When I started out using CorelDRAW Graphics Suite in 1997, there was, and still is, an official Corel newsgroup forum for CorelDRAW and Photo-Paint users. Read and found via a email client such as Thunderbird (then Called Netscape Navigator mail) and Outlook Express from Microsoft. Mozilla took over all remains of Netscape and turned it into Mozilla. Basically.
But around that time internet was hype beyond belief and I needed a software package that could solve all my problems for illustration and design. I had dabbled with Photoshop at that around 1995-1997, but found the savior package from Corel.
And quickly after that I found the Corel Newsgroups. Many people were lurking around those very helpful forums, one of them unfortunately is today dead Graham Standage. He was very helpful and I learned lots from his kind tips and guidance. And then there were Coreldraw Guru Tony Severenuk, David Millisock who I kind of found little later and so forth. Michael Cervantes chapter about printing in the Coreldraw 10 official guide book neither to forget. And Steve Bain the author of ”Special edition Coreldraw 9″ Que books. and ” Coreldraw 10 official guide” book. Books i read and used like precious bibles on the subject. Loved them!. Up until 2007 when Coreldraw.com community forum hit the stage and became as great as it is forum wise, the newsgroups was king. And among those other great people I learnt lots from was Foster D. Coburn.
These days Foster and I have met in real life in Phoenix Arizona. And we still have contact.
Yesterday Foster officially announced his PUBLISHING and WRITING of his CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Unleashed DVD will be his last. According to Foster the best he has ever written. This of course is no fun thing to read about. Foster will find new ways and directions, and who knows Foster you may return with the DVD´s! But regardless he is still a CorelDRAW GURU. And a well-known person and instrutctor in the world of CorelDRAW.
Foster and Unleashed writes the website and recourses will still be around so its thank god not a stop and delete anything. So his blog and websites will still be around as I understand it and that is very welcome news for a lot of people out there relaying on Fosters daily posts and instructions about CorelDRAW.
Keep it up Foster, it will go well for you whatever you pursue from here.
Talk to you later!
Here you can read the interview I made with Foster
And here you can read about the illustrations I made for Foster and his Unleashed Productions http://canvas.nu/stefanlindblad-blog/?p=200
Illustrator, graphic designer