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Old 01-15-2010, 09:39 AM   #1
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Default Any CorelDraw X4 users?

Hi. I am having all kinds of problems with CorelDraw and have unsuccessfully tried to contact the company to get help. Perhaps someone here can help me.

I have been using CorelDraw for quite some time. v.7-9, 12, and X4. All legit.

There is something screwy with this program. When I go to save a file, hitting the SAVE, not the SAVE AS, it replaces the desktop program icon with the program I want to save. I also had issues with the character insertion process, scrolling through the different fonts and not having access to individual characters. I have trouble getting on the CorelDraw forums and I think that might have something to do with registering my software with various email accounts and user names. (I've tried contacting Corel to get them to straighten this out, but I get no response from this company. I even got a questionnaire from them about how I like my software, checked the box that asked them to contact me...and nothing. That was months ago.)

Once I did get a post on their forum, posted my problem, and someone told me to save 'save as.' Yes, that's fine, but wouldn't the program protect itself from replacing the program icon with a file folder? When that happens, it also tosses a backup file on my desktop. Ever other program I use asks me where I want to save it, not replace the program icon.

I've tried reinstalling it, reformatting, a number of times, and I get nowhere. I recently reinstalled but frankly am hesitant to see what happens if I hit the 'save' button on an unsaved file.

Any thoughts? I am using XP Pro. I use Firefox browser and do have some script blocking add-ons, but I can't imagine those would have anything to do with working in this program.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:14 PM   #2
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You must first do a Save As before you can properly contemplate Save.

Otherwise, how do it know what you want it to save to? The last thing you opened was the program itself, no?
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:14 AM   #3
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True...BUT...in every other program I own, if I have a default file open and I hit 'save,' a message box will pop up and ask me where I want to place that puppy. I'd think a program would protect itself from allowing the program desktop icon from being replaced by what could have easily been an accidental keystroke.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:08 PM   #4
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Yep. Most programs, if the current file's never been saved, will treat Save as a Save As.

   
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:38 PM   #5
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Yep. Most programs, if the current file's never been saved, will treat Save as a Save As.
Uncle Steve,

any options/preferences you can think of that would alter X4's behavior?

(my graphics machine is off...gotta climb over a pile of stuff to get to the switch otherwise i could easily find out for my own damn self. But...that is not the forum way! (to wit, ask a question that takes 5 minutes to write out instead of spending 2 minutes to find out yourself. Sigh. Guess I'm being assimilated. Already got one bad eye and not much hair...
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Old 01-19-2010, 12:01 PM   #6
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Well, sir(rah) you know what they say about people who assimilate. They make an ass out of imi and late.

Yes. Aherm. Well.

I'm still at Draw 12 and holding. Mostly doing VB/VBA coding these days and can't really see spending a bunch of upgrade bucks for features I wouldn't even notice or have use for. OTOH, I suspect I won't have much choice if I move to Win7. I notice that the Draw 12 service packs won't install on Vista.

   
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:03 PM   #7
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I went to X4 from my v.12 because I had Vista on one computer and it was having issues. Corel wasn't updating 12 for Vista-compatibility, so I bought X4. I actually like 12 on XP better.

And if I ever win the lotto, I'll buy the Adobe Creative Suite and be done with it.
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Thanks for the info ... what about 12/XP makes it better than X4/Vista. Leaving aside the obvious: that anything on Vista is going to be less pleasant than the same thing on XP ;-)

   
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:59 AM   #9
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It appears that every OTHER Microsoft OS since 98 does not agree with me. ME...I pleaded with the new computer people to allow me an option on OS. Then, Vista. Bluuuuch.

What I like about v.12 CorelDraw might be what many others do not like. X4 has more 'intuitive' controls set in, so when I'm poking around, going through font sizes, changing things, it processes those changes as I'm in mid-flight. I would much rather make my choices and then tell the program...THIS IS WHAT I WANT. I have a laptop whose pointer takes over when I'm online and opens everything, including pages I don't want to read. Sure, it's probably just a matter of spending time with it and learning how it works, but I still would rather not have my equipment/programs do that.

That's the big thing for me.

And unfortunately for my kind of computer worker, that is the way technology is headed, touching this that opens that, wave your hand across the screen, and eventually the computers will read our thoughts and act on our unconscious involuntary movements, after they start installing face recognition/reading devices on our computers.
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>> What I like about v.12 CorelDraw might be what many others do not like. X4 has more 'intuitive' controls set in, so when I'm poking around, going through font sizes, changing things, it processes those changes as I'm in mid-flight.

Oh, like, say, you hover over a font you're *thinking* of clicking and it changes the selected text to that font? That kind of thing?

I can see where that's popular and even like it myself some of the time in the Office apps, but on the whole, I'd rather do without it. It seems to slow everything down.

>> And unfortunately for my kind of computer worker, that is the way technology is headed, touching this that opens that, wave your hand across the screen, and eventually the computers will read our thoughts and act on our unconscious involuntary movements, after they start installing face recognition/reading devices on our computers.

What's this "after" of which you speak. My new netbook has that on it.
Well, *had*. That was the second thing to hit the bin, right after Norton.

Last thing I need is the computer peering at me through the web cam and telling me "Sorry Dave, I can't do that". My name's not Dave and ok, maybe I haven't shaved yet but see this hammer? You've got five seconds to recognize me or I'll have to turn you back into sand. Singing "Daisy"? Yer gonna be pushing 'em up. Hah. ;-)

   
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