About

Hi everyone,

My name is Catherine Hughes and I head up Communications at Corel. I’ve been with the company a long time. And while there’s been a lot of change over the years, the one constant is the people. Corel’s employees and customers are some of the most interesting, engaging, creative and committed people I’ve ever met. With a product portfolio that spans graphics, digital painting, photo and video editing, word processing, compression and playback, and employees spread across the Americas, Europe and Asia, it can get pretty busy at times. But with that high level of activity comes an energy and vitality that is hard to beat.

With our new blog, our aim is to give you a look inside the company so you can get a true sense of what Corel is really like from every perspective. You’ll hear from our employees, customers and some of our executives as they share their perspectives, talk with you about the issues, and answer questions about some of the most interesting developments in the industry.

Our goal with this blog is to be as open as possible and to give you a better sense of what we’re doing and why. Having worked in Communications in both a public and private company, I’ve experienced firsthand the shift from tightly controlled corporate messages to a world where interaction, openness and accountability are the rule. What a relief that is! It’s true that with social media, there are even greater expectations to communicate quickly and directly and it’s not always easy to keep up. At the same time, this openness creates remarkable freedom for companies like Corel since, particularly as a private company, we can be much more open and direct in dealing with issues head on. Like any company working to maintain a competitive edge, there may be times when we can’t share all the information you might want, but we will always be upfront about what we can and can’t share.

Over the coming months, you’ll get to know the people and personalities inside Corel, as they share their thoughts on the latest issues and trends, technology, and life in general. You’ll also hear from our customers as they share what motivates and inspires them. Above all, we hope that this blog creates a place where interesting conversations take place. We may not always agree but we’ll always be respectful, listen carefully to what’s being said and be sure to keep a sense of humour. Along the way, we may make some mistakes and, when we do, we’ll be upfront and do our best to quickly correct any blunders.

Above all, we want to have a meaningful, respectful and direct dialogue with you. We want to hear your thoughts and opinions and our hope is that by creating a new forum to connect, we’ll all end up being more inspired.

This is a big step into brand new territory. We’re looking forward to the adventure and to you joining us along the way.

Thanks everyone!
Catherine Hughes,
Vice President, Communications

8 Responses to About

  1. Tom Owen says:

    I’ve enjoyed working with Corel products since WordPerfect Dos ver. 2. Still satisfied.
    Maybe I missed it, but I wasn’t able to find a way to post on the Customer blog. What did I miss?
    A potential feature for Video Studio, I and anyone with a Panasonic video camera and maybe others find that recording long uninterrupted programs produces huge files, but the camera breaks them down into 4GB chunks because of the FAT 32 formatting used on SD cards. Putting them back together in Video Studio and other editors often results in drop-outs in audio and sometimes video. Supposedly the expensive editors cure this. A cure might be a valuable feature for VS.
    Incidentally, the cure is to concatenate the files with a binary copy in DOS. There are a couple of outboard programs that will do this, but it would be more useful if the editor to do it. Just a thought. By-the-way, Video Studio is getting there!

  2. Rick Carroll says:

    Hi there,

    I do know that I’m in the wrong place for this post but it’s a challenge to figure out who to contact. I’m a BIG fan of Corel and seeing that Ottawa is my hometown, it’s not surprising. Anyhow… I just ran the trial of AfterShot Pro and I really like it. The only thing is that it doesn’t seem to have much as far as setting up nice galleries for the Internet. I’d love to buy the product but it’s important for me to display professional looking galleries for my website and I’d prefer to not have to use some other company’s software.

    Any kind of feedback on this would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Rick Carroll

    • Evelyn Watts says:

      Hi Rick,

      We’re so glad you like AfterShot Pro and really appreciate your feedback! We’re always looking to hear from photographers what they like and need from their software. For this version we focused on delivering a faster and more flexible photo workflow solution than available anywhere else. As we continue to develop AfterShot Pro, we’ll be using input like yours to evaluate what new features and enhancements we plan for future versions.
      In the meantime, if you want to customize your web galleries further there are a number of excellent free tools available, such as Gallery or Coppermine that are easy to set up and provide a wide range of functionality and configurability.

      Thanks,
      Evelyn Watts
      Product Marketing Manager, AfterShot Pro and PaintShop Pro

  3. JUDY says:

    I AM A 70 YR OLD WOMAN AND HAVE BEEN USING COREL PRODUCTS SINCE I STARTED USING THE COMPUTER BUT AT THIS TIME I AM TOTALLY DISCOURAGED WITH COREL – I HAVE PAINT SHOP PRO X2 ULTIMATE AND AM NOT ABLE TO GET SUPPORT BECAUSE IT IS AN OLDER PRODUCT – AND ITS BETTER TO SELL ME A NEW ONE – THAT IS SO SAD AND I ALSO THINK IT IS VERY UNFAIR NOT TO HELP JUST SELL THE STUFF – I HAVE USED X4 BUT 2 COULD LAST MY LIFETIME BECAUSE THE FEATURES IN IT ARE NOT MUCH BETTER

    • Malgosia Plucinska says:

      Hi Judy,

      I’m sorry for your frustration. Because the computing environment changes so quickly, it’s very difficult for us to maintain older versions of software as they do occasionally run into some issues when installed on new operating systems. However, we do very much value our return customers, and try to offer promotions and special offers to keep the cost of upgrading to a minimum. If you decide that you’re interested in sticking with PaintShop Pro, please feel free to email me your contact information and we’ll try our best to work something out for you.

      Sincerely,
      Malgosia, Senior Director, Global Customer Experience

  4. Michelle says:

    Hi i have looked and read forums on how to Delete/De-Activate my corel account, but can’t find it anywhere. Please can you advise me on where i can do this, or can you please delete my account for me. I no longer use it.

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