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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12

by Corel
Windows 2000 / XP / XP Tablet PC Edition
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • New! Smart Drawing tool
  • New! Sketching capabilities
  • New! Dynamic Guides
  • New! Suite-wide integration
  • New! Touch-up brush
  • New! Customization
  • New! Choose from more than 100 import and export filters
  • New! Export to Microsoft Office or WordPerfect Office
  • New! Easy deployment and accuracy of production files
  • New! Comprehensive suite
  • New! Professional design utilities
  • New! Supporting content
There is a newer version of this item:
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 (PC/DVD) CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 (PC/DVD) 4.6 out of 5 stars (28)
£292.94
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / XP / XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Item Weight: 1.8 Kg
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  • ASIN: B00014TCTA
  • Release Date: 6 Feb. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,972 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Corel DRAW Graphics Suite 12....

Amazon.co.uk Review

CorelDraw 12 consists of three programs: CorelDraw itself for vector graphics, Photo-Paint for bitmap painting and photo editing and RAVE for creating animations. As in previous versions, there are also utilities such as CorelTrace, for tracing bitmaps, and CorelCapture, for screen grabs. You might think that by the 12th iteration of a graphics application, there wouldn't be much new left to add. Corel is ingenious enough to have though up some very useful improvements, though, such as the SmartDrawing tool. Draw a freehand triangle with this tool and it becomes a real triangle, draw a rough ellipse and it becomes a perfect ellipse, draw a freeform squiggle and it becomes a beautifully curved squiggle.

If you need temporary guide lines to help align objects, CorelDraw 12 provides dynamic guides, which you can snap to and later delete when you've finished with them. Talking of snapping, you can snap an object to snap points in other objects, with the target point highlighting as you drag near to it. Symbols, introduced in CorelDraw 11, save space in Web design by taking as much file space as an object, no matter how many copies of them you create. Now you can build libraries of symbols to re-use in different drawings and distinguish them from objects by their blue handles. CorelDraw 12 can delete arbitrary segments from drawings with the Virtual Segment Delete tool and use the Eyedropper and Paintbucket together to transfer not just colour, but properties like transparency from one object to another.

The only real improvement to PhotoPaint is the addition of a Touch-Up brush, which helps remove blemishes like dust and scratches from scanned photographs. Like the other modules of the program though, PhotoPaint can optimise finished images for export to Microsoft Office or WordPerfect Office applications and now provides a separate Export command to save images in a wide range of different graphics formats. The improvements to RAVE, the animation module of the Suite, are pretty much the same as in CorelDraw. They include the SmartDrawing tool, dynamic guides, which can be used from frame to frame in an animation, symbols (and their animated equivalent, sprites) and virtual segment delete. --Simon Williams


Customer Reviews

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not a very impressive upgrade 20 Jun. 2004
Format:CD-ROM
As upgrades go this is not very good. Very few new features have been added and most of them have limited use. To start with the smart drawing tools only recognises the most basic of shapes (circles, squares, rectangles, etc) which can be easily created by using the other tools coreldraw already offered. I'm not sure who will find this tool usefull as most coreldraw users will use coreldraw for far more complex tasks than this.
What is a much better conceived idea is the new dynamic guides, very usefull for technical illustrations which demand a high degree of accuracy.
As for Photopaint which was once a real contender against Photoshop, now it barely competes against paintshop pro. There is hardly any difference between version 12 and version 11, except for a third rate attempt at creating a tool similar too photoshop's healing brush.
Coreldraw is still a good product, but this upgrade is not worth forking out for if you already have version 10 or 11.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Corel, powered by new great features 25 Jun. 2004
By A Customer
Format:CD-ROM
If you are fan of adobe photoshop, maybe you won't like it as much as I am. But Corel really did a great job with this version. It gives you full power of working with vector graphics. Features supplied on other 2 CDs are trully amazing.
It's good value for money, you get not only most powerful publishing software, but collection of registrered fonts - only this worth several hundred pounds. And plus the collection of images and clipat. And this is not just boring little images - this is full quality, full of life, high resolution stuff.
I would recommend it to anybody who is serious about computer graphics. Corel Masterpiece.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe 20 Feb. 2004
By A Customer
Format:CD-ROM
The dynamic guides make placing photo's and images very easy and when i sketch objects they beconme sharpened and resized using the smart drawing tool. I may not be the best graphics artist in the world but this product brings a level of intelligence and professionalism to my work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid 12 Feb. 2006
By A Customer
Format:CD-ROM
I don't know how other people are having trouble with this software being buggy, its been rock-solid for me - never a single crash in several months of use. I find it competes well with anything I could do with Adobe software (that includes Photo-Paint) and has much less of the 'bloat-ware' effect, although I wouldn't try running it on anything under 1Ghz with 512Mb RAM
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I am biased ... 25 Feb. 2004
Format:CD-ROM
I've tried this product for almost 30 days. The price for the upgrade is very good. What did frustrate me deeply for some time was how often it crashed on my XP. I actually wasn't going to buy it. But now has it became stable again after a recent Windows Update (XP was therefore to blame), I got seduced back. Funny though Photoshop never ever crashes on me (update or not) but then again that cost around £700!
I just can't learn anything else: Illustrator, Freehand or GIMP. When stable I really do like Corel Draw and R.A.V.E - I can't live without VBA - which is vital and easy for creating amazing mathematical effects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this version! Buy a newer version 8 Nov. 2008
Format:CD-ROM
Spend a bit more money if you must and buy X4 or even X3 - Corel do not support this application anymore and THAT is the reason it is cheaper.
I recently bought CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 from Amazon with a view to upgrading when more familiar with the software...but I can barely use it on my computer. Whenever I try to save or even open an existing document, the application recovery manager comes up and tells me the application has become unstable, its very annoying. There is nothing wrong with my pc, probably one of my applications is incompatible with Corel, however Corel offer no advice or guidence on this particular product as it is too old. Of course, not everyone has this problem running Corel, but if you do it is better to have support from Corel to solve the problem. Dissapointed as I defintiely prefer Corel to Illustrator, looks like a wonderful package - if only I could get it to run properly. There should be restrictions on companies selling unsupported software, these people are just trying to move their old stock, its not a good deal at all.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These new features really make a difference 20 Feb. 2004
By A Customer
Format:CD-ROM
I've just got my box last Monday and I am already hooked in. These new "Intelligent" tools (as Corel refers to them) are really huge time savers. Shape recoginition is really fun, but the snap to object and dynamic guidelines got me over. And even better yet, I haven't seen the apps crash yet... really rock solid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Corel DRAW Graphics Suite 12 3 Sept. 2011
Format:CD-ROM
A fine program if you only use Windows XP. Try to use it on Windows 7 and you quickly realise that it just will not work!!!
It is not compatible with windows 7,and Corel draw have not done any thing about it.It is far more lucrative for them to tell you to purchase a later version that is compaible with Win 7.
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