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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 [OLD VERSION]

Platform : Windows
4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • More than 10,000 individually selected quality clipart and digital images; 1,000 OpenType fonts, plus 100 creative templates; printed User Guide; and training videos by lynda.com
  • CorelDRAW X3 – Now including Corel PowerTRACE, this intuitive graphic design, page layout, illustration, and tracing application meets the demands of today’s busy design professionals and business users.
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Product Description

Product Description

Whether they are design professionals on deadline or small business owners creating their own marketing materials, customers will enjoy a significant productivity boost from CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3. The suite simplifies the design process for projects of any scale, including logo creation, professional marketing brochures, and eye-catching signs. Customers choose CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 because it delivers a combination of superior design capabilities, speed, ease of use, and affordability that’s unmatched in the graphics software industry.


Whether you're creating company logos or working toward demanding production schedules, you can transform ideas into professional results with the help of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3. This significant update includes more than 40 new and enhanced features designed to directly benefit design professionals and occasional business users.

Included Applications

  • CorelDRAW X3: An intuitive graphic design and page layout application that meets the demands of today's busy design professionals and occasional business users. It delivers results fast, whether you're creating a company logo or working toward demanding production schedules.
  • Corel Photo-Paint X3: A professional image-editing application that lets users quickly and easily retouch and enhance photos. It is specifically designed for use as part of a graphic workflow.
  • Corel PowerTRACE X3: Professional designers often receive poor-quality bitmap images from clients and face the challenge of turning these into high-quality vector images for business cards, brochures, promotional items, or signs. The new Corel PowerTRACE solves this problem by letting users quickly and accurately convert bitmaps into editable vector graphics.
  • Corel Capture X3: A one-click screen capture utility that lets users capture images from their computer screen.
  • Pixmantec RawShooter essentials: This raw workflow tool provides the highest-quality output and fastest conversion time of any raw converter on the market today. It gives designers and business users excellent results with minimum effort.
  • Content: More than 10,000 clipart and digital images individually selected to meet the needs of design professionals and business users; 1,000 OpenType fonts, plus 35 Windows Glyph List 4 (WGL4) fonts; and 100 creative templates.

Corel PowerTRACE is the most powerful and accurate bitmap-to-vector tracing application on the market. You now have complete control and flexibility for editing vector images, including color merging and interactive color mode selection. See it in action.

The Image Adjustment Lab is a 'one stop shop' for adjusting photo colors and tones while the ability to create snapshots of your adjusted photos with one single click makes photo comparison simple and easy. See it in action.

Powerful new illustration tools help you transform your ideas into results faster and more beautifully than ever. See it in action.

Also included: Images, fonts, and 10,000 hand-selected, professional clipart images. You also get 35 new WGL4 fonts and 1,000 royalty free photos. See it in action.

Its now easier than ever to learn and work with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3! See it in action.
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Made for you
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 has been designed for both design professionals and occasional business users, with special new tools that are sure to ease the burden of both types of users. If you work in advertising, printing, sign-making, engraving, or manufacturing, this release has amazing new tools that help you get the job done faster, and with more accuracy. Likewise, if you need to create marketing collateral, flyers, newsletters, brochures, Web graphics, and other projects for your business, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 makes it easy to make it happen, fast.

Quality Layout Results
CorelDRAW X3 provides significant improvements to text handling that make it easier for users to select, edit, and format text. New controls have been added for alignment, drop caps, tabs, bullets, and columns. For more flexibility and accuracy in design, users can now specify text size in inches and create hyperlinks for specific characters. In addition, the application works better with text from other sources.

The new Character Formatting docker makes formatting artistic and paragraph text easier than ever before. This convenient new docker includes easy-to-use controls for adjusting kerning, changing the angle of selected characters, and applying character effects, such as Underline, Strike-Through, Uppercase. Meanwhile, an enhanced Interactive Fit Text to Path tool now makes it easier than ever to attach text to a path with precision. A common effect for creating logos and signs, this new tool lets you interactively control text placement in order to get your desired results.

