Welcome to Corel Designer

Corel DESIGNER® 12 is a precision graphics application created for the technical illustrator. Its intuitive user interface lets you get started quickly to produce professional results — whether you are creating a new illustration or repurposing a legacy graphic.

In this section, you'll learn about

• what's new in Corel DESIGNER

• installing Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite 12 applications

• changing the language of the user interface and Help

• activating Corel® products

• registering Corel products

• updating Corel products

• customer support services

• documentation conventions

• VBA programming guide

• customer feedback

• other resources

• Corel Corporation

What's new in Corel DESIGNER

Corel DESIGNER 12 includes new features and enhancements to boost your productivity.

Complete graphics solution

Corel DESIGNER is now a part of Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite 12, which includes the following applications and utilities to offer you a complete graphics solution.

Corel Designer

• Corel PHOTO-PAINT® — a complete image-editing application that lets you retouch and enhance photos as well as create original graphics

• CorelTRACE® — an application for converting bitmaps to vector graphics. It is especially useful when you need to recreate scanned drawings.

• Corel CAPTURE™ — an application for capturing images from your computer screen

• Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (6.3) — an application for developing custom solutions. It is available in Corel DESIGNER and Corel PHOTO-PAINT.

• Writing Tools — multilingual utilities that let you correct errors in spelling and grammar and help to refine your writing style

Projected drawing

The new drawing profiles let you project objects onto drawing planes and create the illusion of a three-dimensional graphic. You can choose from among 10 preset drawing profiles, or you can create custom drawing profiles. You can then choose a drawing plane and draw objects on projected planes, using a projected drawing mode. For information about projected drawing, see "Projecting objects" on page 89.


The enhanced gravity snapping and dynamic guides let you draw and edit objects with even greater precision.

• Gravity snapping lets you snap the pointer to various points in objects, making it easy to create and position objects accurately. You can now snap the pointer to perpendicular and text baseline points as well. For more information, see "Gravity snapping" on page 45.

• Dynamic guides are temporary guidelines you can pull from the following snap points in objects — center, node, quadrant, and text baseline. For more information, see "Using dynamic guides" on page 49.

• You can display dynamic guides that are tangent, perpendicular, or parallel to objects. For more information, see "To display dynamic guides" on page 52.

• With the help of parallel dynamic guides, you can easily draw parallel lines. For more information, see "To draw parallel lines" on page 54.

Drawing tools

• The B-spline tool lets you draw curved lines by setting control points that shape the curve without breaking it into segments. For more information, see "To draw a B-spline" on page 63.

• Corel DESIGNER introduces three new types of dimension lines — segment, radial, and diameter dimension lines. Segment dimension lines let you measure the distance between nodes in single or multiple segments. Radial and diameter dimension lines let you measure the radius and diameter of a circle. For more information, see "Drawing dimension lines" on page 66.

• Enhanced line styles are especially useful for illustrating stitch patterns and drawing parallel lines. For more information, see "Formatting lines and outlines" on page 73.

Hatch fills

Hatch fills consist of hatch patterns that are composed of vector-based lines and are used for representing different types of materials in a drawing. The new hatch fill support lets you preserve hatch fills in drawings created in Corel DESIGNER 9 and earlier versions. You can also apply hatch fills to objects. For more information, see "Applying hatch fills" on page 160.


Editing objects is made even easier by the following enhancements:

• You can now use scallops, fillets, and chamfers to shape objects. For more information, see "Filleting, scalloping, and chamfering corners" on page 133.

• The improved Transformations docker lets you project and unproject objects with precision. To access the Transformations docker, click Window > Transformations, and choose a command.

• When you are drawing non-freehand lines or curves, the status bar displays the segment length and the total length of all segments contained in the curve.

• The enhanced Eyedropper tool lets you copy color, object properties, effects, and transformations from one object to another. For information about using the Eyedropper tool, see "Copying object properties, transformations, and effects" on page 102.

• You can create object duplicates where you want in the drawing window. For more information, see "To duplicate an object" on page 101. You can also move objects while you are drawing them by using the right-mouse button. For more information, see "To move an object while drawing" on page 105.

Customizing your application

To help you quickly improve your productivity, Corel DESIGNER offers additional workspaces. For example, you can select a workspace with the look and feel of

Micrografx® Designer 9 or Microsoft® Visio®. For more information, see "Starting and opening drawings" on page 27.

The multiple language packs that you can install let you use the application in more than one language. For example, you can install English and German language packs and change the language of the user interface and Help at any time. For more information, see "To change the language of the user interface and Help" on page 7.

Text enhancements

• Unicode support lets you exchange files effortlessly, regardless of the language or operating system in which the file was created, ensuring that text is displayed correctly.

• Text encoding lets you correct the display of text created in a language that differs from that of your operating system. For more information, see "Encoding text" on page 248.

• You can now apply Asian fonts to Asian and Latin text by using the property bar.

• Corel DESIGNER has enhanced text alignment. You can align text objects to other objects by using the first text baseline, the last text baseline, or the bounding box. For more information, see "To align text to an object" on page 255.

• The new Insert formatting codes docker lets you easily insert special characters and spaces, such as em dashes, en dashes, and nonbreaking spaces. For more information, see "Inserting special characters and spaces" on page 269.


You can manage a complex project by assigning data to its objects. The Object Data Manager lets you access and edit this object data — whether it's text, a number, an action, or an event — in one convenient location. Corel® ActiveCGM® and WebCGM fields are provided. When you import or export files in CGM and SVG format, the object data is maintained. For information about adding data to objects, see "Working with object data" on page 315.

Importing and exporting files

• Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) — You can import and export to files of CGM Version 4 profiles, such as ACGM (ActiveCGM), WebCGM, and GREX (ATA GREXCHANGE). These profiles, subsets of the CGM standard, are suitable for displaying two-dimensional drawings on the Internet. For more information about CGM files, see "Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM)" in the Help.

• Corel DESIGNER (DSF) — Support for files saved in Corel DESIGNER 9 and earlier versions has been improved. Hatch fills and enhanced line styles are preserved in the imported files. For more information, see "Corel DESIGNER (DSF) technical notes" in the Help.

• Export for Office — This new feature lets you optimize drawings for exporting to Microsoft® Office or WordPerfect® Office. For more information, see "To export to Microsoft Office or WordPerfect Office" on page 370.

• AutoCAD® Data Interchange Format (DXF) and AutoCAD Drawing Database (DWG) — AutoCAD 2004 files are supported.

• Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) — You can choose a variety of new options when exporting a drawing to the SVG file format. For example, you can choose a Unicode encoding method. You can also embed information in an SVG file or store information in externally linked files. The SVG color palette available in the application lets you choose SVG colors. For information about SVG files, see "Scalable Vector Graphics" in the Help.

• Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF) — You can now publish a drawing to a PDF file that is compatible with Adobe® Acrobat 6.0®. When you import a PDF file, all layers, fills, and text attributes, including transparency applied to text, are preserved. The original colors of the PDF file are reproduced accurately.

• Adobe® Photoshop® (PSD) — Support for duotone images has been added. For more information, see "Adobe Photoshop (PSD) technical notes" in the Help.

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