Archive for August, 2012

Page Plus 16 great design software without breaking the bank

August 15, 2012

Attention book publishers, graphic designers; if you don’t want to break the bank buying powerful publishing and design software, I recommend award winning software Serifs Page Plus 16. Its great for professional layouts; such as, print, catalogs, books, etc. for under $99. You can inport all your Microsoft word documents into the program.  If you don’t have the cash right away they have a free learning edition to get you going.

PagePlus X6 is the #1 desktop publishing software* that provides all you need for business-class digital publishing and print design – with no experience required. Create stylish promotional materials and stationery, fully edit PDFs, publish eBooks for iPad® and Kindle, and make interactive multimedia brochures like no other office software!

  • Promote your business or club with posters, brochures, flyers and newsletters.
  • Create documents and stationery from scratch or use agency-quality templates.
  • Publish eBooks for Kindle, iPad® or other readers, tablets and smartphones.
  • Design professional logos and edit photos in dedicated studios.
  • Print right-first-time yourself or professionally, with print press compatibility.
  • Create forms for printing or share as PDF to receive responses by email.
  • Open, fully edit, and save PDFs optimized for printing, sharing, or uploading to the web.
  • Check out the video for yourself
  • Official Website:
  • www.serif.com
  • Free Learning edition link:
  • http://www.serif.com/desktop-publishing-software/
  • Find out how you can publish your own ebook
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rKGwT4i_90&feature=relmfu
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Corel Draw 16 adds some great features in its latest edition

August 1, 2012

I had a chance to check out some of the great new features in the powerful vector drawing and design program in Corel Draw 16. Some of the new powerful but simple tools for drawing are the: Smear, Twirl, Repel and Attract Tools. Attract will pull things together, Repel will push this out, twirl will spin things, Smear will change the shapes dramatically without having to use the pen tool. I think these are great improvements and definetly will save production time; especially if you are creating vector work for story boards, creating vector drawings for animation.

To get a feel for the description of the new tools take alook at the demonstration in the video link below; by expert corel draw user of  “Advanced T Shirt Artist Developer”

http://www.advancedtshirts.com/

What’s New

This is the upgrade you’ve been waiting for! CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 makes everyday tasks faster and easier, delivering new time-savers that help you create with confidence. So many features worth waiting for! CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 offers the tools, the features and the power to enhance all of your design needs.

Take a closer look at the 10 most important reasons to upgrade your graphics software:

  • New! Advanced OpenType® support

    Create beautiful text with advanced OpenType typography features, such as contextual and stylistic alternates, ligatures, ornaments, small caps, swash variants and more. Ideal for cross-platform design work, OpenType offers comprehensive language support, allowing you to customize characters to suit the language you’re working with. Control all your OpenType options from a centralized menu and make contextual changes with interactive OpenType features.

  • New! Custom-built Color Harmonies

    Easily create a complementary color palette for your design. The new Color Harmonies tool, accessed from the Color Styles docker, combines Color Styles into a Harmony, allowing you to modify colors collectively. It also analyzes colors and hues to deliver complementary color schemes—a great way for you to satisfy clients with variety!

  • New! Multiple trays in Corel® CONNECT™ X6

    Instantly find images on your local network and search iStockPhoto®, Fotolia and Flickr® websites. Easily access your content, using the multiple trays now available within Corel CONNECT. And organize content by type or project in trays that are shared between CorelDRAW®, Corel® PHOTO-PAINT™ and Corel CONNECT for maximum efficiency.

  • New! Creative vector shaping tools

    Creatively add effects to your vector artwork! CorelDRAW X6 introduces four shaping tools that provide new creative options for refining your vector objects. The new Smear tool lets you shape an object by pulling extensions or making indents along its outline. The new Twirl tool lets you apply twirl effects to objects. And you can use the new Attract and Repel tools to shape curves by attracting or separating nodes.

    Go directly to Corel Draw 16 page

    http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?&countryCode=US&1=1&mapcounter=1&pid=prod4260069