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A Very Able Graphics Suite,
This review is from: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 (Guidebook and DVD) (PC) (CD-ROM)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This is more down to my computer's own setup than the software, but it is worth noting that some firewall and other security software applications can impact the installation of CorelDraw X5. If you find the auto-installation just leaves your system hanging, you'll probably need to switch them off to get things rolling again. Installation is quite lengthy, taking approximately 25 minutes for a full installation, but other than that it's quite straight-forward and you can safely leave things to run without having to hover about to click OK or continue.
The suite itself is smartly laid out and the main features should look familiar to anyone who has used a graphics suite in the past. Refreshingly, Corel have supplied the software with a lovely hardcover user manual. It by no means covers everything, but what is there is so much better than those awful PDF files and fragmented online help resources that have become the norm over the years. The illustrations are in full colour and the instructions appear relatively easy to follow without having to resize and flick back and forth between various windows. There are of course training videos included too.
The main vector drawing application is relatively intuitive, more-so if you have experience of other graphics software. The drawing tools are responsive and the various manipulations tools offer good scope to deliver high quality results.
Corel Photopaint supports a good range of image formats and offers the usual range of tools to correct or augment photographs and create non vector graphics.
Much more useful to me is that ability to convert bitmap images to vector graphics. The process works best when there are fewer colours and the contrast is good, but the results are typically pleasing, and the ability to rescale graphics without pixilation and loss of detail is superb, giving Corel an advantage over some of their free and more expensive competitors.
Swish Mini Max is another interesting feature which allows you to create animated banners and web features. So far I've found it easier to use than Adobe's Flash tools, and I've been able to make some very crude animations. I still need to learn a lot to get the best use of this type of application, so I can't make a truly fair comparison, but so far I'm very pleased with the results.
Personally, I've got no use for screen capture software, but it appears to do what it's meant to and beyond that I can't say much for CorelCapture. The Bitstream Font Navigator is similarly unimportant to me, and I'm not really sure what benefit it is meant to offer.
Overall CorelDraw X5 is a satisfying suite of graphics tools. The presentation is slick; it's reasonably easy to use and flexible enough to meet the needs of many digital artists. Definitely worth considering.