CorelDRAW and MacOS – an update

Since my previous post regarding running CorelDRAW on Apple Macintosh computers, it’s been interesting that this topic continues to stir up conversation – it continues to be part of our ongoing internal discussions and longer term strategic reviews. So let me go straight to the point: Corel is not currently working on a native MacOS version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, and therefore the upcoming new version of our graphics offering will remain Windows-based.

As many of you know, our goal is to provide the best possible solution to our customers around the world and to offer a choice, allowing users to determine whether to purchase a perpetual license or look into our subscription option. We also know that many Adobe CS users are frustrated with the whole Creative Cloud approach, and some are looking for alternatives. To answer their requirements, we are for example providing options in CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT to customize the workspaces with a look and behavior similar to Adobe products (and are making this even easier in the upcoming version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite). At the same time, we need to put a priority towards answering the needs of the existing CorelDRAW users and audiences.

But when it comes to develop all new software for MacOS (we understand it shouldn’t just be a port of the Windows software), the reality is, it would require at least a full cycle of development where we wouldn’t be able to do anything for our Windows users. Although it is not the ideal solution, we do have some users running CorelDRAW Graphics on a Mac using Parallels or Bootcamp, and we are making sure to include Macintosh hardware in our internal testing.

We do take the discussion about this very seriously and continuously monitor the market share of the different operating systems in order to focus our teams for future development of CorelDRAW. We’re committed to delivering the best possible experience for our users, and therefore need to focus our investments & resources on serving the Windows platform for software like CorelDRAW Graphics Suite at this stage. While we’re not currently working on a Mac version of the suite, we continue to monitor the market trends and listen to the conversation for any factor that would change our current direction.

We are constantly expanding into new areas like mobile integration, better content management and new cloud-based services. We are also continuing to make sure CorelDRAW works as well as possible on Apple hardware through Apple’s own BootCamp and Parallels. There’s definitely a lot of exciting stuff on the way!

PS: If anyone can recommend a development shop that would be willing to create a Mac version and share on the success of a CorelDRAW-based product on the Apple platform, please get them to contact me directly.

This post was originally published in Gérard’s blog on CorelDRAW.com. Find out more posts from Gérard in the CorelDRAW community.

About Gérard Métrailler

As the Sr. Director, Product Management, Graphics for Corel Corporation, I am responsible for the CorelDRAW family of products. The global responsibility of my job description means I travel regularly, and the Product Management aspect means that I spend a lot of time talking to customers, partners and press, as well as almost all the Internal teams at Corel, while keeping an eye on the technology evolution and how it can benefit our customers. Originally from Switzerland, I speak English, French and German. I am also the holder of a private pilot license and enjoy graphics design, web and software development on my free time. I am a geek at heart who looks at technology as the tool and not as the goal. All posts I do online (blogs, social networks, ...) are my own and don’t necessarily represent Corel’s positions, products, strategies or opinions.
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29 Responses to CorelDRAW and MacOS – an update

  1. Wtin Jalanugraha says:

    I wish you’d pick up the pieces of Corel Ventura Publisher. As it is now, it works better than MS Word or Corel WordPerfect when it comes to a complex document.

  2. yesusalgusti says:

    ok, it’s doesn’t matter for me?
    but my question is when corel release CorelDraw x7?, will it support cloud based service(like adobe cc do)?

    • We already provide choice to purchase CorelDRAW Graphics Suite with X6 – either perpetual (as most of the software is sold today) or as a subscription (same way as Adobe Creative Cloud). With the next version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, we will continue to provide that choice, e.g. we are not moving to a subscription only option.

  3. Rob says:

    Thanks for publishing this statement. Mac users can now direct their attention in other directions when looking for an alternative to Photoshop CC. Personally, I have found OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 8 to be a very viable option, although it does lack a printing module. For that I use ImagePrint, although most people would probably use Lightroom. I have very little need for PS these days.

  4. Andy says:

    Mr Gerrard,

    Are you guys going to make a Mac native version of CorelDraw if there are development shops interested to do so?

