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Old 13-07-2010, 05:47
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Default Should I learn VBA or VSTA?


I'm looking into writting my own coding for macros only for Corel X4 or X5.

I am wondering whether it is now worth learning VBA if VSTA is now being used in X5. Are there many similarities between the two types?

I currently have version X4 but thinking of upgrading to X5 in the not too far future.

Also where would the best resource be to learn either VBA or VSTA? Any good video tutorials sets from the basics to either intermediate or advanced coding? Perhaps someone knows a great book/dvd combination?


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Old 13-07-2010, 11:00
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VBA has a more through help section. You will get more help from this forum for VBA as well. VBA will be around for a long time too.

Learning VSTA after knowing VBA would be easier than learning VSTA without programming experience.
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Default VSTA vs VBA

There is no doubt that VSTA is the future, so it depends if you want to live in the future or the present. :-) VSTA for X5 is not that useful right now as you cannot assign icons / shortcuts to your macros, they really only run at startup. (Yes there are probably ways to make it work, but it is complicated)

My suggestion is focus on VBA. You can read my post Where to begin with CorelDRAW and VBA You can pick up just about any VBA book, most will be Microsoft Office focused, to get the basics. Then dig deep into the helps files, they are rich with examples. Record your steps with the Macro Recorder to pick out keywords to search for in the help files, they will then provide you working examples.

Most of all, don't be afraid to ask your questions here. We are here to help!

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Old 14-07-2010, 04:59
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Default Cheers duuudes :)

Hey John & Shelby,

Thanks for the info - I'll start looking at that all right away!


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