Corel Corporation

February 28, 2005 10:21 ET

Corel Corporation Introduces Corel DESIGNER® Technical Suite 12-Corel Delivers the World's Most Complete and Affordable Technical Graphics Suite


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FEBRUARY 28, 2005 - 10:21 ET

Corel Corporation Introduces Corel DESIGNER®
Technical Suite 12-Corel Delivers the World's Most
Complete and Affordable Technical Graphics Suite

OTTAWA, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 28, 2005) - Corel Corporation today
introduces Corel DESIGNER® Technical Suite 12, the latest version of
the company's award-winning technical graphics software. Corel DESIGNER
Technical Suite 12 is designed specifically to make technical
illustrators more productive, enabling them to create technical
documentation, instructional manuals, and maintenance references with
exceptional precision and speed. The suite will be available next month
in English, French, and German, and a fully functional trial version is
now available for download from www.corel.com/designer.

Offering an exceptional price/performance ratio and superior ease of
use, Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite 12 was created for professional
illustrators working in the manufacturing, automotive, aerospace,
defense, landscaping, and apparel industries. The suite is universally
compatible, supporting more than 75 file formats including AutoCAD®
2004, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), Adobe® Illustrator®,
CorelDRAW®, TIFF, and many more.

Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite 12 comprises the following: Corel
DESIGNER 12 for precise technical illustration and layout; Corel
PHOTO-PAINT® 12 for professional image editing; CorelTRACE™ 12 to
convert bitmaps and legacy paper documents into vector graphics; and
Corel CAPTURE™ 12 to create screen captures, an integral component of
many technical documents. This integrated collection of software
applications is unmatched by any other offering in the industry, giving
value-conscious customers access to a powerful collection of tools at a
price lower than what other vendors charge for a single application.

"Every new feature added to Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite 12 was
engineered with the needs of technical illustrators and their specific
workflow in mind. By offering integrated professional illustration,
photo editing, and bitmap to vector conversion applications together in
one package, we know customers will be very impressed by this complete
solution," said Nick Davies, Corel's General Manager Graphics.

"This suite is unique because it has been created specifically for
technical illustration - distinct from other offerings that are simply
re-purposed CAD, flowcharting, or creative graphics applications. For
the first time, businesses have access to an affordable and
comprehensive suite that's ideal for meeting their needs - whether they
have one technical illustrator on staff or need to deploy a powerful
solution to an entire documentation team," added Davies.



Corel DESIGNER 12 - Taking Advanced Technical Illustration to a New
Level

- Professional, specialized, precision drawing - New and enhanced
features including the Projected Drawing Mode, Dynamic Guides,
Gravity, and the ability to add Object Data-Hot Spotting enable
users to create their drawings precisely and with more speed than
ever before. The suite offers customers exclusive high-powered
functionality not available in any competing application in its
price point.

- Maximizing data integrity - Support for a multitude of vector file
formats including open-standard SVG and CGM v4, AutoCAD® 2004,
PDF, and a full complement of bitmap formats ensures seamless
integration into a technical illustrator's workflow.

- Fully customizable and scriptable environment - Technical
illustrators can adapt their working environment by automating
repetitive tasks with Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications
or customizing the user interface to mimic other graphics
applications, including previous versions of Corel and Micrografx
DESIGNER. As a result, the user can interact with data and objects
easily, speeding the creation of complex technical illustrations.

- Powerful language support - Dynamic language switching allows
multiple language versions to be installed on a single machine. New
Unicode support makes it easy to create multilingual documents
(including Czech, Greek, and Asian languages), enabling teams
located around the world to work more efficiently.

- Industry-standard templates and symbols - Industry-standard
templates and an extensive set of reusable symbols for
manufacturing, electrical, and architectural requirements make
users more efficient by saving them from having to start every
project from scratch. Users can also create, deploy, and manage
custom templates and symbols for standard use throughout an
organization.


"Corel DESIGNER is playing a key role in the development of technical
documentation at Mercury Marine. With DESIGNER's drawing and callout
tools, as well as its versatility in working with many different file
formats, it has become an essential part of our graphic creation
process. Now, with the introduction of the Corel DESIGNER Technical
Suite 12, we are looking at a whole new range of possibilities for
vector drawing and digital photo editing. New tools like the Projected
Drawing Mode will make production of technical graphics so much
faster... what a powerful tool!" said Cathy Thayer, Technical
Illustrator at Mercury Marine. "Version 12 will make our technical
writing process more productive and enable us to ensure a great customer
experience by providing high-quality product manuals and documentation."

What's Included?

In addition to the four key applications, Corel DESIGNER 12, Corel
PHOTO-PAINT® 12, CorelTRACE™ 12, and Corel CAPTURE™ 12, Corel
DESIGNER Technical Suite 12 includes: Microsoft Visual Basic for
Applications 6.3; Corel® SVG Viewer™; ANSI, DIN, ISO, engineering
and architectural templates; and comprehensive symbol libraries
containing over 4000 manufacturing, electrical, and architectural
symbols.

Pricing and Availability

Starting today, customers can download the multi-lingual (English,
French and German) free trial version directly from Corel at
www.corel.com/designer. Starting next month, the full suite will be
available for purchase through Corel and its reseller partners.

Suggested retail pricing (US) for Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite 12 is
$699 for full product and $299 for the upgrade. A $99 education license
is also available. Upgrade pricing is open to customers who own the
following software applications: Corel DESIGNER versions 9 and 10,
Micrografx DESIGNER (any version), Micrografx/iGrafx® Business,
Micrografx/iGrafx® FlowCharter®, Micrografx Picture Publisher®,
Microsoft Visio®, Autodesk AutoCAD LT®, and ACD™/Deneba™
Canvas™.

About Corel

Corel Corporation provides innovative software solutions that help
millions of value-conscious businesses and consumers in over 75
countries improve their productivity. The Company is renowned for its
powerful software portfolio that combines innovative photo editing and
graphics creation, vector-illustration, and technical-graphics
applications along with office and personal productivity solutions.
Corel's flagship products include the CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, the
WordPerfect® Office Suite, the Corel Painter™ Natural-Media®
painting and illustration software, Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite, and
the Paint Shop™ Family of digital photography and image-editing
software.

Corel was acquired by San Francisco-based Vector Capital in August 2003,
and since that time, has both re-established growth for its flagship
product lines and achieved multiple consecutive quarters of corporate
profitability. Founded in 1985, Corel is headquartered in Ottawa,
Canada. For more information, please visit www.corel.com.

(C) 2005 Corel Corporation. All rights reserved. Corel, the Corel logo,
Corel DESIGNER, CorelDRAW, PHOTO-PAINT, Corel CAPTURE, CorelTRACE,
Micrografx, iGrafx, FlowCharter, Picture Publisher, WordPerfect,
Painter, Natural-Media, and Paint Shop, are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. All other
product, font and company names and logos are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Corel Corporation
    Jessica Gould
    Senior Public Relations Manager
    (613) 728-0826 Ext. 5405
    jessica.gould@corel.com