    • We are always open to serious proposals and partnerships in order to answer a user need, and if we find the right partner and the right business model, then we will review our current plans.

      • Andy says:

        I hope Corel will find a serious business partner to bring CorelDRAW for Mac. Until then, I’ll just have to get used to alternatives for now.

      • Andy says:

        I sincerely hope you guys will find a serious business partner to to bring CorelDRAW back to Mac.

  5. Aseniy says:

    Вот облом. Даже не знаю что сказать. Я рассчитывал что в этом году выйдет Мас-версия Корел. А вмесо этого дурацкое заявление ….

  6. corelfan says:

    what a disappointment. coreldraw is the only reason I still use a windows machine. I am not a graphical designer but a scientist and I use coreldraw for editing scientific figures. i am sure many of my colleagues would use corel if there was a mac option, but as things stand they use adobe. my laptop is getting old and next time I will probably go for a mac because a mac is more useful for scientific purposes, i guess I will just have to switch to adobe illustrator :(

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  8. midnightrambler956 says:

    “therefore need to focus our investments & resources on serving the Windows platform for software like CorelDRAW Graphics Suite at this stage”

    To cut to the point – why? Is there really anything going on in the current version? Because I tried out X6 a few years ago and found almost nothing improved in either CorelDraw or PhotoPaint that made it worth upgrading from Graphics9, purchased back in 1999 IIRC. Of course that’s in part because they were good to begin with. But it seems to me that with the combination of strong antipathy towards Adobe and the catastrophic launch of Windows 8 and resulting switch of many more people to OSX, it would be worth losing a development cycle from the Windows program where little change seems to be taking place, in order to develop a Mac version where there is currently an open and willing market.

  9. Stephen says:

    I am bummed to read this decision, but I am glad that you are open about your plans so you aren’t keeping up false hopes of a surprise release.

    CorelDraw is fantastic software, and Mac users are at a disadvantage not having native access to it. However, I understand that it must make clear business sense, and I can only imagine that it’s very complex given the very different underlying APIs and technologies on the two platforms.

    Have you considered working with the team from Codeweavers (makers of CrossOver) to make Corel’s current Windows version more Mac-friendly? I don’t know if it would be better than Parallels or vmWare, but it wouldn’t require Windows and all the things that come along with it.

    Alternatively, it would be great if Corel could recommend some settings or solutions that work well. For instance, I notice that you mention Parallels but not vmWare Fustion. For whatever reason, I run Corel inside vmWare Fusion. Does Paralells work better?

    If Corel has any such Mac-centered knowledge, I’d love to hear about it!

  10. Codeweavers / CrossOver / Wine is something we looked at, but because CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is using some of the native Win7/8 OS features and the .Net 4.5 framework, that is sadly not an option that would work (Corel actually used Wine many moons ago to get CorelDRAW on Mac and Linux, but the biggest problem then was that it still was a Windows application running on another OS and it wasn’t a native product).

    Regarding the difference between Parallels and vmWare Fusion (or Oracle’s VirtualBox for example), it comes down to many factors / personal preferences. We have not done benchmarking of one solution vs the other. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite remains compatible with Windows, not with a specific machine (physical or virtual). For the best performance, you should consider using Apple BootCamp on Macs to run at native speed. Virtual machines will slow things down by their very nature.

    Gérard

    • Thomas Layer says:

      The point is, Gérard, that people switch to Macs in order to never run, touch or see Windows again. So, recommending this is just total nonsense. Remember that CorelDRAW! ran on the Mac natively! It was an executive decision to abandon the platform. What did you do? You threw away a huge market share, and disappointed a loyal group of follower. If game developers can produce native versions of their games, why should you be unable to do so. Go ahead, take some money, hire some good people, and get the software back to the Mac where it belongs.

  11. Andy says:

    Mr. Gerard,

    Have you guys inquired around on finding a business partner to bring CorelDRAW back to Mac?

  12. capemaster says:

    Knowing that you are not developing is somehow disappointing.
    I used to be a CorelDraw user, then switching to Mac, I was forced to learn Illustrator (painful step and not so satisfactory).
    Adobe policy on software usage is dictated by a de facto monopoly (at least in the Mac enviroment).
    I wish you will change your mind soon.

