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Paradox® 10
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Wordperfect® 2002
   *Service Pack 1*

CorelDRAW® 10
   *Service Pack 1*

Corel to deliver Tools
   for Mac OS X

Corel Training
   *Roadshow*


DEVELOPER TIPS

* A WPO Startup Macro *
* VBA in Corel Apps*
* Cropmarks Macro *



Newsletter: your connection to corel

May 2001 Corel Solution Partners
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"Boundless power to create. Anytime. Anywhere.
Share Corel's vision."


COREL® Solution Partners Web site
http://partners.corel.com

The CSP Members Web site contains private sections for Paradox, Platinum and Standard CSP members only.

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Software Developer Kits (SDK)
http://www.corel.com/partners_developers/csp/soft_kits.htm

CSP members can tap into the leading-edge developer tools and technology provided in the Corel® Software Developer Kits (SDKs). The SDKs also include documentation and sample code to help reduce development time and to create a similar look and feel to other Corel products.

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COREL® Solution Partners Software Order form
ftp://cspusr:MSERFL@sftp3.corel.com/csp_orderform.pdf

CorelDRAW® 10 for Windows & WordPerfect® Office 2002
... are available for purchase through the CSP Program.



FEATURE WEB SITE OF THE MONTH
http://www.isocalc.com/

Nicholas Wilkinson is the developer behind IsoCalc.com which provides a new on-line resource for Technical Illustrators, especially those using CorelDRAW® . It is also the home of IsoCalc 3, the new tool for creating axonometric projections quickly and accurately. IsoCalc 3 is an "add-on" for CorelDRAW® which operates as a stand-alone application providing advanced isometric and axonometric functions and tools to shapes created and selected in CorelDRAW®.


Paradox®10 - Runtime now available for download

Paradox® 10 Runtime is now available for download from Corel's website at: http://www.corel.com/runtime10/

Paradox® 10 Runtime CD's will be available to all requesting Platinum & Paradox members at "no charge". Please send your request via email to partners@corel.com


Corel WordPerfect® Office 2002 - Service Pack 1 now available for download

Service Pack 1 for Corel WordPerfect® Office 2002 has been released and is now available for download from Corel's website at the following URL:

http://cache2.corel.com/@proxy=ftp@/pub/WordPerfect/wpwin/10/WPO2002Patch.EXE

Service Pack 1: WPO2002Patch.exe (811 KB)

WordPerfect Office 2002 Service Pack 1 consists of two files:
wpwin10.dll resolves the "Unable to load WPWIN10.DLL" error
prwin10.exe resolves issues related to setting up poster pages with multiple page sizes



CorelDRAW®10 Graphics Suite – Service Pack 1

In keeping with Corel's commitment to provide high-quality software and timely updates to our customers, we are pleased to announce that Service Pack 1 for CorelDRAW® 10 Graphics Suite (English) is now available for no-charge download. Service Packs for German and Italian versions of CorelDRAW 10 are slated for release in early summer 2001.

CorelDRAW® 10 Service Pack 1 includes several improvements requested by users, including opening dockers errors, outline width controls, bitmap effects and general performance enhancements. Service Pack 1 can also be ordered on CD from Corel Customer Service by calling 1-800-772-6735 within North America (a shipping & handling charge of $9.95 US will apply). Note: Service Pack 1 will be shipped to all requesting Platinum & Paradox Solution Partners at 'no charge'.

The following Release notes are for CorelDRAW® 10, Corel PHOTO-PAINT® 10, Corel R.A.V.E.™ 1.0 US and UK English.

Installation Instructions

PLEASE RESTART YOUR SYSTEM BEFORE INSTALLING SERVICE PACK 1.

Please note: This Service Pack can be installed on a stand alone workstation. It should not be executed on a network installation.

This Service Pack updates the following versions:

CorelDRAW 10 Graphics Suite
CorelDRAW 10 Graphics Suite (Download from the Web, Purchase First Option)
Please note: Service Pack 1 does not apply to trial versions which have been purchased after downloading and installing. If you have purchased CorelDRAW 10 Graphics Suite from a trial version, please contact Corel Customer Service for information on how to obtain an update.

