• A new chapter

    Hi everyone,

    I wanted to send out a short note to let you know that I will be leaving Corel at the end of this week, to pursue a new career opportunity. While I am very excited by the opportunity, it was a very hard decision for me, particularly because of how much I'll miss the passion and love for CorelDRAW from our community members and my fellow employees. You're a special breed, and I thank you for your passion…

    • Thu, Nov 29 2012
  • Updated CorelDRAW Curriculum now available!

    Hi everyone,

    I'm pleased to announce that we now have updated CorelDRAW curriculum on corel.com, at http://www.corel.com/corel/pages/index.jsp?pgid=10600028. Thanks so much to Val Perkins for doing this for us! For those of you in the United States, the curriculum is designed to conform to the ISTE NETS*S Technology Standards. It's also meant to be version-agnostic. In other words, it should still be very valuable…

    • Mon, Nov 26 2012
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Small Business Edition is here!

    For our CorelDRAW users in Europe, we have a special version of our latest suite, called the Small Business Edition, that was released today. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is in a small business environment that requires multiple licenses, but who doesn't want to have to pay for three boxes. The concept is pretty simple: you get a box of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, but with three serial numbers, which allows…

    • Tue, Oct 30 2012
  • 2011 Design Contest Winners Will be Announced Soon!

    Hi everyone,

    I wanted to let everyone know that we have now scheduled the announcement of the 2011 Design Contest winners. Stay tuned, as they will be revealed on September 20, 2011.

    Thanks for your patience!


    • Thu, Sep 1 2011
  • 2011 Design Contest Update

    Hi everyone,

    I wanted to provide an update on the 2011 International Design Contest proceedings. We are still compiling results from the judging of the finalists, and expect to be contacting potential winners in the next week or so. I say “potential”, because all winners are required to sign an official document confirming that they are the winner. Then we have to wait 2-3 weeks for everyone to return their documents,…

    • Mon, Aug 8 2011
  • Issues with 2011 Design Contest Uploads

    Hi everyone,

    Thank you for letting us know about the concerns with some of the entries in the gallery for our 2011 International Design Contest. We also understand that some people are having problems sending emails to  coreldrawcontest@corel.com. Please send me an email message directly (go to my profile page and click "Send an Email") if you believe your design contest entry in the gallery does not have adequate quality…

    • Tue, Aug 2 2011
  • Blown away by the talent revealed through our CorelDRAW International Design Contest

    This post was originally written by myself and published in the official Corel Blog. It is cross-posted here with the authorization of Corel Corporation. Find more posts from Corel Corporation on the Corel Blog.

    I’m always amazed at the talent that emerges from everywhere among our vast community of CorelDRAW users. At no time is this more true than during our International Design Contest.

    We recently…

    • Mon, Jul 11 2011
  • And the winner is.....

    First off, thanks to all of you who submitted your questions for the special "Ask and Win" contest. It will take me a while to get through all the questions, and I will post responses to the more popular questions (and those that I can or am allowed to answer :) ) over the coming weeks.

    So with that said, I have randomly drawn a name from all those who submitted questions, and the winner is Stephen Peltone…

    • Wed, Nov 18 2009
  • Only 4 days left to Ask John and Win!

    Just a reminder that you have until midnight 15 November (Eastern Standard Time) to submit your question and be entered into a draw to win your very own copy of the CorelDRAW Anniversary Edition (I'll ship it right to your door)! This limited edition includes a Wacom Intuos 3 A6 Wide (4x6) tablet, along with a full version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. What are the ground rules? It has to be a legitimate question about…

    • Wed, Nov 11 2009
  • Ask John…and Win!

    As we draw nearer to the close of 2009, and with it the 20th Anniversary year of our beloved CorelDRAW, I thought I'd take the opportunity to share in the celebration with one of you. Here's the deal: Ask me a question, and from all the people who submit a question between now and November 15 (inclusive, Eastern Standard Time :) ), I will randomly draw one winner who will receive their very own copy of the CorelDRAW Anniversary…

    • Tue, Oct 27 2009
  • Starting from the same template file each time...

    One user recently mentioned to me that they design business cards day in and day out, and they always start with the same business card file with certain objects and guidelines already in place. They'd like to know how they can get CorelDRAW to open that same business card template each time without them having to find the file.

