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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 Released

Corel officially introduced CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 today and below is their press release detailing the new version. I have not used the new version yet. When I have used the product, I’ll share my thoughts.

New CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8: Create Professional Designs Faster With a Simplified Workflow and Unprecedented Power and Control

Easily create stunning graphics with an enhanced collection of creative tools, all-new Corel Font Manager™, cutting-edge hardware compatibility, and industry leading support for Windows 10; New open upgrade makes this must-have update highly affordable for CorelDRAW® customers of any previous version

Introducing CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X8, Corel’s new flagship graphics solution that makes professional design, web graphics and image editing workflows faster and simpler, all while offering more control. The new suite enables designers, artists and business users to transform creative energy into artwork that creates lasting impressions across any medium. New functionality speeds and streamlines the creative process – especially when working with fonts, images and objects. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 is the optimal environment for anyone creating graphics on Windows 10, in addition to offering exceptional experiences on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Whether you’re a new user or have relied on CorelDRAW for years, take advantage of a wide range of learning tools and a customizable environment to get started quickly and make the app uniquely your own. A new, open upgrade policy makes it highly affordable to move up to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 from any previous version.

“With the new X8, we’ve taken away many of the pain points graphics pros face daily by offering a powerful design environment that’s faster and smarter than ever. From big additions, like the all-new Corel Font Manager, to the dramatically evolved Knife tool, the entire suite makes it easier for users to get the professional look and output their clients demand,” said Gérard Métrailler, Vice President of Products, Graphics and Productivity, Corel.

“Professionals and aspiring professionals can save time and dramatically increase productivity with simplified processes and reduced steps they’ll quickly find they can’t live without. And with ultra-high resolution monitors and extensive pen and touch support, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 is ready for the latest generation of Windows 10 devices. Whether you own X7 or go all the way back to version 1.0, this impressive list of new features comes together with our new open upgrade policy to make the move to X8 an obvious choice,” said Cécile Brosius, Director of Product Marketing, CorelDRAW.

Save time and create stunning designs and images with the extensive updates and new features in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8:

  • New compatibility and support: With full optimization for Windows 10, take advantage of new resolution independent multi-monitor viewing, 4K and higher displays support, and work with Windows Real-Time Stylus pen-compatible tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface, in addition to Wacom tablets and devices.

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  • New Corel Font Manager™: Finally take control of your ever-expanding font collection and make the most of the fonts you already own! Explore, handle, and organize your fonts and typefaces quickly. Ideal for professions that use fonts daily, from graphic design, illustration and publishing, to package design, sign making, advertising and website creation.

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  • Enhanced font filtering and search: Quickly find a specific font without spending time searching in multiple folders. For example, search for “script fonts” or a specific character-set and the font list will show all the fonts on your machine that match the request.
  • Enhanced Knife Tool: Split any object or a group of objects − vector, text and bitmaps − along straight, freehand or Bézier lines. Overlap objects or create a gap between the new objects after splitting them. Choose an outline option, or let the application automatically select the option that best preserves the outline appearance.
  • New design features requested by users: Manage complex projects with ease with the new Hide and Show Objects. Copy, paste, or duplicate pieces of existing curves with Copy Curve and explore the Gaussian Blur to adjust the degree to which the drop shadow feathers at its edges.
  • New and enhanced photo-editing features: Remove imperfections with the Healing Clone tool and use the enhanced Straighten Image to correct perspective distortions.
  • New workspace customization: Be productive immediately with a workspace that matches your workflow. Alter the desktop and window borders color, select a dark or light UI that suits the way you work, customize the size of text and icons, and open desktop windows within a floating window.

