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Sunday, December 21, 2014

K.N. Pepper's 2014 Holiday Graphics

If you're a longtime reader, you know that each year K.N. Pepper produces a cartoon or two to celebrate the holidays. For those who missed the 2012 and 2013 editions, you'll find them at Two Years of Christmas Greetings From K.N. Pepper. It is now time for the 2014 edition so you'll find his words and graphics below.

2014 - What a Year!

If we are intelligent enough to land a probe on a distant comet, why then are we so incapable of telling right from wrong back here on earth? Let's hope the world overcomes its sildexya... dilsexya... er, dyslexia in the New Year.

To see what I mean, look at the two cartoons below:



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Saturday, December 20, 2014

CorelDRAW Unleashed Web Site Has Undergone a Redesign and Update

CorelDRAW Unleashed Web siteIn the summer of 2007 we launched a new Web site, coreldrawunleashed.com. It had a specific purpose and it had fulfilled that purpose by the end of 2008. At that time, we'd make a few changes to it but it mostly sat dormant.

After six years of mostly hibernating, we decided to dust off this old site and give it a complete makeover. There is no such thing as a Web site that is finished, so you'll likely see even more changes in the near future as we continue to add more content.

This is also the third spinoff site we've done in the past few months. If you haven't already visited Seamless Textures Unleashed and Vehicle Templates Unleashed, make sure to give them a look now. In addition to creating these sites for our own content, we've also been busy creating sites for clients. If you have an idea for a Web site or it is time to update your current site, please consider using Unleashed to deliver Web Solutions.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Free Chuck Chillout Font Built From Halftone Dots

Download Chuck Chillout FontThere are an awful lot of you that deal with halftone dots on a regular basis. I'm guessing just as many of you are somewhere where it is really cold right now. Today's free font, Chuck Chillout, gets it name from the cold weather and its characters are built from halftone dots. What a perfect combination. Get your free copy!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mega Bundle With Over 1400+ Vintage Graphics Plus More Vectors

I often hear from vendors who have a product they would like me to discuss in a blog post. Many of these conversations never go beyond an e-mail because I only want to present the best to you. A few days ago I was asked about a massive collection of artwork. How massive you ask? The download files total more than 8GB! There are vector files saved in CorelDRAW v10, AI and EPS formats. Bitmap artwork is also included in either JPG or PNG format. Rather than me trying to describe everything included, you can look at the product page for yourself. Each of the categories included is listed and you can click on each category for more details.


You'll notice that all of the artwork is currently discounted from $99 to $49.50. While the site isn't clear on when this deal will end, it is only good until the end of the year. As the company is in Germany, that may come a few hours earlier for those of you in the United States. So if you want to take advantage of the deal, don't wait.

I have a feeling that our friends at VectorArt may be willing to offer other bundles at a discount in the future. Of course it only makes sense for them to offer discounts if it leads to more sales. So get yourself a massive bundle of artwork and help convince them to offer more discounts in the future.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Razer BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Keyboard is Top Notch

For someone who writes as much as me, having the right keyboard is very important. Of course each of us is different and there are different things we prefer in our perfect keyboard. I really have become dependent on an ergonomic keyboard and thus the Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 is still the perfect choice for me. At Amazon's current price of $24.99, it is hard to beat. Heck, it is so low I'm tempted to buy an extra one just in case mine fails in the future.

But today I want to talk about another keyboard that may appeal to some of you, the Razer BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. It has a much higher cost as it currently sells for $169.95 at Amazon though it is certainly worthwhile if it provides the typing experience you desire.
Razer BlackWidow Chroma Keyboard
Look at the photo and you'll see a glow of color around the keys. Each of the keys on the keyboard has a backlight and you can define the exact color around each key individually. Even for a touch typist, having color to help guide your fingers to the right key could be really helpful.

The keys also use mechanical switches which they promote for gaming performance but you'll also find this provides a lot more durability and may be the tactile feedback you prefer. In short, you don't have to be a gamer to benefit from the keyboard. If you are a gamer, you might just find it easier to perform keyboard-related game functions.

All in all, this is a very solid keyboard that should at least be considered by anyone needing a new keyboard that is just right.




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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reversing Mouse Buttons Can Cause Some Problems

Mouse Properties Control PanelI recently was contacted by someone I had worked with a number of times over the years at user conferences. He hadn't been actively using CorelDRAW for a while so was still using CorelDRAW X3.

Since he had a need for it again, he had just upgraded to CorelDRAW X7. When trying to do some customization on the toolbars, he hadn't had any luck at all. Nothing seemed to work and so I was contacted.

I rarely use CorelDRAW X7 myself so I don't think I had even attempted to customize a toolbar. My only guess was that the toolbar may be locked and simply unlocking it would resolve the problem. The answer came back that unlocking the toolbars didn't solve the problem.

So my long lost friend headed out to walk his dog and he had one of those moments where a lightbulb turns on over your head. He is left-handed and uses the Mouse Properties Control Panel setting shown above right to switch the mouse buttons. To this day, I think he is the only person I've met who has told me they make this switch. I'm sure there are others who simply haven't told me. Back in the days of working conferences, this drove everyone else crazy since his mouse was "messed up".

I don't use a mouse myself as I believe everyone should be using a Wacom tablet! Since I don't use a mouse and I'm not left-handed, I don't change the settings in Control Panel.

Now that you've read this story, I hope you'll understand that sometimes the solutions to a "CorelDRAW problem" can be buried deep in something else on your computer. And for you lefties, you may want to consider keeping the mouse buttons as is so that you don't unknowingly cause weird problems elsewhere.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Windows 7 Users Beware of KB3004394 Update

On the second Tuesday of each month Microsoft releases a series of new updates to Windows. In most cases it is a good idea to install them as soon as possible. Unfortunately there are situations where installing an update can be very problematic for your system.

This specific issue seems to only affect users of Windows 7 who have installed the KB3004394 update. It does not cause problems on Windows 8 or 8.1. Microsoft has even released a patch that will help to remove the update if you've already installed it.

What exact problems can you expect? Unfortunately Microsoft has not listed all of them so the only way to get an idea is to see what problems users are reporting. One of the bigger issues was reported by Robert Hallock of AMD who says the update can prevent the system from installing new graphics drivers.

Other issues reported by users include a failure to launch Windows Defender, problems with running VirtualBox and some oddball errors from User Account Control.

If you are not running Windows 7, no need to worry about this error. Windows 7 users should either avoid installing this update if it has not already been installed. Users who have already installed it should uninstall it. While this updates are typically released to protect you from security holes, this one does more damage than good. Microsoft will likely release a new update in the future to plug the security holes without causing all of the problems.

While you can use the patch mentioned earlier to remove this update, you can also remove it manually by going to Control Panel | Programs | Programs and Features | View Installed Updates, right-clicking on KB3004394 and selecting Uninstall.

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