New Tools for Illustration
With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3, designers can take advantage of tons of new tools and features that increase their productivity without compromising on their creativity and flexibility. For instance, the new Star tool lets users quickly and easily draw perfect stars, while the new Complex Star tool makes it easy to create complex stars that have intersecting sides and produce unique results with an applied fill. You can also specify the number of points and can sharpen the points of a complex star.

A significant time-saver, the new Crop tool quickly lets you remove unwanted areas in objects and imported graphics -- both bitmap and vector. This handy addition to the CorelDRAW X3 toolbox eliminates the need to ungroup objects, break linked groups apart, or convert objects to curves. Meanwhile, the unique, new Smart Fill tool lets you apply a fill to any enclosed area by creating a new object from an enclosed area. Unlike conventional fill tools that fill only objects, the Smart Fill tool detects the edges of an area and creates a closed path so that the area can be filled. For example, the Smart Fill tool can fill the loops of a freehand line that crosses over itself. The Smart Fill tool creates a path around the area, so the filled object can be moved, copied, or edited.

Powerful, Accurate Tracing
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 provides a more streamlined, integrated tracing solution that delivers accurate and optimized bitmap-to-vector tracing results.

Integrated with CorelDRAW X3, the new Corel PowerTRACE allows users to quickly and easily convert bitmaps into editable vector graphics. Design professionals typically face the challenge of turning bitmap images into high-quality vector images to create logos for business cards, brochures, signs, and promotional items. For control and flexibility, Corel PowerTRACE generates a color palette that lets you easily pick which colors appear in the traced result and quickly convert them to the appropriate color mode, including spot colors. You can also choose from several preset tracing styles, color modes, and background options. With three different preview modes -- Before and After, Large Preview, and Wireframe Overlay -- Corel PowerTRACE makes it easy to analyze the result and adjust the settings used to trace your image.

Efficient Photo Editing
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 puts the focus on providing design professionals with more efficient, intuitive, and accurate photo editing.

Corel Photo-Paint X3 is now significantly faster when working with large images and applying photo effects, resulting in better real-time feedback and improving overall workflow efficiency. Improved object handling gives designers more precise control in rotating, skewing, or distorting objects. For large images, improved use of image cache provides significantly increased response time for previewing most effects and for manipulating objects.

The new, integrated Image Adjustment Lab saves designers valuable time and is accessible from both Corel Photo-Paint and CorelDRAW. Design professionals often work with files that have poor color balance and contrast, and they need to use multiple tools to make adjustments. The Image Adjustment Lab addresses this problem by uniting a number of manual and automatic controls for common color and tone corrections, providing an intuitive and fast way to achieve professional image adjustments. The Image Adjustment Lab also lets users create snapshots of their adjustments with just one click. The snapshots appear below the working preview, which lets users easily compare each snapshot against the original and choose the best result.

Built on the power of Corel KnockOut, the enhanced Cutout Lab includes new controls to simplify the process of cutting out image areas and to improve accuracy. The new Add Detail and Remove Detail tools make it easy to refine the cutout area. For easy reference when defining the cutout area, users can preview their cutout against the original image, or transparent, white, gray, or black backgrounds. For maximum flexibility, users can choose to save the cutout object and discard the original image, save the cutout object and keep the original image, or save the cutout object as a clip mask added to the original image. In addition, the Cutout Lab includes Undo and Redo buttons to quickly correct any mistakes.

Enhanced Compatibility
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 provides enhanced compatibility for more than 100 commonly used file formats, including Adobe Illustrator, Photocells, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Office, JPEG, and PDF. Users can now seamlessly edit and exchange files in those formats. Outstanding support for spot colors has been added for Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop, and PDF.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000DN7J94
  • Item model number: CDGSX3ENGPC
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 17, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,233 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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CorelDraw was my first foray into vector graphics back when version 3 showed up on my desk at the small "Mom and Pop" screenprinting shop i worked at. Back then, Corel came with OODLES of free fonts, clipart, manuals ... not to mention FREE technical support via a toll-free number.

i stayed with Corel exclusively until version 10 ... enduring countless patches, bugs and the dreaded "odd-numbered" curse (if you tried version 5 or 7, you feel my pain). Adobe Photoshop was always my photo-editing program of choice ... CorelPhotoPAINT just never quite "did it" for me.