If you have installed the CorelDRAW 10 Try Before You Buy version, and then installed a full version of CorelDRAW 10 from CD, please do the following before installing Service Pack 1:

Delete the following file and folder if they exist on your system:

Delete file:    \Windows\VBox\Licenses\CorelDRAW10_10_4DDB.lic
Delete folder:    \Windows\VBox\Installers\Corel_CorelDRAW10_10.1_en-us

Each application has a version number. To determine the version number of your installation, click Help, About in any application, or check the volinfo.txt file at the root of CD #1. The version numbers of the applications in CorelDRAW 10 Graphics Suite are as follows:

CorelDRAW 10:
10.410- Initial Release
10.427- Service Pack 1

Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10:
10.410- Initial Release
10.427- Service Pack 1

Corel R.A.V.E.:
10.410- Initial Release
10.427- Service Pack 1

This Service Pack supplies all of the components needed to update an existing installation of CorelDRAW® 10 Graphics Suite.

If you have difficulty updating CorelDRAW 10 Graphics Suite, install a fresh copy of CorelDRAW® 10 Graphics Suite from your CD-ROM, restart your machine and try running the Service Pack again.

Quick Instructions
1. Download the Service Pack onto your system
2. Double-click the file "D10sp1en.exe" to begin the update.
3. Read the Welcome screen, then click the "Next" button to continue.
4. Read the Software License Agreement, then, if you agree with the terms and conditions, click the "Yes" button to continue.
5. When the update is complete, click the "Finish" button.
6. Restart your system when prompted

If you encounter any technical difficulties installing Service Pack 1, please contact Corel Technical Support or consult the CorelDRAW 10 Installation Technical Support newsgroup.

Revisions Included in Service Pack 1 Application Revisions

Customization:
Workspace Customization is now preserved after the application has been restarted.

Opening Dockers on certain systems will no longer result in an error.

Issue with customizing Bitmap Effects functions on command bars resulting in memory handle errors have been resolved.


CorelDRAW®10 Revisions

General:
Issues with the outline width controls have been resolved. Issues with the Zoom tool when Dockers are opened have been resolved.

Double clicking on a file in Windows®Explorer no longer launches a second instance of CorelDRAW® if CorelDRAW® is already running.

Duplicate distance and nudge settings are now editable in files created with previous versions of CorelDRAW®.

Issues with CorelDRAW® not closing down properly have been resolved.

General performance issues have been addressed.

Effects:
Drop Shadows using inside Rollover objects are now retained when opening a file.

Bitmap Effects now work correctly when logged onto the system as a Power User.

File I/O:
Errors when trying to save graphics with double byte characters in the file name have been resolved.

Text:
Issues with Text appearing in the original location after being moved or edited have been addressed.

Format text dialog now retains changes to the Line Unit setting.

Display issues with the text cursor have been addressed.

Differences when text is being edited and selected with the Pick tool have been addressed.

Copying and Pasting Double Byte text now works properly.


Corel PHOTO-PAINT®10 Revisions

General:
Refresh problems when using the clone tool have been addressed.

The Mask Brush tool has been optimized to work faster.

All Mask tools now support anti-aliasing in subtractive mask mode.

Loss of detail in image resampling between 50-99% has been addressed.

Palette used to convert a 24-bit RGB movie to Paletted will now sample from all frames.

Effects:
Random errors within the Bitmap Effects have been addressed.

Gausian Blur now applies to the entire object and isn't limited to the object boundary.

Bitmap Effects now work correctly when logged onto the system as a Power User.

File I/O:
Random crashes when using the Web Image Optimizer have been resolved for single processor computers.

Transparency on Objects is now supported properly when exporting to formats that support images without a background.

All frames are now exported for Gif - Animation movies which have objects merged on export.

Text:
Text in CMYK colors now retains the color properly.


Corel R.A.V.E.™ 1.0 Revisions

General:
Issue with items shifting when keyframes are added has been resolved.

Errors occurring when adding keyframes or editing the properties of a keyframe have been resolved.

Effects:
Instability when working with lens' has been resolved.

Editing the second level of a PowerClip™ no longer creates errors.

Audio that has been imported now loops properly.


CorelDRAW®10 Engine Revisions

Printing:
Type 1 fonts now download properly when selecting a PPD and printing to file. Errors occurring when printing Type 1 fonts to some printers have been addressed.

Grayscale objects will only print on the Black plate when a color profile is applied.

Filters:
Import
PDF - Monochrome bitmaps in a PDF file now import properly.
DCS - Imported files now separate properly.

Export
PDF - Character spacing issues have been addressed.
PDF- Registration marks now show on more than just the black plate.
GIF - Color palettes are now created using all frames, not just the first frame of the animation.

