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on 6 July 2014
The CorelDraw Graphics Suite X7 includes six pieces: CorelDraw X7, Photo Paint X7, PowerTrace X7, Connect X7, Website Creator, and Capture X7. The core application is CorelDraw X7, followed by Photo Paint X7, and the rest function as utilities. PowerTrace is a bitmap converter; Website Creator is a site-design tool, and Capture is for screen capture.
CorelDraw X7 has seen a significant redesign. The Workspace presents the biggest redesign and includes presets like a Lite option for beginners, an Illustrator option for those familiar with Adobe Illustrator, dedicated options for Page Layout and Illustration, and a Classic option for those who liked things the way they were. The neatly redesigned interface is totally customisable. You can adapt your workspace to suit your workflow.
A new Docker puts the tools you use most on the right side in collapsible panes that are visible, but out of the way when you want to maximize your workspace. X7 also supports multi-monitor setups and high-DPI screens, so you can let all your Corel designs sprawl across your workspace and see them in high definition.
Another big change is in how pattern fills are handled. They have been split into defined bitmap and vector options, which
is a big improvement after the previous mess of two-colour, full colour, and bitmap sub-options.
More extras include 2,000 high-resolution stock photos, 1,000 fonts, hundreds of design templates, and about five hours of training videos.
More improvements include compatibility with important file formats, such as PSD, AI, and PDF, as well as the RAW file format.
The most unique new feature is a QR-code creator and validation tool. QR stands for Quick Response Code, which is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode. You can change the shape, outline width, color, and fill type of the QR code pixels. You can change the background color and fill type and more. This feature seems targeted at small businesses that are designing brochures, posters, and other marketing materials.
One downside is that Graphics Suite X7 is only for Windows, with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Mac users will need Parallels or some other software that enables a Windows environment on their machine to use it, which is not an ideal solution.
All-in-all, it is a powerful graphics suite which offers a great alternative to Adobe products, especially for those not happy
with the new subscription pricing.