Earlier today, we officially announced the third update for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7. You can download it now from coreldraw.com as well as from within the product by going to Help > Check for Updates... Alternatively, you will automatically get notified that a new update is available in the next few days from within the product. Update 3 can be installed by anyone with a free Standard Membership, a Premium Membership or a valid subscription. As covered in the release notes for the update, those with a Premium Membership or a Subscription will get access to following new tools:

  • With the revamped Knife (Premium) tool in CorelDRAW, you can split vector objects, text, and bitmaps. You can split single objects or groups of objects along straight, freehand, or Bézier lines.
  • The new Border and Grommet dialog box in CorelDRAW lets you add borders and grommet markers to prepare banners for printing.
  • With the enhanced Straighten Image dialog box in CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT, you can correct perspective distortions in photos that have straight lines and flat surfaces such as architectural photos and photos of buildings.
  • The Gaussian Blur special effect in Corel PHOTO-PAINT is available as a lens that lets you blur images non-destructively.
  • The CorelDRAW X7 User Guide and Corel PHOTO-PAINT X7 User Guide are now available as eBooks. Published to the EPUB and MOBI file format, the eBooks bring the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about product features to your eBook reader.
  • Additional Premium content (photos, templates and fonts) is provided.

Standard Members, Premium Members, and Subscribers will benefit from:

  • The Welcome screen in CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT gives you quick and easy access to the Discovery Center, which offers a wide variety of creative and instructional content.
  • The Insights from the Experts series features the new tutorial Visual Branding by Joe Diaz.

The following areas feature stability and performance improvements are included in this update:

Document

  • In CorelDRAW, using the Crop image option in the Straighten Image dialog box no longer leaves white areas around the image.

Fills

  • The Fill picker remembers the last selected fill category when you apply fills from the Content Exchange.

Filters

  • Curves in imported AutoCAD files are no longer converted to circles.
  • Exporting to PDF:
    • Ellipses with transparencies applied no longer appear clipped in the exported PDF files.
    • When you export CorelDRAW X6 files to PDF with CorelDRAW X7, transparencies are fully preserved in the PDFs.
  • In the Export to PNG dialog box, objects with spot colors and tint applied no longer appear with a checkered pattern.
  • PDF files generated with Cairo open properly in CorelDRAW.
  • Fountain fills with spot colors are exported correctly in PDF and EPS files, and when printed to PostScript.

Effects

  • You can now browse your Users\Public\Documents\Corel\Content X7\Photo Frames folder and apply photo frames to bitmaps from the Frame dialog box in CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT.
  • PowerClip effects that contain transparencies appear correctly when you export or print the document.
  • When you convert to curves objects with envelope effects applied, the Envelope tool and property bar remain active.
  • You can apply envelope effects to objects that were converted to curves.

Objects

  • In Corel PHOTO-PAINT, the Object> Rotate > 90˚ Clockwise and Object> Rotate > 90˚ Counterclockwise commands work as expected.
  • When you edit table borders, only the selected borders are modified.

Text

  • The Automatically adjust frame width option in the Column Settings dialog box works as expected when you change the number of columns in text frames.
  • When working with Arabic or Hebrew text, you can use Ctrl + Shift to switch text direction from left to right and vice versa.

Tools

  • Using the Shape tool, you can select a node handle and then move it with the arrow keys.
  • The Pen and Bézier tools no longer freeze momentarily when you place nodes while drawing.

Workspaces and customization

  • A script error no longer occurs after you start and close the application several times.
  • When you open legacy files, any custom swatch names for process colors are preserved.
  • You can use the Enter key when changing settings in the Color dialog box.
  • The workspace no longer shifts slightly while the application is performing a task.
  • The in-product messaging service respects the offline status of workstations.
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