Industry demands eventually delegated that i delve into Adobe Illustrator. Being already familiar with Adobe Photoshop's features, tools and "look and feel", Illustrator didn't present a huge, overbearing learning curve. In Illustrator, i found the same robust features as CorelDraw ... which wasn't what impressed me about Illustrator. Adobe's intuitive programs, and their ability to interact with one another ... seamlessly ... THAT is what won me over to Illustrator. Illustrator's ability to edit/create PDF's in their native format? WOW! Exporting LAYERED vector files to Photoshop ... with layers INTACT??? WOW!!! (i could go on)

Now, that being said ... there are STILL things that i prefer in CorelDRAW compared to Illustrator. The EXTRUDE function in corel is MUCH easier to utilize. The PowerClip function is more user friendly than Illustrator's "make clipping mask" function. The ability to customize/edit/add shortcut keys is an amazing feature. (again ... i could go on) (EDIT: i learned this IS possible in Illustrator CS2 via the EDIT/Keyboard Shortcuts, or Alt+Shift+Ctrl+K)

In regards to importing and exporting files from other applications, CorelDRAW wins, hands down.
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As an artist for a t-shirt screen printer, I have used CorelDRAW since version 2, so know it quite well and this latest version is by far the most impressive update yet. Corel's tracing program was always superior to other vendors, but the new built-in version in DRAW is even better and easier to use. Has saved me hours of re-creating time already.

I have always found Corel's user interface to be far more intuitive than Illustrator's. In fact, I avoid using Illustrator at all costs except for the few files created with some tools that don't import into Corel correctly. That brings up another thing that Corel is superior at: Importing other file types. Corel will import (and export) most any file type out there. It can open directly most all PDF's, AI and EPS files.

I must correct a couple of items form other reviewers.

Scott Carmichael says that all pages must be the same size, this is not true, they can be any size or orientation (Options>Document>Page>Size, select Resize current page only)

Also says: Typographic features unimpressive - can't change kerning/leading multiple times in the same text box (universally changes all text in container). Also not true. Select text, press F10, then can select any letters or groups and apply any effect you want to them, with no limit. As with any new high end program it takes a while to find all the features (how many of us actually read the whole manual or go through the whole tutorial?) and some items are often hidden deep in some setup menu. It is definitely worth it to go through Corel's Tools>Options menu and explore all the settings available.
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I've been using graphics apps since they were invented and I remember well who has been the first to invent new features in the major drawing apps. In the old days illustrator had almost no market share because, well lets just say it had no market share. it is in my humble opinion the most difficult program to learn and to use I have ever seen. Freehand by contrast was adroit, thus it had all the market share on the mac platform and has for instants always been united press internationals world standard. with the release of version 7 of freehand macromedia announced that in order to reduce the apps growing tool set they would now build controls into objects. perhaps this is why some neophyte reviewers think coreldraw is a knockoff of freehand but in point of fact this was corels original innovation in version one of corel draw many many years before freehand copied it. Some of illustrators newest features like the ability to add spot colors to a bitmap were in version 3 or earlier of the corel package. Draw was the first program to offer true transparent vector objects, gradient transparency of vector or raster objects, interactive controls and draws vector lens effects are simply incomparable. The list could go on for days. Corel Draw today is by far the most capable app in the world. It's feature set is unapproached by illustrator. It's output to any device is always flawless and for my money it's lightyears ahead.
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I think some of the reviewers here did not use the program more enough, am using it since version 2 till now as an illustrator this program can't be beated... gradient fill was so stupid to create in earlier versions of adobe illustrator u must create two objects then blend them together to form a gradient fill then you have to mask it within a path or the shape you are filling, one more thing the mask in corel "container" is a wonderful tool to have much better than the mask used in illustrator that sucks (u have to see me pulling out my hear if i made i mistake using it) do you want more i have a lot to mention.

Am using both program everyday know them very well and to be honest i do all the artwork in coreldraw then i export to illustrator for color separation and printing and that becuase the printers agancies in my country don't know how to use corel so i have to ride the wave and finalize thing in illustrator.

I do all detailed drawings precisely using the guidelines and grid (first in available in corel) creating layouts, realistic objects or models with shadings and shadowing as well with ease this software is so powerfull if you are a real artist you must get it
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