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- Let's start by taking a look at what's new in CorelDRAW 12. The first few movies, we'll be looking at new features that have been added or improved within the suite. After that, we'll get an overview of the application, looking at all the tools and features that you need, in order to begin illustrating in CorelDRAW. If you're new to the application, all of these movies will be a great benefit to you. If you're an experienced CorelDRAW user, then you'll probably want to focus on the what's new section. But be warned, there are still a lot of new and improved features that have been discussed in the getting started portion of the videos as well.
I should also mention at this time, that there's another title available from Lynda.com, that has a more in depth look at the graphics suite. In the time that we have available, right here on the CorelDRAW CD, we only have enough time to just get started. If you're new to the application and you want to know absolutely everything, or if you're a seasoned user and you want to know absolutely everything, please make sure you check out that new title. Now the first tool we're gonna look at in the what's new section is the smart drawing tool. If you're an owner of a tablet PC, then you already have an application called Grafigo.
And you should take a look for Grafigo Two, which is available for download from Corel.com. One of the great things about the tablet PC and Grafigo, is that it includes shape recognition. Many of the tablet PC's have a pressure sensitive screen and you're drawing with a pen tool. That feels very natural in a sketching environment. Well, the smart drawing tool over here in your toolbox has been brought in to the graphics suite so that every user of CorelDRAW can have that same shape recognition technology at their fingertips.
Let me demonstrate. It's a little awkward for me drawing with this mouse, but it can still be incredibly useful. Here I'll try and draw a circle. Excellent, and again an oval. And a rectangle. And a square. I should note at this time that the smart drawing tool recognizes over 20 different shapes, and it tries to match what you're sketching against a library of shapes that include your basic shapes, the rectangles, ellipses and polygons and also the perfect shapes, these tools here in your toolbox which have been included so that you can do fast flow charting and layouts and arrows.
Speaking of arrows, you can also sketch an arrow if you're pointing at things. You can sketch targets, odd shapes. And you'll notice the red glyph, if I flip over to my shape tool, that glyph is fully functional because the shape has been recognized as a perfect shape. Now the smart drawing tool can be very useful for quick layouts. Let me give you an example. I'm gonna delete everything on my page.
Let's sketch a flyer that we might hand out at a next convention. There's our page divisions which I can maneuver. And we'll lay down an image here, some text here, long body of text in the middle, and another graphic over here. And maybe right here is a good place to put the map to the location and there we go.
And this can easily be used as an outline for the final product.