Web Image Optimizer:
Web Image Optimizer now defaults to anti-aliased graphics when exporting from CorelDRAW®.

Web Image Optimizer now exports the objects that are selected in CorelDRAW® instead of always exporting the entire page.

Download time estimates in Web Image Optimizer are more accurate.

Filename: d10sp1en.exe
Download: Corel FTP Server
Date: May 15, 2001
Title: CorelDRAW® 10 Graphics Suite Service Pack 1 Size: 10, 858 KB
Requirements: CorelDRAW® 10 Graphics Suite    





Corel To Deliver Creative & Powerful Tools for Mac OS X
Mac OS X Compatibility Represents Key Step in Advancing Corel's Strategy

Ottawa, Canada May 23, 2001
Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CORL, TSE: COR) is pleased to announce that it will be launching a full complement of design tools for Mac OS X this summer and fall, strengthening its offering to the Macintosh community and marking a major milestone in its new corporate strategy.
Corel will introduce the upcoming releases for Mac OS X by providing Apple customers with the opportunity to select Corel's current design tools when purchasing hardware from the Apple online store. Products to be included in this offering are KPT® 6, Bryce® 4, Corel Painter™ 6 and Corel® KnockOut 1.5. These titles, featured at a special Apple end-user price, will be available with all Apple hardware.

"Corel recognizes Mac OS X as one of the world's most advanced operating systems at the forefront of technology and the ideal platform for Corel's powerful and creative design tools," said Steve Houck, executive vice-president of sales at Corel Corporation. "We are committed to delivering the tools that Macintosh users need to fully empower their creativity."

"With its UNIX-based foundation and stunning Aqua user interface, Mac OS X is the ultimate platform for creative professionals and consumers to design on and realize their creative potential," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of worldwide developer relations. "We are pleased that Corel continues to show its support for the Mac community by bringing their exciting design tools to Mac OS X."

This special promotion will be followed this summer and fall with the launch of Mac OS X optimized applications: Bryce® 5, Corel® Painter 7, CorelDRAW® 10 for Macintosh, Corel® KnockOut 2 and KPT® 7. Delivering best-of-breed products for Apple's next generation operating system is an integral part of Corel's overall corporate strategy.

This offer will also be available in the Apple Store for Education, which provides powerful solutions for students, teachers and institutions. To purchase hardware and software, customers can visit the Apple Online Store at www.store.apple.com or call their toll-free order line at 1-800-MY-APPLE.


Corel® Training Roadshow schedule

Good News! Corel Corporation is offering a wide range of indepth training courses this year and we are coming to a city near you. Click on the links below for more information relating to each venue.

CorelDRAW® 10
San Diego, CA May 29 30
Toronto, ON, June 25 26
Calgary, AB, August 20 21
Houston, TX, October 4 5

WordPerfect® 10
Ottawa, ON, September 26 28

WordPerfect® 9
Washington, D.C., July 12 13
Chicago, IL, July 23 24

Under The Hood Training
Albany, NY, May 21 25
Culver City, CA, June 11 15
Ottawa, ON, September 10 14
Vancouver, BC, October 22 26

Corel® Training Camp for CorelDRAW® and Corel PHOTO-PAINT®
Ottawa, ON, May 30 June 1
Ottawa, ON, August 1 3
Ottawa, ON, November 7 9

Coming Soon ... Corel Training in the United Kingdom!
For more information on any of these classes, please contact Tracey McKinlay at
(613) 728-0826 ext. 5990 or e-mail proservices@corel.com


Developer TIPS WordPerfect® : Automating a startup macro


Have you ever had the need to automate opening a WordPerfect® file and immediately execute a Macro? Well now you can do it quickly and easily through the use of a shortcut icon on your desktop! Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Right-click on your desktop.
  2. From the pop up menu, select New, Shortcut.
  3. In the command line box, enter the path and name of the application you want to startup, a space, the filename of the file you want to open, another space, then "/m-" followed by the name of the Macro you want to run. For example, if you wanted WordPerfect® to automatically start and open the file, "abc.wpd", and then execute a Macro called test.wcm, the command line would look something like this: C:\Corel\Suite8\Programs\WPWIN8.EXE abc.wpd /m-C:\myMacros\test.wcm
  4. Click the "Next" button.
  5. Change the name of the shortcut to what you want to call it 6. Click the "Finish" button
  6. Now simply double-click the icon and the process should be automated for you.





