I like my coreldraw x4. This sign shop actually has a copy of x5 but it was so so so so awful that we had to take it off of the computer.
I am having more and more problems opening pdf's. I end up with a rectangle with a line across the corner. I'm assuming the people sending have newer adobe than what x4 can handle? I can open the pdf;s in adobe reader but only give option to save as pdf. I just looked and it says PDF VISTA . Is there a way to save them as an older one? Kind of how corel draw can be saved as an older version?
And for some odd reason, on one of the computers (the one that has the email that these pdf's come from) doesn't show them with the pdf icon on the desktop. It has the green corel draw icon instead.
THANKS in advance
X4 was good but today is quite old, for newest version of Adobe software and PDF settings. If you can send instructions to your customers, ask that save PDF with compatibilty with Acrobat 6 instead 8 or 9 or use PDF X/3 without file compression. X4 doesn't recognize file compression for Adobe
You can improve the chances of importing PDFs if you install ghostscript on the CorelDraw machine. It can be either the version that came on the X4 DVD or the current version at ghostscript.com.
lnj said:And for some odd reason, on one of the computers (the one that has the email that these pdf's come from) doesn't show them with the pdf icon on the desktop. It has the green corel draw icon instead.
That will happen if you have either deliberately or accidentally made CorelDraw the primary program for opening PDF files.
To fix it, right click on any PDF file in windows explorer and select "open with". At the bottom of the list you should see "choose default program". Select that, choose the program that you want to be the primary PDF opener, make sure "Always use the selected program..." is ticked and click OK.
But I don't think it will make any difference to the problem -- it does not change the way PDFs are created from within other programs.
So was X5 bad for a lot of people?? I've been afraid to have the company purchase X6 after having such a bad experience with X5. (it even ruined some files so that they could never be opened again).
The company is willing to buy x6, it's only my fear that is preventing it.
The sign shop I work for use to be owned by 3 guys that owned the beer distributorship next door (Miller-Coors wanted professional signs) The beer side was sold to a large company that distributes statewide. They bought the sign shop too. (they've never had one before) So they are having their marketing people send jobs for me to do. Their marketing department can only print 11"x17" which I find very odd. My computers really have problems with their files. Some are AI. I don't know what else. Head of marketing mentioned Adobe Cloud. Would Corel x6 help me with a lot of this stuff?
Hello Inj; X4 is a very good graphics program for signs. And you maybe right about X5, ( I don't know if they ever go all the bugs out.) But X6 does work very well for signs ( At least for me, the vector work is very fast with out much of a learning curve at all. and I find X6 very good for out sourcing printing work in a PDF format..)
My Thoughts George.
same problem here, even today. my workaround: i installed X8, import the PDF file, and save as X4.