Welcome to the BEST darwing and illustration program without doubt,
EVER. Feature for feature Corel Draw EATS both Illustrator and Freehand
for breakfast, lunch and your four-course dinner.
Freehand is great for integration with dreamweaver, fireworks and flash
but very little else, Ditto with Illustrator and other Adobe products
But Corel Draw is realtively open and will import and export to the
wideest number of formats in the industry - it even exports directly to
PPT. It has without doubt the BEST and most useful interface and after
using it for a while you will wonder why you ever persisted for so long
with such an outdobted interface like Adobe's and then really scratch
you head and wonder why the hell Macromedia want to copy it!! Good Grief!
Draw will not only produce huge 1000 page broadsheet newspapers, but
each page can be a different size!
Draw will zoom in up to 500,000 % !
To copy an object in Draw you just drag it and then click once with the
right mouse button. To get to an object hidden under dozens of others
you just keep clicking with the ALT key depressed until you reach it, or
use the very powerful Object Docker, or you can SEARCH for it.
Draw has had Masterpages for years
Wait till you see how easy and fast it is to create blends, shadows,
powerclips, contours and HEAPS more - there are all interactive with
on-screen, on-object controls.
There are also many really good learning tools about which I can point
you to if interested.
Welcome in to light at last!
- David Mutch
> I'm a long-time user of Freehand, but I've just about had it with the
>program. With some frequency I need to generate *relatively simple*
>scientific drawings which are primarily transferred to Powerpoint, but
>sometimes also need to be included in publications. It is a long,
>drawn out and imperfect process with Freehand (the *.wmf export is
>just terrible). Macromedia always talks about improving the process,
>but 3 versions later, I give up.
>Does this work better in Corel? Are there any caveats I should know
>about before I take the plunge?