Automotive & Machinery
CorelDRAW® Technical Suite (formerly known as Corel DESIGNER® Technical Suite) is a staple in many well-established enterprises in the automotive and machinery sectors. Using this suite, you can transform complex designs and schematics into easily interpreted graphics or illustrations suitable for reuse company-wide. These high-quality and accurate graphics enable strong communication over a product lifecycle, namely design and development, marketing, sales force training, technical support and customer service. With its unique range of features and strong bias for productivity, CorelDRAW Technical Suite X6 can help enterprises overcome many pain points that arise when designing technical documentation.
Efficient technical documentation from 3D engineering: a manufacturing design workflow
- Access and repurpose technical design assets
- Technical illustration authoring
- Publish to print and online media
Access and repurpose technical design assets
Leverage existing data or designs
While some illustration components have to be created from scratch, technical illustrators often repurpose or leverage existing data from engineering design models. With support for CAD drawings (AutoCAD DWG and DXF), legacy files and images, and more, CorelDRAW Technical Suite ensures existing data can be delivered or repurposed efficiently and easily. For example, speed up the time-consuming task of scanning and converting legacy hard copy drawings, such as blueprints, with Corel® PowerTRACE®, the fast, accurate bitmap-to-vector conversion tool included in the suite. Or, eliminate the hassle of receiving 3D design files you can’t open from the engineering department and suppliers. CorelDRAW Technical Suite supports a wide range of industry-standard file formats, so you enjoy a seamless exchange of information.
Support for industry standards
Create, share and deliver standardized technical documentation with support for a wide variety of technical communication assets and file formats, including DOCX, XLS, PSD, AI, PDF/A (including editing), TIFF and Camera RAW from a large number of D-SLR models. Easily access 2D CAD formats, including AutoCAD DXF and DWG.
Optional support for 3D CAD
Open and work with the latest 3D CAD file formats using XVL Studio 3D CAD Corel Edition (available as an optional add-on). With this add-on, you can directly open and work with native files from manufacturing design systems, such as CATIA, PTC Creo (formerly Pro/Engineer), SolidWorks, NX and others, or 3D CAD exchange formats, including JT, IGES, STEP and Parasolid. With XVL Studio 3D CAD, you don’t need a 3D CAD license—or extensive 3D CAD experience—to efficiently repurpose 3D CAD.
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Streamline your technical illustration workflow
Create clear and meaningful technical illustrations from 3D designs using isometric views, disassembly (exploded) views and cross-sections. You can also output 3D-sourced illustrations to Corel DESIGNER for further editing. In addition, XVL Studio 3D CAD (available as an optional add-on) lets you incorporate 3D CAD design changes into technical documentation at any time, so you can start working earlier in the production cycle, remove bottlenecks in the production process and ultimately shorten time-to-market.
No matter what graphical assets you need to access, Corel® CONNECT™ is available to help you quickly find them on your computer, network or external storage device, or online sources. This full-screen browser is also available as a docker within the authoring applications, Corel DESIGNER, CorelDRAW and Corel® PHOTO-PAINT™ and will allow you to organize content by type or project in shared trays for maximum efficiency.
Technical illustration authoring
Professional graphic design tools
CorelDRAW Technical Suite blends the technical focus and precision drawing and diagramming tools of Corel DESIGNER with the creative graphic functionality and design tools of CorelDRAW. This offers technical communication professionals everything they need to create clearly understandable and adoptable illustrations with standard illustration techniques.
Isometric drawing features
Specialized precision features help increase productivity without sacrificing accuracy, such as Corel DESIGNER’s projected drawing modes. Actively draw on the projected plane to create isometric or other parallel projected illustrations for assembly and maintenance instructions. Outside of selecting a preset style, you can dynamically select the appropriate drawing plane from an object anchor point. This makes it easy to add context and detail to 3D imports. The objects or graphics are clear and easily readable and do not require 3D constructions, distortions and rotations, or intricate 2D transformations.
Dynamic callouts and hotspots
Callouts are essential when you need to convey and track crucial information in your technical drawings, such as part numbers, dimensions, product information and more. CorelDRAW Technical Suite lets you easily create and modify callouts and dimension lines. By adding a halo to a callout, you can create a mask behind the leader line to display callouts on top of other objects. The automatic increment of numbered callouts now supports renumbering, helping you to automatically adjust the numbering of callouts throughout an illustration when parts change. With dynamic callouts, updating or modifying callout text is effortless because changes to the source object properties are automatically reflected in the object’s callout text.
Apply manual hotspots to complete callout objects, including leader line and surrounding halo, to make the entire callout interactive. This lets you trace interactive drawings with links to documents, parts lists, ordering information and other external systems, and publish them to online formats (CGM, SVG, HTML, and PDF).
Efficient illustration and precision tools
To a technical illustrator, precision and clarity are everything. Approximation is not an option as all objects must be perfectly aligned and clearly understandable. With your hectic schedule, you cannot afford to double-check object positioning by zooming in and out. Geared for precision, CorelDRAW Technical Suite delivers gravity snapping to precise coordinates, dynamic and alignment guides and object coordinate drawing—features that help you draw and position objects accurately the first time. Dedicated tools for drawing threads and wells and the 2-point-line tool will help you easily add missing detail to drawings.
Automation and project customization or requirements
For many technical illustrators, repetitive tasks, such as hotspotting, creating parts lists and changing part numbers, are a fact of life with significant encroachments on time. By including Microsoft Visual Studio for Applications (VSTA) and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), CorelDRAW Technical Suite X6 lets you automate repetitive tasks as well as streamline your workflow. Also, with the ability to fully customize the user interface, you can automate various processes and tailor the Corel DESIGNER technical illustration application to suit your particular workflow.
Publish to print and online media
Compatible with multiple formats
Compliance with company and industry standards is one of the key market drivers when it comes to designing technical documentation in multiple formats, including print, PDF or HTML, CD and/or DVD. Preflight options for print, PDF and SVG output help you resolve potential problems and reduce cost by eliminating bottlenecks. Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) support ensures accurate onscreen color proofing and excellent printed results on various devices.
CorelDRAW Technical Suite supports PDF output for online, print and archiving as ISO standard PDF/A. With the optional XVL Studio 3D CAD, you can also output 3D models as XVL for online and mobile view, or to U3D files (for inserting in 3D PDF), making it easy to share 3D models with colleagues and clients. Enhanced industry standards compliance means you can deliver standardized technical documentation in leading formats, including WebCGM 2.x, S1000D, SVG and more.
Support for Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications lets you create custom connections to Content Management Systems (CMS), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Product Data Management (PDM) Systems to support versioning, preview creation and more.
Enhanced web publishing Online delivery of technical content is increasingly important and CorelDRAW Technical Suite X6 continues to incorporate new features to support online publishing. The Export for Web dialog box offers a single access point for common export controls and you can use this dialog to compare the results of various filter settings before outputting illustrations for web pages.
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