Corel has unveiled the newest version of its CorelDraw Graphics Suite. The X4 release includes more than 50 new and significantly enhanced features, according to the company.
CorelDraw Graphics Suite X4 introduces live text formatting, allowing users to preview text formatting options before applying them to a document. With this time-saving feature, users can now preview many different formatting options, including fonts, font size, and alignment.
The software now integrates with WhatTheFont, the online font identification service from MyFonts.com. Users can save time by quickly identifying the font used in existing bitmap designs, artwork or other images received from clients.
Users can now control and edit layers independently for each page of a document, reducing the occurrence of pages with empty layers. Users can also add independent guidelines for individual pages and master guidelines for an entire document. This gives users the ability to create different layers on a page-specific basis, unconfined by a single document structure.
The new, interactive Table tool in CorelDraw Graphics Suite X4 lets users create and import tables to provide a powerful, structured layout for text and graphics. Users can easily align, resize, or edit tables and table cells to suit their designs. In addition, users can convert delimited text and easily add and adjust images in individual cells.
Corel says that the CorelDraw Graphics Suite is the only professional graphics suite with the Certified for Windows Vista . The software integrates with the desktop search capabilities of Windows Vista directly from within the Open and Import dialog boxes, enabling users to search for files by author, subject, file type, date, keywords, or other file properties. Users can also easily add their own keywords, ratings or other notes when saving files in order to better organise their projects.
The new CorelDraw ConceptShare docker, accessible from within CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, integrates a valuable online collaboration tool directly within the user workflow. In a Web-based environment, CorelDRAW ConceptShare lets users share their designs and ideas with colleagues or clients in real time. Users can easily create multiple workspaces, upload their designs, and invite others to provide feedback or submit their own ideas without sending large files over email.
The software adds support for Microsoft Office Publisher. Users can also expect seamless compatibility with Microsoft Word 2007, Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3, PDF 1.7 (Acrobat® 8), AutoCAD DXF and AutoCAD DWG, and Corel Painter X, making it easier than ever to exchange files with clients and colleagues.
CorelDraw Graphics Suite X4 includes 80 professionally designed and customisable templates, giving users a springboard to the design process. Flexible and easy to customise, the templates are accompanied by Designer Notes that provide information on the design choices made for the template, tips for outputting a design based on the template, and instructions for customising the template while still adhering to design principles.
An extended selection of new fonts in CorelDraw Graphics Suite X4 includes single-line engraving fonts and OpenType cross-platform fonts, which offer enhanced language support for Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic outputs in WGL4 format.
The included Corel Photo-Paint photo-editing software gain support for RAW camera file formats, enabling users to import RAW camera files directly from their digital camera. With support for approximately 300 different camera types and interactive controls that provide real-time previews, users can view file properties and camera settings, adjust image color and tone, and improve image quality, all from within Corel Photo-Paint X4 and CorelDraw X4.
Using Corel Photo-Paint, users can quickly and easily straighten images that were scanned or photographed at an angle. With interactive controls, a grid with vertical and horizontal guidelines and an integrated histogram that provides results in real time, Photo-Paint makes it easier than ever to straighten crooked images. In addition, users can choose to have their images automatically cropped.
With the enhanced Tone Curve dialog box, Corel Photo-Paint X4 users can adjust their images with greater precision. With an integrated histogram, users now receive real-time feedback as they make adjustments to their images. In addition, the new Eyedropper tool lets users pinpoint specific colour locations on the tone curve of their image, as well as select, add, or delete nodes along the tone curve.
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 will be available from February 12 for £329 plus VAT, and £149 plus VAT for the upgrade.