Friday, January 21, 2011

Publishing to PDF Font issue

I always convert my fonts to curves when publishing a CorelDRAW file to a PDF document for my printers, I do this to avoid issues should the printers not have the font. Embedding the font do not solve the printers problem.

The problem I have is that some fonts do not convert to curves correctly during the export, take a look at the L's on the screen capture below:

I have found a work around for this problem, the only drawback is you will need a program like Adobe Acrobat to create your PDF.

I export the pages as uncompressed TIFF's and then create a PDF document from the TIFF files using Adobe Acrobat.

Drop Shadow problem when publishing to a PDF file

I often create brochures for clients and then have to export it in a PDF format for the printers.

When I use the "Drop Shadow Tool" on a object with a curve and publish the file to a PDF file, the drop shadow becomes distorted:

The shadow should look like this:

Luckily there is a solution to this problem. When you publish to PDF you need to enable "Render complex fills as bitmaps" under the "Objects" tab for the PDF preset, this setting is not enabled by default:

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 Service Pack 3

Click the links below to download Service Pack 3 for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 & CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 Hot Fix 4

These updates addresses most of the issues mentioned on this blog :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

"Corel PHOTO-PAINT X5 has stopped working" - Happening more often now

Corel PHOTO-PAINT X5 seem to crash more often now when opening:

Could these crashes be related to the UNSTABLE nature of the Protexis Licensing Service?

I get 24 Protex Licensing Service errors at bootup and everytime you open either CorelDRAW X5 or CorelPHOTO-PAINT X5 another 20 errors are added to your event log. You can endup with HUNDREDS in a single day!!!
Corel, perhaps it is time you invest in a more reliable licensing management system. This one is honestly slowing my computer down BIG TIME!!!
I'm in the process of conducting some tests, as I am convinced that the Protex Licensing Service has serverely affected my "Boot Duration" of Windows 7.
I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Re-Size bug in CorelDRAW X5

Just found another error / bug in CorelDRAW x5.

This time it happens when I try and to re-size a Logo of a client that was created in CorelDRAW X4. This drawing consists out of three objects, a "Curve" with 56 nodes and two "Artistic Media Groups" each with less than 10 nodes each.

To make sure that it wasn't my computer causing the error I tried it on another computer with CorelDRAW X5 installed, and experienced the identical error where CorelDRAW X5 stops responding when I try and re-size the image / group of images.

The CPU utilization shoots up to 25% and you cannot continue working in CorelDRAW X5. Even after leaving it for a few minutes the only way I could close CorelDRAW X5 was to end the process in the Resource Monitor.
Below is a copy of the Application Error in the Event Log after I was forced to end the process:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hundreds of Protexis Errors daily

Since I installed CorelDRAW X5 suite I have been getting 100's of Protexis Licensing Service errors in my error log daily. I get these errors even if I do not open any CorelDRAW applications during the day.

Sadly this ongoing error reporting by the Protexis application is causing unnecessary CPU usage & network traffic. If you try and disable the application, CorelDRAW stops working:
I have brought this error to Corel Support's attention and they have confirmed that they are aware of the issue and is now looking into it further.