Vector Capital (Corel) Acquiring Parallels Virtualization Software

November 27, 2018

I long ago lost track of how many times I’ve been asked about a new native Mac version of CorelDRAW. My answer has pretty much been the same, it isn’t happening. Why? First, it would be very expensive for Corel to create. But even more important is that there is virtualization software that allows you to run the Windows version of CorelDRAW perfectly on a Mac.

Below are just a few of the blogs I’ve written on the subject. Most are fairly old at this point since there just wasn’t anything new to say.

If you want a way to run Windows on the Mac now, simply get a copy of Parallels Desktop. Not sure how well it works? Here is a success story on that exact subject: Customer Story: CorelDRAW on Mac with Parallels Desktop.

Now for the big news of the day. Vector Capital, the owner of Corel Corporation, is purchasing Parallels. While most of the questions I get are about running CorelDRAW on the Mac, there are always virtualization tools for other platforms.

What does this mean in the long term? I have no exact answer. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see Corel offer a “Mac” solution that bundles Parallels with CorelDRAW. If they don’t sell such a bundle, there will likely at least be information talking about how to use them together for running CorelDRAW on a Mac.

You still won’t see a native Mac version of CorelDRAW anytime soon. But these products together give you something that runs just as well.

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