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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 Upgrade [OLD VERSION]

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Product Features

  • Powerful, versatile and affordable graphics suite that includes everything you need for professional graphics illustration, layout and digital image editing
  • Innovative design tools, including advanced layout tables, live text formatting and separate layers per page, to optimize your workflow
  • Easy-to-use interface supported by learning videos, tutorials and intelligent Hints-Dockers
  • Market-leading file compatibility with over 100 import/export filters to make sharing your designs with colleagues and clients easy
  • Trusted by millions of professional users, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 is recognized as the standard design application in many industries

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • Media: DVD
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8 x 3.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0012KU9QW
  • Item model number: CDGSX4ENPCUG
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 22, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,310 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 lets you tackle creative graphics and design projects with confidence. New tools make it easier and quicker than ever to deliver any creative project, from layout and photo editing, to illustration and bitmap-to-vector tracing. Powerful text and layout enhancements give you the look you want plus market-leading file compatibility makes collaboration easy. Updated high-quality content, a step-by-step Hints Docker and new tutorials written by experts get you started fast. Professional and aspiring designers along with anyone who needs to express creative ideas will be able to turn their ideas into professional results: from distinctive logos and signs, to striking marketing materials and eye-catching web graphics.

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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 lets you tackle creative graphics and design projects with confidence. New tools make it easier and quicker than ever to deliver any creative project, from layout and photo editing, to illustration and bitmap-to-vector tracing. Powerful text and layout enhancements give you the look you want plus market-leading file compatibility makes collaboration easy. Updated high-quality content, a step-by-step Hints Docker and new tutorials written by experts get you started fast. Professional and aspiring designers along with anyone who needs to express creative ideas will be able to turn their ideas into professional results: from distinctive logos and signs, to striking marketing materials and eye-catching web graphics.

The redesigned CorelDRAW X4 user interface--new icons, menus, and controls give the applications a fresh appearance and provide a more intuitive working environment.

What's Included with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4?

Applications

  • CorelDRAW X4: CorelDRAW X4 is an intuitive vector-illustration and page-layout application that meets the demands of today's busy design professionals and occasional graphics users. It delivers results fast, whether users are creating a company logo or working toward demanding production schedules.
  • Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4: Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 is a professional image-editing application that lets users quickly and easily retouch and enhance photos. It is specifically designed for use in a graphics workflow.
  • Corel PowerTRACE X4: Professional designers often receive poor-quality bitmap images from clients and face the challenge of turning these bitmaps into high-quality vector images for business cards, brochures, signs, or other promotional items. Corel PowerTRACE X4 solves this problem by letting users quickly and accurately convert bitmaps into editable vector graphics.
  • Corel CAPTURE X4: Corel CAPTURE X4 is a one-click screen-capture utility that lets users capture images from their computer screens.

Supporting applications

  • Barcode wizard: The Barcode wizard lets users generate bar codes in a wide range of industry-standard formats.
  • Service Bureau Profiler: The Service Bureau Profiler helps users prepare their work for professional output.
  • Duplexing wizard: The Duplexing wizard helps users optimize their work for printing two-sided documents.
  • Bitstream Font Navigator: The Bitstream Font Navigator is an award-winning font manager for the Windows operating system. It lets users manage, find, install, and preview fonts.

The new Centerline Trace method is ideal for tracing line drawings or signatures.

A collection of specialized fonts includes engraving fonts.

A collection of specialized fonts includes engraving fonts.

Top New and Enhanced Features
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 is an affordable and comprehensive suite that combines intuitive page-layout, illustration, photo-editing, and bitmap-to-vector tracing applications. The trusted choice of professional and aspiring designers, the suite includes new tools that fuel the creative process, simplify project management, and optimize the graphic design workflow.

Streamline your workflow
With its redesigned and modernized user interfaces, new collaboration tools, and enhanced features, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 can help users streamline their workflow without compromising creativity or flexibility.

New--Modernized user interface (UI): For CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4, the user interface has been redesigned. New icons, menus, and controls give the applications a fresh appearance and provide a more intuitive working environment.

New--CorelDRAW ConceptShare: The new CorelDRAW ConceptShare docker is a valuable online collaboration tool. In a Web-based environment, CorelDRAW ConceptShare lets users share their designs and ideas with colleagues or clients in real time. Users can easily create multiple workspaces, upload their designs, and invite others to provide feedback or submit their own ideas.

Enhanced--Corel PowerTRACE X4: With Corel PowerTRACE X4, users can quickly and easily trace bitmaps, converting them into editable and scalable vector images. The new Centerline Trace method produces more accurate strokes and is perfect for tracing line drawings or signatures. To control which colors appear in the traced results, users can easily edit, merge, or delete colors on the color palette that is generated by PowerTRACE. In addition, improved smoothing and corner control help users optimize their traced results.