    Well, there's no perfect way to launch a specific file each time upon startup without using…

    • Mon, Sep 28 2009
  • Barcodes in CorelDRAW

    I received an interesting question about the barcode feature in CorelDRAW. For those of you who aren't aware, CorelDRAW's barcode wizard is a very powerful feature that allows you to insert barcodes into your designs (think packaging design, etc.). The question was around changing the colour of a barcode in CorelDRAW - can it be done?

    Well the answer is yes, well sort of. You can change the color, but by "cheating…

    • Fri, Sep 4 2009
  • Anyone in New Orleans?

    Okay, so this isn't a response to a user question, but I'll frame it that way. The question would be "John, are you going to be in New Orleans on behalf of Corel any time soon?" Well yes, as a matter of fact I will! In all seriousness, I will be at SGIA in New Orleans on October 7th and 8th. If you're a CorelDRAW Graphics Suite user who uses the product as a key part of your workflow for your business, and your place…

    • Fri, Sep 4 2009
  • External File Support

    I was recently asked in "Ask John!" about external file support in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Specifically, what's the word on CorelDRAW (and Corel DESIGNER for that matter) support for XPS and DWG/DXF formats?

    One of the biggest strengths over the years for both CorelDRAW and Corel DESIGNER has been our vast file support. The ability to import/export hundreds of different file types really makes our products…

    • Wed, Jul 29 2009
  • How to find list of known issues

    One question I've been asked on more than one occasion is how can someone find a list of known bugs/issues with the software.

    A great place to check for known issues is the Corel Knowledgebase (http://corel.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/corel.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php?p_sid=GtpGDEDj). This is kept up-to-date by the Corel support team with commonly reported issues, and allows you to search on all current Corel products. You…

    • Fri, Jul 24 2009
  • Just ask!

    Hi everyone,

    I've decided to take an interesting (and hopefully inviting!) approach to my blog, to make sure I get a chance to reach out and make myself as accessible as possible to the community. So please go ahead and ask me any questions you might have about CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Now let me manage expectations a bit here :). Even though I'm the Product Manager, the goal isn't to provide technical support (that…

    • Thu, Jul 16 2009
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 now released in 6 new languages!

    Last week, I attended the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 product launches in Poland and Russia. They were great events with both press and partners attending. Why am I mentioning this? Well, quite simply, to say that we've now proudly launched X4 in a whole new set of languages! The latest include Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Swedish, and Finnish. Add this to those already released in January, and users…
    • Thu, Apr 24 2008
  • Upcoming Event

    Now that the dust is settling on our release of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 (wow, it's been quite a ride so far!), I wanted to let you all know that I will be attending the Graphics of the Americas event in Miami from February 28 to March 1 of this year. Corel will be exhibiting in booth 1620, where we will be showcasing CDGSX4, as well as Corel Painter X, and I expect it will be quite an exciting event. If you'll be…

    • Sat, Feb 16 2008
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4...at last!

    Wow...what a rush! It's been a long haul, but we've done it. As I'm sure everyone is now aware, today we released our long anticipated CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4! It's been an incredible team effort from so many people here at Corel, and I couldn't be prouder than I am of everyone. It was such an exciting time as we prepared for today's big announcement, and today I felt like a kid in a candy store :)!…

    • Wed, Jan 23 2008
  • Upcoming events

    Hello again! I just wanted to drop a line to say that I'm planning to be at a couple of events in August. I will be at Siggraph (www.siggraph.org/s2007/) in San Diego on August 7, and also at the NBM event (www.nbmshows.com/g4lb/index.html), which is actually 3 shows in one (The Printwear Show, The Sign Business & Digital Graphics Show, and The Awards & Custom Gift Show), in Long Beach from August 9-11. If…
    • Mon, Jul 9 2007
  • Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog!

    For those of you that don't know me, please allow me to introduce myself. I'm the Product Manager for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, here at Corel headquarters in Ottawa, and I have the good fortune of getting to work with the many talented people here at Corel (including those who are starting to participate in this site). I have been a part of the Corel team since last summer, and am very excited at what I have…
    • Wed, May 30 2007