What is CorelDRAW?
CorelDRAW is not just a simple stand-alone application, but a full-fledged graphics editing suite usually bundled with another graphics editing program, Corel PhotoPaint. But while PhotoPaint is a raster (or bitmap) graphics editor, comparable to Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, CorelDRAW is a vector graphics editor much like the Adobe Illustrator. Using a vector graphics editor, one can freely create mechanical drawings or artwork, logos, comic book illustrations, and the like, that won’t be usually possible in a raster graphics editor. To this end, a CorelDRAW bundle enables projects to be edited simultaneously in either editor, with pop-up tools enabling a section of the project to be edited in PhotoPaint, and vice versa.
CorelDRAW was first released in 1989 and has enjoyed considerable success, being the standard upon which vector graphics editors were measured against. CorelDRAW is only currently available for the Windows platform, from XP and up; unlike Adobe’s Illustrator application, CorelDRAW’s support for the Mac was discontinued due to less than stellar sales performance. There are features unique to CorelDRAW, however, which includes the ability to open Microsoft Office and PDF files, plus the smooth handling of multiple pages in the project, each of which can have multiple master layers.
File types supported by CorelDRAW
Our users primarily use CorelDRAW to open these file types:
Some users also use CorelDRAW to open these file types:
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