New--Windows Color System support: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 supports the Windows Color System, which enables users to more closely match colors between Corel and Microsoft applications.

New--Adobe Color Management Module: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite now supports the Adobe Color Management Module (CMM), which provides consistent color transformations by using industry-standard International Color Consortium (ICC) color profiles. This makes it easy for users to closely match colors between Corel and Adobe applications.

Enhanced--Print Merge: With CorelDRAW X4, the Print Merge wizard makes it easier than ever to combine text from a data source with a drawing. As a result, invitations, labels, certificates, or other projects that place unique, personalized text on the same design are faster and easier to produce. In addition, users now have the ability to output a print merge to the CorelDRAW file format (CDR). CorelDRAW X4 supports the following data sources: text (TXT), comma-separated values (CSV), Rich Text Format (RTF), and other files supported by Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) data sources.

High-quality thumbnail previews make it easier for users to find their files.

The new Table tool makes it easy to create a structured layout with graphic elements embedded in table cells.

The Learning tools accessible from the Welcome screen.

Enhanced--Customizable workspace: In addition to letting users customize the application's command bars, commands, and button arrangements, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 includes preset workspaces that have a similar look and feel to those of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Microsoft Office. These preset workspaces make it easier for users to transition to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Users can also export a custom workspace to share it with other users.

Enhanced--PDF Comments support: CorelDRAW X4 now supports PDF Comments, which gives users the option of importing comments and annotations when they import a PDF file. This makes it quicker and easier for users to access and leverage feedback from clients and colleagues.

Enhanced--Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 6.4: For users who want to automate their workflow, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 supports the latest version of Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) 6.4.

New--Dynamic product updates: With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4, the Welcome screen is a valuable resource that provides users with immediate access to new content, tips and tricks, product registration, and the latest product updates. From within the application, users can choose to install product updates automatically or to receive notification when updates are available.

Find your design assets
With market-leading file format compatibility, a convenient file search, and an abundance of new, editable content, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 makes it easier for users to exchange files and find the right design asset for the job.

Enhanced--Windows Vista integration: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 has been designed to take advantage of the latest innovations from the Windows Vista operating system. From within the operating system dialog boxes, users can search for files by author, subject, file type, date, keywords, or other file properties. Users can also easily add keywords or other notes when saving files in order to better organize their projects. In addition, users can edit file properties from within the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 applications or from Windows Explorer and Windows Vista Search. Users of Windows XP can use Windows Desktop Search or any other desktop search application that supports the iFilter format.

New--Content: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 includes an abundance of new, editable content on an easily searchable DVD. Users can browse through 10,000 clipart images to find inspiration for their next design project. These high quality vector graphics are easily adapted. In addition, 1,000 new high-quality photos on various subjects and themes are included.

New--Specialized fonts: With a collection of specialized fonts, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 helps users ensure that their output is optimized for its intended audience. An extended selection of new fonts includes single-line engraving fonts and OpenType cross-platform fonts, which offer enhanced language support for Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic outputs in WG4L format.

New--Template search and preview: In CorelDRAW X4, the New From Template dialog box has been completely redesigned to provide users with more information so that they can easily choose the right template for the job. Users can now preview templates by Type, such as flyer or postcard, or by Industry, such as hospitality, retail, or services. Users can also search for templates by using keywords.

New--Professionally designed templates: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 includes more than 80 professionally designed and customizable templates, which give users a great starting point for their designs. Flexible and easy to repurpose, the templates are now accompanied by Designer Notes. These notes provide information on the design choices made for the template, tips for outputting a design based on the template, and instructions for customizing the template while still adhering to design principles.

Enhanced--Adobe product support: To ensure a seamless workflow, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 provides enhanced support for Adobe Photoshop CS3, Adobe Illustrator CS3, PDF 1.7, PDF/A, and Adobe Acrobat 8. When exporting CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 files to the new Adobe Illustrator CS3 format, users can now choose a format for text in the exported files. This makes it easier for users to exchange files between the applications. In addition, users can save files to the PDF/A format--the file format approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for long-term archiving of electronic documents.

New--File format support: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 maintains its position as market leader in file format compatibility by adding support for Microsoft Publisher (versions 2002, 2003, and 2007). Users can also expect seamless compatibility with Microsoft Word 2007, AutoCAD DXF and AutoCAD DWG (versions R2.5 to 2007), and Corel Painter X, making it easier than ever to exchange files with colleagues and clients.

New--Thumbnail previews: New, high-quality thumbnail previews make it easier to find and organize CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT files.