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  • New learning tools: Get up and running quickly with a welcoming environment that provides easy setup, in-product learning resources, an improved Hints docker and more. See what’s new with either the complete Startup tour, or a special product tour for existing power users of previous versions of CorelDRAW, Corel® PHOTO-PAINT® or other graphics applications.
  • Enhanced support for sharing and output: Rely on a collection of the latest industry-standard file formats and design features to create, prepare and deliver your finished product. Take advantage of expanded compatibility with formats like AI, PSD, PDF, JPG, PNG, SVG, DWG, DXF, EPS, TIFF, DOCX and PPT. The new Border and Grommet dialog box lets you create a banner from a page or selected objects. Whether you work on small-scale projects, such as logos and web graphics, or larger pieces, such as banners and car wraps, CorelDRAW delivers the output you need.
  • New CorelDRAW SDK & Developer Community: Create your own automation tools with support from the new CorelDRAW SDK & Developer Community site: community.coreldraw.com/sdk.

“Corel has built a strong base for its flagship product, CorelDRAW, among artists, illustrators, designers, and business users by paying attention to their requirements and helping them work faster and more efficiently. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 takes advantage of the strong touch and pen support in Windows 10, giving artists the freedom to create designs in a more natural and hands-on way. The software also addresses some of the challenges with high resolution displays with support for HD graphics and customization options to ensure text elements are highly readable. CorelDRAW has been adapted for modern hardware and modern users,” said Kathleen Maher, Vice President, Jon Peddie Research.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 Includes:

  • CorelDRAW X8: Intuitive vector-illustration and page-layout application
  • Corel® PHOTO-PAINT® X8: Professional image-editing application
  • Corel Font Manager™: Powerful font management
  • Corel® PowerTRACE® X8: Bitmap-to-vector tracing utility (included in CorelDRAW X8)
  • Corel® CONNECT™ X8: Access digital content in the Content Exchange and on a local computer
  • Corel® Website Creator™: Website-design application
  • Corel® CAPTURE™ X8: One-click screen capture utility
  • PhotoZoom Pro 4: Plug-in to export and enlarge digital images from Corel PHOTO-PAINT

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 also includes 10,000 clipart and digital images; 2,000 high-resolution digital photos; 1,000 OpenType fonts; 350 professionally designed templates; 2,000 vehicle templates; more than 1000 fills, frames and patterns; more than five hours of enhanced training videos; and much more.

For a full list of everything included in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 and to download a free 15-day trial, please visit coreldraw.com.

Download CorelDRAW X8!

Customers can choose one of three flexible purchase options:

  • Perpetual License: Make a one-time payment and own the product license permanently; available as a box or download version
  • Subscription: Pay a monthly or annual fee to use the product; upgrade to the latest version as long as your subscription is active
  • Upgrade Program: If you buy a perpetual license of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8, pay one affordable yearly fee and you’re assured of working with the latest design tools, file compatibility, and the most current technology. As long as your account is active, you’ll automatically receive the latest version when it’s released.

Availability and Pricing

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 is now available in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Russian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Turkish and Japanese. Download the software now at www.coreldraw.com. Shipping begins April 5, 2016. The full version is priced at $499 USD/$649 CAD and the upgrade is $199 USD/$249 CAD. Subscription is available for $29.95 USD/$39.95 CAD per month or $198 USD/$219 CAD per year. Upgrade Program is available for $99 USD/$109 CAD per year. Commercial and educational volume licenses are also available.

Download CorelDRAW X8!

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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4 comments

  1. Thank you for the article Foster. I’m curious about the $99 Subscription upgrade and have a question. I have Corel X7 (it’s an upgrade as I have been purchasing/using Corel Draw for years). Do you have to pay the full $199 subscription price for the first year and then starting the 2nd year it drops to $99?

  2. Hi, I am using Coreldraw X6 I am thinking about upgrading to X8. Can I load the upgraded version on my computer and use my older version and the newer version so I can get used to X8 before totally switching to X8?

    Thank you,
    Dave

    • Foster D. Coburn III
      Foster D. Coburn III

      Yes, you can have multiple versions of CorelDRAW installed and choose to use whichever version you prefer.

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