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Thursday, October 23, 2014

CorelCAD 2015 Brings Industry-Standard 2D & 3D CAD Features at Competitive Price

Corel CAD 2015Many of you are CorelDRAW users. Below is the official press release for CorelCAD 2015 and I wanted to relate how it could be helpful to CorelDRAW users.

Some of you have the need to work with CAD files, specifically to import them into CorelDRAW. This doesn't always go as well as you would like. A big benefit to CorelCAD is that it is designed to open CAD files and has the ability to save to CDR format. In this case, it makes a very good conversion tool.

Others have limited CAD needs and try to create those drawings in CorelDRAW. Depending on the project, it may work well. For other projects you really need something more. For those situations, CorelCAD might be one of the easier CAD products to learn and it is priced well below tools like AutoCAD.

For all of the details of the new version, look over the press release below. I've included links that take you directly to the product page on Corel's site where you can purchase and/or download a free trial.

New CorelCAD™ 2015 Brings Industry-Standard 2D and 3D CAD Features at a Competitive Price

Latest Release Highlights Precise Drawing Constraints, Expanded 2D Drafting and 3D Design Tools

Corel® released CorelCAD™ 2015, the latest version of its powerful and affordable CAD software. CorelCAD 2015 provides the must-have tools for 2D and 3D CAD design, comprehensive support for native .DWG files and CorelDRAW® graphics, and automation capabilities that deliver impressive speed and performance on both a Windows and Mac platform. With new features, such as parametric drawing capabilities, a pop-up dimension palette and enhanced in-place text editing tools, users can immediately improve their design productivity.

"CorelCAD 2015 delivers one of the strongest and most cost-effective CAD software solutions for users of all levels," said Klaus Vossen, Senior Product Manager for Technical Graphics, Corel. "It's one of the best choices for architects, engineers and other CAD professionals because of its affordability, familiar ribbon UI and extensive file compatibility. The new parametric design capabilities accelerate productive design workflows. With an extensive set of 3D design tools, CorelCAD 2015 is the ideal software for 3D enthusiasts looking for an affordable 3D design application with 3D output capabilities from concept to finished goods."

With the state-of-the-art ARES® CAD platform, CorelCAD 2015 offers intuitive new features and enhancements to complement any CAD project:
  • NEW Drawing Constraints (Parametric Drawing) for Windows Increases drawing precision by applying dimensional constraints to ensure 2D designs meet exact proportion, angle and size requirements by forcing a geometric shape to perform in a specified way.
  • NEW 2D Editing Tools Maintains the attribute values while exploding blocks to editable shapes with the ExplodeBlockX, the DiscardDuplicates tool simplifies geometry, and the interactive trim path precisely trims curves and corners on screen.
  • NEW Pop-Up Dimension Palette Displays dimension text formatting and property settings on screen for quick editing and easier control of frequently-used settings.
  • ENHANCED In-Place Text and Table Editing Creates or modifies existing text with the ability to quickly stack text and paste formatted text from Microsoft Word within a project. Inserts, deletes, merges or resizes cells, rows and columns within existing tables to quickly include important text or instructions into any drawing.
  • ENHANCED Windows Ribbon User Interface (UI) Enhances productivity and allows users to easily transition from other CAD programs with customizable Windows ribbon UI workspaces.

Pricing and Availability

CorelCAD 2015 is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian-Portuguese, Czech, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean. North American pricing is $699 (USD and CAD). Registered CorelCAD users of any previous version of CorelCAD, CorelCAD 2013 and CorelCAD 2014 are eligible for an upgrade price of $199 (USD and CAD). Education and volume licenses are available, offering flexible hybrid solutions on Windows and Mac operating systems.

About CorelCAD Software

CorelCAD is an affordable and powerful CAD software solution for precise 2D drafting and 3D design. With industry-standard CAD features and advanced .DWG support, it is a true CAD solution for architectural and mechanical CAD needs.

Boasting some of the industry's best-known brands, Corel's product lines also include CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, CorelDRAW® Technical Suite, Corel® Painter®, Corel® PaintShop® Pro, Corel® PDF Fusion™, Corel® VideoStudio® and Corel® WordPerfect® Office. For more information about CorelCAD software, please visit www.coreldraw.com/corelcad.

© 2014 Corel Corporation. All rights reserved. Corel, the Corel logo, Corel Balloon logo, CorelDRAW, Painter, CorelCAD, PaintShop, PDF Fusion, VideoStudio and WordPerfect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Have Tools Handy For Working On Computer

Rosewill 90 Piece Professional Computer ToolkitSome of you love to work with tools and some are you are probably hesitant. It is always a good idea to have a computer toolkit available. Maybe all you need to do is open up the case to blow out the dust.

