I’ve used CorelDRAW for years* and news of a new release was all it took for me to check out the Corel website. I currently use CorelDRAW 12 and skipped upgrading to last years “X3” release – did they really need to avoid “unlucky 13”?
Corel have been known to add and drop applications so I was interested to see what was new in the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4. Would it be a compelling upgrade for a CorelDRAW 12 user?
I was a little surprised to see the promotional material makes extensive use of a 3D CAD/BIM looking world. In the past Corel have flirted with various applications and the CorelDRAW Suite has seen 3D modelling (CorelBryce), 2D vector animation (CorelRAVE), texture generation (CorelTexture) come and go. I wondered if they had ventured back into the CAD world, remember CorelCAD?, and the suite now included some sort of 3D modelling application!
Fear not CAD world! The only reason “X4” appears in a 3D world is to showcase a wide variety of uses for it’s 2D graphic applications. It’s a clever way to reinforce the graphic influences in our lives and how the CorelDRAW Suite can handle everything from billboards down to bar-codes.
CorelDRAW, PHOTO-PAINT and PowerTRACE are still the core applications and are improved for X4. Also in the box are utilities for capture, font management, bar code generation, colour matching and the usual truckload of templates, clip-art, fonts and images that make it usable out of the box. New this time is ConceptShare – an on-line collaboration tool for document sharing and review. The applications have had interface refinements but retain the familiar, and good, Corel UI with no sign of being “ribbonised”. In a blast from the past a modernised, but familiar, CorelDRAW Balloon returns to the X4 box with no sign of X3’s chameleon.
You won’t find CorelCAD, or CorelBIM, but check out the website, especially the video, for a look at what’s new in CorelDRAW Suite X4’s and it’s “2D in a 3D world”! As for that upgrade decision, the jury is still out .
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 - Corel Corporation
CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X4 lets you tackle creative graphics and design projects with confidence…