Could Apple Buy Adobe or Corel?

March 23, 2012

Not a day goes by without someone asking a question about the availability of a native Mac version of CorelDRAW. Last summer I told you Why You Shouldn’t Expect a Mac Version of CorelDRAW. Given the current business conditions, it just isn’t going to happen.

The folks at ZDNet put out an article this week suggesting it would be in Apple’s best interest to buy a company in the graphics software business. Go ahead and read Apple’s next big buy: Adobe or Corel?. They claim Apple needs their own software to help make graphics for apps.

Adobe is a much bigger company with a much more valuable portfolio. The article suggests it would cost more than $17 billion to buy Adobe. Corel is much smaller and yet makes many of the tools needed to create the graphics needed. Corel also has a much lower suggested price at only $1 billion. Hey Apple, if you read this you may want to also buy Graphics Unleashed! This is certainly an interesting idea and I think having the financial backing of Apple would be of interest to many CorelDRAW users. For those of you asking about a Mac version of CorelDRAW, here is the scenario that would make it happen. Now is the time to start asking Apple when they are going to buy Corel instead of asking Corel when a Mac version will be available. At least that is probably the best way to get your wish as soon as possible.

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  1. Jim Hagler

    if Apple bought Corel I could stop calling it the Adobe platform. Adobe competes with Apple at every opportunity why Doesn’t Apple compete back? Corel would be a bargain and give apple A whole new and highly profitable product line. Yes at first controversy but then … well the Apple faithful would come around. Since Draw is so much better than Illustrator It would not take long to turn things around. with a little work from Apple Photo-Paint would kill Photoshop and since Ventura was built from the ground up as a long document publisher it could really beat Adobe also. Sure Apple might have to invest what amounts to a very little but the rewards are so obvious. It would be a big win for both companies.


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Foster D. Coburn III built his first Web site in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013. He has used the Divi theme exclusively since 2015. Earlier in his career he was the author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences.

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