Exploring Corel® CONNECT™


This tutorial has been written for CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X7. While similar features might be available in previous releases, the tutorial will be fully applicable to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 only.

Corel® CONNECT™ is a full-screen browser that synchronizes with both CorelDRAW® and Corel® PHOTO-PAINT™. Corel CONNECT provides an easy way of finding content on your computer or local network. It also lets you access, search and browse the new Content Exchange, a collection of clipart, photos, fonts, frames, patterns, and image lists. You can also can also search iStockphoto, fotolia, or  Flickr.

After you find the content that you need, you can import it into your document, open it in its associated application, or collect it in a tray for future use.



Starting Corel CONNECT

To start Corel CONNECT, do one of the following:

  • To start Corel CONNECT as a the standalone utility, click the Corel CONNECT tile on your desktop (Windows 8), or on the Windows taskbar, click Start > All Programs > CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 > Corel CONNECT X7 (Windows 7).
  • To access the Connect docker in CorelDRAW or Corel PHOTO-PAINT, click Window > Dockers > Connect.
  • To access the Tray docker in CorelDRAW or Corel PHOTO-PAINT, click Window > Dockers > Tray.


Navigation and viewing panes

The Connect docker with the viewing pane hidden (left) and the navigation pane hidden (right). Clicking the toggle arrow (1) displays or hides panes. Resize the docker to display both panes.



Searching for content

  • In the navigation pane, click a location in one of the following panes:
    • Libraries — lets you search for content that’s included with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite (current and installed previous versions of the suite)
    • Favorite folders — lets you search for content in your favorite locations
    • Folders — lets you search for content in the folder structure available on your computer
    • Type a word in the Search and Address box, and press Enter. Files that match the search term appear in the viewing pane.

Working with the tray

The tray is useful for gathering content from various folders. While the files are referenced in the tray, they actually remain in their original location. You can add and remove content from the tray. The tray is shared between CorelDRAW, Corel PHOTO-PAINT, and Corel CONNECT.

To add content, select one or more thumbnails in the viewing area, and drag them to the tray. To remove content, select its thumbnail in the tray, and click the Remove from tray button 


Viewing content

Clipart, photo images, and fonts appear in the viewing pane as thumbnail images. You can select individual, multiple, or all thumbnails.

Positioning your pointer over a thumbnail displays that file’s name, size, resolution, and color mode. You can adjust the size of thumbnails using the Zoom slider to make it easier to find a particular file.

Using and managing content

If you want to view a larger version of a file or edit a file before you incorporate it into your project, you can open it in CorelDRAW, Corel PHOTO-PAINT, or its associated application. Click one of the following buttons:

  • Open  — lets you open a file in the application it is associated with
  • Open in CorelDRAW  — lets you open a file in CorelDRAW
  • Open in Corel PHOTO-PAINT  — lets you open a file in Corel PHOTO-PAINT

You can also open content from the Connect docker in CorelDRAW or Corel PHOTO-PAINT. There are a couple on ways to do that:

  • In full view, select the file, and click the Open button.
  • In single pane view, select the file, and click the File commands button, and click Open.

You can also import content from the Connect docker into an active document as either an embedded (CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT) or linked object (CorelDRAW only). Dragging a file from the viewing pane to an active document inserts the file as an embedded object.

You can also open or import content from the Tray docker.

With a little practice, it’s easy to see how Corel CONNECT can save countless hours of design time by making it easier to browse or search for clipart, photo images, fonts, symbols and objects.


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