The redesigned Corel PHOTO-PAINT user interface.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 lets users work with raw camera files.

Users now receive real-time feedback when adjusting the tone curve of an image.

Accelerate layout and text editing
With an interactive Table tool, independent page layers, real-time text formatting previews, and an integrated font identification feature, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 can help users accelerate document design.

New--Interactive tables: The new, interactive Table tool in CorelDRAW X4 lets users create and import tables to provide a structured layout for text and graphics. Users can easily align, resize, or edit tables and table cells to suit their designs. In addition, users can convert delimited text into a table or convert a table into delimited text. Users can also easily add and adjust images in individual table cells.

New--Independent page layers: With CorelDRAW X4, users can now control and edit layers independently for each page of a document, reducing the occurrence of pages with empty layers. Users can also add independent guidelines for individual pages and master guidelines for an entire document. This gives users the ability to create different layers on a page-specific basis, unconfined by a single document structure. In addition, the new Duplicate Page command gives users the flexibility to copy a page with all objects included or just the layer structure, making it easier to repurpose existing designs.

New--Live text formatting: CorelDRAW X4 introduces live text formatting, which lets users see how a text formatting change will look before applying it to a document. This handy and time-saving formatting aid reduces the need to undo and redo unsatisfactory changes. Users can now scroll through and preview many different formatting options, including fonts, font size, and alignment.

New--Font identification: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 now integrates with WhatTheFont, the online font identification service from MyFonts.com. Users can save time by immediately identifying the font used in existing designs or artwork received from clients (English only).

New--Mirror paragraph text: With CorelDRAW X4, users can now interactively mirror text. Users can mirror text horizontally or vertically, or both, which is essential for outputting content for certain specialized devices.

Enhanced--Quotation marks: CorelDRAW X4 users can now customize quotation marks for specific languages. Users can edit quotation mark styles and choose which style is used when typing in different languages. For example, users can change the style of double, single, and straight quotation marks for a specific language.

Get inspired and gain knowledge
With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4, it's never been easier to get started, find inspiration, or gain knowledge. The Welcome screen, expert tutorials, and other learning tools offer invaluable assistance to both new and experienced users.

New--Welcome screen: With a new Welcome screen, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 provides users with a centralized location to access recently used documents, templates, and learning tools, which include Tips & Tricks and video tutorials. To inspire users, the Welcome screen also includes a gallery that showcases designs created by CorelDRAW Graphics Suite users around the world.

New--CorelDRAW Handbook--Insights from the Experts: This new book showcases practical, real-world examples of accomplished designs by CorelDRAW experts. By deconstructing designs and sharing their wisdom and best practices, experts from a variety of industries demonstrate the power of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4.

New--Training videos: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 includes 2 hours of training videos on DVD. Topics include illustration, design, and image-editing fundamentals, industry-specific design principles, and output details for various media, such as print or the Web.

Enhanced--CorelTUTOR: With CorelTUTOR, users can access online, project-based tutorials that help them learn and use the applications. In addition to touring the workspaces of both CorelDRAW X4 and Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4, users can learn how to work with page-layout features, get started with bitmap-to-vector tracing, try the enhanced print-merge functionality, create a logo, an much more.

New--CorelDRAW community site: Accessible from within the application, the CorelDRAW.com community site gives users a place to get together to share information and learn from other users. Combining forums, blogs, galleries, and other resources, CorelDRAW.com is a valuable information resource for professional designers and occasional graphics users alike. Visit the site today to discover the creations and inspirations of this growing community.

Discover advanced image-editing features
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 provides advanced image-editing features that help users get expected results the first time.

New--Corel PHOTO-PAINT user interface: The Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 user interface has been redesigned and modernized with new icons, menus, and controls.

New--Raw camera file support: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 now supports raw camera file formats for more than 300 different types of cameras. This lets users import raw camera files directly from their digital camera. With interactive controls that provide real-time previews, users can view file properties and camera settings, adjust image color and tone, and improve image quality.

New--Straighten image: With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4, users can quickly and easily straighten images that were scanned or photographed at an angle. The interactive controls, a grid with vertical and horizontal guidelines, and an integrated histogram that provides results in real time, make it easier than ever to straighten crooked images. In addition, users can choose to have their images automatically cropped.

Enhanced--Adobe Photoshop CS3 support: Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 provides support for Adobe Photoshop CS3 so that users can seamlessly exchange files between the applications.

New--Histogram feedback: In CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4, more features and effects now provide histogram feedback in real time. This lets users edit images more efficiently by previewing changes and comparing results as they adjust image tone, apply effects, or process raw camera files.

