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Product: WordPerfect Office 2000 Standard Edition
Company: Corel Corporation
Estimated Street Price: $299.95 Upgrade: $99.00
Review By: Julien Jay

Corel Presentations 9 

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: WordPerfect 9
3: More WordPerfect 9
4: Quattro Pro 9 
5: Corel Presentations 9
6: Advanced Features
7: Conclusion

Corel Presentations 9.0 is a top of the range ‘presentation maker’ software that can be compared to a Microsoft PowerPoint like software. It allows you to create multimedia shows, slide shows, to present your corporate, your products, your brand, your corporate mind, or other multimedia projects… In fact this software offers great and useful features, such as special animations effects that really look Pro. Creating shading off effect is as easy as in CorelDraw 9! You can create slide show on a variety of support: A4 paper, envelops, legal, letter… Sure you can use as background (Corel Presentations manages Background in a special tab so you can change it easily): pictures, shading off (different ones are available), textures, and colors with or without motifs.  

Corel Presentations offers high-end ready-to-use models that can be used for a wide range of needs (booklets, streamer, sales, poster, reward, report…). It displays tabs to switch between scene view, scene titles and scene preview. As it’s MDI software you can work on different presentations at the same time: you can switch between multiple documents using the Corel Presentations taskbar. When you use”ready-to-use” models, a Corel Expert (not a wizard but an expert) will guide and help you to customize your slide show. Slide-shows are printable: the print feature as always with Corel is very complete: you can choose what to print (1 slide or the entire slide-show), you can even print both sides papers, and sure you’ve got a very useful print preview feature that will show your slide-show in colors (if you’ve got a color printer) or in Black & White, it also offers its own Printer Manager named Corel Print History 9. Customizing TurboKeys enables you to define a precise action to do when you push a keyboard key, for example ‘A’ will switch to the next slide. As for every multimedia show you can add sound with the following formats: WAVE or MIDI. We regret that MP3 is not supported at the time (to reduce the file size). But it also supports Music CD! So you can insert your favorite music CD and during the Slideshow, Corel Presentations will play the tracks you have chosen. Presentation 9 also managed an address book but unfortunately it uses its own one and not the Microsoft MAPI defined one.  

Corel ScrapBook is a complementary tool that contains an incredible list of clipart, photos, sounds & videos to insert in your slide show. Corel Presentations 9 open Corel Show on the GO is an innovative feature that create in a few second a single executable file that you can send or share as you want: when double click on the file the slideshow is automatically launched. Great isn’t it? (It even supports Windows 3.x). Corel Presentations 9 also manages notes that you can add to every slides…Corel included to its software an enhanced help system with perfect expert that will answer to your natural questions and the Corel Knowledge Base will unstick you! One thing as always been a problem in this kind of software: the alignment feature! But Corel Presentations 9 includes a very accurate alignment features that will allow positioning your various objects precisely. Sure Corel doesn’t want you to make spelling or grammar errors so it comes with a spell-checker and a Grammatik tool.  Presentations 9 features a new toolbar organization to put at the most used features at the users’ finger tips. The brand new Corel Bitmap Editor, based on the Corel Draw technology, allows every user to touchup pictures easily by adding funny picture effects. Corel Presentations 9 is fully ready for the Internet: indeed all the presentations you create can be exported to HTML files!

We also regret that Presentations 9 doesn’t have a Corel button to launch other Corel software (Draw, WordPerfect…) like in Corel Draw. You can create graphs with Corel Presentations.

You can also import WordPerfect files but strangely not Quattro Pro files except if you use OLE. Presentations 9 can import Microsoft PowerPoint 97 files with a minimum of compatibility issues. One good feature is that you can directly scan documents from Presentations 9 if you’ve got a TWAIN compliant scanner. Finally the transitions effects of Corel Presentations 9 are certainly the most complete ones we’ve never seen but the animations effects are too few. In a word Corel Presentations 9.0 even if it’s not as ergonomic as Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 is from our point of view powerful and very accurate high-end presentation maker software.


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