Ottawa-based Corel Corporation has released the latest iteration of its graphic design suite. Called CorelDRAW Premium Suite X5, the package contains programs for many facets of graphic design.
The X5 suite introduces new features such as Flash and video authoring applications, as well as a new Website creation application. Clearly aimed at Adobe’s Creative Suite offerings, the company has priced the package substantially lower than it’s San Jose-based competition: $699 (US and Canadian) for the full version and $299 for the upgrade.
CorelDRAW Premium Suite X5 also includes new colour management tools and improved performance on multi-core computers. CorelDRAW is compatible with files generated from Adobe Illustrator CS5 and Corel Photo-Paint is able to read Photoshop files.
The CorelDRAW saga began in 1989 with the first release, running on Windows 2.x. CorelDRAW Premium Suite X5 is the 15th release of the line. The suite of programs are PC only, with OSX support ceasing in 2001 with version 11.