Corel Corporation

January 17, 2006 10:18 ET

Corel Introduces CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 17, 2006) -

New Suite Delivers a Higher Standard of Ease of Use and Graphics Power for Design Professionals and Business Users

Corel Corporation today unveiled the latest version of its award-winning graphics suite, CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X3. With more than 40 new and enhanced features, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 will be available for purchase to customers around the world in English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese in February 2006.

Whether they are design professionals on deadline or small business owners creating their own marketing materials, customers will enjoy a significant productivity boost from CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3. The suite simplifies the design process for projects of any scale, including logo creation, professional marketing brochures, and eye-catching signs. Customers choose CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 because it delivers a combination of superior design capabilities, speed, ease of use, and affordability that's unmatched in the graphics software industry.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 has been designed with an unprecedented level of customer interaction and input. Corel product team members work closely with customers from various industries, gathering their feedback and spending days at their deskside to watch how they work. As a result, the latest version of the suite addresses customer needs better than ever before. Graphics professionals and business users will find new enhancements and features that will have a dramatic impact on their day-to-day productivity.

"Corel products are created with a commitment to a single overarching mission - to provide powerful and easy-to-use tools that deliver outstanding results and value. The latest version of our award-winning suite is solid proof of the positive impact this philosophy has on our customers," said Nick Davies, General Manager Graphics for Corel. "We've deepened our customer interaction, taking our understanding of users' needs to a whole new level. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 has raised the standard for ease of use and productivity across the graphics industry."

With more than 40 new enhancements, top highlights in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 include:



- New Corel® PowerTRACE - Integrated into CorelDRAW X3, Corel®
PowerTRACE enables users to quickly and easily convert bitmaps
into editable vector graphics. For control and flexibility, Corel
PowerTRACE generates a color palette, enabling users to easily
pick which colors appear in the traced result and quickly convert
them to the appropriate color mode (including spot colors).

- New Image Adjustment Lab - Accessible from both Corel PHOTO-
PAINT® and CorelDRAW, the Image Adjustment Lab makes it simple
to work with images that have poor color balance and contrast by
offering manual and automatic controls for common color and tone
corrections. Users can create snapshots of their adjustments to
easily compare each snapshot against the original and choose the
best result.

- New Hints docker - The new Hints docker provides context-sensitive
information on the currently selected tool. The hints docker makes
it easier than ever to learn to use the tools in the toolbox and
also gives longtime users helpful tips that they might not have
previously discovered.

- Enhanced Interactive Fit Text to Path - It's never been easier to
attach text to a path with precision. With a dramatically improved
user interface, the interactive Fit Text to Path tool lets users
simply select text, move their pointer along a path, choose an
offset distance if desired, and then click to set the text's
position.

- New Text Enhancements and Features - Significant improvements make
it easier for users to select, edit, and format text. New
enhancements include: controls for alignment, drop caps, tabs,
bullets, and columns; text size can be displayed in inches; and
hyperlinks can be created for specific characters. Users can
visually control the flow of text in their designs by choosing
from em dash, em space, en dash, en space, 1/4 em space, optional
hyphen, non-breaking hyphen, nonbreaking space, and column/frame
break.

- Enhanced Cutout Lab - Built on the power of Corel KnockOut™,
the enhanced Cutout Lab includes new controls to simplify the
process of cutting out image areas and improving accuracy.
Enhancements include the new Add Detail and Remove Detail brushes
that make it easy to refine the cutout area, Undo and Redo buttons
to quickly correct mistakes, and background modes that make it
easier to see results.

- New Bevel effect - The new Bevel effect docker dramatically
reduces the time required to apply bevel effects to graphic or
text objects and gives users quick access to Bevel styles and
controls.

- Enhanced Interactive Contour tool - With the enhanced Interactive
Contour tool, users can quickly and easily contour objects with
optimal curve results. The latest version dramatically reduces the
nodes created - sometimes as much as 80 percent.

- New Smart Fill tool - The Smart Fill tool enables users to apply a
fill to any enclosed area.

- New Crop tool - A significant time-saver, the new Crop tool
quickly lets users remove unwanted areas in objects and imported
graphics - whether they are working with bitmap or vector
graphics.

