of including fonts or converting text into curves as you export the document.

Each program features a miniature preview dialog box for quick print previews and a preflight warning function that notifies you if problems arise.

Expect new drawing functions in CorelDraw 9, including a natural-media drawing tool and a multipoint mesh fill tool. Photo-Paint 9 adds import and export of QuickTime 3 movies, automated image-slicing for Web graphics, and a Contact Sheet wizard that produces a Web page of thumbnail images hyperlinked to the original photos.

Updates for Eight

Meanwhile, Corel has released free updates of CorelDraw 8 and Photo-Paint 8 for Mac, featuring bug-fixes, performance enhancements, improved compatibility with Mac apps, and support for double-byte fonts. The 8.02 updates include a utility for creating profiles of a service bureau's equipment, abilities, and file requirements. Photo-Paint 8.02 also directly supports TWAIN plug-ins.

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