• CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is an impressive collection of powerful design software that can tackle all sorts of design jobs. Included in the package are: CorelDRAW, the main application for vector design and layout; Corel PHOTO-PAINT, for editing and retouching photos, Corel CAPTURE, for screengrabs; ConceptShare, a collaboration service; and the Bitstream Font Navigator. There are also a bevy of smaller utilities such as a bar-code wizard and an app for helping users optimize two-sided printouts.

With a suite that includes that many programs and features, it’s essential to have solid in-program help, and CorelDRAW is loaded with dynamic hints, video product tours, and hands-on project tutorials that will have you designing elements in no time. Expert advice from professional designers walks users through specific practices such as airbrushing logos and creating textile patterns.

The templates for professionals are diverse and presented in a nifty interface that provides all sorts of useful information. You can sort templates by type–such as brochures, posters/signs, business cards, and newsletters–or by industry, although that list was empty except for “Landscaping.” The interface also includes a space for accessing your own saved CDT templates, which can be created easily through the File menu.

Whether the CorelDRAW package is worth its price tag is up to each individual consumer, but a full-featured 15-day trial should give users plenty of time to get acquainted with the application. It’s necessary to register for a free Corel account to use the trial, and each program requires you to click a “Continue Trial” button before launching, but those small annoyances aren’t enough to prevent this bountiful design suite from earning a top rating.


  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 software empowers designers and developers to build standards-based websites with confidence. Design visually or directly in code, develop pages with content management systems, and accurately test browser compatibility thanks to integration with Adobe BrowserLab, a new Adobe CS Live online service.* CS Live services are complimentary for a limited time.

Design your site visually–Get a jump on creating standards-based Web pages with updated CSS-based starter pages. Enable CSS Inspect in Live View and tweak your design visually to get just the right margin and padding. Ensure cross-browser compatibility–Test your pages in Adobe BrowserLab on multiple browsers and operating systems. Compare browser views solo, side-by-side, or onion-skinned atop one another for pixel-precise matching. Integrate FLV video–Import any FLV file directly into Dreamweaver and quickly integrate a player skin of your choosing. Simply set options such as display size, autostart, and looping, and then your video is ready for the Web.

What’s new in this version:

  • Integrated CMS support
  • CSS inspection
  • Integration with Adobe BrowserLab
  • PHP custom class code hinting
  • Integration with Business Catalyst
  • CSS starter pages
  • Maintain consistency across media
  • Subversion support
  • Site-specific code hinting
  • Simple site setup


  • Adobe Flash CS4 Professional

Create engaging interactive experiences for a wide variety of formats with the Adobe Flash CS4 Professional authoring environment. New object-based animation tools make working in Flash easier for beginning and expert designers alike, while powerful design tools extend your creative possibilities. Streamline your workflow with new collaboration capabilities that help you create interactive websites, media-rich advertisements, instructional media, dynamic presentations, games, and more. Bring it all together in Flash and deliver to audiences everywhere — regardless of platform or device. you can free download Adobe Flash CS4 Professional now.


  • Microsoft FrontPage 2003 SP3

FrontPage 2003 provides the features, flexibility, and functionality to help you build better Web sites. It includes the professional design, authoring, data, and publishing tools needed to create dynamic and sophisticated Web sites.


  • Adobe Illustrator CS4

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Design quickly and confidently with Adobe Illustrator CS4 software. Sophisticated tools for drawing and typography, along with advanced color controls and creative effects, provide a comprehensive vector graphics environment. Explore more efficient ways of working with multiple artboards, a Blob Brush tool for intuitive vector painting, and transparency in Gradients with on-object controls. Stay ahead of the pace of change — equip yourself with precisely the tools you need for today’s print, web, interactive, motion, and Mobile Content design.


  • Transparency in gradients
  • Blob Brush tool
  • Gradients exposed
  • Integration and delivery
  • Enhanced user experience
  • Multiple artboards
  • In-panel appearance editing
  • Refined graphic styles
  • Clipping masks demystified
  • Separations Preview


  • Adobe Pagemaker 7.0.2

Adobe Pagemaker 7.0 is the last version of the venerable desktop publishing application. Although it is still sold and supported by Adobe, its functions are now covered by InDesign CS4.

It’s made for designing things for print, from flyers and posters to reports, and will export creations as PDF files too. Like much of Adobe’s output it is a feature rich program, but is quite inaccessible for the beginner. It does feature templates to work from, and that is recommended as a way to learn what you can do with it.

Adobe Pagemaker 7.0 was originally released in 2002, and it is showing it’s age. It was designed for small businesses and professionals, and while it’s adequate as a desktop publisher, the next generation of programs are more suited to today’s world.

If you were happy using desktop publishing programs, you’ll be pleased that Pagemaker is still available. However, for most people desktop publishing has become obsolete, as word processing applications can now create pages for printing ideal for the amateur user, and professional design suites are much better suited for business.

This is a perfectly viable publishing app, but it’s relatively hard to learn, and out of date.


  • Can create complex documents
  • Export to PDF format

  • Both amateur and professional users better served by different apps


  • Paint Shop Pro 13

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Corel Paint Shop Pro X

The intelligent choice for people who want great photos

Corel Paint Shop Pro X is the easiEST way to turn your pictures into professional-looking photos – fast! With a revolutionary Learning Center filled with a complete set of automatic photo fixes and precision editing tools, you’ll be able to produce professional results as soon as you open the program!

1. Fix brightness, color & photo flaws (adjust & retouch)

A. Give an Instant Makeover! Remove blemishes, whiten teeth, paint on a tan and remove wrinkles

B. Rotate, crop, resize, brighten, fix color and remove digital camera noise

C. Remove dust, scratches or distracting objects D. Repair faded and damaged photos

2. Turn photos into elegant projects (Create & collage)

A. Cut objects out of photos and MOVE them to another

B. Erase backgrounds

C. Add frames, Picture Tubes and other creative effects

D. Create calendars, cards, books, picture CDs and more

3. Give photos a unique, exciting look (graphics & effects)

A. Convert to B&W infrared, B&W or Sepia

B. Add text and shapes to photos or create graphics for the web

C. Paint with realistic art tools, textures or patterns

D Distort faces or objects to make entertaining caricatures

4. Find photos fast & share memories (organize & share)

A. Find and short photos by date, folder, keyword or favorite collections

B. Print multiple photos on one PaGE

C. Email original or optimized photos

D. View slide shows on your computer

The easiest way to turn your pictures into professional-looking photos – fast!
Works perfectly with digital cameras, scanners, pressure sensitive tablets.


  • Photoscape 3.5

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Photoscape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

Key Features

  • Viewer: View photos in your folder, create a slideshow
  • Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, backlight correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming, clone stamp
  • Batch editor: Batch edit multiple photos
  • Page: Merge multiple photos on the page frame to create one final photo
  • Combine: Attach multiple photos vertically or horizontally to create one final photo
  • Animated GIF: Use multiple photos to create a final animated photo
  • Print: Print portrait shots, carte de visites(CDV), passport photos
  • Splitter: Slice a photo into several pieces
  • Screen Capture: Capture your screenshot and save it
  • Color Picker: Zoom in on images, search and pick a color
  • Rename: Change photo file names in batch mode
  • Raw Converter: Convert RAW to JPG
  • Paper Print: Print lined, graph, music and calendar paper
  • Face Search: Find similar faces on the Internet

Photoscape is provided free of charge.