Corel has released the latest version of its CorelDraw Technical Suite, which promises a number of improvements to its design tools, as well as to the overall performance.
As the name implies, the Technical Suite is aimed at people involved in technical illustration and drafting workflows for things such as assembly instructions and complex schematics from original designs or existing 3D CAD renderings. It’s used in all forms of technical documentation, including engineering, architecture, and manufacturing.
Corel has improved the isometric drawing tools so that users can draw on projected planes and redefine drawing planes easily and can add context with enhanced projected arrows in dimensions and leader lines.
There’s a new Objects docker that gives more control over the management of objects, layers, and pages. There are also improvements to the Styles workflow, which let users apply existing Style Sets as well as new preloaded Style Sets that follow S1000D technical illustration standards.
Corel has also tidied up the interface with a new Find and Replace docker as well as new shortcuts for commonly used tools. The Technical Illustration Workspace now groups common features and the Project tab of the Transform docker is said to be more intuitive.
Elsehere, there have been improvments to the overall performance so that CorelDraw starts up faster, documents load faster and graphics render quicker. Users can now sign into a new CorelDRAW.app through their browsers to access.CDR and .DES files from virtually any device.
Klaus Vossen, senior product manager for CorelDraw, says that the new version accelerates the entire technical illustration workflow, adding: “From opening 2D and 3D source files, photos, and documents, to publishing technical communications of virtually any kind, this complete suite enables you to work faster with precision and control.”
Corel has also updated the integrated XVL Studio Corel Edition so that users can quickly find similar parts with the same attributes and can highlight parts by selecting them. It’s also possible to set colour separately for profile lines and fill faces of cross-sections.
As always, with Corel the complete suite is made up of a huge number of different programs. This includes Corel Designer 2019 for precise illustration and technical design, CorelDraw 2019 for vector illustration and page layout, Corel PhotoPaint 2019 for image editing, XVL Studio Corel Edition for 3D visualization and authoring and CorelDraw.app for file access, collaboration, and on-the-go illustration via web browser. It also includes Corel Font Manager and AfterShot 3 for HDR.
CorelDraw Technical Suite 2019 is available now and costs £899.99 or €999 for the full version. It’s also sold on a subscription basis for £299 or €359.40 a year, all prices including VAT. You can find more details here.