Of course you might be changing a component or even building your own computer. Regardless of the task at hand, it is much easier when you have tools designed for the task.

Today I've selected two very reasonably priced toolkits and you can decide which one is right for your needs. Keep the kit of your choice near your computer and you'll be ready when you need it!









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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Diagnosing a Locked CorelDRAW File

I had a loyal reader contact me about a problem he was having when trying to e-mail a file to a vendor for output. He had a logo in CorelDRAW that he converted to PDF. When he tried to attach the PDF file to an e-mail, he was always told that the file was in use by another program.

With the information I was originally provided, I didn't have any great answers others than trying to figure out what program was still using the file. Before long, he wrote back to tell me how it got resolved. The logo had a graphic element that was provided to him as a bitmap. He re-created that element as a vector. Below the graphic was a line of text that came to him as vector shapes. Since it was vector, he hadn't tried to re-create it.

It was that text causing the issue. As soon as he re-created it from scratch, he could attach the file without issue. Sometimes you just have to keep digging to find the answer!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Aliens Seamless Textures To Invade Your Designs

Whether filling an area of a brochure or vehicle wrap, applying a cool surface to a 3D rendering or just modifying your Windows desktop, seamless textures provide infinite possibilities. A new collection of seamless textures featuring 144 different alien patterns has been added to our Textures Unleashed collections. If you aren't aware of the many ways you can use seamless textures, we have a number of free tutorials available for different software.
Make sure the visit the Textures Unleashed Volume 16: Aliens page where you can see a larger sample than the one shown below as well as download a free PDF catalog showing all 144 of the included textures. If you want a DVD with four sizes of each texture including the ultra detailed 2048x2048 files, we've got that for you. There is also a "Lite" version of the collection including just the 256x256 tiles that you can download soon after ordering.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Arizonia Script Font For Your Design Desert

Download Arizonia FontMost of you know that our office is in Arizona. So I just couldn't refuse a font with the name of Arizonia as today's free font. I'd love to tell you a good story about how the name relates to our state, but I just can't see the connection. What I can tell you is that it is a nice script, handwriting font. Get your free copy!

Not sure how to download and install these free fonts? Make sure to read Downloading Fonts, Installing Fonts and Spam Filters for detailed instructions. Need help setting up an account for free stuff? Read Do You Have Account For Free Stuff On Graphics Unleashed?
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cave Creek Geek Loves the Kansas City Royals

The Cave Creek Geek grew up a huge Kansas City Royals fan. Back in those days they had some great teams and players. Unfortunately the team went through a long funk after the Geek moved to Arizona. Twenty-nine years of futility ended this year and the Royals have clinched a spot in the World Series. If you haven't been watching, the team has amazing pitching, great defense, blazing speed and a group of players that even opposing fans have grown to love. As a long suffering fan, I couldn't be prouder of my team.

Last year I got to go to a couple of games at Kaufman Stadium and filmed a video telling you all about the massive scoreboard in center field. Let's go Royals, take the crown!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Zoom In Tight With Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camer

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Digital CameraMost of us probably carry a digital camera with us most everywhere in the form of a smartphone. The quality of pictures and videos from smartphones continually is improving, but they are too small to contain the optics for megazoom. Manufacturers of smartphones also leave out other features to try and keep prices reasonable.

On the high end are DSLR cameras. They certainly cost more and they don't fit in your pocket. That's where a camera like the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS comes into play. Calling it a pocket camera may be stretching things a little or maybe I should say it will stretch your pockets. If not in your pocket, you can easily carry it around your wrist on a strap. It is 4.4 x 1.4 x 2.6 inches and weighs 9.4 ounces.

The feature that really jumps out to me is the 30X optical zoom. I currently have a Canon pocket camera with 10X zoom that is pretty amazing. For those who are curious how that translates to a DSLR lens, it would range from 25-750mm! I also notice the pop-up flash on this camera has a lot more light output than what is in my current camera. More cool features are the built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity so you can connect to computers and phones to transfer photos and even to share photos online.

You can also control the camera from your phone. Put the camera on a tripod and trigger it from your phone! This functionality can take selfies and group shots to a whole new level.

If you want stills, it shoots 16.1 megapixel images. Videos can be shot up to 1080p at up to 60 frames per second. It is currently priced at $299 at Amazon which isn't bad for everything this little camera can do!

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