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Graphics software developer Corel has launched its CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2017. The new suite was launched on 11th April and is available for purchase or upgrade from the previous suite, CorelDraw X8, with shipping beginning on 18 April. CorelDraw has around 15 million users worldwide.
Corel vice-president of products Gerard Metrailler said from now on the suites will be released as upgrades annually instead of biennially.
The new suite costs $744 for the full version and $372 for existing customers to upgrade. It is also available for $37.28 as a 30-day subscription and $248.54 for a yearly subscription. Corel also offers an automatic upgrade option, whereby customers can add an upgrade fee of $136.7 per year and they will automatically receive the upgrade when the next version is issued.
The 2017 version offers a range of updates from the X8 version, with the main one being its LiveSketch vector tool, which is grounded in Corel’s artificial intelligence and machine learning research.
Metrailler said: “When you look at vector graphics today designers are limited by mathematical formulas. In the vast majority of cases, graphic designers are still using pen and paper, which they scan in and trace on top of CorelDraw. But the latest developments enable us to make sketching straight on to the computer a tactile and fun experience.”
Other main developments include Corel’s PhotoPaint module enhanced with pen support and plug-in, an upgraded Font Manager module, advanced stylus support, improvements on ways of importing and exporting media and an advanced user interface.