Corel Corporation

An overview of the design and publishing software company

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Founded in 1985, Corel Corporation has long been known primarily for its graphics software and digital imaging products. Corel produces products frequently considered strong alternatives to Adobe and Microsoft. Once a top choice for page layout, Corel Ventura—version 10 was released in 2002—is not currently a frontrunner in the Corel product line and has been replaced by CorelDRAW offering many of the same features as Ventura. CorelDRAW, much like Adobe Illustrator, is often used for graphics-intensive page layout tasks.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is Corel's answer to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The suite includes:

  • CorelDRAW for vector drawing and page layout.
  • Corel PHOTO-PAINT for image editing.
  • Corel CAPTURE is a screen capture tool.
  • Corel CONNECT to find additional content.
  • Corel Font Manager is a tool for handling large numbers of fonts.
  • Corel PowerTRACE offers bitmap-to-vector tracing tools.
  • Corel After Shot 3 HDR for RAW photo editing.

Supporting the design tools, the suite offers access to additional content, which includes 10,000 clipart and digital images, 1,000 fonts (TrueType and OpenType), 2,000 hi-res photos, frames, and more.

Corel PaintShop Pro

Formerly Jasc Paint Shop Pro, an extremely popular low-cost alternative to Photoshop, Corel has added a lot of digital photography features. In addition to photo editing and enhancing, it also includes creative and simple graphic design tools, artistic text, and photo editing tools.

Technical graphics software

Corel also offers software geared more toward technical projects. CorelDRAW Technical Suite is software to handle technical illustration and drafting tasks, including diagrams and schematics. The suite includes:

  • Corel DESIGNER
  • Corel DRAW
  • XVL Studio Corel Edition
  • Corel CONNECT
  • Corel CAPTURE

WordPerfect Office

This venerable name in word processing and longtime rival to Microsoft Word, WordPerfect Office is an expanded suite of staple office software tools:

  • WordPerfect is familiar word processor.
  • Quattro Pro for creating spreadsheets.
  • Presentations is the suite's slideshow and presentation software.

Beyond these, WordPerfect Office also includes AfterShot 3 for editing and managing photos; WordPerfect Lightning, a note taking and collaboration tool; and eBook Publisher. Like the CorelDRAW suite, WordPerfect Office also provides supporting content, such as TrueType fonts, training videos, clipart, templates, photos, and more.

More Corel software products

Corel offers further software for the design and creative pursuits. Corel Painter is natural-media painting and illustration software designed to mimic traditional artists tools. It's Mirage software lets you animate photos, and VideoStudio lets you edit video as well as add effects.

Corel software trials

Corel offers a fully functional 30-day trial edition of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Many other Corel products including Corel PaintShop, Corel WordPerfect Office, and CorelDRAW Technical Suite are also offered in trial editions.

Corel Ventura 10

Corel Ventura 10 was the last version of the software, published in 2002. Now, it has been rolled into CorelDRAW, which has incorporated many of its tools and features.

Corel Ventura 10 exceled at long document publishing. XML import, publish to PDF, table tags, prepress/preflight options, and bitmap effects were some of the enhancements to the software. Version 10 improved the software's compatibility with both Adobe and Corel's Graphics programs.


Corel Corporation is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, but has office worldwide. It's headquarters address:

600 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1Z 8R7

Corel products can be found at various retail outlets such as Office Depot and Best Buy. You can also purpose direct from Corel as well as from other online merchants.