CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 Arrives with a Version for Mac Too

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Mac and macOS, Music + Videos, Windows, Windows 10 with 13 Comments

Corel is releasing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 today, and it comes with a few surprises, including a full-featured version for the Mac and a new web app called CorelDRAW.app.

“Celebrating 30 years of graphics excellence, our CorelDRAW team continues to innovate with new products that promise to dramatically change the design software landscape,” Corel executive vice president Gérard Métrailler notes in a prepared statement. “With our recent Parallels acquisition and now the all-new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite for Mac, we’ve solidified Corel’s position as a provider of exceptional software that meets the needs of modern knowledge workers across specialties, skill levels, and platforms.”

Corel has been quietly building a Windows software empire over the years, with familiar products and brands like CorelDRAW, Painter, PaintShop Pro, WinZip, WordPerfect, and others. But the firm is also branching out into new categories, and with products like CorelCAD, its recent acquisition of Parallels, and this week’s announcement about a Mac version of CorelDRAW, the firm is moving cross-platform too.

Of course, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite remains its flagship offering, with a broad set of tools that includes CorelDRAW (vector graphic design, illustration, and page layout). Corel PHOTO-PAINT (photo editing), Corel Font Manager (font library management), and AfterShot 3 HDR (RAW photo processing). And the latest version expands on the capabilities of its predecessor in big ways.

Some key new features include:

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Mac. Written from the ground up as truly native Mac apps, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 arrives on the Mac with support for modern Mac features like macOS Mojave’s Dark mode and TouchBar support for recent MacBook Pro models.

CorelDRAW.app. This new online-only web app allows users to access CorelDRAW files stored in popular cloud storage services (including SharePoint) so that they can add annotations or new design elements, or start new projects. CorelDRAW.app comes free with the Windows and Mac versions of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019, but Corel also offers a subscription upgrade that provides more functionality.

LiveSketch. This new vector drawing tool uses a neural network to intelligently interpret and adjust pen-drawn lines into smooth vector curves while providing a natural, pen and paper-like user experience.

Objects Docker. Completely redesigned for 2019, the new Objects Docker offers fine-grained control over all of the objects and components in a document.

Non-destructive effects. It’s now possible to apply or modify any number of effects in both vector and bitmap images without altering the source object or image.

Pixel-perfect workflow. For the first time, it’s possible to apply pixel-level edits to vector images so that they can be output to the web correctly.

Corel also offers a choice of licensing models and, unlike Microsoft, it doesn’t punish customers that prefer to own the product by reducing functionality. Corel’s perpetual license ($499 for new users or $199 for upgraders) allows customers to purchase the product outright and use it for as long as they’d like with no additional monthly or annual costs. Or you can choose a subscription license for $198 per year and benefit from free version upgrades while the subscription is active.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Mac are both available in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, and Japanese.

I will be examining CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 in more detail soon.

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Comments (13)

13 responses to “CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 Arrives with a Version for Mac Too”

  1. woodward5418

    CorelDRAW is an excellent illustration program. The only issue historically was the fact it was Windows only. Not that they are adding it to the Mac definitely puts it clearly in a competitive position against Adobe Illustrator. For me there were small advantages with the menu that I liked over Illustrator. In addition, the tracing function in CorelDRAW allows more direct control when converting a pixel based image to a vector. I would assume their next venture will be to add it to iOS.

  2. christian.hvid

    CorelDRAW used to be known for the extensive library of fonts and clip-art that was included in the package. They even included a printed book - probably 500+ pages - with the entire library on display in full color. Seems somewhat quaint now, twenty years later, but it was a goldmine back then.

  3. locust infested orchard inc

    This article brings back nostalgic memories from two decades ago when I first acquired the full version of CorelDRAW v6 from the cover CD of a computer magazine named Computer Arts.


    Thank the Lord that it is still available as a perpetual license, unlike its competitor, Illustrator and Adobe's Creative Cloud software, which is only available through the subscription-based model.


    I wonder if anyone here still remembers CorelDRAW's former competing products, Aldus Freehand and Micrografx Designer ?



  4. Brazbit

    My wife woke from a horrific zombie nightmare last night. Now Corel Draw is rising from the grave. I'm going to check the news and see if Elvis is back, these things come in threes right?

  5. hoomgar

    Wow!  This takes me back a few decades.

  6. bluvg

    Anyone remember PhotoDraw? (part of Office 2000 Premium)

  7. robincapper

    I used CorelDraw/Paint since the the 90's as couldn't justify Adobe license pricing. For the little I need still prefer it but probably familiarity more than anything.


    Oh, and CorelCAD isn't a new category item as dates back to 2011. Maybe getting more promotion as many companies are offering AutoCAD users an alternative to the Autodesk 'subscribe or nothing' licensing model

  8. robincapper

    Seems odd to me they have 3 similar different photo/paint applications but maybe wise to keep acquired users happy on their platform.

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