If you read my blog, receive emails from Corel, or follow us on Facebook, you may have heard about our new CorelDRAW Membership and Subscription programs in the last six months. As many companies in the software industry move to solely cloud-based distribution and even stop selling physical products for some, we’ve chosen to expand the different ways that you can purchase and use CorelDRAW. By offering more options to you our users, we’re giving you the flexibility to choose how you want to experience CorelDRAW.

We will continue to sell the box version of CorelDRAW in stores, through online partners and on our website – www.corel.com. You can also purchase a full download version through our website and through selected channel partners. Both the box and the download version are perpetual licenses, e.g. they will never expire and you can keep using them forever (we do not commit to compatibility with future operating systems or hardware though). Alternatively, if you’re looking for a cost effective or short-term solution, you can subscribe to CorelDRAW on an annual or monthly basis.

With the latest version, current X6 users are entitled to a Standard Membership at no additional cost. As a Standard Member, you’ll receive product updates as well as online access to digital content during the life of the product. If you want to expand your design experience and always be up-to-date with the latest features, you can become a Premium Member, which gives you access to exclusive content, use of exclusive new features and an upgrade to the next major version of CorelDRAW when it’s available at no extra cost. Yes, that’s right, if you purchase a (perpetual) box or download version now and sign-up for a Premium Membership (yearly fee required), you will get the next Major version at no extra cost (if you premium membership is active at that point). And for those of you who decide to subscribe to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, the Premium Membership is included in that monthly or yearly price.

I did post more information about the CorelDRAW Memberships & Subscriptions in previous entries on my blog – here, here and here.

What You Can Expect From the Latest CorelDRAW Update for Premium Members

Today, we’ve added more cloud-based content and more new features available exclusively to Premium Members with the X6.3 update. Now you can create customizable QR codes in CorelDRAW that incorporate colors, text and images. Once you’ve finished designing the code, you can also validate it to ensure that it can be read on most major smartphones and scanning apps. With this update, we’ve also added integration with Microsoft SkyDrive. Using Corel CONNECT, you can sync trays with SkyDrive, so that you can access the contents on other computers. For PHOTO-PAINT users, you can apply new special effects to your photos including bokeh blur, time machine, colorize and sepia toning. These are just a few of the new features that Premium Members can exclusively use through this update. To find out more about X6.3 and other features available through the X6.1 and X6.2 updates, visit corel.com/coreldraw-membership.

As we continue to develop our Membership Program and offer more choices to extend the CorelDRAW experience, we always like to hear your feedback. Are you a Premium Member or are you thinking about upgrading your Membership?