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  Corel Draw 8
This is the second Part of a series on Corel Draw 8. I felt that to give this program some justice, I would have to do a series covering different aspects of the program, so here goes.
The first thing that I would like to talk about is the Property Bar. Now most of the newer Windows programs are trying to make your life easier by creating shortcuts to actions you normally do through the menus. The Property Bar is one of those shortcuts.

The Paper Type /Size is the first item on the button bar and when you click on the little arrow to the right of it what you see here on the right is what pops up.

It covers a real variety of paper types and sizes. There are even some that I have never heard of towards the bottom of the list but never mind about that. The trick here is that it really gives you a tremendous choice.

Now if you had selected custom in the Paper Type/ Size, then you could literally dictate the very specific measurements of your page or document. This is starting to aim towards the desktop publishing market with its fine settings.

The next item is the orientation of the paper. In the past you had to go into your page set up to change this and in this new version it is a simply click of the button. Definitely faster.

The measurement type is the next option and here your choices are set up for a variety of types of drawings that you will do.

If you are working on a standard size page then you would probably use inches or millimeters, picas or points or even pixels.

If you are working on a blue print or a map then you might want to apply the higher size measurements for scale work.

The nice thing is that you have a choice of what you wish to use and it is easily accessible for selection.

The next item is the Nudge tool settings. This is where you establish how far an object will move when you select that object and push down on one of the keyboard cursor keys. For fine nudging I would change the measurements to points and so my nudges can be set to one point at a time for real fine tuning.

This section on the Property Bar specifies where duplicate objects are positioned, relative to the original object.Not necessarily one that you might use often but depending on what you are drawing, you just might need it.

This first image enables or disables the snap to grid, which help you position objects in your drawing. The second one enables or disables the snap to guidelines, which help you position objects in your drawing. The third one enables or disables the snap to objects, which help you position objects in your drawing. Great tools.

Click the first button to have the outline of complex objects appear as dotted outlines as you move them in the Drawing Window. Otherwise, a rectangle representing the complex object appears during movement and the object reappears when you release the mouse button. The second button treats unfilled objects as though they were filled; this allows you to select unfilled objects by clicking anywhere inside them.

This button opens the Options dialog box, which allows you to set your preferences regarding how CorelDRAW performs certain operations and displays objects on the screen. Controls in the dialog box allow you to specify where duplicated objects are placed, how often (and if) backups are created, how many operations you can undo, and much more.

That takes care of the Property Bar in Corel Draw 8. So you can see how many possibilities this program offers you just in one tool bar so look for more in the next issue.

Review ID Number: 360
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Review Date: 2001-04-19
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 9 out of 10
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