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.