Looking back on the past year, it’s incredible to think of the many changes that have occurred, not only here at Corel, but across the software industry as a whole. I think I speak for all of our employees when I say it’s been both a challenging and incredibly rewarding 12 months.
Fortunately, I’m pleased to announce that this was another successful year here at Corel. We’ve not only managed to stay competitive in the face of market-wide uncertainties, but we were able to continue to offer our customers more choice and more ways to use the software they know and love. The millions of Corel users around the world are, and always will be, the reason we do what we do, and this year was no exception.
I’m particularly proud of the hard work that was accomplished by the many individuals who helped to release our CorelDRAW Subscription program. This new program allows you to use the latest version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite by paying a subscription on an annual or monthly basis. Your version of CorelDRAW works just the same as if you’d bought it off a store shelf or downloaded it from our e-store: you simply install the software on your computer and when your subscription ends, the program becomes inactive. Our objective is to offer prospective customers more choice, and although the subscription model may not be right for everyone, the early results indicate that it is appealing to a large number of new users. If you prefer to buy a retail box copy or download a full electronic version, those options are still very much available!
It’s been a big year for product launches as well. 2012 saw the release of a new version of our award-winning graphic design software CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, and new versions of software such as WordPerfect Office X6, PaintShop Pro X5 and CorelCAD 2013. A new product called Painter Lite also launched towards the end of the year, offering aspiring digital artists and hobbyists some of the power of our award-winning Painter program, but at a much lower price.
With the rise of the mobile market and the release of Windows 8 this year, we also focused on developing new mobile apps that are not only great standalone products, but are also complementary to our wide range of desktop products. For example, our new iPad app Corel Cinco for Painter, allows Painter users to work faster and more effectively. We also released our new Designs app for Windows 8 tablets, which lets artists and designers instantly find, collect and save images from online libraries. The result is a wide range of versatile apps that are complementary to our existing desktop products, giving our users even more ways to stay creative and productive.
More recently, one of the highlights for me was a visit to our head office from CorelDRAW Master Stefan Lindblad. We never produce our software in a vacuum, and seeing firsthand just how passionate and talented users like Stefan really are is incredibly rewarding to myself and the rest of the Corel team.
So what can you expect to see in 2013? It’s difficult to predict the future, but one thing is for certain: there’s going to be some exciting times ahead. The industry is facing a number of fundamental changes and I believe now more than ever Corel is well placed to address and take advantage of these changes. In the months ahead, we’ll continue to create products that integrate with new technologies and new ways users interact with our software. 2013 will also mark the release of some of our most popular flagship products.
I’m very proud of everything the talented employees here at Corel were able to accomplish in 2012. I hope you’ll continue to let us know what we can do to help make our products even better in the New Year. The best is yet to come!
Happy holidays and keep on creating!