Corel DESIGNER 10
Corel DESIGNER 10 was developed specifically to streamline the production
of technical design, but is equally robust at creating graphic design! It lets
you create, manage, plot, share, and reuse technical diagrams, illustrations,
and schematics, ensuring flawless file sharing within your drawing workflow.
DESIGNER offers plenty of technical functionality. It has been designed as
much for drafts-people as for graphic DESIGNERs.
Robust technical illustration tools allow you to create and modify detailed
callouts with halos, and add dimensions, connector lines, line style sizes,
and custom line endings to your projects. Control all image transformations
in one place with improved editing tools. Strong new drawing, editing and tracing
tools, and enhanced snapping capabilities allow you to quickly and accurately
modify images, while new support for symbols saves time and dramatically reduces
So what’s new? To begin with there’s the interface. It is unrecognizable
for prior DESIGNER users and existing users will simply not know what struck
them. CorelDRAW users will be familiar with the new environment, immediately
recognizing its context-sensitive property bar for controlling tools and no
less than 23 docker windows for controlling everything else.
Your cursor is constantly giving feedback on underlying objects and snapping
to their paths, mid-points, quadrants, tangents and so on - essential when
producing technical work.
Compatibility and support for 61 import/export filters: AutoCAD 2002 DXF/DWG,
CGM, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Visio, PDF, SVG, HPGL, CorelDRAW, WordPerfect,
Corel Ventura, Corel Grafigo, and Corel Presentations. You get complete network
scalability to deploy DESIGNER across corporate intranets. This lets you exchange
files without interrupting your workflow.
DESIGNER’s Dimension tools are used for marking up precise measurements
and include horizontal, vertical and parallel options, as well as one for marking
up angles. The Callout tool lets you automatically pick out object properties,
or you can add your own text. Text handling is modest and sometimes quirky,
but always workable.
The Connector Line tools that again offer up to three segments have replaced
the former Sticky Line tool. DESIGNER also ships with thousands of industry-standard
architectural, electrical and mechanical symbols for use as building blocks
handled by Symbol Manager Docker.
Completely new are Perfect Shape tools that let you add common diagrammatic
symbols with in-built editing intelligence. The helpful Virtual Segment Delete
tool trims line segments back to the nearest intersection. Most useful of all
will be the Transformation Docker window where you can take precise and centralized
control of positioning, rotation, scaling and skewing and now of producing
Now DESIGNER offers all of CorelDRAW’s formatting controls including
access to Pantone libraries, fractal fills and so on. There’s even the
Gradient Mesh tool for adding state-of-the-art PostScript-friendly graduated
shading. The Extrusion tool will be of most interest to the target audience
with the ability it provides to bring 2D drawings into 3D.
Particularly useful is the inclusion of the Trace utility that converts scanned
bitmaps to vector images. Bitstream’s Font Navigator for taking control
of your fonts and the support for Visual Basic for Applications means that
DESIGNER can now be used for fully automated workflows.
For example, choose to draw polygons from side, corner or center and the Dynamic
Snap function can be used to easily draw concentric shapes, like gears within
gears, (the snapping is similar to AutoCAD’s grip editing.) Speed up
production time by scanning legacy raster images, diagrams and schematics using
TWAIN-compatible devices, and convert them to editable vector format.
- New Precision Snapping capabilities allow users to accurately specify
locations in a technical drawing. Features like Gravity Snapping automatically
locates snap points so users can precisely add or modify geometry while
using any tool.
- Powerful new editing tools control all transformations from one location.
With the new Transformation Docker, users can precisely move, rotate,
scale, flip, skew and project objects to isometric views.
- Corel DESIGNER 10 includes thousands of reusable, industry standard
Symbols that can be stored in files or linked over a network
- Compatibility and support for more than 61 import/export filters,
and even more support for formats common to the technical graphics
workflow such as CorelDRAW, AutoCAD DXF/DWG, etc.
- CorelTRACE® 11 is included to speed up production time by allowing
users to import scanned, bit-mapped images to vector images, via TWAIN-compatible
DESIGNER also bundles Microsoft Visual Basic Applications for scripting support,
which can be used to enforce drafting standards, among other things. The software
also has improved interoperability with support for DWG/DXF, SVG, CGM, as well
as Publish-to-Web and Publish-to-PDF exporting. Naturally, DESIGNER is very
compatible with CorelDRAW 11. You can create web-enabled design objects and
convert text to a web-compatible format plus “roll overs” (interactive
graphics that will change in appearance as a pointing device is moved over
Printing is clearly enhanced, including the new Preflight tab to make you
aware of potential problems. PDF printer support is also enhanced (PPD).
You can create PDF files plus options to reduce file size. As in prior
versions, but improved, is the process of matching colors amongst various
devices such as scanner, printers, cameras and monitors. I appreciate Corel
maintaining and updating DESIGNER. It isn’t actually a new release of the longstanding
Micrografx application; rather it’s a competitive upgrade to a tweaked
version of CorelDRAW. Although developed for technical illustrations, it does
great graphics and with an acceptable learning curve.
It is comprehensive, easy-to-use, and accurate. Corel DESIGNER 10 is $469
(suggested retail price) for the full package and $229 for an upgrade from
any previous version of DESIGNER (including its predecessor, ABC Graphics).
For more info go to www.corel.com/DESIGNER10.
Marie Georgsen is a HAL-PC member who is assistant chief layout designer
for a national consulting engineering firm headquartered in Houston.