Which is better: Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator?

Trying to decide between Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator? Check out this helpful video to hear from someone who is experience with both programs. According to the author, Corel Draw is better for beginners, and as we all know, CD doesn’t come with the commitment of a subscription price. If you need Corel for your school, check out our school site license and save hundreds of dollars per license.

Introducing ScreenBeam

Here at Genesis, we’re excited to announce that we’re picking up a new product line – The ScreenBeam! With ScreenBeam, teachers gain the ability to broadcast their Windows 10 laptop’s screen to student devices effortlessly. Now everyone can be engaged in presentations – and if you add the Classroom Commander subscription, the ScreenBeam turns into a one-stop CMS for every student in the classroom.

For more information, here’s an informative video that explains the functions of the hardware.

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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017, What Is It And Why You Need It!

If you don’t know what CorelDRAW is, it is an industry-acclaimed graphic design tool for Windows. The suite comes with cutting-edge features to help you create beautiful designs, graphics, photos, and websites with both ease and confidence.

Why do you need CorelDRAW? Well here are 5 reasons why!

  1. The LiveSketch tool is extremely time-saving. When using this tool, your sketch strokes are adjusted and combined with existing vector curves, which allows you to sketch and design on the fly. This also eliminates the task of sketching on paper, scanning and tracing to vector!
  2. Thanks to redesigned nodes and handles, you get faster, intuitive node manipulation. Each node type is assigned a unique shape, so you can quickly identify cusp, smooth, and symmetrical nodes.
  3. Using tablet mode makes it easy to make adjustments quickly using touch or a stylus. The Touch workspace streamlines the UI to maximize the size of your drawing window by displaying only the tools and commands you are most likely to use.
  4. Experience more natural drawing and achieve more expressive results with the native Surface Studio and Microsoft Dial, and advanced stylus support. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017 has been enhanced so you can take advantage of pressure, bearing, tilt, and rotation of your stylus to control a variety of tools and effects.
  5. Bring your earlier environments directly into the new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017 and continue designing right where you left off. You now can import select work space elements into your current work space, or creating a totally new UI setup.



Photoshop remains the most powerful (and widely used) image editing tool

Don’t think Adobe is powerful enough? Here’s a time-lapse of a YouTube user creating artwork entirely from pre-existing images and Photoshop’s powerful suite of tools. It just goes to show that with the right software and the right education, anyone can do anything.

Ready to get your kids prepped for their creative professions? Head over to our website here.

Film your lectures with SWIVL

Without a doubt, one of the most difficult aspects of video production is the amount of crew it takes. Thankfully, the team at SWIVL found a way for Teachers to record their lectures – they made a robot that follows you. Think of it like a little automated film crew, with camera and sound equipment all ready to go. There’s never been an easier way to record a presentation.

Ready to get your digitize your lectures? Head over to our website here.

Vegas Pro is Must Have Video Editing Software

.I have been using VEGAS 15 Suite now for several weeks and having spent the last few years using various iterations of VEGAS software I am very familiar with it so felt comfortable jumping straight in but I was also very keen to find out if the numerous requests on the forum had been addressed or if any suggestions made there had transitioned to the product.

When I first opened the software, I was presented with a new, yet familiar interface, MAGIX had to make this product their own and the interface was an obvious place to start but I was very pleased that they didn’t try to reinvent the wheel. The colour scheme is generally darker by default, something I prefer as it’s easier on the eyes and each of the colourful icons is exactly where it should be. I will come on to customisation later but you really can make VEGAS 15 YOUR editor.

For example, the trimmer is available on a tab next to the preview but it’s not a feature I use, I prefer to edit directly in the timeline, so I have my workspace set up so that my preview is displayed on a separate monitor to my right, my media and FX are on a third screen on my left which gives me a huge workspace for the timeline and this way I have a sense of the video as a whole. If this doesn’t suit you, customise your own workspace. Another example of customisation is on the video track header. It’s now much cleaner by default however, there is a drop-down that will allow you to edit the visible buttons, even the scribble strip is hidden until you click on it. This is done on a track by track basis too which means that the entire header section looks clean with only what you need visible until you decide otherwise. I really like this change.

Basic functions like importing media are identical, however, when you put a clip on the timeline you now get a heading over each one. It might not seem like an impactful difference but this one little change has made it so much easier to work with multiple files and cuts that I suspect over time, I will save hours of searching. The familiar Pan and Crop and FX icons appear as default but here too there is also and a little drop-down menu that contains access to and options to display Generated media, Active take information, Playback Rate, Freeze Frame at Cursor and Selectively Paste event attributes. If you use these functions regularly, having the ability to edit the visible button set so they are visible at the top of a clip is a clever idea and will be a great time saver.