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Questions and Answers About CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 and Related Products

As most of you are aware, Corel announced CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 last week. For those interested in the new version, I posted CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 Hardware and Software Requirements. I have also created a page with all information related to CorelDRAW X7. Since those two posts, I’ve received a number of questions about the new version and related products. I will try to address many of those questions in this post.

Before I answer the questions, I encourage you to read One Door Is Closing, Another to Be Opened that I wrote a little over a year ago because it will help you understand some of the answers I provide.

Q: Will there be a CorelDRAW X7 Unleashed and when will it be released? There will not be a CorelDRAW X7 Unleashed. As I wrote in my post last year, there just simply isn’t enough demand for such a product to dedicate a year of my life to the project.

Q: What do you think of CorelDRAW X7? I have not yet installed it because I am waiting to received a boxed version of the product. Since I am not writing a book on the product, there is no urgency for me to get it installed and I have always told users that it is best to get the boxed version. When I have received my boxed version and installed it, I will gladly share my thoughts.

In talking with someone at Corel, I’ve learned that the content (clipart, fonts, photos) is not included on the DVD for CorelDRAW X7 and the only way to get it is to download individual pieces of content through Corel CONNECT. I find this news very disappointing and I’m guessing this will be an unpopular decision.

Q: Are the dreaded “(Not Responding)” delays and warnings gone? Obviously I haven’t installed CorelDRAW X7 meaning I couldn’t answer this question. More importantly, I haven’t gotten these warnings in CorelDRAW X6 so it would be nearly impossible for me to say if they were gone since I haven’t experienced them.

Q: Have the Terms of Service changed? I don’t know.

Q: Didn’t Corel change the upgrade policy so that only the last two versions were eligible for upgrade pricing? There was a change made with all Corel software just before CorelDRAW X6 was released so that only two previous versions were eligible. The current policy for CorelDRAW X7 says that users of CorelDRAW X4, X5 and X6 are eligible for upgrade pricing. If you have an older version, you will have to buy the full product.

Q: Is there a 32-bit version of CorelDRAW X7? Yes there is and I still feel it is the best choice for 99% of users. There are few benefits to the 64-bit version unless you are working with massive files and many popular Adobe Photoshop plug-ins and CorelDRAW macros have not been updated to work with the 64-bit versions.

Q: Will EZ Metrics be updated for CorelDRAW X7? A final decision has not been made, though I don’t think it will be updated. We have to weigh our development costs vs. the revenue we would receive from a new version and the numbers indicate it would be a bad financial decision.

Q: Will other macros/add-ons be updated or when will they be updated? I can’t speak for products created by other companies. It is a business decision for each vendor to make.

Q: Have you (or are you) switching to Adobe products? I have Adobe Creative Suite CS6 installed on my system and have no plans to move to the cloud versions. I rarely run Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. When I do open them, it is typically to convert a file to a different format. The only “switch” I’ve made was from Corel Ventura to Adobe InDesign and that happened five years ago when it was obvious that Ventura would never be updated.

About Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III
Foster D. Coburn III is the author of thirteen books on CorelDRAW, the latest being CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed. He has been a contributor to numerous magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site and many more, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics and Web conferences.

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11 comments

  1. I purchased CDx6 and was not happy with it, as little had changed from X5. Plus I had problems with reinstalling the package where 1 item did now uninstall correctly. I believe it affected the Corel Connect clip art feature. Tech Support did not have a solution, I figured it out, they were not appreciative when I told them what needed fixing. And it was a real job getting a refund/refund acknowledgement. X7 looks better, I’m just not sure I’m ready to pay $200. for the upgrade. As far as the clip art, there are packages of CDx5 on ebay dirt cheap with pretty much the same clip art as the later versions, and there on the disk.

  2. The vast majority of software sold on eBay is likely pirated. Buyer beware!

  3. Why did Corel discontinue R.A.V.E? I called them and no one new that an earlier version existed.

  4. Why have R.A.V.E. discontinued? Many reasons. Flash animation is less popular. It created very unoptimized files. Very few users were using it. In short, it was best for them to focus their efforts on other elements of the suite.

  5. Can you design soft and hard cover book covers with this software? A file that can be sent to a publisher for print.

  6. Yes, you can design all flavors of book covers in CorelDRAW. And yes, they can be sent to a publisher or anyone else for printing.

  7. I just purchased Corel Draw X7, I want the magic wand feature in the Photo-Paint part of program. I know how to find it, but when I go through the steps the drop down from the second tool from the top will not reveal the W magic Wand tool. Is there a trick to this or did I down load the wrong version of Corel Draw X7?

    • Foster D. Coburn III
      Foster D. Coburn III

      Marion, I think you are confusing two products. The magic wand has never been in CorelDRAW. It is a major feature of Corel PHOTO-PAINT. If you need to use masking tools, including the magic wand, you’ll do it in Corel PHOTO-PAINT.

  8. Just upgraded and installed X7 64 bit on a Windows 10 system, when using my Wacom tablet “multi-touch” feature in Photo Paint it locks up then ultimately shuts down, have tried many different options, only 2 of the 4 “express keys” are recognized, the tablet works with other applications, any help appreciated

  9. thanks for the response Foster, I upgraded to 10 as it was pre-installed on my replacement computer, not by choice, I am once again an unwitting and unwilling sacrifice, company wanted latest version for all programs with it as well, tried Wacom tech support, no help there, cheers Scott

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