Using VBA with Corel Applications


The following article was written by Alex Vakulenko of Corel's engineering division

Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is an industry-standard automation tool on Windows platform. It is used by more than 3 million developers worldwide and integrates power of COM technology, ease of use of BASIC programming language, fast visual application development process and huge base of available code and modules to reuse.

First it was used solely in Microsoft products, but then the popularity of the tool increased immensely and now it is integrated into a lot of programs including MS Office, AutoCAD, Visio, and many others.

VBA is also part of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite starting from version 9.

VBA integration into CorelDRAW® means a lot. VBA uses different automation interface than Corel SCRIPT used to use. This new interface has hierarchical structure of objects starting from Application, going to Document, Page, Layer, Shape, and their different properties such as shape fill, outline, and so on. This structure makes the program more logical and easier to create as well as allows to increase performance.

Since its introduction in version 6, Corel SCRIPT didn't change much, except that some new commands were added. With VBA situation is improved greatly. Putting aside technical details, I just want to note, that VBA macro runs about 5-10 times faster than equivalent Corel SCRIPT program. And taking into account that VBA object model is much more advanced (which offers access to wider range of object properties), VBA macro can achieve the same result in lesser number of steps, which by itself increases performance even more.

Just take a look at this simple VBA program:

Sub FillAllWithRed()
    Dim s As Shape
    For Each s In ActiveDocument.ActivePage.Shapes
        s.Fill.UniformColor.RGBAssign 255, 0, 0
    Next s
End Sub

This tiny function looks through all objects on the current page of the active document and fills all objects with red.

Now here is the same program written in Corel SCRIPT:

SUB FillAllWithRed()
WITHOBJECT "CorelDRAW.Automation.9"
    .SuppressPainting
    .UnSelectAll
    .SelectNextObject 0
    ID&=.GetObjectsCDRStaticID()
    DO
        .StoreColor 5005,255,0,0
        .ApplyUniformFillColor
        .SelectNextObject 0
    LOOP UNTIL .GetObjectsCDRStaticID() = ID
    .ResumePainting
END WITHOBJECT
END SUB

It is more complex, isn't it? Now if you notice the time it takes to process the document, you would probably notice that VBA variant is MUCH faster (on my machine, it took about 25 seconds to process 100 objects with Corel SCRIPT program, while it was less than 1 second to run though them with VBA macro).

I believe you are already convinced that there is good reason to look into it, right? OK. Let's move to the interesting part... But before we do this, I would like to note one important thing: VBA is new in CorelDRAW® . And version 9 is only a starter, so don't expect a full implementation. Most likely, you still will need to use Corel SCRIPT to create certain effects which are not implemented in VBA object model yet. Fortunately, there's CorelScript object available for VBA macros to run Corel SCRIPT commands for features missing in VBA. For more complete VBA support in CorelDRAW® you will need to get CorelDRAW® 10. CorelDRAW 10 has the most advanced automation interface ever with over 2,500 methods and functions. Some features are still not covered by automation but the improvement is drastic. You now can do the things you never thought you could.

Other related articles written by Alex can be found on the web at this URL: http://www.vakcer.com/oberon/vba/index.htm





CropMarks module for CorelDRAW® 10


This GMS module includes 5 macros:

  • CropMarks - to create cropmarks, registration marks, densitometer scale and other prepress marks around selected object. In addition to functionality of corresponding script for CorelDRAW® 9, this macro can take the object outline width when creating the marks.
  • BoundingGuides - creates guidelines around selected object(s).
  • BoundingGuidesWithOutline - same as above but outline widths are taken into account.
  • BoundingRectangle - creates a rectangle around selected object(s).
  • BoundingRectangleWithOutline - same as above but outline widths are taken into account.

Download CropMarks macro for CorelDRAW® 10:

How to install and use the macros?
Macros for CorelDRAW® are usually distributed as separate GMS files. In order to install these macros, just copy (unzip) the files listed on this page in Draw\GMS folder in your current installation. If this folder doesn't exists, create it first. For example, if you installed CorelDRAW in "C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics10", then you need to copy the GMS file(s) into "C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics10\Draw\GMS". Restart CorelDRAW® and it should pick up the new module automatically.

In order to run a macro, just go to Tools>Visual Basic>Play... menu then pick up the GMS module in "Macros in" list and select the macro to play.




If you would like to see specific examples of other CorelDRAW® VBA Macros, Perfectscript Macros or OPAL coding, please email partners@corel.com with the details.



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