Enhanced--Tone Curve adjustments: In Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4, the Tone Curve dialog box has been enhanced to help users adjust their images with more precision. With an integrated histogram, users now receive real-time feedback as they make adjustments to their images. In addition, the new Eyedropper lets users pinpoint specific color locations on the tone curve of their image. Users can also select, add, or delete nodes along the tone curve.



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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall great product but they miss key areas... March 28, 2008
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I come from the sign industry and a lot of sign shops use CorelDRAW. However, it would be NICE if Corel realized that they have such a following in that niche and would optimize DRAW for vinyl cutting. Phew! I've always wanted to get that off my chest.

Having said that it was worthwhile upgrading from version 12. I'm not sure that upgrading from X3 would have been worthwhile.

CorelDRAW's interface, particularly in editing bezier curves, has always made it my choice. I used Illustrator every single day at work but I have yet to figure out curve editing on it. :-P

Corel still does not match Adobe in the colour management area. They need to take this a little more seriously!

Corel needs to stop buying up companies and trying to market their products. Why did they buy Paintshop? They should have just continued to update Photopaint. Paintshop is just a drag on their developement resources and takes their programing team away from their core products.

Also, Corel is not taking website design integration seriously. They need something to compete with Dreamweaver. "Get with it guys! It is not just a print world anymore!" Also, why the devil did they stop developement of RAVE??? It disappeared a couple incarnations ago and doesn't look like it'll return.

Having said all that CorelDRAW X4 is a great vector illustration program and I can still do professional raster image editing with Photopaint. Their bitmap to vector tracing module can't be beat. All for much less than Adobe products.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice improvements, but buggy as always May 19, 2008
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I've been using the CorelDRAW suite since version 2, so I like the product. But I get tired of new versions being so buggy--I sometimes find myself feeling more like a beta tester than a customer when I upgrade. While this version is supposedly optimized for Vista, it locks up for no apparent reason from time to time and sends me running back to version 12 in order to get things done. Still, if you're a Corel fan like me and you want compatibility with the latest files from Adobe CS3, this is where you need to be.

Since I upgraded from version 12 and skipped X3, I'm not sure whether some of the changes to the symbols used on the toolbar icons are new this time or were last time, but I'd have preferred to continue with the familiar ones and don't see an option that would allow me to do so. Ditto for the new arrow-like appearance of the nodes in DRAW.

I like the new option for straightening scans, but with Adobe Acrobat able to do that automatically (when it performs OCR), I'm surprised Corel hasn't found a way to do the same.

Overall, I still prefer Corel to Adobe's suite--it's a more intuitive interface and I can do pretty much the same stuff, often faster than my colleagues who use the Adobe suite--but it always irks me that it takes a couple of fixes and revisions to achieve stability whenever I upgrade.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent program suite June 13, 2008
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 [DVD]

A highly under-rated program given its capabilities, ease of use... it is no less than Adobe's industry leading programs like Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign... it has the combined capabilities of all three and yet shines over them with not so insignificant free add-ons like a myriad of filters for importing and exporting various formats, bar-code generator, a large library of fonts and clip-art, etc., which in the case of Adobe need serious money to make them as complete as CorelDraw. I use all of them, but the comfort level and efficiencies offered by CorelDraw are unequalled. I can never figure out why CorelDraw never made it to becoming an industry standard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works with Vista August 14, 2008
I have been a user of Corel for many years. I've appreciated the product and was disappointed that the version I had been using could not work on my Vista machine. So, I upgraded and have been happy with the new version of the product too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too late to get a refund now July 30, 2009
By Jack
The place I work at recently got the upgrade in the hopes of improving the graphic design process.

While it remains easy enough to use, a number of critical issues have arisen. The "TABLES" feature, which we needed to simplify the creation of many documents barely works and is missing key features we needed. The "EXPORT" command does not work very well in creating files that other, non-Corel programs can use. It does not like to open up old files from the previous version of Corel, and font substitution in those older files is a chronic problem, even though the actual fonts are on the machine.

We have returned to the previous version of Corel for our production work, and I do not plan on upgrading any Corel product if I can help it.

Now if only we could get a refund for this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I'm a long-time fan of Corel graphics products. I've been using the graphics suite since version 3.

With version X4, the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite remains a professional-grade graphics production software. As a professional graphic designer, I've used Adobe products and find Corel's products to be more intuitive and flexible, not to mention much more affordable. I love being able to work with native Illustrator / Photoshop files with more ease and speed than using Illustrator / Photoshop / CS3. And I've also had no problems providing Adobe-only service bureaus with Adobe files created from CorelDRAW / PhotoPaint. My production software arsenal will continue to have CorelDRAW Graphics Suite at its core.

Version X4 seems quite stable; I've not used all its capabilities yet, but will eventually and have complete faith in the suite's integrity.
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