Questions and Answers About CorelDRAW X8

March 17, 2016

I’ve had several people ask me questions about CorelDRAW X8. The first thing I want to make very clear is that I don’t even have a copy installed. Until I’ve used the software, I cannot provide my opinion on the software. Yes, I’ll get it installed soon. When I have actually used it, I’ll gladly share my thoughts.

Users Who Seriously Must Upgrade

As I talk to CorelDRAW users, I’m always shocked at how many users continue to use really, really, really old versions. Many of those same users complain the loudest when they switch to Windows 10 and find that their ancient version of CorelDRAW doesn’t work.

If you are using CorelDRAW X5 and older, you need to upgrade! No excuses are acceptable, you just have to do it. Those older versions just won’t ever work well on Windows 10, if they work at all.

Upgrade Eligibility and Pricing

A few years ago, Corel changed the eligibility requirements for upgrade pricing. Now they’ve changed back to the old policy. If you have ever owned a full version of CorelDRAW in the past (not academic, home and student, OEM or some other special version), you are eligible for upgrade pricing. As some users were giving the price of buying a full version as a barrier to upgrading, you can’t lean on that excuse any more.

The Lack of a Mac Version

Immediately after CorelDRAW X8 was announced, Mac users arrived complaining there was not a native Mac version. I’d said this many times and the Mac users hate it every time I say it. There will not be a native Mac version because Corel has no financial incentive to do it. Of course the Mac users will give me all the reasons it is wrong. Folks, this is not my decision to make. It is just the cold hard reality that it is not going to happen.

If you want to use CorelDRAW X8 on a Mac, you need to install an emulator such as Boot Camp or Parallels. Yes, this means running Windows on your Mac. Many Corel employees do this and have great success with it. This is also one of the main reasons they have no incentive to make a native version as it runs so well with an emulator.

Mac users who are truly interested in running CorelDRAW can take advantage of a special offer on Parallels that runs through March 22, 2016. But if you must have a native Mac OS version, you’re going to be waiting a very long time.

Did It Solve This Specific Issue?

Another common question I’ll be asked is whether it solves the “crashing issues” of a previous versions. I don’t have crashing issues! In previous posts, I’ve written about a number of things I do to help my computer (and CorelDRAW) run smoothly. So if you are having a lot of crashes in whatever version of CorelDRAW you are using, I’m guessing there is something else at the root of the problem. Since I don’t have crashing issues, there is no way for me to answer if CorelDRAW X8 will solve your crashing issues.

Will There Be a CorelDRAW X8 Unleashed?

It was exactly three years ago that I wrote One Door Is Closing, Another to be Opened where I shared that there would be no more CorelDRAW Unleashed training DVDs. Nothing has changed and I’ve given zero thought to creating another title. I may update the CorelDRAW Success Kits to include information specific to CorelDRAW X8. But nothing is in the works right now as our business is focused on creating great Web sites for clients.

Post Discussion


  1. Loren

    I emailed this to Foster:
    Hi Foster. Appreciate your comments about X8. I downloaded the trial. I found one thing disturbing. I use the classic menu. It is gone. In X7, you had choices of workspaces that included classic. Not in X8.
    I also use the Outline pen flyout daily on text. It is there but not by default. had a heck of a time finding it. Their help wasn’t.
    One other thing I don’t like is that the program checks once a month on line to see if you have a legal registered program. If I buy the license, I don’t need them checking for it. Apparently if you use it off line for over a month it will stop working. Hard to believe.
    One thing I don’t know is if I can put it on multiple machines.
    I bought X3 originally with our GT541 printer package. Got X4 with Wilcom Studio 1.5. Got X6 with Wilcom Embroidery Studio 2.0 and bought X7 educational version for testing. All of these will work on any machine. I do some work on my desktop & some on my laptop. It looks like Corel may require a license for each machine for X8.
    It did add a couple of features that may prove valuable. Need more time to evaluate.
    Foster answered me with:
    With regards to anything specific about X8, I’ve not used it at all. My understanding is that a “CorelDRAW X6” workspace is included and it should give the “old” menus. They also removed the outline pen tool in X7 and it had to be added back to the toolbox. Easy enough to do when you figure it out, but I agree it took awhile to figure out.

    Now for the licensing stuff. Honest users are the ones penalized by piracy. Corel has to have the monthly check as a tool to prevent HORRIBLE piracy. The license has always allowed you to install on two machines as long as they are NEVER used at the same time…ie desktop and laptop. If you have installed on multiple machines in the past for multiple users, you have been in violation even if it technically allowed you to do it.

    NEVER buy any educational version for any reason. It is way too neutered for any real use.

    And please, please, please don’t e-mail this stuff directly. Put it as a comment so the time I take to answer can benefit everyone.

    Sorry about the email, Foster. Forgot about posting in the blog. I am the only user so having the program on multiple machines is a convenience for me.
    The educational version allowed me to decide if I wanted a full upgrade & it did all I need.

  2. Doug Zender

    Just curious if you know… having read through the new features of CorelDRAW X8, does the purchased DVD include clipart & fonts & extra content, or, as with X7, does one need to dump another $100 a year to access “premium content”? Prior to X7, all the extras were included with the program purchase & could be used locally w/o internet necessity. X7 requires a “Premium Subscription” to use many of the features. How does “Corel Font Manager” differ from the “Bitstream Font Navigator” included previously?? Are the two compatible? Is the interface similar? Many of these questions may have to wait for your evaluation of the new release, but I am curious how Corel is helping we who have depended upon their programs… I hesitate to install the “trial” version of X8 pending more info…

    • Foster D. Coburn III

      Doug, we have stated in our posts that there is no content on the DVD. But I think you are also slightly confused (for very good reason) with Corel’s new way of working. The “regular” content is available for free download (with DVD purchase) and is very similar to what was provided on DVD in the past. It is just a huge hassle to download each item individually. The “premium” content is new stuff that wasn’t included with past versions. We disagree strongly with Corel’s new policy of not including content on the DVD, but clearly that has become the new normal.


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