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Corel Video Studio Ultimate and Corel WordPerfect

Amazon has an early Black Friday sale going on. You can pick up a copy of Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X6 for $30 as well as Corel WordPerfect X6 for $20. That’s a pretty good deal for both of these. I haven’t used WordPerfect for quite some time, but I have no doubt it has all the standard word processing features any of us would want. And a $20 price tag is hard to beat.

Corel VideoStudio is their new video editing software and screen capture tool. I messed around with it a month or so ago and thought it was pretty neat. The screen capture software was quite good. The Ultimate Edition for $30 is a good price.

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Corel Paint Shop Pro X3 – $29.98

Corel is having another sale with some pretty drastic savings on Paint Shop Pro X3, Corel Draw and Corel Painter.

Paint Shop Pro X3 has dropped all the way down to $39.99, however, if you do a little magic you can drop that price all the way down to $29.98.

To see the full savings circular, click this link:

From there, click the Upgrade for Paint Shop Pro X3

Next, say No to the upgraded Ultimate version. You should now have PSP in the cart for $39.

With PSPX3 in the cart use the coupon code: BONUSBUCKS20 (for 20% off). The price should now drop to $29.98.

And there you go. The latest version of Paint Shop for less than $30. That’s a pretty impressive deal. The coupon can also be used for the other Corel products.

Have fun!

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Trying my hand with the Wacom tablet

Well, I finally got the tablet out of the box and gave it a try. I have to say it’s very neat, but at the same time, a little awkward. I’m not used to how it works and there is quite a bit of fine tuning I need to do. First, I adjusted how much real estate the tablet would actually use when you go from side to side. By default it was trying to use both monitors, so a small movement sent the cursor flying! This was very easy to control as Wacom provides a nice config panel you can adjust. I shrunk the area down to the actual drawing area of Paintshop Pro, just shy of being able to hit the toolbar buttons. Now when I move it’s much easier to track on the screen.

Once I had that adjusted I tried drawing and moving. The pen is very nice. Its wireless and tracks about an inch above the pad so you can see where you’re going to end up. I did a lot of experimenting with pixel sizes for the pen and finally started to get a good feel for how it should work. And then I spent quite a bit of time trying to get the right orientation for my hand on the tablet. I was using it like paper, having it turned at an angle and holding the pen different ways. Tracing something is very simple, but pure freehand takes some getting used to. I’m still not sure I have the angle right.

I think it will be a lot of fun, but it does take some getting used to. I notice I pick up the pen a lot then tap it back down which the system interprets as a click so it stops drawing and waits for input. That gets a little confusing but I’m sure with practice that will get better.

So far I like it, and install was a snap. Windows 7 and PSPX2 had no problem using the tablet. I even checked if X3 understood it was there and recognized it no problem. I just need more practice and this pad should be fun to work with.

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