by Rick Smith (November 16, 2001)
One of the newest members of Corel's creative software collection is CorelDRAW ESSENTIALS, which retails for $109. Based on a combination of CorelDRAW 9 and Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9, this software package also includes other useful utilities and graphic files.
The CorelDRAW portion provides vector illustration capability and page layout tools, along with an extensive array of effects and creation tools. The Corel PHOTO-PAINT portion provides image and photo editing capabilities, including image composition, image enhancement, masking and artistic brush tools.
This synergistic combination of these tools help you create:
home renovation and landscaping designs
family and home-office stationary
enhanced photo collections
QuickTime VR panoramas
The other useful utilizes and graphic files included are:
Corel CAPTURE 9
Canto Cumulus Desktop LE 5.0
Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0
QuickTime 5 Player
Digimarc Digital Watermarking
Human Software Squizz!
CorelTUTOR QuickTour Movie
5000 high-quality clipart images
1000 high resolution photos
1000 photo objects
100 TrueType fonts
Being a new product, CorelDRAW ESSENTIALS has been optimized for the Intel Pentium 4 processor and Microsoft Windows XP.
This suite includes more than 70 import filters and 40 export filters encompassing a wide variety of file formats. ESSENTIALS is also compatible with industry-standard bitmap plug-in effects, as well as TWAIN to make image import from scanners and digital cameras easier. Some of the key compatible formats are:
Adobe Photoshop (PSD)
Microsoft Word (DOC)
Windows Metafile (WMF)
Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG)
Kodak PhotoCD (PCD)
CorelDRAW ESSENTIALS runs on Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows XP. Sorry, not Windows 95. French and German versions are available in addition to English.
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