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Corel Designer Technical Suite X5
The needs of engineering, marketing and technical publishing are quite different. Engineers require tools to help them design products so that they can be manufactured. Marketing needs pretty pictures for ads and brochures. And the tech pub folks often want simplified drawings for catalogs and manuals. It’s quite common for each team to create entirely new images from scratch "a disconnect that results in wasted effort and inaccuracies.
Corel Designer Technical Suite X5 aims to eliminate that disconnect. Users can start projects based on almost any source material "including numerous CAD formats, most vector and raster file types, or from scratch "to create illustrations, diagrams and technical documentation, and produce output for print or online distribution in an equally wide array of formats.
Integration with Right Hemisphere’s Deep Exploration CCE lets users open
CAD models, adjust parts as needed, and then send the results to Corel
Designer or Photo-Paint.
The Heart of the Suite
Central to the Designer Technical Suite is Corel Designer, the company’s specialized application for vector drawing, page layout and diagramming. In 2001, Corel acquired MicrographX; Corel Designer is the successor to that product. If you’ve ever worked with CorelDraw, the Designer interface will seem quite familiar.
The program provides a collection of tools to help users create technical illustrations. There are tools for creating and editing shapes, adding text and callouts, and so on. You can rotate objects into the desired orientation, add dimensions, insert tables for bills of materials, and add various artistic effects.
3D models exported in bitmap format can be refined and enhanced in Corel
Although Designer is actually a 2D program, one of its most interesting capabilities is being able to draw on planes aligned to appear to be 3D. Once these planes are created, you can easily draw and place text so that it looks like it is part of a 3D object. The new X5 release features enhanced isometric drawing capabilities with improved gravity snapping and temporary dynamic guides that appear based on snap points to help users align, draw and move objects in relation to other objects. Users can now modify objects in isometric views and create persistent rounded corners. There’s also improved callout capabilities with automatic renumbering.
While an artist could certainly use the tools in Corel Designer to create new illustrations from scratch, a big part of the program’s power comes from its ability to open more than three dozen different file formats, including CAD drawings saved in AutoCAD DWG format, PDF files and native Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files. Once open in Designer, you can use any of Designer’s tools to convert those assets into a finished technical illustration.
CAD Conversion Tool
But the Corel Designer Technical Suite X5 doesn’t stop there. The package also includes Right Hemisphere Deep Exploration CSE. With Deep Exploration CSE, you can open AutoCAD DWG files–as well as various other formats including 3DS Max, VRML, SketchUp and drawings produced in Creo (formerly Pro/ENGINEER) and CATIA.
Because most CAD programs can save files to one of the supported formats, CSE might be enough. But those who prefer to work with their native CAD formats can purchase Deep Exploration CCE (a $1,699 add-on), which adds support for more than 80 additional formats, including Inventor, SolidWorks and NX, as well as IGES, STEP and SAT.
Once any of the supported CAD files is open in Deep Exploration, you can apply cross-sections and exploded views. Deep Exploration includes dedicated workspaces for technical illustration, high dynamic range (HDR) rendering, training, and sales and marketing materials, so you can quickly achieve the desired look. While working in Deep Exploration, you can still see the entire part assembly,
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