- Enhanced spot color support - Drop shadow, transparency, and mesh
and fountain fills now support spot colors. Import and export
filters also provide improved spot color support for Adobe®
Illustrator® (AI), PDF, encapsulated PostScript® (EPS), and
Photoshop® (PSD) files. Spot color effects are preserved when
files are sent to a printer that supports spot colors, or exported
to PDF, EPS, PSD, and AI.

- New Preview overprints - The new Enhanced With Overprints viewing
mode simulates the color of areas where overlapping objects were
set to overprint, enabling users to output projects with
confidence.

- New PDF Support for password-protected PDF files - Users can now
set security options to protect their PDF output - controlling
whether and to what extent a PDF file can be accessed, edited, and
reproduced. In addition, PDF functionality now includes full
transparency and spot color support.


"CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 is an exciting update for our industry. Powerful features like the enhanced Contour and the new PowerTRACE make the latest version a must-have upgrade for design professionals who need to get the job done right every time," said Richard Reilly, owner of Fluid Designs, a design firm that specializes in the imprinted apparel market.

"CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has been the backbone of our company since day one. Now with enhanced spot color support and the new spectacular PowerTRACE, the latest version is going to have a huge impact on our business and our industry. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 is an essential update for anyone producing specialty graphics, whether they are seasoned pros or new users," said Steve Blosser, owner of Total Promotions Incorporated, a design firm that specializes in specialty graphics services including digital printing, embroidery, screen printing, and engraving.

Like previous versions of this award-winning suite, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 builds on the product's reputation for offering customers tremendous value. The latest version of the suite includes the following applications and content:



- CorelDRAW® X3 - Now including Corel PowerTRACE, this intuitive
graphic design, page layout, illustration, and tracing application
meets the demands of today's busy design professionals and
business users.

- Corel PHOTO-PAINT® X3 - This professional image-editing
application lets users quickly and easily retouch and enhance
photos. It is specifically designed for use in a graphic design
workflow and supports professional color separations and output.

- Pixmantec® RawShooter™ essentials - This raw workflow tool
provides high-quality output and fast conversion times.

- Corel CAPTURE™ X3 - This one-click utility enables users
capture images from their computer screen.

- CorelDRAW® Handbook - Insight from the Experts - This new book
provides insights from CorelDRAW experts and showcases practical,
real-world examples of accomplished designs.

- More than 10,000 individually selected quality clipart and digital
images; 1,000 OpenType fonts, plus 35 Windows® Glyph List 4
(WGL4); 100 creative templates; printed User Guide; training
videos by lynda.com; Digital Content Guide; and a Quick Reference
Card.


Pricing and Availability

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese in February 2006. North American suggested retail pricing is $399 US, $489 CDN for the full product, $179 US, $229 CDN for upgrade, and $99 US, $119 CDN for the student and teacher edition.

In the United States, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 will be available from leading resellers including Amazon, ASAP, CDW, CompUSA, Fry's, Microcenter, Office Depot, PC Connection, PC Mall, and SHI. In Canada, resellers include Amazon, CDW Canada, Office Depot, PC Mall, Softchoice, STAPLES Business Depot, and The Source by Circuit City. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3, including licensing, may also be purchased directly from Corel at www.corel.com/cdgsx3.

For more information about CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 or to download a full-featured, free trial version, please visit www.corel.com/cdgsx3.

Corel News

Corel today also announced the release of the new Corel WordPerfect® Office X3 family of productivity tools. Providing increased compatibility, feature richness, ease of use, and value, English versions of the new office suite are now available worldwide. The suggested retail price of Corel WordPerfect Office X3 - Home Edition is $79 US, $89 CDN after a $20 US/$30 CDN mail in rebate. Suggested retail pricing for Corel WordPerfect Office X3 - Standard Edition starts at $159.99 US, $199.99 CDN. For more information, please visit www.wordperfect.com.

About Corel Corporation

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 CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, WordPerfect® Office Suite, Corel® Paint Shop™ Pro, Corel DESIGNER® Technical Suite, and Corel® Painter™.

Founded in 1985, Corel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more information, please visit www.corel.com.

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