  13. David Strout says:

    Would love to see coreldraw on Mac. Nowadays so many designers use Mac. It is frustrating I cannot use my design platform (coreldraw) on a strong design computer (MacBook Pro). Yes I have tried parallels but now I have to buy a copy of windows and worry about viruses, drivers, etc. all that I own a Mac to avoid for. and it runs slow
    I have also tried boot camp. But why am I turning my Mac off everytime I need to look at coreldraw.
    One thought is explore what apple would think with merging with you as a design software flagship for Apple. Apple has some of the best design machines but is not making a dime on the design programs because adobe is not owned by Mac. Mac does not really have a design platform. If Mac did buy adobe it would cost more than millions. Coreldraw would have a lower price than adobe I’m sure, and then a nice revamp and support from apple could be a heavy hitter against adobe And then, you would tap into the huge market of designers. (Mac Users)

  14. Dace McDonald says:

    For many years I hsve used the corel draw suite for all my graphic and photo work on a windows based platform. I recently move to a new apple platform due mainly to security issues with windows

    Please consider providing a mac based coreldraw suite asap. You will be surprised how many people are moving to macs

    I have no desire to run windows on my mac via boot camp

    Dave

  15. Andy says:

    Mr Gerrard,

    Its been nearly 3 months since this topic is discussed. Have Corel identified a partner to create a Mac version of CorelDRAW?

  16. corelfan says:

    Ok I finally did it – I bought a mac and installed adobe illustrator. No more corel for me until they start listening to their customers :( It’s sad but I can’t sacrifice having a superior OS for just one piece of software

  17. Andy says:

    Hi everyone. Since there is no news or progress on bringing CorelDRAW to Mac, I suggest taking a look at this promising Adobe Illustrator alternative.

    Affinity Designer – https://affinity.serif.com/

    There’s a lot of positive feedback about it but test it out and judge it for yourself.

  18. CJ says:

    It’s really disappointing that despite being all but given an opportunity to seriously compete and take market share from Adobe, your company is adamant on remaining a distant competitor. Hopefully we’ll see some products from companies who are willing to compete. I, for one, am ready to adopt something not created by Adobe but am not getting rid of my computer to do so.

  19. Thomas Layer says:

    I would say that leaving the Mac was one of the dumbest decision in executive history in the software world ever. Now creative artists are stuck with Adobe illustrator, and there is no way they can work on a Mac with their favorite graphics package. A shame.

  20. MacUser says:

    I’d never used CorelDraw, because I’ve always been Mac user, but I’ve encountered it on Windows machines and liked it. It’d be great to have CorelDraw for Mac, but until then I will be looking elsewhere. Hope it’s not going to be too late for Corel when it realizes Mac users are valuable market.

  21. Franklin says:

    Bom dia Sr. Gérard Métrailler, fazem 13 anos que trabalho com a plataforma Corel Draw, já tentei trabalhar com a plataforma Illustrator mas sempre gostei e me identifiquei com o Corel. Faz exatamente 1 ano que estou trabalhando com um IMAC, mas infelizmente estou tendo que usar duas maquinas (Windows 7 e IMac) para conseguir fazer meu trabalho, sendo que se tivesse Corel para MacOS tudo seria mais fácil e produtivo. O senhor pode ter certeza que não são poucas as pessoas que estão esperando pela versão COREL para MacOS faz 1 ano que estou com IMac e faz um ano que estou pesquisando sobre esse assunto, já testei todas as maneiras possíveis para usar COREL em IMac mas sem sucesso pois o sistema de PARALLELS deixa o MAC lento, e isso quando não trava o windows . Sinceramente vendo esse seu post me deixa muito chateado pois estava esperançoso que até o final do ano poderia enfim trabalhar com um IMac usando o Corel, mas infelizmente serei obrigado a usar o Illustrator como muitos já o fizeram e muitos outros serão obrigados a fazer. Me desculpe a sinceridade, mas isso é por total desinteresse que vocês da empresa COREL tem por nós usuários. Obrigado.

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