Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
|When Corel presented
this suite at the OPCUG General Meeting a few months ago, I was pleased
with how easy it was to create an animation. My biggest difficulty was
using the laptop touchpad - the software was easy to use and seemed logical.
Rounding up the goodies in the box are
several useful utilities and the traditional cornucopia of clip art and
In general, the suite seems to be somewhat better integrated than previous collections and the performance seems a little snappier - must be all that rewritten code.
|Both CorelDraw and Photo-Paint programs share new colour management tools; a welcome addition although not everybody will feel a need to calibrate their system for rendering accurate colours. The CMS interface makes it easy to select the type of device you are using (proofer, offset printer, monitor, and scanner) and simply specify what the devices' brand name is.|
However, this falls apart if users don't have existing profiles for their equipment and have to settle for a "generic" device profile.
CorelDraw's best new feature is PerfectShapes which let users quickly draw 77 customizable shapes and by using the control glyphs further adjust the shapes while retaining their general form. The shapes are divided into five categories: Basic, Arrow, Flowchart, Star, and Callout shapes. I particularly like the callout shapes for quick- drawing thought ballons, speech ballons and other comic- style callouts.
PerfectShapes are fully editable as with most Draw objects; letting you change outline, fill, size, position, scale, rotation, etc.
The Pan Tool (part of the Zoom set) has improved functionality - as you pan around the page you can left- or right-click your mouse to zoom in or out. This beats using scrollbars any day and doubles as a zoom tool.
Corel R.A.V.E., comes equipped with the usual complement of animation functions - layers, timeline window, animation objects along a path, blending objects over time (tweening) and adding sound bites to movies. Finished documents may be exported to Flash (SWF), GIF, AVI (Video for Windows) or MOV (QuickTime) format.
Corel Graphics Suite 10 recommended system:
Hard disk space required: ~ 300Mb
Practical Application of Corel Graphics Suite 10: OPCUG logo animation project
To put the Corel Graphics Suite 10 through its paces, I thought it would be nice to manipulate the OPCUG logo in Draw and use the shapes to create an animation with R.A.V.E. Horizontally scaling the computer part of the logo should be a fair test of the animation. Maybe I'll add a little flash (pun intended) at the end too.
I started by opening the OPCUG logo in
CorelDraw 10. I converted all text to curves (to avoid font substitutions)
and grouped the text objects. I also combined all the computer lines into
one object. Draw 10 behaves much like its previous versions, yet the revised
interface and better access to object properties makes it easier to work
fast. I used the Transform Docker to perform incremental scaling to multiple
copies of the graphic, which were OK to test, but unneccessary in the end
because R.A.V.E. let me use the identical Transform tool. The computer
logo was exported from Draw in Corel's native CMX format.
R.A.V.E., comes equipped with the usual complement of animation functions
- layers, timeline window, animation objects along a path, blending objects
over time (tweening) and adding sound bites to movies. Finished documents
may be exported to Flash (SWF), GIF, AVI (Video for Windows) or MOV (QuickTime)
I've uploaded the resultant Flash SWF file to Pub II if anyone would like to see it in motion.
Note that if you have an older browser, you may want to either upgrade it or download a Flash plug-in for your existing setup.
I like the "big ten". It still represents a terrific value for anyone looking to get into computer graphics of any kind. The core apps (Draw, Paint, R.A.V.E.) are at the top of their class in the industry and the utilities are worth the price of the whole box. However, if you already have version 8 or 9 and a vector web animation app doesn't excite you, you may want to hold off the upgrade.
Corel Draw 10
From Corel Corporation: http://www.corel.com/
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